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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.

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I have been "The Rat Lady" since 1985 and am recognized as one of the world's experts on pet rats. I have 3 published books and already answer lots of questions about rats daily.


President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society


I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.


BA in Animal Behavior

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2016-05-21 Please help!! My little boy has an infection after surgery and also a deep abscess.:

Yes, you can give the amoxi along with the Terramycin. 475 grams is just over 1 lb.    Most rats like banana, melon, grapes, cherries, avocado, meat baby foods and cooked meats and fish, sweet flavors

2016-05-21 Please help!! My little boy has an infection after surgery and also a deep abscess.:

Hi Nay,  I'm so sorry your boy is having this problem. Making the neuter incision near the penis is just such a bad idea, and is not necessary. Abscesses do tend to be common after neuters, but are usually

2016-05-11 Yellow Skin:

Hi Lucy,  I'm so sorry to hear you lost Pippin. I'm sure you are missing him terribly. Yellow skin is a classic sign of liver failure, and unfortunately, in rats there is not much you can do to treat it

2016-05-11 Whats wrong with my rat Buggie:

Hi Gina,  I'm very sorry Buggie is so sick. Obviously your vets don't know anything about rats, so you ned to find a better vet. Check the vet referral list on my website at If you

2016-04-20 Need answers sick rat:

Hi Jennifer,  I'm so sorry you haven't been able to find a vet that knows anything about rats. I agree with you that it sounds like she has a pituitary tumor. It is not common for a female with a PT to


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