So you want a Pet Rat? Really....? are you sure?......Is a Rat for you?.... What do they eat? What do I keep them in? If I breed them then what? Should I breed? All these Questions and more will be Answered but let my intorduse you to the Rat or Fancey Rat First. Here you will find out about what I do with my rats and how they are feed, breed, kept, and more. The Proper way and the Wrong way. New RAT OWNER please Read carfully of what is sugested to do untill you have owned rats for as long as I have and know them and what they need. Do NOT own a rat to say I have one or just breed them. Rats are more then a caged animal they are part of the family. They need attenchen like dog. Also Some Fun stuff about rats, as in poems, jokes, stories and other fun Ratty friends. (rats in the pictuer is of Mystic and Albino, Kira(keer-rah) a rex as in coat ruby eyed, and Tattioe a Double Rex patch marked.)
Also stuff I have made as in art work, cards, what the rats and I have done and more.
Each of my Rats and other Critters have names and are diffrent and have their own personalitys and I can tell who is who. To me they are not rats They are my Children and My Family. They are treated with care and love. They are not just for breeding they are Pets that are loved. I do not own them THEY OWN ME. Like a Parent or Pet own everything I do is for them. My life revoles around them Like a Parents life revolves around their childrens or pets to make shure they have the best they need in life and most importantly LOVE.
Below is a list of what you will find on Rat owning. From health, to care, to history, breeding and more. Click on the title of what you want to check out. Some stuff is not done yet so bare with me. Before you think of owning a rat it is important to learn about them fisrt. Weather it be learning about how to care for a pet rat or Fancey Rat of today or learning were they came from as in the history of how they came about. Remember the more you learn about your rat(s) and their history and other things the better of a Rat owner you will be. I will not go on and on about the history, but give you a breifness of the history and all. just to start you out. It's up to you to seartch and learn more. But as far as the care and all for your rat I will give you all that I know and other sites are out there to help you like the fun mouse and The American Rat and mouse Assoseasion, Looking up Key words like Rat info, Rat care, Rat health, Rat food. Key words like that can help you exspecialy if googled. Also there are Yahoo groups that you can join that talk about all typs of pets to just for Rats, cat, mice and more. Just look things up. There will be plenty of exsperienced Rat owners to help you. You can join my Group Under pets called Diamond's Little Critters. For Rodent lovers of all typs and other pets are welcom to.
To start you off I will give you some fun history facts about the rat. How they have been around for years in books poems and how some are misconcepted in books and folk lure. Lets begin and have fun shall we. With in reading the Do's and Don't are added.
Lets start you on some rat history. Just some breif cool things about them and some not so cool things. This covers how they came about as pets, good and bad things that were done, and stories and folklore of misconception on the beloved pet rat and were they may have gotten the ideal for these so called stories that gave the rat a bad rep from natuarl behavior when introduced to mankind. But I'll let my rats tell you insted of me. It makes it more fun that way.
HI I'm Garth you may remember me from the home page. I'm gonna give you some Rat history. The fact that I have a lot of history being an older rat and the oldest of the rats age 2 and still going. I didnt have a ruff start in life I was a beloved pet but found my self back at the pet shop becuase I could not be kept. But was rescued and am finally in my perminet home like some of my ancesters who were at one time not wanted but found our ways into your homes, your lives and your heats.
IN THE BEGINNING.....(sorry rat humor) Rats were wild. this is a brief decription of the rat. They were revired as nasty little things or assosiated with the Devil. But some saw us as you rat lovers do now. They were thought as varmin and a nusesnts becuase we got into their crops and other things. We'er a various medium-sized, small to large long-tailed (with out hair skin or fine hair) rodents of the Superfamily (Muroidea) or "The True rats". scientificly speeking we are of the genus Rattus. 2 of the most important Rat species to humans are the black rat,Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Their are many members of the rodent genera and families. Their are also other Rodents called rats or have rat in the name and share many characteristics with us true rats. Some even share the name"rat" in the names of other small mammals which are not true rats. This includes the North American Pack Rat, a number of species loosely called Kagaroo Rats, Even a Rat Terrier which for heaven sakes is a dog. If any dog should be called a rat it should be the Chiahuhua Like the one that lives here with us. LOL and there are lots more. Rats like the Bandicoot Rat (Bandicota bengalensis) are Murine rodents (meaning they live near and around water and have no problems dealing with it.) not that they have flipers and fins and stuff like a dolphan which is marine as well. They just live in more of a wetter habbitat, They are also a Marsupialia like the Possuim. The Bandicoot is related to true rats, but is not a members of the genus Rattus. Another Would be the Pack Rat.
