RAT CARE GUIDE
Food & Treats
I feed our rats a steady diet of Mazuri rat food (Oxbow if it's donated). I also give various types of treats on occassion, including live mealworms, yogurt drops, black oil sunflower seeds, Gerber Puffs, and cereal (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Rice Krispies). They enjoy pancakes made from the crumbs of their Mazuri and fresh fruits and veggies from our garden.
Cage Setup and Housing
My favorite cage is the Double Critter Nation as it provides plenty of room and has large doors so you can reach every corner of the cage easily. You can check Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, local buy/sell/trade groups, and various other websites and apps to find one.
Introducing New Rats
This is more of an issue with males than it is females, but is still important to talk about. There are many great tips and tricks on introducing a new rat to your mischief. Please check out these links for great insight:
Common Medical Issues & Local Vets
Here is a list of known rat vets in the area. If you have one that you use and trust, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know so we can add it!
Dealing with Aggression
First, take a look at this article to determine how your rat is using their teeth.
Bonding with Your Rat
Bonding with your new rat can be a process. As with dogs and cats, rescue rats come from a variety of backgrounds where they may have received tons or very little attention and socialization. Please don't give up on them! Here is a great resource with tips and ideas for bonding with your new pet.