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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: **** **** **** **** **** ****

Experience in the area

I have had rats for 3-1/3 years and have researched them extensively. I am a mouse expert with 40 years' experience with mice. The two species are similar and yet also quite different.


My Facebook group is Rats (and Mice) are Awesome.


I have a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees in Linguistics

Awards and Honors

I am honored that my rats love me!

Past/Present Clients

My Facebook group, Rats are Awesome, serves at the moment 5300 members, and, considering all the huge rescues, probably averages 5 rats per member. That means my clients are about 25,000 rats!!!

What do you like about this subject?

Rats are the best pets ever! Smart as dogs and as clean as cats, rats are pocket pets who love a good romp on the couch as you watch TV, jumping on you to ask for love.. Once you have rats you never go back!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I will definitely continue to learn as much as I can about these awesome critters!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Rats have more ways of expressing happiness than any other creature: bruxing, boggling, hiccuping, tail wagging, and chirping... It is such a wonderful feeling to make a rat happy.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Well of course there are those who think rats are dirty... "don't they have diseases?" The fact is, a rat is an indoor pet. It simply cannot have any germs that you didn't give it, just like a hamster. Rats are one of the cleanest animals around... The only animal I have seen wash itself more is a mouse.

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Shauna01/18/15101010Thanks for messaging. It does certainly seem .....
carina07/21/1410Thanks, booked her in for an appointment .....
Casey05/20/14101010Thank you so much for your help .....
Rebecca11/29/131010Very polite and willing to help.

Recent Answers from Natasha Millikan

2015-03-15 Ill Rats:

Dear Sandy,    I must not have pressed publish when I wrote you :( it is a two step process and easy to mess up. So sorry :(    How is it going now? Is the male still with you? Clicking is terrible.  

2015-01-17 Seizures and excess porphyrin:

Hi Shauna,    Rats are as complicated as humans, so the answer could be so many things. A stroke is pretty likely. It does not sound to me that her quality of life is going to be worth keeping her alive

2014-12-22 Pituitary tumor or stroke?:

Hi Sarah,    Rats with PT do not recover like that. Rats with stroke, usually only on one side, can partially or wholly recover, as in people.     Whatever level she ends up at, you know she is a happy

2014-12-20 New rat trust training:

Hi Cody,     All of the links at the bottom are relevant to you. Of course the ones you asked for are under Handling and Taming (Scared or Timid) Rodents. JoinRats is a terrific site for behavior. Yes

2014-11-22 Rat: Fractured Knee , Vet suggests amputation:

Dear Elias,     I am sorry to answer late; I literally just got the notification.     If it is a good surgeon the surgery is by far the best option.  The fact that the vet has her on pain medication is


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