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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

2016-10-05 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

2016-08-15 Rat ate raw bean?:

Hi Isabel.  No worries about asking questions.  I'm here for you when you need help.  I'm seeing your message a day after you sent it, so by now, if there were to be any ill effects of the raw bean, you

2016-08-15 rat freaks out and vibrates a day after?:

Hi Izzy, the other rat expert that you contacted gave you the correct information.  Every now and again, for no explicable reason, rats seem to become spooked.  I have witnessed this in my own rats ever

2016-08-02 Predator/prey reaction?:

First I'd like to offer congratulations on your new baby girls.  You and your husband will fall head over heels in love with them I am sure :)    I can see where the pet store people are coming from, but

2016-07-08 rats swollen belly:

Is it Debbie Ducommon you've been working with?  If so, go ahead and continue with her and I'll drop off.  No reason to work with two experts for the same issue.      I do want to say that the vet you


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