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Looking at the Past and Future

I haven’t bred in a good 9 months, by no choice of my own.

The last few months have been hard for me. First, our litter of puppies caught a nasty case of coccidiosis. That was the first thing that caused me to downsize and stop breeding. We lost 3 puppies, it was very hard on us and costed us not only a good few thousand dollars, but much emotional pain.

A few months later, I was sure I was ready to jump back in. I started talking to Nicole of Black wolf rattery, as well as more non-local ratteries. I began pre-mentoring steps and learned a lot. I was about to be ready to jump back in as start getting new, better animals, until another tragedy occurred.

As the summer heated up, our AC unit burnt itself out and began smoking. Our house was a high 90F during the heat of the day. I had to find ways to keep the rats cool until it was over. A widow unit was not an option due to the build of our windows in the room.

I put the cages on the floor, which was made of tile. It brought the  temperature of the cages to 75-80F.

Unfortunately, the dogs got into the room while I was at work. I don’t blame them, they are a hunting breed, and rats are prey. They were just doing as they were bred.

I suffered 2 major casualties: Warlock and Meridia. I caught most of my rats, but a few remained running around the room for about a week.

During that time, my rats caught a nasty RI. I took immediate action and placed my entire Rattery under quarantine, which I am still in as of this post.

This caused me to be unable to visit BWR and continue mentorship.

Instead I have taken this time to learn.

I expect to come out of quarantine by the end of this month, if not sooner.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about exactly what I want to work on when I jump back in.

The future:

When I get back into breeding, I will not be selling rats to any other breeders, except those I have become close to in the last few months. I will not sell many as pets, and any rats I sell will be older than 12 weeks after I have fully evaluated them.

I want to work on simple varieties. I want my main focus to be solid black and siamese, which go hand-in-hand with each other.

Conformation, temperament, and health will always be above variety.

With conformation I will be following AFRMA standards: Short faces, large bodies with a nice, fat taper on the tail.

I will be breeding temperamentally sound rats, they will be cuddily babies who have no issues warming up to new people. I do not want explorers, I want lap dogs. My rats will not fight when put with new cage mates, even with no introductions.

Anyone who show respiratory issues will not be bred.
Any line that develops hereditary tumors before 1.5 years of age, will be ended.

Retired breeders will stay in my care for the rest of their natural life, or given to close family and friend where I can easily keep close watch.

 

My current rats will not be bred again. Most of them are too old or do not fit my new breeding plans.

Responsibilities of Rehoming Animals

It happens to everyone, you get a pet, but then you realize that it is not for you or a major event makes you rehome it. It’s not a bad thing as long as you don’t do it to every pet.

When you rehome an animal, you must not only properly describe the animal, but also be willing to take it back if something happens and accept responsibility for any illness, injuries, or death caused by your animal entering the new home. Proper quarantine in the new home will help prevent these issues, but not everyone will quarantine or know to do so.

There are a few things you need to consider when you decide to rehome an animal, and if you answer “yes” to any of them, then they need to be listed on the advertisement you post.

  1. Has this animal ever shown signs of aggression?
  2. Does this animal show signs of anxiety?
  3. Is this animal not fully socialized?
  4. Has this animal ever been ill?
  5. Has this animal ever been injured?
  6. Does this animal have any allergies(even minor ones)?
  7. Does this animal not get along well with members of its own species upon first impression?
  8. Have you ever had to reprimand this animal for bad behavior?
  9. Is this animal currently showing mild to severe sign of stress or illness?
  10. Has this animal ever been into contact with the opposite sex? <– Mainly for females, though in some species, STD’s are a concern.
  11. Has this animal ever given birth or fathered a litter?
  12. Does this animal do poorly in situations where they will be surrounded by several humans?
  13. Where did this animal come from? Do you know of any genetic faults that may be present?

If you do not tell the new owner of any of those things until they have the rat at home, it is considered false advertising and lying. People in the rat community are very serious about this kind of thing, we do not like to see people deceived.

Many times, people don’t realize that they are deceiving someone, they didn’t mean to lie to the new owner, but it doesn’t change the fact that they knew of the quirks their animal had and did not inform the new owners. Don’t forget that you are not only transferring the animal to another person, but all the responsibility that comes with it as well, and you have to think about what special responsibilities come with the animal.