Included here below are some listings of websites that we have found to be very helpful in providing information on the care of pet rats, as well as, books on rat care and clubs. We have also included a few links that may help you to find a veterinarian trained in the care of pet rats, in your area.

If after reviewing the material presented in Rat Guide; you would still like more facts about rat care, visit: “The Wererat’s Lair” at Many of the answers given out to Rat-Help questions over the years are listed there.

If you still have a rat related question that you are unable to find an answer to, or if your question is of a more immediate nature and requires a timely response, email: Rat-Help.

The information and links provided here are by no means meant to replace that of a qualified veterinarian trained in the care of pet rats. Please consult with a veterinarian if you think your rat shows signs of illness or injury.

Websites For Pet Rat Owners

“The Wererat’s Lair”: A quick and easy reference to help and care of rats.

“Virginia’s Rat Page”: A site with lots of links to articles on different aspects of rat care.

“Raisin’ Rats Rattery”:   A Quick Medical Guide; M. Ruud, RMCA Member

“The Dapper Rat”: Quick reference articles.

“Rat Behavior and Biology”: This site describes the rat’s behavior, their sensory world, and biology of the rat.

“Rats Are People Too”: This site provides easy to follow information on rat care.

Veterinarian Lists:

Rat Fan Club Vet Referral List
Rat Vets—Midwest and Eastern U.S. (last updated: 1/26/18)
Rat Vets-Western U.S. and other countries (last updated:1/25/18)

Rat Forum
Exotic Veterinarian List & Info (posted: Jan 13, 2010)


Rat and Mouse Club of America: , Founder: Mary Ann Isaksen, and editor of the Rat & Mouse Gazette. This site includes a wealth of rat care articles written by wonderfully knowledgeable folk.

The Rat Fan Club: , Founder: Debbie Ducommun, editor of the Rat Report, author of the books Rats: Complete Care Guide, and Rat Health Care.


Rats: A complete owners manual(first and second editions): Author: Carol Himsel, D.V.M. This book is easy reading and can be found at your local pet store.

Additional List of Resources

VIN “Veterinary Information Network” at: by Veterinarians For Veterinarians.

VeterinaryPartner®” , Small Mammal category, at:

Additional links to Rat and Mouse resources for pet owners can be found on the “KuddlyKorner4u” Resources page at: .


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