Rats that are Males are called bucks and Females are does. Now if you have female that is pregnet or has babies she is called a Dame. Does are female that have never had babies. They can have a mate but not untill bred are they called dames. After they are done with nursing you can say she is a dame but babies are grown or she is going doe for a while meaning shes had babies and is on a break. Or when retired say retired dame. Males that have been breed and are fathers are called sires (meaning they have sired a litter and are proven) Bucks that have a mate but not have mated you can say are bachler bucks or awhaiting bucks. If youe male is fixed or cant have babys or retired you can say retired Sire (if he has had babys before) or is fixed or cant produce is a dud, or a sire in waiting. Baby rats are called Kitten (kits) or Puppys (pups) a bunch of rats is called a pack or a mischief.
Rats make wonderful Lovieng pets for people and kids of all ages. They can take a lot and tolerat a lot even from a child that is a little ruff they woudl rather run and hide from a sqeezing child then fight or bite them. I have heard some stroies of rats biting someone to protect their owners becuase they felt their owners were under threat. They are very intellegint and can be tought to use a litter pan and run aroudn as in free range rats in a room designed for them. But like a puppy you have to rat proof your house or room.
This part is were you learn a little of the culture of rats and their history. Their is not a lot here but some breif stuff. I will in time add more. But rats are a big part of histiory as in not like cloumbos or a famouse battle but are a big part as in a part of our hisroty. In WesterCountries lots of people keep rats as pets only they domesticated them 1st. They are part if the species R. norvegicus,. This trem originated in the grasslands of China then it spread to Europe. In 1775, this was part of "the New World." Pet rats are Brown Rats descended. Breed down for research and for thouse who loved the rat. This is were " Fancy Rat comes from. Do to them being tamed down over the years and kept as pets and inbreeding to get diffrent colors the Fancy rat was born. Our rats of today are the same species as the common city "sewer" rat. Domesticated rats tend to be both more docile than their wild ancestors and more disease prone, presumably due to inbreeding. Inbreeding can be tricky to a point but then again it can be really easy. Inbreeding helps take bad traits and wipe them out allowing good traits to come through. This is also called line breeding. Although this is something when getting in to breeding rats is something that should be though and reshurched. Not all inbreeding or line breeding can help and sometimes to much line or inbreeding can be bad. Some rats due to major destruction of their land or habitat many species of rats are island endemics and some have become endangered due to habitat loss or competition with the Brown, Black or Polynesian rat.
The common species that we know today are opportunistic survivors and often live with and near humends. The phrase Black Death is traditionally believed to have been caused by the micro-organism Yersinia pestis. This is carried by the Tropical Rat Flea (Xenopsylla cheopis) which preyed on R. rattus living in European cities; these rats were victims of the plague themselves, So it was not the rat it just happend that these fleas were the probelm and the rat was more less in the wrong place wrong time, or the most easiest at the time for the flea to pick. It could have been another critter that happend by at the time the fleas decited to make their black death rampage but it just so happend to be the Rat. How it reached here is with trades by ships becuase rats hung around ship yards looking for foods and most market places like fish markets were close to the sea and by boats. So some just happen to stay abord and get off at the next stop with these fleas and so the spread Of The Black Death begain. And a world wide panic in seems gave birth to thinking the rats were the devils helpers and or accosiated with him, or that Rats are disease carriers. And this is not the case. Granted rats of today are septable to disease and such that can transfer from rat to rat it's no diffrent then humends trasmitting diseases of today. Ancient Roemens did not see a diffrence between rats and mice, instead referring to them as Mus Maximus (big mouse) and the smaller as Mus Minimus (little mouse). Romans were not wrong in calling them Big Mouse becuase a rat is basicly a large mouse and or vic versa. There are some diffrences but more similarties that they sare make them the tiny members of the rattuites family. On the Isle of Man (a dependency of the British Crown) there is a taboo against the word "Rat."
