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Rats for adoption

"Every person should be lucky enough to be owned by Rats!"


Disco's Rats/Disco's Critters Breedery:

I acquired my first rat back in 1996 and fell in love with ratties!
In 19 years, I have never been rat-less and hope to never be!
At First, i acquired my rats from Pet stores and they had tumors, Mycoplasma issues, incurred enormous medical bills and didn't live over 2 years old.
In 2003, i found a local Wholesale rat breeder who bred for health in my area.
I loved the quality of her rats so much i began working for her in 2003.
We put years and years into our breeding stock.
In July 2011, i took over the rat breeding.
I am a USDA Licensed Small animal Breeder/Wholesaler.
I am licensed so i can sell to pet stores if i wish but prefer to sell to individuals.
I find private adoptions very rewarding as i can interact with other rat lovers and sometimes get pictures and updates throughout their lives, which helps me track health.
I am trying to get the healthiest rats with the longest lifespans i can!
Mycoplasma flair ups and Tumors are very rare in my ratties.
Having healthy pets makes having them a lot of fun!
My Ratties are bred for Pet quality.
My Breeder rats are kept separate from my Pet rats who are not bred. They are on separate levels of the house and have their own rooms.
My breeders are set up to breed at 3 months at the youngest and are retired at around 1 year old.
My Breeders are left together all the time, i find leaving the Father's in helps make the babies healthier and more playful.
The Father Helps raise the babies and Mom can get a little break from time to time.
All my Rats are handled from birth.
The breeders are retired at a year old so the breeders are always changing.
I pull the male from a cage i am planning on retiring and then date the cage with a due date and let the female have her last litter and then hopefully adopt out the parents.
If a health issue or problem occurs with a litter i retire them immediately or change their mates to avoid any further issues.
I DO NOT inbred (or Line breed) for any reason! If i want a certain type or color, i pair up two ratties that will likely produce that color.
I Keep track of every ratties birth date, Parents, Grandparents and every type (color) of baby produced by a certain pair.
I have a great local Veterinarian who is very knowledgeable and helpful that i visit when necessary. (I will happily recommend the clinic if anyone needs a great Vet)

Bedding:
I use Newspaper bedding. I lay down flat newspaper sheets and then cover it with shredded newspaper.
Wood shaving bedding such as Aspen is safe for rats but can be dusty and cause respiratory issues or flair ups.
Pine Bedding has harmful Phenols in it that burn little rattie lungs causing scarring on the lungs and many respiratory issues.
Cedar Bedding is unsafe for any animal.
Carefresh bedding is dusty and dangerous for rats and small animals.
Small animals will nibble on the Carefresh bedding and then swallow it and it can get caught in the intestinal tract, causing a blockage which is very dangerous.
Some Rat owners use Fleece as bedding.
Fleece can also be used for blankets to hide under or to make hammocks from.

Rat Food:
There are many rat foods available.
Avoid rat foods that contain Alfalfa pellets as rats do not like them.
Avoid rat foods with small millet bird seeds. They are very small and are difficult for the ratties to grab and eat.
Rats can eat almost anything you will eat!
All my Rats are fed a seed mix diet. I have many critters and make my food in bulk.
Many rat owners feed lab blocks or Oxbow pellet rat food.
I believe seed mixes offer more variety then pellet food and that the ratties grow larger and healthier when fed a variety of foods.
My Rat Food Mix:
I mix my food in a plastic bin container with a lid which helps keep it fresh and protect from bugs and from the ratties stealing and stashing it.
I mix equal parts of Black oil Sunflower seeds and Scratch grains (Corn and oats)
then i mix in about 10% Malt-O-Meal Honey Nut Spooners (Generic Cheerios) and Malt-O-Meal Puffed wheat I add in 10% of 1 other item that varies from Frosted flakes, Corn flakes, Dried pasta ( i use a variety of dried pasta and typically use a different type every time i buy more)
I also mix in dried oats/oatmeal and unsalted nuts on occasion.
Oats and oatmeal are great to feed to ratties with upset tummies/runny stools to help keep them regular.
I feed 1 to 5 pieces of Purina Little Bites/Purina small dog dog food per rat a day. Dog food is good extra protein for pregnant and nursing mothers.
I also feed them some sort of human food on a daily basis. (IE: leftovers from lunch and dinner)
Most rats enjoy Mashed potatoes, peas, corn, pasta, anything with tomato sauce, breads, cereals and just about anything you would eat!
Please remember if it is junk food for you, it is junk food for your rats, so feed "junk food" in moderation.

I do not specialize in Specific colors per sey as a rat (or any pet) should not be adopted solely on color. I believe it should be adopted for the personality and compatibility with you!
I have Dumbo eared and regular eared rats.
I have hairless, rexes and normal coats.
The rats come in many different patterns such as hooded, non hooded, Dalmatians, Berkshire, Self etc.
Colors produced are Blue, Russian blue, Agouti blue, Silver blue, Apricot, Agouti, Black, White, Blue Siamese, Siamese, Burmese, Tan, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Dalmatian and probably some others!

