Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?



Rats absolutely love to pee, I’m telling you! Rat pee doesn’t exactly have the friendliest odor, making it important to keep the cage cleaned often. Unlike dogs and cats, rats pee quite often. Their little bodies move through food and water quickly, so frequent urination is to be expected. Continue reading Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?

10 Ways to Find a Good Local Rat Breeder or Rescue

10 Ways to Find a Good Local Rat Breeder or Rescue

Finding a good breeder is the best way to find healthy, happy animals. Rats should not be obtained from poor sources, such as feeder breeders, commercial farms, or pet stores. These sources don’t put health or disposition as main priorities; they are only looking for profits. Pet rats make wonderful pets, but the wrong animals can become a complete nightmare if they turn out to be highly aggressive! Continue reading 10 Ways to Find a Good Local Rat Breeder or Rescue

Are Rats Blind? Is My Pet Possibly Blind?

Are Rats Blind? Is My Pet Possibly Blind?

Rats cannot see quite as well as many animals, but they are not blind. Of course, there is always the possibility that they might go blind for various reasons throughout their lives. There are various ways to test for blindness in rats, but it is important to know that rats do not have perfectly clear vision as it is. On occasion owners might become worried that their rats are blind.  If a rat is taken care of properly, it is unlikely that the rat will go blind. However there are several factors at play in this particular situation.

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How to Give a Rat a Bath: Can You Give a Rat a Bath?

 How to Give a Rat a Bath: Can You Give a Rat a Bath?

A bath can be a very relaxing experience for a rat once he or she is used to being bathed. Photo Credit: Jim Kenefick via Flickr
A bath can be a very relaxing experience for a rat once he or she is used to being bathed.
Photo Credit: Jim Kenefick via Flickr

Rats who don’t seem to get baths often just don’t really enjoy the idea; much like a dog or a cat who does not get a bath very frequently at all. Just because the animal refuses a bath, does not mean that he or she does not need to be cleaned. Rats, like other animals, can get funky build ups and parasites on them. Bathing is the best way to remove all of the funk that accumulates over time. Continue reading How to Give a Rat a Bath: Can You Give a Rat a Bath?

Are Rats Dangerous? How to Trap Wild Rats with Humane Rat Traps

Are Rats Dangerous? How to Trap Wild Rats with Humane Rat Traps

Wild rats will sometimes get into the houses of humans. It’s just something that happens, just like with spiders, ants, and mice. Getting these little rats out of the house is important from a disease standpoint; we never know what a wild animal might be carrying. Generally, the animal is healthy and happy and just wants a bite to eat or a warm place to stay. FOR those who own abused rescues or skittish pet rats, I advise having a humane trap for them too!  It makes life SO much easier when they get out! Continue reading Are Rats Dangerous? How to Trap Wild Rats with Humane Rat Traps

Rat Eyes: Health, Infection, Blindness

At some point or another, it is likely that an owner is going to be dealing with an eye problem from his or her rats’ eyes. Rat eyes are very sensitive, and must be watched over to ensure nothing bad happens to them. While rats do not have perfect sight, they still rely on vision as another sense. Continue reading Rat Eyes: Health, Infection, Blindness

Why Do People Hate Pet Rats So Much? Tails? Disease?

Why Do People Hate Pet Rats So Much? Tails? Disease?

All rat lovers hear it at some point: “EW! You have RATS as… pets?!” And what do we do? We roll our eyes! *Here we go again. Another person who has no earthly idea what they’re talking about.* Fortunately, these people can be educated, and a MAJORITY of them are won over! Before you can confront these people, you have to understand the multitude of reasons that people “hate” them. I say “hate” because you cannot hate something you know nothing about; hence the amount of people that are won over by the Ratty Casanovas! Continue reading Why Do People Hate Pet Rats So Much? Tails? Disease?

Are Apple Seeds, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Lemons Deadly for Rodents?

Are Apple Seeds, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Lemons Deadly for Rodents?

While this blog focuses on particular pet rodent, rats, it is generally a good idea to avoid these dangerous foods along with many others when it comes to hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, and gerbils. All four of these foods are bad for pet rats, and can cause varying health issues in steady amounts.

Apple seeds can contain trace amounts of cyanide which can poison or kill rats. It is an unsafe seed for rodents to eat. The apple fruit itself is fine.
Apple seeds can contain trace amounts of cyanide which can poison or kill rats. It is an unsafe seed for rodents to eat. The apple fruit itself is fine.

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Adorable Rat Photography Shoot Ideas with My Canon EOS Rebel T5i!

Adorable Rat Photography Shoot Ideas with My Canon EOS Rebel T5i!

Photography with rats: fun, exhilarating, testing, and difficult. I did get several good ones; definitely a girly flower power stage!
Photography with rats: fun, exhilarating, testing, and difficult. I did get several good ones; definitely a girly flower power stage!

I not only have a passion for rats and writing; I have a passion for photography too! Hence my beautiful little Canon camera, that my wonderful partner got for me for Christmas. He got a pretty sweet deal on Amazon and it wound up being an ENTIRE kit. I was ecstatic; and the first subjects I had to shoot were, you guessed it, rats!!! Continue reading Adorable Rat Photography Shoot Ideas with My Canon EOS Rebel T5i!

Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Rat in a hammock. Courtesy of Maria Harrison, of BRats Hammocks https://www.facebook.com/Bratshammock
Rat in a hammock. Courtesy of Maria Harrison, of BRats Hammocks

One thing that new ratty owners seem to overlook when purchasing cage supplies is the legendary rat hammock. Seriously, you are going to want to get one for your rats! These hammocks give rats a place to lounge out, somewhere that they can call their “safe spot”. They are also fairly inexpensive, and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and materials. There’s definitely a hammock out there that will match your cage decorations or room decor; and if there isn’t, the beautiful part is it can be CUSTOM MADE! Continue reading Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!