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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

2017-03-14 Rat intro not going well:

I'm so sorry for the delay in responding.  It sounds as though you have taken all the right steps for introducing your two girls. However, It appears that your girl Peach has become accustomed to being

2017-03-12 Seti:

Hi Linda, now it is my turn to apologize for my late reply.  I'm so sorry that Debbie's and my advice differed and that you were terrified about the outcome and her suggestion it might be cancer.  You

2017-03-07 Seti:

Linda!  You didn't need to send a donation but how thoughtful of you ❤️  I am always happy to help rat's and their owners for my great love of these special animals.    I'm so happy to hear

2017-03-07 Seti:

Hi Linda, I'm always happy to help.  I especially feel so bad for you that you have no exotics vet available.  But you are very good at taking care of your boy and learning as much as you can on your own

2017-03-06 Seti:

Hi Linda, I'm sorry about Seti.  I can imagine how Stressful this is for you..  Don't panic yet.  Is that the abscess you've been talking about which is near his penis?  The size of a pea?  If so, it's


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