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Why Did I Choose My Rattery Name?

Sometimes we look at a name and think “why did they choose this?”Well, today I’m going to tell you why I chose Calico. Most people are familiar with the term “heart rat”. This is when a rat just has a certain bond with you. They’re like your best friend. It’s unexplainable, but anyone who’s had […]

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To Spay or Not To Spay

So we all know that with cats and dogs it’s pretty much a given that it’s okay to spay and neuter. There are many reasons to spay and neuter (especially cats if they’re outdoor cats). However, with most small animals (specifically rats, others like rabbits are different), these procedures are usually unnecessary and dangerous. Neutering […]

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Interspecies Interaction

This is a post to explain why exactly I will not adopt to anyone who plans to allow different species to interact.On March 22, 2019 one of my first girls, Calypso, was killed by a cat. Not just any cat. A cat who grew up in my bedroom with the rats. A cat who would […]

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Colours and Combinations: G Locus

The G Locus The G locus, also known as the Grey Locus, is responsible for the dilution of the black pigment (eumelanin) to a blue-grey. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and represented by “G”. Each strand of hair contains black pigment. The recessive mutation is represented by “g” and causes the pigment in […]

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Colours and Combinations: D Locus

The D Locus The D Locus, also known as the Dilute or Russian Blue Locus, is responsible for the distribution of pigment in each strand of hair. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and represented by “D”. Each strand of hairs’ pigment is distributed evenly throughout. The recessive mutation is represented by “d” and […]

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Colours and Combinations: B Locus

The B Locus The B locus, also called the Brown Locus, is responsible for turning the eumelanin pigment (which is normally black) to brown. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and is represented by “B”. Any pigments affected by eumelanin are black. The recessive mutation of this locus is represented by “b”. Any pigments […]

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Colours and Combinations: A Locus

The A Locus The A locus, also called the Agouti Locus, is responsible for the banding of the fur. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and is represented by “A”. Each strand of hair is banded in different colours, namely black and yellow. The recessive mutation of this locus is represented by “a”. Each […]

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The Adoption Process

My adoption process is constantly being evolved and worked on to make it easier for both my adopters and myself to communicate effectively.This process is necessary and even though it can take long, is very much needed. It is also a non-negotiable process and no adopter may bypass it. Enquire via WhatsApp, email or PM. […]

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Why Do Breeders Charge So Much?

As a breeder, I often get asked why I charge so much per rat. We often get told “but I can buy a rat from the pet shop for R15/R30/R50”Well, this is why: Most pet shops keep rats in crowded conditions, and females are bred back-to-back. A female in a pet shop can easily have […]