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post #11 of 38 Old 07-16-2009, 06:18 PM
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awh, the babies are cute! My brother breeds gerbils and hamsters. They are reallyyyy cute when they get fur!

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post #12 of 38 Old 07-17-2009, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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My best rat is from a pet store! She has the best babies and is the most friendly. Where on earth do you think pet store rats come from? Most are NOT bred at the store they get them from other breeders around the area. It isn't that hard to give your rats away for snake food. Generally rats have around 15 babies depending on their age, how long it's been since they last gave birth, etc. 20 is possible but isn't very common. Pet store rats have no higher chance of getting tumors or dying younger than any other domestic rats.


Thank you Jillyann! That sounds fun, the lady that got me hooked on rats now breeds gerbils and used to breed hamsters. =]

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post #13 of 38 Old 07-17-2009, 01:10 PM
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SlickDirtyDancing, you are wrong. Sorry, but it's true. I'm not dissing pet store rats, most of mine have been. And yes, lots of PS (pet shops) get their rats from "breeders". But I say breeders in the loosest possible way. They might throw a male and female together, but they don't know the genetics, lineage, ect. of their rats. They don't breed show quality rats eiher. And PS rats are not bred to have long healthy lives like a well bred rat. Many good breeders will stop and entire line of rats if tumors appear in one or two animals and contact the homes any relatives have gone too. This is a subject I feel very strongly on, I hate the ignorance that makes people think it's fine to breed low quality rats. Their are plenty of sweet cute rats, that doesn't mean they should be bred. If you want to breed, go to a rat show and see hoe your rats hold up. If they don't do well, don't breed. At the very least, be sure your rats have no history of genetic illnesses, or a high prevalence of tumors.
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SlickDirtyDancing, you are wrong. Sorry, but it's true. I'm not dissing pet store rats, most of mine have been. And yes, lots of PS (pet shops) get their rats from "breeders". But I say breeders in the loosest possible way. They might throw a male and female together, but they don't know the genetics, lineage, ect. of their rats. They don't breed show quality rats eiher. And PS rats are not bred to have long healthy lives like a well bred rat. Many good breeders will stop and entire line of rats if tumors appear in one or two animals and contact the homes any relatives have gone too. This is a subject I feel very strongly on, I hate the ignorance that makes people think it's fine to breed low quality rats. Their are plenty of sweet cute rats, that doesn't mean they should be bred. If you want to breed, go to a rat show and see hoe your rats hold up. If they don't do well, don't breed. At the very least, be sure your rats have no history of genetic illnesses, or a high prevalence of tumors.
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post #15 of 38 Old 07-17-2009, 01:57 PM
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It isn't that hard to give your rats away for snake food.
You give your rats away as snake food? So, you over breed and continuously make them pop out babies...because????

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You give your rats away as snake food? So, you over breed and continuously make them pop out babies...because????
That's life. Snakes need to be fed to you know.

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SlickDirtyDancing, you are wrong. Sorry, but it's true. I'm not dissing pet store rats, most of mine have been. And yes, lots of PS (pet shops) get their rats from "breeders". But I say breeders in the loosest possible way. They might throw a male and female together, but they don't know the genetics, lineage, ect. of their rats. They don't breed show quality rats eiher. And PS rats are not bred to have long healthy lives like a well bred rat. Many good breeders will stop and entire line of rats if tumors appear in one or two animals and contact the homes any relatives have gone too. This is a subject I feel very strongly on, I hate the ignorance that makes people think it's fine to breed low quality rats. Their are plenty of sweet cute rats, that doesn't mean they should be bred. If you want to breed, go to a rat show and see hoe your rats hold up. If they don't do well, don't breed. At the very least, be sure your rats have no history of genetic illnesses, or a high prevalence of tumors.

I am not wrong. I don't show rats. I don't know anyone who does. And I would never want too. I'd rather breed nice pet rats than show rats any day.

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And I am not trying to rude to those who do show their rats. I'm just saying that isn't my thing. I breed mine for people who want cheap or free pets or need to feed their reptiles.

None of my rats have had tumors in the many years I have been breeding them. I have had mice that had tumors or growths and I had them euthanized asap without breeding them. My moms rats long ago had them but I have that isn't an issue with mine. True, they could develop them in the future but they don't have a history of them.

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This is not a debate. this is a thread about her pet rats. This should NOT be debated here. sorry but its very rude to trash a a topic like this.

I love your rats and having babies is the best feeling in the world when it comes to pet-owning .

Although i DO agree a lot of "back yard bred" pets are prone to health issues.

BUT i am a rescue-friendly person but i BREED all the time! Just dont listen to people if its not your opinion. We each have out own.
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post #20 of 38 Old 07-24-2009, 08:24 PM
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everyone one take a nice big deep breath! and eat some cookies...cookies make everything better!

cute babies!

If I had the time I would breed rats. The two I have right now I wouldn't breed as they are petstore and both have allergies, so that would mean at least two more rats and honestly I don't have the time to care for minimally four and babies. I think I could manage 3-4 not bred rats but that would still be pushing it, time wise....haha
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