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Rodent Ramblings

by Stephanie Cameron


One of the hardest lessons a rat owner will ever learn is that the life span of a rat is far too short. When a rat’s life is cut even shorter by an illness, it is that much more devastating. In many cases, the grief-stricken owners are left behind with a mourning cage-mate to look after. This sad occurrence brings many adopters to rescues like Rattie Ratz, where they come looking for a companion for their remaining rat. Maryanne was one such adopter.

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by Saralan Chen


After upgrading my cage, I realized it was much too large for my two female rats, Peeka and Boo. But I had the perfect idea for them; more rats!
After doing considerable research, I chose to adopt. It’s not as easy to find a rescue group for rats as it is for cats or dogs, but I did find a couple of good places and Rattie Ratz was one of them. They had great reviews and were very quick to respond. I submitted my application and they recommended a trio of neutered males, and suggested that I go meet them in person before making a final decision.

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by Diana Hockley


Alice Mongoose lives with her parents in a big house in India, where they happily eat eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Alice goes to the market one day and sees an advertisement encouraging mongooses to go to Hawaii. Flushed with excitement, Alice and her parents pack her suitcases and steam-trunk (they didn’t have back-packs in those days!) and she sets sail for her new job.

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Yale Road Adoptables

IN THE July 2 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL loves to share with our readers about animal rescues across the country, especially those who take in pet rats. This week we are chatting with pocket pet rescue Yale Road Adoptables in Michigan.

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by Stephanie Cameron


When it comes to working within a rescue, giving animals a second chance at life takes the cake for feel-good vibes, and it’s just as special when the animals in question are rats. As a domestic pet rat rescue, Rattie Ratz volunteers see their fair share of animal neglect; it’s not just dogs and cats in need of rescuing from bad owners and bad situations.

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by Vivien Hoang


I’ve had pet rats for over 10 years, everything from peach-fuzz babies to special needs, elderly rats. I like to think that all those years and all those rats mean I have some insight into what our rodent friends are thinking. Here’s my primer on what goes on inside a rat’s mind!

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St. Nicholas Mouse Rescue

IN THE May 14 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country because we know how wonderful pet rats are and want to help spread the word about those who help them. This week we are featuring a rescue of another kind, a mouse rescue located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who also rescues rats and other small pets.

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by Stephanie Cameron


As a rat rescue organization, Rattie Ratz takes pride in being a resource for both the general public and local shelters. Although it is not as common to find rats at shelters, it happens more often than most people think. Unfortunately, most shelters do not have the resources or the knowledge to properly care for rats. This is where Rattie Ratz Rescue steps in.

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country because we know how wonderful pet rats are and want to help spread the word about those who help them. We especially wanted to feature one this week in honor of World Rat Day on April 5! This week we are chatting with Brittaney Smallwood of East Tennessee Give A Heart Rat Rescue.

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The Ratz Family

IN THE April 2 ISSUE

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by Patti Yeager


In honor of World Rat Day we thought it would be fun to publish this rat poem by Seattle writer Patti Yeager. The art work is hers as well.

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Rattie Ratz: A Tale of Two Brothers

IN THE March 19 ISSUE

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by Vivien Hoang


Meet Ollie and Jeffrey.
From there, it was only a matter of time before they started coming out of the cage and allowing us to pick them up.
The two brothers couldn’t be any more different. Ollie is the big squish. He does his share of exploring (at a leisurely pace!), but before long, he will sidle up next to you, tuck his face against you, and demand scratches. He’s bigger and heavier than his brother, so you won’t see him clambering in and out of the hammock. This boy is a cuddly one!

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Mortimer: From Street Rat to Kitchen King

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

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by Stephanie Cameron


Not all rescued rats come from homes or pet shops. Every once in a while a stray will appear. Mortimer was one such stray. He was found near Woodland over the summer and was taken to the Yolo County SPCA, who quickly contacted Rattie Ratz Rescue. The distinction between wild and domestic pet rats is quite obvious as domestic rats have been bred in a variety of colors. If you ever happen to see a rat with white on its body running down the street, know that you have an escaped pet rat making a break for it.

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Central Texas Rat Rescue

IN THE February 6 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country because we know how wonderful pet rats are and want to help spread the word about those who help them. This month we are chatting with Kaia Browning, founder of Central Texas Rat Rescue.

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Growing Up Too Fast: Fostering Baby Rats

IN THE January 16 ISSUE

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by Vivien Hoang


One of the joys of fostering is being able to take in a family of baby rats. It doesn’t happen too often, but it’s not unusual for Rattie Ratz to get a call from a Bay Area shelter or family, who suddenly have an “oopsy” litter on their hands. These accidental litters are often the result of mistakenly buying a male and female rat from a pet store; rat litters sizes can vary from a pair of babies to up to two dozen!

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