Ancient Roemens did not see a diffrence between rats and mice, instead referring to them as Mus Maximus (big mouse) and the smaller as Mus Minimus (little mouse). Romans were not wrong in calling them Big Mouse becuase a rat is basicly a large mouse and or vic versa. There are some diffrences but more similarties that they sare make them the tiny members of the rattuites family. On the Isle of Man (a dependency of the British Crown) there is a taboo against the word "Rat."
In Easter culture the rat was always thought to be more good or so it seems like through out what we have read about them in history. They may have seen the rats as destructive in some things but reconized them and seen them for more that what meets the eye.
In Imperial Chines Culture of the Zodiac the rat (sometimes referred to as a mouse) is the first of the twelve animals. People born in this year are said to posses qualitys of the Rat, including creativity, honesty, generosity, ambition, a quick temper and wastefulness. Also People born in the year of the rat are said to get along well with "monkeys" and "dragons," But poorly with "horses." This next part I shall let my son Taj Do.
HI I'm Taj as in The Taj Mahal. Named after it becuase of my upside down T mark and the fact that it sorta looks like the taj mahal. OK here I go.......... Rats In India are in some place a nusesnce but there is a Temple just for us rats were we are fed, Protected and worshiped, well to a point. The indigenous rats They are called are allowed to run freely in , around and all over this place called The Karni Mata temple. This place is in the Northwestern side of India called the city of Deshnoke. Temple are held to be destined for reincarnation as Sadhus (Hindu holy men). The Temple of Karni Mata
The priests feed milk and grain to the rats. The pilgrims or regualer folk also partake. They Eat the food that has been touched by rats., which is considered a blessing from god. It is thougth that by feeding the rats they will bless you and when you die you become a rat to live life untill you die and are reicarnated.
The Rats in Indian tradition they are Recognized as the transportation or vehicle of the Lord Ganesh. The rats statue in the temple of Ganesh. Ganesh is an Elphent or takes shape of one, and the Rat is his Vehical. So that has to be a really big rat. lol. But Rats are considered strong and can go for miles with out breacking a sweat so to speek and are very loyal so the pharse you dirty rat is attually worng becuase it's meaning that rats are back stabers and 2 faced. When Ganesh needed to cross the water he asked the rat and granted the rat asked for something in return, but was loayal threwout to him. The only way a rat is not loyal is if you are not loyol to him. And you should only call a rat a dirty rat when they need a bath. Ok now back to my dad.
Western coulture associations with the rat is diffrent and are seen as Negative. RAT is used for may things to decribe stuff or losly substitiuted for various vulgar in the English Language. Which these terms like You Dirty rat and their nothing but a rat and rat faced along with others are not persay the biological or behavioral trait of the rat. This is most possibly form the assiciation of the rats that had the Fleas. This originated from nothing more then the 14th century medieval plague that was the Blakc Death. Rats are seen by some are vivious, unclean, parasite carries, fodo steelers, destructive varments and spread diseases. But there were thoughs few in weastern coulture and seen them for something difrfrent. That they could be tamed are loyal and playful, they were very clean, intelligent and Playful little critters.
Rats in fiction are mostly Inaccurate and negative from what we have learned about them in history. A falsehood of the rats is the Squeaking always heard in realistic portrayals, Granted the recordnig coudl have been of squeasking rats the noie they make is if they are hurt, or distressed and or annoyed and sometimes to show submision. Some pet rats squeak to vocalize with their owners. Ushally the vocalizations are hight pitched and out side the range of human hearing. They have reviered and cast in books an lore as Viciouse and mean roles when it is attually their shyness of not know your infested with them that proably made humans think they are evil creachers.
