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6 days ago I got 2 female rats from a breeder. Today one of them had babies! I've never had rats before. I contacted the breeder and she said she can come pick up the babies tomorrow. I fear the other female might be pregnant too. I don't know what to do. Don't the babies need to stay with mom?

Hi Shady,
The breeder might have a foster mom who will take over caring for the babies. You should ask them. Babies need to be handled a lot to socialize them and make sure they bond to humans and turn out cuddly and friendly. It's a big responsibility. But it certainly is not responsible for this breeder to sell pregnant females. Do they breed rats for snake food?

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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.

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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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