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Today I took my daughter to her violin lessons and stopped in to a grocery store I had never been to. I still had some time yo kill and noticed a pet shop in the same strip. I went in and was at first very impressed with the variety of small animal accessories they had. A great selection of things I have only been able yo find online. They also had guinea pigs and a couple rabbits in really nice, clean enclosures. Then towards the back of the store I spotted a tank with 3 hairless rats. I had never seen one in person before, so i had to ask about them. At the counter I was told all they had were males. I only have females, so I knew I would not be able to get one, but asked if I could hold one anyway. A young girl took me back and picked one up out of the tank. She said he was her favorite because he is a dumbo. I asked where they came from and she said that they bred them there in the store. She said she had their uncle at home. My daughter wanted to hold one, so the girl reached in and grabbed another by the tail and pulled it out. I was shocked when she did this, up till that point, I had been thinking about how great they were treating the animals. She handed me the other rat and I saw that this one was in fact a girl. She said, "oh yeah..she's probably pregnant" I asked about age and she said around three months, which seemed about right because of size. I asked how long the female had been with the 2 males and she said " all her life, they are siblings" I'm not very experienced, but seeing as they are old enough and housed together...not to mention the swollen belly and prominate nipples, it's probably safe to say she is pregnant.She was so sweet. Bruxing while I pet her and burrowed into my sweater. My daughter really wanted to get her, but it just felt so risky. We went to another shop in the strip and then sat in the car talking about it, before I decided we shouldn't. But now, I can't stop thinking about her. Will she be condemned to keep breeding with her brothers? Or an inexperienced, uncaring person buys her and then what happens to her babies? On the other hand, what am I risking by brining her home. I could end up going from 5 to 13 rats in a matter of a week! I've read all the accidental litter stories here and on goosemoose...it just seems too scary. But it's hurting my heart and I can't stop thinking about her...What would you do?
 

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Any rescues in your area? You could contact them about taking the babies once they're ready? I don't think I could leave her there, I'm a sucker for these situations!
 

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It depends on where you are located and what your resources are. You could check out on this forum and facebook groups to see if there would be any interest in them. You could also have a vet terminate her pregnancy and spare the babies' lives possibly... but I understand if you're not comfortable with that, and she could be too far along.

You could also try contacting rescues around you. So, not to be super creepy, but where are you located? Even if it's just a state, it can majorly help us help you and point you in the right direction to find homes for the possible little ones (then you can buy her and know you'll have home for the pups)!
 

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It depends on where you are located and what your resources are. You could check out on this forum and facebook groups to see if there would be any interest in them. You could also have a vet terminate her pregnancy and spare the babies' lives possibly... but I understand if you're not comfortable with that, and she could be too far along.You could also try contacting rescues around you. So, not to be super creepy, but where are you located? Even if it's just a state, it can majorly help us help you and point you in the right direction to find homes for the possible little ones (then you can buy her and know you'll have home for the pups)!
Thanks for your reply!I'm in Michigan. I looked for rescues when we first decided to get rats, but with little luck. There is one but it's 3 hours away. The local humane society takes in rats..but I wouldn't really want to do that. I really want to go back and get her. Two things are holding me back...one is how thrilled it will make my husband ;) and the other is finding homes for possible babies. Are hairless easier to find homes for?
 

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I would say that hairless are easier and harder to find homes for. I know that might not make a whole lot of sense, but it just depends on the people around you. There are a lot of people who dislike hairless animals, but there are a lot of people who also look for hairless animals.

I really hope you do get her. Hairless moms can have really hard times with their litters (sometimes they can't feed them at all because their nipples are inverted) and indiscriminate breeding with hairless can lead to eye issues and skin issues. I'm not saying you should get her willy nilly, but I worry what will happen to the babies at the pet store if she's unable to feed them.

You could also start looking for ratteries and other rescues in your area and see if any of them would be willing to help you out.
http://www.ratdippityrattery.com/
http://wmicritterhaven.weebly.com/
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI62.html
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI308.html
http://happytailsrescue.wix.com/home

These haven't updated in awhile, but you can still try:
https://www.facebook.com/lovinghandsanimalrescue

I don't know what the pet store does with rats. But, it's likely, if they sell reptiles or sell feeder rats at all if the mother is unable to feed the babies will directly be used as food. I don't know if any of these rescues can help, but you should post in the adoption centre here and also check out Rats Are Awesome and make a post over there (they have a big rat community). If you are located near the OH border, you could also try contacting Rattie Tattie Rescue - they might be able to help a lot.
 