The rat is Potrayed as a vary negative to positive rodent. With a majority in the negative and ambiguous state the rat plays a villain in several mouse societies; from Brian Jacques's Redwall and Robin Jarvis's The Deptford Mice, to the roles of Disney's Professor Ratigan and Kate DiCamillo's Roscuro and Botticelli. Rats are also used as a mechanism in horror; as more less a symbloe of Evil.. The Rats, a symbol of evil as in H.P. Lovecraft's The Rats in the Walls, They are potrayed in a method of torture like in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum. Even going farther along the rats enter the realm of ambiguity being decribed as selfish helpfulness—willing to help the main characters, for a price. E.B. White's Templeton, from Charlotte's Web, repeatedly reminds the other animals he is only working to save the main character's life because it means more food for him. Granted this is ture to a point but it also is ture for not just rats but for other animals and humends as well. We work to make money for food right? a horse works in the feilds or carries a rider and gets feed and dose it for love but becuase they also know that they will get feed. The cellar rat of John Masefield's The Midnight Folk requires bribery to be of any kind. Occasionally a fictional work centers around rats themselves as characters that are decribed in diffrent light, a good way. Notable works include the society created by O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the award winning Doctor Rat, Williard, Rizzo the Rat of The Muppets, these are rats who are seen in a good way.Granted williard was a horror flick and the rats were descutive and killed but it was to show you rats are loyal, smart and can be trained, and they love and have feelings and like people when betrayed they hurt, and in some cases act out. Movies like Ratatouille. portay that rats yet eat garbage but when given food like litte cheif made they perfur it over anything eals, But the Movie was mostly about no mater how diffrent you are you can find a commen ground or thinks in commen and friendship. The movie Mon oncle d'Amérique ("My American Uncle"), a 1980 french film directed by Alain Resnais illustrates Henri Laborit's theories on evolutionary psychology and human behaviors using short sequences in the storyline showing rats experiments.That they can solve problems big and small and they socilize like mankind. Some get along some dont like one another and some pick fights and are bullys some are the nerds that always get picked on. Some are divas, and sissyfied, some are ruff and tuff. That their is a lot of similarets between rats and their way of thinking and acting compared to us.
One of the most reconized tails is................The Pied Piper
It is one of the oldest and most historic stories about rats The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The story is about a rat-catcher who leads away an infestation of rats with enchanted music. The piper after his job is done is later refused payment. So he in turn leads away the town's children. This tale is placed in Germany around the late 1200s, Which has inspired lots of films, theatres, literature, and even opera. This subject has had much research, some theories are thought to be the tale with Black Plague, which in he story are lots of phares that would show evidence that relates to it. The black rats are sugested to maybe have played an important role. Fictional works based on this tale focus heavily on the rat aspect include Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, and Belgian graphic novel Le Bal du Rat Mort (The Ball of the Dead Rat).Rats are potrayed in good or bad light like cats, and dogs. But it is the look of the rat that helps make the bad stuff and misconception form in ones head. Rats are not what some have made them out to be. Granted City rats may have diseases and carrie them but that is becuase they live in an unlcean invoriment and can pick up stuff jsut like wild rats can or do. but the Fancy rat or pet rat that lives in out homes and we show them, and have them as pets are not that way. They are very loving and cuddley and love attenchen of human comanionship and companionship of thier own kind. So next time you go to use the term rat in something negative think about it before you say it. some do not want to hear that rats are wonderful pets but chose to belive in the horrible stories they grew up being told and all the bad rep the rats have gotten. If in the beginning Rats we said to be the greatest things ever and talked about like the pet dog then their would not be all theses misconceptions. Remebr Rats are K-9s of the Rodent world as Far as I'm concerned.
Rats of today are used as pets, Food for reptiles and in Scientific study (Exsperiments) Some animal rights activist say that this is crule and I agree to a point but then again if we can help find cures for stuff then that is ok. I would rather it be a rat that already has a problem to study then give them the dieseas. the term LAB RAT is used to who job is working with rats or they spend much of their time in research.
