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pet rats

by Stephanie Cameron


As Halloween is right around the corner, I started pondering on the reason why rats are such a favorite animal in a lot of Halloween folklore and why they’re still such a popular animal to display next to the fibrous spider webs, scream masks and hanging ghosts in the local holiday stores.

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Rattie Ratz: Snowy the Rattie

IN THE September 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Alyssa Nader


Snowy was adopted, along with his cage-mate in January and homed with two other boy rats. The owner had just moved into a new house, but after the introduction of her rats, her roommate began to feel sick. It turned out that she was allergic to rats and could not live with them.

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by Stephanie Cameron


While the primary focus of Rattie Ratz Rescue is placing rats in foster care as a precursor to adoption, there is a second program that is just as important but not as well known. Rattie Ratz is a no-kill rescue which means any rats surrendered to the rescue that are deemed unadoptable to the general public still need to find a good home.

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by Stephanie Cameron


For those of us who understand the truly special bond that exists between us and our pet rats, the experience of owning and loving rats only gets stronger with time. Someone who can attest to this is Sue, an adopter of Rattie Ratz Rescue and longtime rat mom.

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by Alyssa Nader


Bitey was one of my first rats, along with his brother, Pablo. Pablo passed away last year, and I wrote about Bitey’s journey in finding new friends in Disco and Biscuit, who I adopted from Rattie Ratz.

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by Stephanie Cameron


While many who are not familiar with domestic rats may think of them as dangerous and/or dirty, anyone who has experienced rats as pets will know that they make wonderful additions to the family.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: Rocket & Science

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Valentina Caceres


I was in 7th grade when my neighbor had pet rats. I fell completely in love with them and wanted to get some. My parents refused. Like many people, they believed that rats were mean, dirty and carried diseases. As a compromise, they allowed me to get a mouse.

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by Stephanie Cameron


In the summer of 2017 a large group of domestic rats were dumped in Tujunga California. Nobody knows why the animals were dumped, but because of the sheer number of rats, it was clear that someone had gotten in way over their head. Unfortunately, instead of being responsible for the situation, they chose to release the rats.

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by Alyssa Nader


Anastasia and her family started their experience with rats, as many people do, at the pet store. After their much-loved ratties left them way too soon, they were filled with a deep need to fill the rat-shaped hole left in their hearts.

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by Diana Hockley


KRL believes in supporting animal rescue in its many forms in any way that we can. This week we are interviewing Jaimie about her local rat rescue, Whisker Tickled, located in the Fresno, CA area.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: The Single Boys of Summer

IN THE December 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Jenny


As I began the two hour trek home that pleasant summer afternoon in August, my two newest bundles of fur were settled beside me in two separate travel carriers. I was excited they would be joining our burgeoning family of rescue rats, guinea pigs, and dogs, but I was also filled with a mild sense of trepidation.

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by Diana Hockley


Healing Whiskers is the blog of Abby Chestnut from Rome, Georgia where she shares about her therapy rat Oliver and their adventures as a therapy team. We took a moment to chat with her about having a therapy a therapy rat.

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Rattie Ratz: Glenn & Gene

IN THE November 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Samantha Hull


I have been a rat lover since I was seven years old, when my second grade class adopted two pet rats named Boo and Bambi. Long story short, by the third grade, both Boo and Bambi came to live with me permanently. I adore all pets, but there is something about rats that keeps me coming back for more.

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by Alyssa Nader


I became a rat mom last year when I adopted my first two rats, Bitey and Pablo. I remember bringing them home from Vacaville, stopping at a BBQ place on the way and feeding them little bites of everything through the holes in their tiny carrier. When we got home I made them a little house out of an Amazon box inside their cage.

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by Stephanie Cameron


This month, instead of sharing someone else’s adoption story, I thought it was time I shared one of my own. I adopted Hazel from Rattie Ratz Rescue back in August of 2015. I needed a companion for a sanctuary rat who had just lost her sister. Hazel was the runt of the litter, a tiny black and white hooded baby, and my family fell in love with her instantly. Thankfully, my sanctuary girl Rowan also fell in love with little Hazel. They were happily living together within hours of being introduced.

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by Kim Davis


I became a first time rattie mom back in June 2016. Misty was approximately three months old when we got her, and extremely shy. Every day I would offer her a treat as I walked by her cage, making sure to talk softly and to not make any fast or sudden movements. I would pet her very gently, but never ask her to come out. Soon, we got to the point that when I opened her cage door she was willing to climb onto my shoulder. She still wouldn’t step onto my hand, so I had to lean down and offer my shoulder each time.

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