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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

2014-07-18 rat foot:

I do not recommend amputation. It just tends to cause more problems than it solves. Did the hind leg paralysis come on gradually or suddenly? Maybe a chiropractor could help. See more below.    Also, be

2014-07-15 Rat attacking cats:

Hi Amanda,  Probably the interactions with the cats are not causing too much stress to your rats. I would be worried if they were hiding from the rats. I assume you let your rats out to play when the cats

2014-07-04 rat foot:

I do not recommend amputation unless as a last resort as he will tend to have problems with the stump. Send me another picture to see what it looks like now. And why are his back legs paralysed when he

2014-06-30 Older rat mothering younger one:

Hi Nicky,  This is very interesting. I think your theories are good ones. It could be that because the baby is partially hairless, she does seem like an infant to the older one. I do think that as the

2014-06-28 rats foot:

Hi Lindsey,  It does look like the bone could be sticking out. However, I don't think it is really that serious. Rat injuries tend to heal well on their own, and rarely get infected. Just keep an eye on


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