With the recent outbreak of the Seoul Virus among pet rats, rat owners may find themselves overwhelmed with all of the big headlines giving rats just one more strike on their bad reputations. But just how bad is this virus? Should we all panic? My opinion: yes, and no! Continue reading Should I Be Worried About the Seoul Virus?
Can I Feed My Rat Chicken Eggs? Are They Safe?
Rats absolutely love eggs! Eggs are a nutritious food source packed with protein and fats. The rich yolk contains a number of nutrients necessary for health and growth. However, you MUST be careful with how you feed the eggs to the rats, as well as how much and how often you feed them eggs. Check out our recommendations!
Types of Eggs and Whether or Not Rats Can Have Them
Depending on how the egg is prepared, eggs can be good or bad. Pay close attention to how you prepare your ratties’ meal so that they do not become sick. Bland is best for rats, unless you add select veggies or small amounts of cheese.
Scrambled eggs are perhaps the best for rats to eat. They are fully cooked, and they also ensure that both the white and yolk are evenly mixed. You could even add a little bit of cheese, but I recommend passing on the milk. Milk is commonly used in scrambled eggs, but it is not necessary when making scrambled eggs for pet rats. It simply enhances the texture and flavor of the eggs for humans. You might even try to add a few fresh veggies in with the eggs! Just be sure that you are not improperly preparing a vegetable for the rats; some veggies are better raw, others cooked, and yet others are 100% off limits.
Sunny Side Up
I recommend never feeding your rat any amount of raw egg. If you’re like me, you enjoy to have a bit of runny yolk in your eggs. I enjoy mine over easy personally, but i would never share them with my rats. Every time us humans enjoy our slightly raw or undercooked eggs, we are taking a risk with bacterial pathogens. While it seems far fetched that an innocent egg would make us sick, it is still a very real possibility. However, there is no point in feeding undercooked and potentially dangerous eggs to our pets when they will enjoy them fully cooked just as much!
If you want to give your rats something fun to do, try offering them a hard boiled egg! Some people like to leave the shell on to challenge the rats, making them work for the delicious treat inside. Others feel that leaving the shell on may be dangerous. Personally, I do not offer the shell to my rats. I actually don’t even offer anything other than scrambled, but that’s because scrambled eggs are far more economical with my colony’s size. Please do your own personal research regarding shell VS. shelled, making the best decision for you and your rats.
What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?
A pee rock is a rock that is sworn by in the world of experienced rat owners, trainers, and breeders. Pee rocks are named as such because they are used to encourage territorial marking and urination. They are placed inside of a rat’s litter box, persuading the rat to use the box instead of the cage. If you haven’t tried the pee rock, you should today! It is one of the most useful tools when training rats to use a litter box. We’ll even show you where to get them! Continue reading Rat Training Miracle: What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?
The 10 Most Exciting Gifts for Rat Lovers!
Rat owners can be hard to shop for, especially if you don’t know where to look. I have compiled this top 10 list from our holiday store, provided by the wonderful, secure Amazon Store. I’ve got a deep love for Amazon; I found all of this cool stuff there, but nowhere else! Note: all photos are linked via the Amazon Affiliate Network, therefore you can access the listing directly through the photos. This allows you to easily visit the item on Amazon without having to search for it yourself. Continue reading The 10 Most Exciting Gifts for Rat Lovers!
Buying rats can be the best experience in the world; however, it’s all based upon the breeder that you obtain the animals from. A proper breeder will offer healthy, happy animals who will bond wonderfully to their new owners, with exceptional personalities that are not prone to aggression. On the flip side, poor quality breeders like feeder breeders could turn your rat owning experience into one of your worst nightmares. Continue reading What Is a Rat Feeder Breeder?
A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?
Rat breeders and rescuers make it possible for owners and prospective owners to find ratties to adopt and love. However, not all breeders are created equal. Some breeders are poor quality “feeder breeders.” These breeders do not take care of their animals as they should, significantly increasing the risk of a sickly animal. If you have purchased a sick or injured rat from a poor quality breeder, there are several steps that you can take. Continue reading A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?
Rat Shuts Down an Entire Bakery after His/Her Personal Brunch
In Bangkok, a lone rat has caused a bakery to shut its doors temporarily! I thought it was adorable watching this rat sample several donuts before scurrying off at the bakery’s expense. Continue reading How Does a Lone Rat Shut Down an ENTIRE Bakery? Let’s See…
How to Teach an Old Pet Rat NEW Tricks!
Rats are completely capable of being trained to perform tricks and simple commands. Owners train rats to exercise the rats’ minds and display their intelligence. There are hundreds of tricks, commands, phrases, and games that rats can learn very quickly. The owner must be prepared to spend several hours training the rat to execute particular commands and tricks, much like a dog or any other pet. Rats actually ENJOY learning new things, as they have a need for mental stimulation.
Why Is My Rat Going Bald? Natural Hair Loss, Disease, or Parasites?
A rat going bald could be something as simple as a unique coat variety, or as serious as a deadly infection, parasite, or severe bullying. If a rat suddenly begins losing hair, his or her age, coat type, sex, overall health, and relationships between cage mates must be noted. All of these different things can play an important role in baldness. For a rat going bald, the owner can rest easy once he or she knows that the fur baby is safe and healthy!
Latest & Greatest Printable Pet Coupons to Print Now & Redeem Later
I just wanted to stop in and give you guys a quick heads up on the latest coupons up for pets. Coupons tend to come and go quickly, and there are some great deals to snag currently.
Between the buy one get one free Friskies cans of food and the $2 off Kibbles & Bits, I know you ratty owners will find one you need with the many other pets that most of us have. This weekend, I’ll be coupling many of these coupons with Dollar General’s save $5 on $25 on Saturday. Coupon match ups coming soon- however, don’t forget to print 2 copies of the ones you like before they’re taken down from Coupons.com.