My Rats are pet quality, which means they are bred to be healthy pets.
I have rats available every week. I wean the rat babies at 4 weeks old. (28 days)
I typically have 7 to 10 Breeding pairs.

Rats for Adoption:

Blue dots * in front help identify males, and red dots * in front help identify Females.

All terms used to describe ratties are generalized generic terms, others (rat organizations) may refer to them differently or with a more in depth title.

Males:
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*Tan Rex Dumbo 12/26/16 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Hooded Dumbo)

*Hairless Dumbo 12/26/16 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Hooded Dumbo)

*Hairless Dumbo 1/6/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Black Rex Dumbo 1/6/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Black Dumbo 1/18/17 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Siamese Dumbo)

*Black Rex Dumbo 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Hairless Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Dumbo)

*Tan Hooded Blaze Odd Eye 1/30/17 (Mother Black Blaze Dumbo, Father Dalmatian)

*Siamese Dumbo 1/30/17 (Mother Black Blaze Dumbo, Father Dalmatian)

*Agouti Hooded Blaze Dumbo 1/30/17 (Mother Black Blaze Dumbo, Father Dalmatian)

*Siamese Rex 2/2/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Tan Rex Dumbo 2/2/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Siamese Hairless 2/2/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Hairless Dumbo 2/2/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Siamese Blaze Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)

*Agoui Blaze Rex Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)

*Siamese Rex Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)

*Black Blaze Rex Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)

*Agouti Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)

*Black Rex Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)


Females:
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*Siamese Rex Dumbo 10/28/16 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Agouti Dumbo 10/30/16 (Mother Chocolate Hooded Rex Dumbo, Father Apricot Rex Dumbo)

*Black Saddled Dumbo 1/9/17 (Mother Dalmatian, Father Blue Dumbo)

*Agouti Hooded Dumbo 1/9/17 (Mother Dalmatian, Father Blue Dumbo)

*Black Mask 1/9/17 (Mother Dalmatian, Father Blue Dumbo)

*Tan Rex Dumbo 1/18/17 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Siamese Dumbo)

*Russian Blue Rex Dumbo 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Hairless Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Dumbo)

*Siamese Rex Dumbo 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Hairless Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Dumbo)

*Black Rex Dumbo 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Hairless Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Dumbo)

*Black Hooded Rex Dumbo 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Hooded Rex)

*Black Dumbo 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Hooded Rex)

*Tan Rex Dumbo 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Hooded Rex)

*Black Hooded Hairless 1/22/17 (Mother Black Hooded Dumbo, Father Russian Blue Hooded Rex)

*Russian Blue Hooded Blaze Dumbo 1/30/17 (Mother Russian Blue Rex Dumbo, Father Black Hooded Blaze Dumbo)

*Siamese Rex 2/2/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Black Rex 2/2/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Tan Rex Dumbo 2/2/17 (Mother Tan Rex Dumbo, Father Black Patchwork)

*Agouti Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)

*Tan Hooded Blaze Rex Dumbo 2/12/17 (Mother Agouti Dumbo, Father Blue Dalmatian Rex Dumbo)


Adoption Process:

Please email me DiscoPanth@earthlink.net if interested in adopting.
I am Located in Chaska, MN.
We set up a Date and time that works for both of us and you come see if you like any of the ratties and if they like you! :)
I do not reserve rats based on color.
All ratties should be picked by who responds to you and interacts with you, not based on color alone.
Interacting with the rats helps ensure you pick ones that are a good fit for you and them.
All rats have different personalities.
If you are new to rats please use my other ratties pages to learn all about them!

Adoption Fees:

All rats are $12 a piece
All Adoption fees are to be paid in cash or Via Paypal.
Most of my Rats become available for adoption at 4 weeks old. Most available ratties are under 3 months old.
Large (over 4 months old) or Retired rats (over a year old) are sometimes discounted in price to help them find good homes!

Adoption Notes:

Rats do best in same sex pairs or groups!
Rats feel more comfortable when they have at least one other rattie around.
Rats can become very lonely if they do not have another rat friend.
Having two or more ensures they have a friend to play with when you are unable to be home.
I encourage adopters to adopt 2 or more ratties at a time!
Please note Females are typically smaller then males and can slip in and out of large cage bar spacing easily.
Females and baby rats should have 1/4 inch cage bar spacing.
Females typically are quite active and want to run and play all the time.
Males are more laid back Cuddle buddies.
Just because the rat or any animal is the color you like does not mean it is the best fit for you.
Ratties should be picked out by whose personality is compatible with yours.
Examples: If you are laid back you may want a laid back rattie, if you are very active, Females may be a better fit.
I try to have ratties available all the time.
Please bring a small box or animal carrier if you have one with you at time of adoption.
After an Appointment time is set up, then i give adopters my address and phone number.
Once we have an Appointment time set up, it is set for the time i am expecting you to arrive.
Please if you are canceling or running late please call me or send me a text letting me know as soon as you can so i know you are on your way.
All Adoption fees are to be paid in cash or Via Paypal.

Rats make great pets and Friends!




Updated 3/17/17


Email me for Adoption Information and/or Questions.
Email: DiscoPanth@earthlink.net