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The Rat Fan Club is not registered as a non-profit organization so donations are not tax-deductible, but you are still welcome to send donations to help support the education of rat owners, the rescue of rats, and research into the best treatments for rat diseases. Thanks for your support!   If you would rather donate to a non-profit organization, you can donate to our sister organiza-tion, the Rat Assistance & Teaching Society (RATS) at www.petrats.org  The goal of RATS is to educate pet care professionals about the proper care and treatment of pet rats.

 

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Click here for RATS, our non-profit sister organization, the Rat Assistance & Teaching Society.

To raise funds for RATS for free, sign up here http://www.igive.com/RATS

 

For a brochure called Are Your Pet Rats All They Could Be? click here


 

The Rat Fan Club, founded in 1992, focuses on rats as companion animals. Our goal is to share our love of rats, promote them as companion animals, and spread information about their proper care.  Membership in The Rat Fan Club is free!  To join The Rat Fan Club just sign up for our online chat group.  Click on the “Online Forum” button at left. (For more on the history of the Rat Fan Club, click the Meet the Ratlady button at left.)


Attention Pet Retailers and Veterinary Hospitals!  See the info at the bottom of the page.


You can now get major medical health insurance for your rats!  Their website is www.petinsurance.com but you will need to call 888-899-4874 to get a quote on “exotic” animals.


Rat Care Info 

(You can also find info at www.ratguide.com)

 

We highly recommend that you order Debbie’s Rat Health Care booklet. If it saves you just one visit to the vet, it will more than pay for itself. Order one today! Check out the info at Rat Books

Emergency Care

Rat First Aid  (including respiratory distress)

Problems with Birth or Nursing

Raising Orphan Rats

Poisonous Plants

Bloating & Megacolon

Finding & Catching a Lost Rat

General Care

Removing Wild Rats from your Home

An Introduction to Pet Rats

A Rat Care Sheet

Cage Hygiene

Keeping your Rats Cool or Warm

Trimming Toenails: See article on Skin Problems below.

The Toxicity of Pine and Cedar and Safe Litter Products

Respiratory toxicity of cedar and pine wood

Coping with Allergies to Rats

A List of Available Back Issues of the Rat Report

Understanding Grief when a Rat Dies

Do Rats Go to Heaven?

Just for Fun!

How to Say “Rat” in Other Languages

Behavior

Introducing a New Rat

Trust Training for Frightened Rats

The Case Against Single Rats

Teaching Your Rat to Come When Called

Rat Behavior in Relation to Health

Diet

Diet

Chromium Extends Life Span

Nutritional Requirements of Rats

Housing

Cages & Toys

Building Plans for a Wire Cage

Building Plans for a Cement Mixing Tray Cage

Building Plans for Round Cages  

Breeding

Rat Reproduction

Breeding Ethics

Choosing a Rat Breeder

A List of Rat Breeders

Health Care

Vet Referral List—Western U.S. & Other Countries

Vet Referral ListMidwest & Eastern U.S.

How to Find A Good Rat Vet

Rat-Bite Fever

Human Blister Skin Fungus  (Includes a photo)

Abscesses and Cysts (Includes photos)

Respiratory & Heart Disease in Rats  with links to pages with photos

Head Tilt (inner ear infection) See article on Respiratory Disease above.

Giving Medications: See article on Respiratory Disease above.

Treating Rats with a Nebulizer

Standard Blood and Urinalysis Values

Heart Measurement Statistics

Surgery in Rats

Homeopathy for Surgery

Skin Problems and Hair Loss (including scabs and parasites)

Tumors  (Includes photos, and links to other pages of photos)

Spaying Helps Prevent Tumors

Bloating and Megacolon

Seizures in Rats

Tamoxifen to Prevent and Treat Tumors

References Showing Soybean Protein Helps to Prevent Mammary Tumors

Overgrown Teeth  (Includes photos)

Diabetes

Euthanasia

How to Do a Rat Autopsy  (Includes photos)

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered somewhere on this site or in my Rat Health Care booklet or book RATS, you can email me at ratlady@ratfanclub.org.  Try to use the word “rat” in the subject, or, when emailing with an urgent question, be sure to use URGENT as your email subject. Keep in mind that I get lots of inquiries daily and may not be able to reply to emails immediately.

You can also send your question to one of the following addresses (please note that these groups are not affiliated with The Rat Fan Club in any way):
for general questions: ratinfo@yahoogroups.com
for health questions: rathelp@yahoogroups.com
Or you can ask general questions on our Online Forum. (See button above.)

If you have a rat medical emergency, check the section on First Aid above. If you still need help, you can call me at (530) 899-0605 between 9 am and 10 pm Pacific Time (if possible). Please note I don’t always check my email on the weekends.

For non-urgent phone calls, please call between 2-5 pm Pacific Time.


Attention Pet Retailers and Veterinary Hospitals! 

We have a brochure about rats designed to be given out at pet shops, veterinary hospitals, etc. The tri-fold brochure includes information on why rats make good pets, tips to help purchasers decide if rats are the right pets for them and what supplies and accessories need to be purchased when getting pet rats. It also includes information about The Rat Fan Club and publications written by the club’s founder, Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun. The brochure includes Debbie’s phone number and website address which rat owners can contact for advice.

You can see and print out a pdf of the brochure here. Brochures will also be sent free to any retailer or hospital who requests them.  Please indicate if you would also like a sturdy plastic brochure holder featuring a bright yellow sticker of the club’s logo. A single brochure can also be requested for review. Call the club at (530) 899-0605 or send an email to ratlady@ratfanclub.org to request brochures.

We also wholesale the Rat Health Care booklet, which is an inexpensive guide to rat medical care. Please contact us for more information about selling this booklet in your store or hospital!

 

The Rat Fan Club
857 Lindo Lane
Chico, CA 95973
 (530) 899-0605
  ratlady@ratfanclub.org

 

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