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Irene Murphy

I can answer a variety of questions regarding adoption and care of pet rats throughout their lifetimes, including questions about their health and well being, temperment, diet, bedding, cages, toys, etc. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability in a timely manner and I have an abundant amount of resources to help me to help you with your pet rats. I love rattie pictures, so include pics with your question if you can. You may ask me medical questions, but please be advised that I am not a vet. I may use my resources to answer some medical questions, however, I will need to refer you to your local vet with medical questions that I feel I am not qualified to address.

Sandra Beasley


New to AllExperts as of December 03,2006. I'm looking forward to helping you with your Pet Rat questions. I've had experience in all areas of care so I can answer questions on wild rats, the history of pet rats, training and behavior, rats in the media (care books, fiction, movies, on the internet), Holistic care as well as health issues, breeding, sexing babies, types of rats, colors of rats, general care, food and treats, cages, bedding, toys and entertainment, etc. I cannot possibly know everything about pet rats but I have some very reliable resources to help me answer your questions. I cannot answer questions on genetics. I still go by phenotype to identify my rats. My website: Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats

Natasha Millikan

Consider me a sub, when no one else is available. NOTE YOU MUST NOT HAVE ONLY ONE RAT. JOIN MY FACEBOOK GROUP (because there are smarter people than me there!!): ***** ***** Excellent sites: **** **** **** **** **** ****

Debbie Ducommun

I can answer any questions about pet rats, but you will probably be able find answers to simple questions more quickly on my website at If you have a life-threatening emergency you can try calling me at 530-899-0605. I am not usually on the computer on the weekend.

Recent Answers

2015-09-26 Not sure if I should take them to the vet:

Hi Drea, first off, I offer apologies for the delay in responding to you.   Chances are that all have respiratory infections that the new boy brought in.  My recommendation is to treat them all with Baytril

2015-09-15 Pet Mouse attacked by pet hamster:

Hi Alexis.  First, please accept my apologies for this delayed response.  You entered your question in the Pet Rats category, and, as I know nothing about mice, I reached out to my friend, another expert

2015-09-12 Pet rat with a bleeding tumor:

Hi Lu,  Sorry for the delay in my reply. Can you send me a picture? Is the tumor near her vulva? If so, then it is likely to be a malignant mammary tumor, which can be successfully treated with tamoxifen

2015-08-17 bump between eye and ear:

Hi Donna,  It could be an abscess. See the article on that topic on my website at However, what appears to be an abscess on the face all too often turns out the be cancer. Only time

2015-07-30 Rat Tumor or Cyst?:

Hi Deb,  It is probably a benign mammary tumor. I'm in the process of posting an article on my website about a high-fat calorie restricted diet which shows promise in shrinking tumors. It is fairly involved

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