Below are the rats, chinchillas and degus currently in our care.
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Rat Adoption Policy
Housing requirements will vary depending on the number of rats. Please see our rat housing pages for advice.
Prior to adoption we will carry out a set-up check, usually via email, to ensure the housing requirements for the animal you wish to adopt will be met.
Rats are social animals, so we will never rehome a rat to live alone. Rats adopted from us must not be bred from under any circumstances. We provide full rescue back-up for all animals adopted from us. This also means that if you are adopting a rat/rats to introduce to your current rats, if they do not bond, we will always take them back. We are also happy to carry out initial introductions/bonding for you if required.
Rats require daily out of cage play time and socialisation with their human carers. You will need a suitable safe space for your ratties to play in, as well as an appropriate spacious cage set-up.
Sadly, rats can be prone to a number of health issues and vet bills can be high. Adopters should be aware of this and be prepared for the costs of vet treatment if required. We highly recommend having a ‘vet fund’ and putting money aside into this fund each month – we do this for our own rats. In the event of illness, rats need to be seen by a rat-savvy exotics vet. If you are based in Manchester, we cannot recommend Ashleigh Veterinary Centre in Chorlton highly enough.
Our adoption fee for a rat is a £10 minimum donation to help cover the costs of caring for the animals at Tiny Paws MCR . Adopters must be aged 18+
Age: Unknown but guesstimate >3 years
After multiple failed bonding attempts, with both females and neutered males, we have sadly come to the conclusion that Pumpkin does not want same species company and so we are now looking for a home for her as a single chin.
We will only consider homes where Pumpkin will live in a liberta explorer sized cage as an absolute minimum, but ideally larger, such as something custom built or a chin proofed room – the royal veterinary college recommend a minimum enclosure size of 2m X 2m X 1m.
Ideal housing examples: https://www.chinchilla-scientia.com/haltung/k%C3%A4fige-gehege-zimmer/k%C3%A4figvorstellungen/
Pumpkin must also be provided with lots of human attention and daily free roam time when she is at her most active in the evenings.
Pumpkin enjoys a hay based diet, supplemented with forage (dried year round and fresh in the spring/summer when it’s available!) and a small amount of cold pressed hay based pellets.
She is not a huge fan of being handled and prefers to be allowed to explore you on her own terms. Humans are snack giving climbing frames to her!
If you can provide the time, attention and space our Pumpkin needs, please fill out our adoption questionnaire.