Rats of today are tame and dont bite unless you are mean to us or we were never handeld. It's sad but half of us wind up as food and half in your homes to love you. But reptiles I supose need ot eat to. We have many diffrent colors we come in and are very smart and can perform tricks. We are even being tought now to site on peoples shoulders and allert them when they are gonna have a seacer so they have time to get meds or call for help. Cool huh? They even have shows just for us.
In rat Terminology we are blamed for damaging food supplies and other stuff, or spreading disease. Our bad reputation is such a common phras or we are used ot decribe things. Rat is often a insult. In slang for criminal or gang related the term rat some one out is to betray them, to tell on them. Or saying some one is rat like ushally implys that they are unattractive and or suspicious. OK so we are not the cutes things in the world like a puppy or a kittne but neither is a pig or a bug, but that dose not mean we dont have feelings.
Modern wild rats of today can carry Leptospirosis and some other "zoonotic" conditions (transferred across species, to humans, for example), these conditions are rarely found (not true in neotropical countries). Wild rats living in good environments are typically healthy and robust animals. Wild rats living in cities may suffer from poor diets and internal parisites and mites, but do not generally spread disease to humans. So no worrires there. Rats live any were from1 to 2 years some 4 to 5 and that is rare and a good thing. 2 is commen age. Its been recorded that rats in other conterys seem to live longer then here when breed for health and temper and not foucused on show coats which here we foucis the reputable breeders on Health Temper and coat or points and patch markings for show. Dose this mean we are worng heavens no. I think that all rats are winners and beautiful. Maybe we should have them all show but have some winn for better marks or points and what not and focus on more health of longer living. As in breed the show but do it more long termed like if there are a few or 1 desirable for show breed it to another desirable for show and go from there. This is just me of course and I breed for show but I work with the off coats try to inprove the flaws and what dont have flaws keep it that way. Basicly goal is healthy happy nice long lived rats, then work on the show coat and if one pops up show desirable in my off coats yippy for me.
Wild rats yes can carrie lots of diffrent nasty things and if they get in your house you could catch what ever they carry depending on what it is but that is rare unless you are inffested. More licky if we live with you you will pick it up. as in our poop and pee can make you sick. Also we can transmit sickness to your pet rats, But thats more less if their is an infestation. But pet rats can make other pet rats sick if they have soemthing. Thats why unless you get us from a reputable breeder or know them courintine us fist and watch us or get us vet checked. This way is a strange rat comes in to the hose we will not catch what he or she may have if anything. We aer like babys or infents and can pick up thinbgs easly, Exsposing us to the out side and other things at little a time at an early age our emoun sytem builds up but there are just some things that no mater what we will pick up. My owner has noticed that at a young age exsposed to the outside and certion things we build up and emun to certion things. Granted we can catch other things but so can humends. Remeber we are like you if we are around some one who is sick we will pick it up as well and sometimes we catch stuff like humends do around others who apear and show no signs of sickness. So just remeber we eat what you eat or just about there are some things we cant have. And we can get sick like you do to a point. For the foods that you eat that we can have, that you eat are more like on a deit plan or healthy foods nothing spicy like onions or garlic tomatos to asidy once in a great while is ok but not an every day thing. More like pasta not seasoned, veggies and fruits. If its healthy for you it's healthy for us only in moderation. Males should never have oragnes it cuaes cancer in male rats. grils it dont we can have the just but if there is a peace of pulp in it good buy world.
Excusses for getting a rat or if you have on and get another rat
If you get a Rat as in 1st one and excusses as to why.
This is were you will find art work and cards I have made using rats. Plus some things we have done places we have went and just stuff that me and my rats have done. Your are more then welcome to use these on your website or to send to loved ones and freinds who love rats. If used on your site please link it back to mine and ask permission. Thanks.
This is La-Lunna and Meat loafs litter. This is them at 1 week and 4 day old And who can forget Fathers Day, Garth and Son Taj who have both passed.
Oreo At 5 weeks old (above) > (next) A whole Family, The late Spud, mom Baton Rouge, Garth Brooks, (still here) Oreo and Tattioe and the Late Taj Mahal. Tattoie is the nacked one giving her brother a kiss. This can be used for graduation a completion on something or what ever your rat family is congradulating some one for.