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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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Recent Answers from Debbie Ducommun

2015-01-27 chirping sound:

There is a company that sells a supplement called Booster that some people claim helps with myco symptoms. See it at It is mostly red palm oil that

2015-01-27 chirping sound:

Hi Skye,  So do these chirping episodes only last a few minutes? And he looks like he is having hiccups? They sound like sneezing jags caused by mycoplasma. If he is only doing it a couple times a day

2015-01-19 Question:

I doubt you would see any difference in their behavior after just 2 weeks. Yes, you could use just room temperature water for the swimming test. Have you done any preliminary tests to see how long it normally

2015-01-19 bitting:

Hi Amanda,  I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with your new rat. Yes, this rat bit you out of fear. He felt cornered.    Rats do have different personalities and some tend to be more trusting and

2015-01-18 Question:

Hi Leah,  How long did you plan to give your rats the experimental diets?  Deb


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