Hi. My name is Jenny McCormack and my partner and I own a rattery for breeding pet rats in Perth, Western Australia called Amberdawn Rattery. I got my first rat in 1990 after looking after my cousin's rat (Tess) while he was on holiday. I fell in love with the cute little furry face, the ticklish whiskers, delicate hands and kind and friendly personality and have not looked back since. Luckily my partner is now just as much in love with these charming little furry pets as I am.
Having fallen in love with these creatures and after getting to know much more about them I have established a line of warm friendly rats with good health and have slowly added a variety of colours and markings to go with these delightful rats. My rats are my pets first and foremost. However the line I have is so beautiful and their personalities so fantastic and loveable that I have not been able to resist breeding them. I currently have pedigree rats that I had over 10 recorded generations of breeding history in their bloodline and it is this line that I have merged with Julies line that is well known and well respected in the eastern states and also has a long history. I have got my line back from Julie as she is not currenly able to breed and this line with the long history both in WA and in Melbourne are now back here in WA and I am breeding once again. I have also had a lot of encouragement and support from friends like Allie and Leanne who are helping by allowing their precious babies to be made available to me for breeding.
The rats all live in our family room in two cages where they get a lot of attention and where they can also see the tv which they love to watch. The cages I have are made from joining two ferret kingdom cages together and adding extra shelves. The rats get cooked meals each night as well as their health food mix that I make for them and lots of treats, cereal sometimes for breakfast and fresh vegetables reguarly. They also have regular cuddles and play time out of the cage on the couch and on the bed.
In my time of keeping rats I have learnt that generally all of the negative stories you hear about rats are false and the more I learn about them from experience the more I have come to realize how unappreciated they are as pets. Pet rats are as far apart from their wild rat cousins as the pet dog is to the wolf or fox. The rats are very loving and loyal and adore attention and cuddles you can read more stories about my rats here.