Herbal Remedies


Echinacea is used as an immunity booster. It causes an increase in the number of immune cells, further enhancing the overall activity of the immune system.

Dosage for rats:

It is recommended to use non-alcoholic enchinacea for pet rats.

Once a month, for one to two weeks, it is put in the rats’ water bottles. They get 6 drops per 8 ounces of water. Do not continually give your rats echinacea for they will build up a resistance to it and it will not be of any benefit.

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Vet Info

Some facts to know before you go to the vet:

  1. Rats cannot vomit.  Therefore there is no reason to make them fast before surgery. Indeed, rats need all the energy they can get before surgery because there can be a lot of heat loss during an operation, increasing the risk of hypothermia.  If a rat has not eaten, he or she cannot produce as much body heat and is at higher risk.
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Scabs and Itchy Rats

A few months after I first got Rimsky and Korsakoff I noticed that they each had a few small scabs on the skin in their shoulder regions.

I didn’t know what was causing the scabs…. the boys didn’t seem overly itchy and they only had one or two small scabs at a time so I decided that maybe a few of the wrestling matches might have gotten out of hand.

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Scabs and Itchy Rats | Part 2

I always like to double check the vet’s dosage so here’s how I did it for Rimsky and Korsakoff:

Vet’s dosage: 0.05cc (same as 0.05mL)

The weight of my two rats: 500g (half a kg) each

Concentration of the medication: 60mg/mL (from the package)

Known Recommended dosage (from sources such as the RMCA drug chart) = 6 mg/kg

Since my rats are half a kg each, they should each get 3 mg (half of 6mg/kg) according to the known dosage.

0.5kg x 6mg/kg = 3 mg

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Rat Terms & Acronyms

This will never be a complete list, and the more contributions, the better. If you have any additions you think should be added to the ever-growing list please send us an email.

Note that definitions are VERY generalized, and everyone will have a different opinion about them.

Bruxing – The teeth grinding sound made by a happy, contented rat. Kind of like a cat purring.

Btooming – Kate’s term for the act of one rattie mounting another rattie in the show of dominance. Don’t ask me…see Kate! 😉

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Queen Rat

Sorensen isn’t just a verbal defender of the maligned beast. The downtown resident has also become a low-cost-housing provider for the scurrying, furry four-leggers.

Sorensen saves domestic rats from death by arranging new loving foster parents who offer shelter, food, attention, care and just about everything short of a university education.

So how did Sorensen become a benevolent Pied Piper? Was it a result of growing up on a farm in Newmarket, Ontario? Or perhaps some genetic predisposition of her Danish ancestry?

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My Rat “Casper” was born on the 28th October 1998. When she was about 3 or 4 weeks old she and two of her brothers (from a litter of ten) were noticably smaller than their siblings.

Sadly the two little males died at 3 and 3 1/2 weeks old, respectively. By the time the rest of the babies were 5 weeks old, it was clear that Casper was always going to be quite tiny. The remaining 7 babies went to new homes, but I decided to keep Casperwith her mother a bit longer.



Added by Russell Tofts

“Epileptic fits of the type Kate describes can affect most species – gerbils, dogs, and humans seeming especially prone), although this is the first time I have heard of such fits occuring in a rat. Whenever this happens, the best thing to do is not to panic, cut out all external stimuli (reduce noise, draw the curtains or dim the lights, switch off the television set etc.) and usher all people out of the room so that just one person supervises the animal until it has recovered. Remove anything in the proximity that may injure the animal. Do not touch the animal, however. After a few minutes it should start to recover and then behave as if nothing has happened. If it is the first time it has been seen to “fit”, it is a good idea to have it examined by a veterinary surgeon to see if a cause can be isolated.”


Animal Lovers Are Opting for Non-Traditional Pets

Whatever the animal, they’re all among the non-traditional pets that a growing number of people are opting to share their lives with instead of old favourites like dogs or cats.

Louis McCann, executive director of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), says the increased interest in non-traditional pets can be attributed to “alternate choice” due to lifestyle and health considerations

“For example, non-traditional pets like reptiles are hypoallergenic,” says McCann from PIJAC’s Canadian headquarters in Orleans.

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Non-Traditional Pets

Whatever the animal, they’re all among the non-traditional pets that a growing number of people are opting to share their lives with instead of old favourites like dogs or cats.

Nelson says she’s successfully placed rats with families; with a Vietnam war medic; as well as at Douglas Hospital, a mental health institute in Montreal where they’re used in pet therapy.

“They’re just really cute, and they’re the cleanest and most intelligent of all rodents,” says Nelson. “They’re all my little ratscals.”

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Bedding & Litter

There are many types of bedding and litter on the market and many of them are very good. But first a warning about the bad stuff. Pine shavings and cedar shavings are a big NO NO! The oils contained in these types of wood are toxic to rats and may cause them to have respiratory infections and difficult breathing.

Sadly many pet shops recommend the use of these two products and many first time rat owners, unknowingly, buy it because you get a lot for little money and it smells good. But please do not let this persuade you into buying it. It could mean your rats life.

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