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Fancy Rat Care: A Lensography by Shandi S.G. Penrod

Updated on August 15, 2011

a collection of pages on the care of pet rats!

My husband and I have had pet rats since college and before we married. We love that they are so easy to take care of, are emotional and smart as a whip (like dogs), can be taught tricks, and love to see us when we come come.

I've created a collection of Squidoo lenses on the care of pet rats, including hairless rats, and I've assembled them here. Take a look and tell me what you like.

If you have an idea for another fancy rat topic leave me a message in the guestbook.

Photo Attribution | asplosh | Flickr

The Best Book on Pet Rat Care

My Rat (My Pet Series)
My Rat (My Pet Series)

This is the most informative and up-to-date book on rat care I've found--the one I'd recommend to rat owners if they could have only one. It's very thorough, written in an easy-to-read, entertaining fashion, and contains a plethora of color photographs.

My Rat is a paperback but the thicker, water-resistant paper makes the cover more durable than most paperbacks.

Buy it first!


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If you have an idea for another fancy rat lens please leave a message in my guestbook.

Reader Comments - Your thoughts on pet rats, rat lens ideas, and more.

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    • brownee lm profile image

      brownee lm 

      5 years ago

      Awesome lens with lots of information! I had a pet rat, Tessy, in high school. She was a wonderful companion and so cute!

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      We all left the apartment yesterday for the entire afternoon. So sweet to see our little guy waiting by the cage door, swaying and bright eyed, I swear he was happy to hear us come home, just like a cat or a dog would be. He's a solo rattie, so his peeps are important to him. He makes wonderful company; we love him very much.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens. Please keep up the good work. I will definitely come back to read more!

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      7 years ago

      Ooo, I can't wait to read some of these lenses! You have quite a talent for crafting an interesting lensography. Enjoy some Angel dust for your efforts.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Have you put your rats in competition, like at a state fair? This is a wonderful niche. It is going into the "coolest niches" lensography.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      We loved the fancy rats we had. A gray and a black and white, so I don't know if they were really fancy. I would have a rat pet again, if I did not have a Jack Russell.

    • smithlights profile image


      7 years ago

      I had rats growing up and LOVED having them around! Unfortunately they have a bad rap, but they were great pets for me!


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