The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder
The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - An Interview with a Rat Breeder

interview with Tracey York, Ratpack & Ratmandu Rattery & AusRFS President
As published in The Pet Directory QLD, NT & WA Edition

Meet Tracey York, Ratpack & Ratmandu Rattery & AusRFS President

The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder

• Do many people keep pet rats in Queensland?

Yes, they are a very popular pet here. I suspect it’s because we arent able to have rabbits or ferrets like other states do. Our rat and mouse club branch is the largest in Australia.

The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder

• Is it an expensive hobby?

By the time you allow for possible vet fees, as well as food, toys, housing etc. they aren’t a $5 pocket pet. They can be rather expenisve, but like any animal, if you purchase from a reputable breeder and get rats from healthy, long lived lines, you lessen the chance of purchasing a sickly animal.

The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder


• Are rats smelly, dirty and carry diseases?

NO, certainly not, they are one of the cleanest animals you can have. Rats are meticulous groomers.
Rats/mice only smell if their home isnt clean, just like any other animal. Rats do not carry the plague as is commonly thought. Fancy rats are not like wild rats, its like comparing a dog and a dingo, they are completely different.

The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder

• Is it difficult to successfully keep rats as pets?

No, rats are very easy to keep. It’s best to do some research into whether they would be a suitable pet for you before purchasing. They require less space than a larger pet, but have a lot of personality in that small body!

The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder

• What are the main difficulties in breeding rats?

The difficulties encountered are people not planning properly before embarking on breeding. Not enough planning and careful selection goes into it. You need to select carefully your breeding pairs in order to get the best possible result you can. Through our Society we try and educate people in proper preparation and planning, and also care of their rats/mice.

• Is breeding rats to show them becoming popular?

Yes it is, but most people who show rats/mice are pet owners only, not breeders.

The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder

• Where are rat shows held?

We hold our shows at a Community hall, The Finnish Hall, 62 Newnham Road, Mt Gravatt. Shows are held every 8 weeks and are a day event, starting around 9-30am and finishing around 3-30pm.

• What types of prizes do people win at a rat show?


People can win large ribbons/sashes or trophies. Points are allocated for breed classes and these points accumulate for Championship status, the end result of the most points accrued being Rat/Mouse of the Year trophy.

The Pet Directory Small Animal Article - DIET: An Interview with a Queensland Rat Breeder

The Pet Directory is the proud sponsor of championship trophies at AusRFS Rat & Mouse Shows for 2004

Information supplied by:
Tracey York, Ratpack & Ratmandu Rattery & AusRFS President

AusRFS

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