Current Litters

All our babies are handled from a very early age, typically starting a day or two after birth, to get them as well socialized to humans as possible. We also preference temperament first, as well as health, as breeding friendly rats who are happy pets is our primary goal. We breed for pets only - no feeders - and raise the babies in a typical household environment where they're exposed to regular human activity and sounds and even to friendly cats. Babies stay with us until at least six weeks of age (or longer if we have any health concerns about the litters, which is happily pretty rare.) All our breeding stock are pets first, breeders second to us and stay with us for the duration of their lives, even if retired from breeding due to age or health concerns. We began breeding rats in the early 2000s as it was very difficult to find healthy, well socialized pet rats that did not come from inhumane small animal breeding mills that, unfortunately, supply most of the pet stores who sell live animals. We got involved in RatsPacNW, a rat fanciers club serving OR, WA, ID, BC and UT, and were mentored closely by its founding members when we decided to try rat breeding. We also support several local small animal rescue groups with donations, adoption referrals and transportation. All our breeding stock is pedigreed and tracked for health over time and we work with a small consortium of other pet rat breeders in the Northwest to keep our gene pool healthy. This is our hobby, not a business, and almost nobody involved in rat breeding humanely makes a profit from it - all adoption fees go directly back to the costs of caring for the rats. There is an adoption fee of $25 per rat and, barring special circumstances such as providing a companion for a single rat who just lost their cagemate, we only adopt in pairs for the emotional well being of the rats, who are intensely social animals who naturally live in groups in the wild.

In light of the recent cases of Seoul hantavirus transfer between pet rats and humans in the midwest, we've done some research on the issues and have written up our research and plans for the rattery going forward, which you can read here. Though the likelihood of the virus being present in our rattery is extremely small, we are not able to test every single rat in the colony to be 100% certain. Please read our FAQ on the topic so you can make the best informed choice about adopting a rat into your home.

These are our litters are currently or soon to be up for adoption. Please email lynn@worldofrats.com for an easy online adoption application. To see our longer term breeding plans for the coming months, which are subject to change, visit our Planned Litters.

Litters Currently Born

The Bobbles

This litter was a real nail-biter! Velma had a perfectly healthy pregnancy and then a bit of a rough delivery on June 8. She gave birth to 10 babies, one of whom passed shortly after delivery, but afterwards was not interested in mothering or nursing the pups. Luckily, Little Whiskers Rattery of Washington, a sister rattery in Lacey, had the marvelous Beans who became a mother just days before Velma and who had plenty of motherly love and milk to spare. We took a wild car ride south that very evening to get the Bobbles tucked in with their foster family. Sadly, we lost the runt, but the remaining eight are doing fantastically well and growing big and plump under Beans' care. Velma has fully recovered and has been retired from our breeding program to simply be the queen of her cage group as always here. More photos and information will be forthcoming from Renee at Little Whiskers. These babies should be perfectly fine and healthy and be ready for new homes in late July. In the tradition of boxer and culinary entrepreneur George Foreman, all babies will be named for famous Bobs: Bob Ross, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Bob the Drag Queen...

Box of Chocolates (Part 2)

This is going to be one interesting litter. Archer is our first marten male to join the menagerie and he's a wonderful introduction to his breed. He's sweet, silly and very outgoing. Marguerite is our princess. She's as beautiful inside as she is outside and has an actual informal fan club going. This litter has a LOT of pre-reservations so I'm really hoping everything works out well and she has a solid sized litter. We should get burmese, black eyed siamese and some martens, plus whatever a marten burmese might look like. Purple? Plaid? Everyone should be dumbo and half will have a lovely rex coat like mum. I also anticipate glorious personalities if genetics has anything to do with it. Babies will be named for types of chocolates. Marguerite has four extremely large, chubby babies, all spoken for, born on June 17.

Shakespeare in Love (With Rats)

Lovely harleys, harvels, velveteens and standard coats, all carrying harley, in Russian blue and possibly colorpoint, all dumbo. These babies should have fantastic personalities. Their mom is one of our most outgoing girls and their dad is so gentle and mellow. Babies will be named for Shakespearean characters, just like mom. Pease surpised the heck out of us by having a large litter of 11 a day earlier than expected on June 17. And she did it ninja style, with all babies birthed, cleaned and nursing in an hour!!! Peaseblossom means business with her babies!

Upcoming Litters Breeding in July

My Favorite Things

This litter is all for the cuteness and sweetness of the roan line. Wing is pretty much the queen of the rattery and everyone who meets her falls hopelessly in love with her. Cedar is young but already he's the dearest little cuddler. I expect black, agouti and possibly russian blue and russian blue agouti for colors, half roan, half low white, all dumbo and half rex and half smooth coat. I predict everyone will be utterly delightful in this litter.

Beaches

Simon and Yoko are both outgoing little clowns who just crave human attention and playtime. Simon is the rat I always offer people new to rats to hold as he's such an excellent cuddler and shoulder surfer. Yoko can't possibly sit still long enough for that sort of thing but she absolutely loves to hand wrestle, get pettings and assiduously groom your fingernails. I expect dove dalmatian dumbos in various lovely markings.

 

Types I will be working with in future include roans (always my favorite), dalmatian (face blazing and lots of white spotting on the body) which will be combined with down-under markings (colorful belly spots to match the upper markings on the back), colorpoints (black-eyed siamese and burmese) and the harley coats (long hair) which I will also be working into my colorpoints. For my possible schedule over the next six months visit my Planned Litters page.

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