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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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Wendy03/16/17101010Thank you!
Wendy03/16/17101010Thank you! I have Doxy from that .....
Sydney03/08/17101010Very helpful and kind! Thanks Deb!
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Recent Answers from Debbie Ducommun

2017-03-17 Two Rats but ones scared?!:

Hi Jordyn,  Sounds like Sandy has a shy personality and also has not been very well socialized. See the article called Trust Training on my website at for help with this.     It is normal

2017-03-15 Gangrene from abscess?:

Hi Wendy,  To treat an infected abscess you want to use amoxicillin, not doxycycline. See more info below. Did your vet do the spay incision on the side rather than in the middle of the belly?  Deb   

2017-03-14 Peach and baby:

She might. It sometimes takes quite a while for a rat to accept a new one. But keep in mind that spaying a rat significantly reduces the chance of them getting mammary and pituitary tumors, and as long

2017-03-13 Peach and baby:

If you can't tell if Peach's fur is puffed then it probably isn't. Just keep letting them spend time together and keep correcting Peach's aggressive behavior. You might even try giving her a little spanking

2017-03-08 Rat intro not going well:

Hi Sydney,  Just because a rat screams doesn't mean they are being hurt. They can just be scared. However, if they are actually fighting, then you need to take things more slowly. Have you read the article


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