This rattery's goal is to provide friendly, intelligent companion animals to people limited to small cage pets. I also hope to be a resource person to other rat owners when they have questions or concerns about their animal's care.
Our story: When my kids wanted their first pet, I said they were limited to small cage animals because we rented a house in the city. My four kids tried everything from hamsters to gerbils to guinea pigs and a turtle. My oldest had begun searching for something that "did more," so when we noticed a pet store selling a couple rats alongside all their other animals, he bought the pair. They played with a ball, went for walks on his shoulders, and generally made his siblings want rats as pets too.
But we ran into problems. Except for those first two rats, all rats being sold in town were coming from reptile feeder tanks. Lung issues and tumors are common among feeder tank animals, and our only resource person was a vet bill away.
Eventually the day came when another common feeder rat problem became ours, the day we realized that my daughters' newest pair of female rats were both pregnant! I began drawing on past experience in 4-H rabbit-raising to try to become a resource person for my kids, and we began seeking out online advice.
There were ten coat color varieties in those two litters, including a couple beautiful blue rats. It struck me that if God could create such variety in an animal typically despised, He must see value in them as well! In short, I finally joined my kids as a pet rat enthusiast and began wondering if rat-raising would be in our future. Three years after those surprise litters, "All of Creation Fancy Rats" was born (summer 2019).
We joined AFRMA (American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association) in November of 2018. In addition to their articles, we are indebted to several Michigan rat breeders and our local veterinarian for helping us along the journey from pet rat owner to Fancy Rat breeder.