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Yikes, I got a hold of the breeder and asked her if she had a mama rat to feed the babies. She said she would freeze them because they're brother sister babies. Does that mean the babies are defective?

Hi Shady,
No, it does not necessarily mean the babies are defective. When close relatives breed there is more of a chance for the offspring to inherit two copies of recessive genes carrying poor traits, but it is not a guarantee. Obviously the breeder is not all that compassionate toward her animals.

See the info at the bottom of the Adopt a Rat page on my website at for suggestions on ways to find homes for the babies.

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Debbie Ducommun


I can answer any questions about pet rats, but you will probably be able find answers to simple questions more quickly on my website at If you have a life-threatening emergency you can try calling me at 530-899-0605. I am not usually on the computer on the weekend.


I have been "The Rat Lady" since 1985 and am recognized as one of the world's experts on pet rats. I have 3 published books and already answer lots of questions about rats daily.

President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society

I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.

BA in Animal Behavior

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