Rattie Rascals Rattery
Port Orchard, WA
day - (360) 874-9085 evening
Owned and operated by
LeAnn & Beth Boardman
Asked Questions regarding our Rattery & Rats
What is a blue rat?
Blue is a color. There are many different shades of blue and two main
types. The one we breed is the American blue (slate), the other is a Russian,
similar to the Russian cat color. The difference is in the gene. The American
blue is based on the dilution of black. The gene that represents this is 'g.'
Two of these genes - g/g, one from each parent, allow the offspring to express the
blue coloring. For showing purposes, the color of blue should be as dark as
possible. There are also newer blue colors- powder blue and blue smoke.
What is Blue Agouti?
Blue agouti is a ticked color. The hairs have more than one color (banded).
On a blue agouti, the hair is medium blue at the base with a yellow-tan top.
The guard hairs are blue and the belly is a light or silver blue. Our blue agouti's
carry both the agouti gene and a solid color gene. This means if bred to a solid
color animal, the offspring will be mixed (solids and agouti's).
What are Dilutes?
variations of a color that have been diluted by eye color or a modifying
gene. Dilutes of blue are- platinum and silver.
What is a rex?
Rex is a coat/hair type. A rex rat has curly or wavy hair. We have two
types of rex & wavy (velveteen)
What is a dumbo?
A dumbo rat has larger, low set ears. They are also called, elephant ear
rats. The dumbo's are noted for their placid, laid-back dispositions but all rats
are individuals and may not follow this rule.
What makes the best
pet, boys or girls?
This is actually a personal preference. Both sexes are very social with
humans. Females tend to be more active throughout their lives, while males sometimes
become 'lap pets.' While young, both tend to urinate and defecate wherever they may
be (kind of like young children). As they mature, they do this less often and most
will hold it until they reach their cage again. At times, males and female will mark
their territory with bits of urine, this includes you.
Both our males and
females love to interact with people. The females prefer to do this while not being
held, while most of our males LOVE to be held and scratched. Both sexes enjoy being
with other rats (actually they thrive on it being social creatures).
You will see them playing with and groom each other. Our adult males, on the average weigh 1 1/4 lbs. (590 grams) as
young adults (7 months) and the females, approximately 10 oz (300 grams).
What do you feed your
All our rats get a good quality lab block by Mazuri plus a mix of grains. They get treats of people
food, veggies and some fruit. We start the babies on a gruel
of kitten step 2 formula mixed with cream of rice, cream of wheat and
dry rolled oats.
We mix our own flaked cereal grains as a supplement to the lab blocks.
This mix is 14% protein and 4% fat. This mix consists of Oats,
barley, rye, triticale, & veggy noodles.
This is approx. 2 parts oats to 1 part each other grains; 1/4 part veggy noodles.
3 parts of this mix is mixed with 1 part Diamond Low Fat dry dog food.
Do you ship?
I'm sorry, we don't ship at this time. We do and have gotten animals ready to
be put in shipments (air only) that other breeders are handling. We can,
depending on our schedule, meet or deliver in the Puget Sound area or areas that we, or family members are
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