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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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well if you remember i posted about my rat having a stroke, well today i took her into the vet and had her put to sleep it was best for her she was 17 months old. and since the stroke she had lost a lot of weight and had no balance and i found out she also has had mulptly sezuires since. So my question is this, i have had her and her sister since they were babies and now odette (the sister) is alone, but i have 2 males and i have been thinking about breeding her but i am concerned about her age? like i said she is 17 months old and this will be her first litter. i dont want her to get depressed. please help me!!!!! thank you so much
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I wouldn't breed her, that's way to old, plus unless you were planning to keep them all which could be between 6 and 24 babies. It could also kill her.


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I wouldn't breed her for a few reasons...1 being her age, rats have a terrible time with birth at a certain age, and she's probably already starting menopause. 2 The other rat dying so young, which by the way, our thoughts are with you, and I was sorry to read of your loss, I'm going to assume that these are pet store purchased rats. If so, while they are great pets, I wouldn't breed them just because you do not know of their genetic make up, they may have a long family history of medical issues, up to and including strokes and seizures and probably tumors. Pet Store rats often come from large mill type breeding operations...the conditions are deplorable, and just shouldn't be bred!

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I wouldn't breed her for a few reasons...1 being her age, rats have a terrible time with birth at a certain age, and she's probably already starting menopause. 2 The other rat dying so young, which by the way, our thoughts are with you, and I was sorry to read of your loss, I'm going to assume that these are pet store purchased rats. If so, while they are great pets, I wouldn't breed them just because you do not know of their genetic make up, they may have a long family history of medical issues, up to and including strokes and seizures and probably tumors. Pet Store rats often come from large mill type breeding operations...the conditions are deplorable, and just shouldn't be bred!
I couldnt agree more. I am having to battle the outcome of someone breeding their rodents to the point of massive overflow, and I am having to hand raise 29 babies cause their mothers died from complications with birthing and some of the babies have birth abnormalities.


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That is to old to breed and considering her sister had medical problems it would not be a good idea. Some rats that have had a litter then rebreed are fine but there are lots of riskes and lots of things involved. I understand were you are coming from and having something from them to live on is nice but I would not breed.
Granted I have breed PS rats before and started some of my lines from ground zero up but their were lots at risk and thankfully nothing came of it. but a lot of pet shop rats dont live that long and have way to many health problems. Their are some good ones out there that breed their own pets and have very nice ones and can tell you all about the history but they are rare and hard to come by.
I would maybe get her a cage mate or nutter the boys so they can live with her and are not lonly but if you want to breed see if there are any in your area that have rats that are from a rattery that is reputible and see if they can help you out or even mentor you. If you are thinking of breeding. But there are babies to find homes for after that and the area your in my area is small and not to many want rats except for food but I dont do that so I advertize out side of my town and local area and have found lots wonderful homes.
I would just love you rats that you have know and very sorry for your lose. if you fear for lonly ness get her another rat from a rattery that way you know more of their history and about them.


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thank you all for all the great advice. i will not breed her and i have been looking for another rat to be with her (female of course). and thank you for all the well wishes this is my first loss with a rat and i couldnt believe how hard i took it. thankfully it didnt effect my 5 year old daughter. again thank you so much for the advice you are all sooooo smart!!!!!! <3
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Cutterbutter, there are a few really good Rattery's in MI (Ozzy is in MI as well so she may be able to help) Here are a few websites, one of these women will meet you near your home for a gas fee.

http://www.ratdippityrattery.com/

http://ratnraverats.tripod.com/

http://echorattery.wordpress.com/

http://www.farstarfarms.com/

http://uberrat.tripod.com/

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Cutterbutter, there are a few really good Rattery's in MI (Ozzy is in MI as well so she may be able to help) Here are a few websites, one of these women will meet you near your home for a gas fee.

http://www.ratdippityrattery.com/

http://ratnraverats.tripod.com/

http://echorattery.wordpress.com/

http://www.farstarfarms.com/

http://uberrat.tripod.com/
Of course! I would love to help


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okay thanks soooooo much!!!!!!
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