How will I get my rats?
See the standard adoption process HERE.
How much do your rats cost?
Typically a pair will cost between $50 and $80, depending on their genetic background, age and other similar factors.
Can I adopt a single rat?
Rats need to be with other rats, otherwise they will become depressed and live significantly shorter lives. Humans are unable to play, groom and cuddle in the way that other rats do. Having more than one rat does not interfere with their ability or desire to bond with you. In the event that you currently have a solo rat, I may be willing to make an exception. However I do require that you bring your current rat along for compatibility testing.
What kinds of rats do you have?
All my rats are the same species, known as "fancy rats" or Rattus Norvegicus Domestica. However, I do work with a variety of coat types, patterns, and colors. Photos and descriptions of my breeding rats are HERE, and in the gallery, you can see photos of babies from past litters. If you still have questions, you can ask them HERE.
Are there any requirements for potential adopters?
You must be at least 18 to accept the responsibility of ensuring the rats recieve appropriate care. The cage you will be using must be of an adequate size, safe, secure and setup before the rats are taken home. These are the two most important requirements, you can see the full adoption contract HERE.
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MEET THE HAYWIRE CREW
DUMBO AGOUTI BERKSHIRE
An amazing mother who makes sure that all babies are well fed and in bed until they are old enough to start exploring and playing. At which point, she changes her style to "fun mom" and spends all day wrestling and running around with the kids.
COCOA VARIEGATED HETEROCHROMIA
Smart, sweet and ready for a treat. This lady loves a challenge and is always first in line to check out the foraging toys!
Quick to make friends with everyone she meets. This lady has her father's mentality- simple and easy going.
This one has completely destroyed my policy of not having a favorite. Truly the smartest, most trusting rat I've ever met, and she's bursting at the seams with love.
A very vocal lady who will not hesitate to explain to you in great detail how she feels about being picked up. Or when a cagemate is getting on her nerves, or when she gets bored...
BLAZED PLATINUM BERKSHIRE HETEROCHROMIA
If rats could talk, this one still wouldn't... She doesn't need to, because she has already figured out telepathy. When she wants food or attention, she will sit and stare at me with the power of a thousand suns until I get up and tend to her.
BLAZED PLATINUM BERKSHIRE
Happily follows Melody wherever she goes, quietly enjoying the benefits of her sister's confidence.
Gypsy's daughter, matching her mother's beauty, and brains but doubling up on bounce. She's ready to play at any time of day.
DUMBO BLAZED DOVE BERKSHIRE
Living her life, her way. A creative problem solver, who regularly puts an alternative spin on really basic daily tasks... Like running on top of the wheel or sleeping beside the nest...
BLAZED PLATINUM BERKSHIRE HETEROCHROMIA
A stunt man who will not hesitate to launch himself onto you from any height.
BLAZED FAWN BERKSHIRE HETEROCHROMIA
A smooth criminal who has never passed up on an opportunity to cause trouble.
DUMBO DOVE VARIEGATED
The easy going boy who is "just happy to be here, honestly."
HARLEY CINNAMON SELF
This whispy boy might be an actual teddy bear he's so laid back. He's very kind, but he doesn't have very much on his mind.
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Enclosures: 5 Critter Nation cages are used as regular housing. In addition to several Vision cages, and a few modified bin cages which are used for mothers and babies.
Diet: a mix comprised of 70% lab blocks to 30% high quality dog kibble. On cage cleaning days a few handfuls of seed is scattered around the cage to forage. Fresh foods that are given a few times each week include scrambled egg, chicken, carrots, and apples.
Enrichment: in cage fun includes dig boxes, and a variety of other puzzle toys and hides that get changed out frequently. Out of cage fun time is used freely exploring various areas, diving for frozen peas, clicker training or just good old fashioned cuddles.
In 2012 I was working at a pet store where one of my duties was cleaning the feeder rat colony cages each week. I quickly fell in love these rats, and could recognize each one of them from memory (around 60 rats!). In 2013 I finished school and left the pet store to start my new career in veterinary medicine. After a few years I returned to Creatures, it just felt like a better match, and I was able to help more people. Without hesitation I jumped back into taking care of the colony. The bosses had put a lot of effort and consideration into making sure the rats were provided with all of their needs. So I wanted them to have the vitality and fortitude to properly appreciate and enjoy it. I started keeping records and using selective breeding practices, favoring those who were consistently docile and healthy. About a year and a half later I was producing feeder rats in better shape than the ones being sold as pets from the big chain stores. I continued breeding the strongest and sweetest individuals, and brought in some new genetics from the States. All good things come to an end eventually and in November of 2020 my regular position at Creatures ended, but I just couldn't give up the rats I had spent years working with. So a deal was made, and I purchased the CritterNation cages and all of my rats to continue as an independent rattery.