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Irene Murphy

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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.

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I have been a huge rat enthusiast for many years. Since becoming a rat owner, I have educated myself in all areas of pet rats from every resource I could find including the internet, books, conversations with local exotic vets, as well as several local rat breeders.


I have a college degree but not in the area of animals. I have obtained my extensive experience and knowlege of pet rats all on my own because in my eyes, pet rats are the most interesting and fascinating creatures you can ever imagine to have as pets. I also am saddened by how mislabeled and misunderstood these amazing and extremely smart animals are by the majority, and my mission in life has become to educate and change as many people's perceptions of rats as I possibly can.

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Recent Answers from Irene Murphy

2016-12-07 Potentially sick baby rat:

Hi Nicole, first off, people underestimate the cost of caring for rats because they are small and inexpensive to buy.  However, vet Bills can be quite high and you should be prepared to pay for their care

2016-11-15 My white rat:

Hi.  So sorry for my delayed response.  Seizures can be caused by several conditions, for example epilepsy.  A good idea would be to take her to a vet to determine the cause of the seizures so the cause

2016-10-28 First Time Rat Owner Problems:

I can tell you really like him and have a good heart in your wanting to place him properly.  He is so very cute.      One thing I didn't mention in my original reply is that since rats are very social

2016-10-26 First Time Rat Owner Problems:

Hi Jerry, I'm sorry you are having a poor experience with your first rat.  Normally and in most instances, pet rats provide a wonderful experience.  One of the worst places to get pet rats from unfortunately

2016-10-05 rat CHF:

Hi Abby, did your vet confirm that your rat has CHF when you took him in?  What you describe could indeed be symptoms of CHF.     Furosemide, otherwise known as Lasix, is commonly given to treat CHF in


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