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I would say that hairless are easier and harder to find homes for. I know that might not make a whole lot of sense, but it just depends on the people around you. There are a lot of people who dislike hairless animals, but there are a lot of people who also look for hairless animals.I really hope you do get her. Hairless moms can have really hard times with their litters (sometimes they can't feed them at all because their nipples are inverted) and indiscriminate breeding with hairless can lead to eye issues and skin issues. I'm not saying you should get her willy nilly, but I worry what will happen to the babies at the pet store if she's unable to feed them.You could also start looking for ratteries and other rescues in your area and see if any of them would be willing to help you out.http://www.ratdippityrattery.com/http://wmicritterhaven.weebly.com/http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI62.htmlhttp://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI308.htmlhttp://happytailsrescue.wix.com/homeThese haven't updated in awhile, but you can still try:https://www.facebook.com/lovinghandsanimalrescueI don't know what the pet store does with rats. But, it's likely, if they sell reptiles or sell feeder rats at all if the mother is unable to feed the babies will directly be used as food. I don't know if any of these rescues can help, but you should post in the adoption centre here and also check out Rats Are Awesome and make a post over there (they have a big rat community). If you are located near the OH border, you could also try contacting Rattie Tattie Rescue - they might be able to help a lot.
Thanks for all the info! I'm not too far from OH border..so I will contact that rescue. I'm just sooooo mixed up on what to do. I can't stop thinking about that poor girl, even coming up with names for her. But trying to stay guarded..I've read so many heart breaking tales of accidental litters. Ugh!
 

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You could always get her and get her spayed, though if she looks quite pregnant it might be a bit late. Alternatively if you can get hold of galastrop (can be hard work in the US from the sound of things) it is a drug used to shrink hormonally linked tumours and has the bonus side effect of being a good morning after type pill (can be used at any point in pregnancy, though i'd be reluctant to use it after day 19 ish) with a single dose.
 

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You could always get her and get her spayed, though if she looks quite pregnant it might be a bit late. Alternatively if you can get hold of galastrop (can be hard work in the US from the sound of things) it is a drug used to shrink hormonally linked tumours and has the bonus side effect of being a good morning after type pill (can be used at any point in pregnancy, though i'd be reluctant to use it after day 19 ish) with a single dose.
Ok...I think I'm just going to do it. My question now is, she would be a single rat for a while...is that ok? I know people on here have said its best to get 2 rats, in case intros dont go well. But if she is pregnant..she would give birth during quarantine time, would she just need to be spearated out at that point anyway?
 

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As far as I know females SHOULD be separated when delivering their litters and when taking care of them. She'll be fine without a friend... because she'll have little ones to keep her busy.
 

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Good luck! I think you're doing the right thing. It would break my heart too and you won't be able to forgive yourself if you don't save her. I believe that sometimes we are put in certain places at certain times for a reason. This girl needs an angel badly and I suspect she will bring you all sorts of joy.

Keep us informed!
 

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I don't know where you live but here in England hairless rats seem to find new homes crazy fast. There is one big risk in taking on a pregnant hairless female though, they more often have problems lactating than furry rats which could put you in a position of either having to find a foster mum to feed the babies or having hand feed them every couple of hours.
 

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I did it! Now I feel like- OMG did I really just buy a pregnant rat, on purpose! She is really sweet tho. Rode on my shoulder in the store and just sat in my lap all the way home.Here are a couple of pics...what do you all think? Preggers?
 

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She kind of looks pudgy to me in a few pictures, but I'm certainly not an expert, and hairless tend to be more wrinkled anyway, so I wouldn't be able to tell you. She is precious, though, and I'm sure she's so happy to have a home.

I totally think you should name her Angel though :p Or something more subtle like Serafina (Seraphina, apparently a name from the bible for a group of winged angels).
 

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I've heard its a really really good idea to give pregnant rats more proteins and more nutrients in general. Try giving her some more scrambled eggs and such.
I know it's a bit late, but try to get her lots of good stuff right now.

I've also heard that accidental tail loss in babies (from the moms pulling on them or what have you) can happen - something that would terrify me, but apparently it happens.

You'll want to get an aquarium or a bin cage set up for her to actually have her babies. Pinkies can fall out of wire cages (though lots of people still leave them in wire cages and haven't had problems), it's just a precaution.
 

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One thing I wish I would have known to add. Most hairless females can't lactate. Get puppy or kitten or human soy formula and be prepared to feed the little ones.
 

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She's adorable and that looks like a preggy belly to me! Good luck i hope everything goes well :)
 

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She is simply precious! I'm so glad you brought her home! I agree with whoever said that you should name her Angel or Seraphina...that would be perfect!

Keep us updated on her progress! And best of luck to you if she is pregnant.
 
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