Located in Toronto, Ontario.
Pet homes only- my ratties go to pet homes only. They are not to be used as breeders unless my written permission is given and a contract is signed between both parties.
Closed door rattery- for security and biosecurity reasons my rattery is a closed door rattery, meaning that visitors are not allowed. I hope to help you choose a baby for adoption by taking an excessive amount of pictures and sending videos and personality descriptions if requested.
Cages- my rats are homed in 6 double critter nations. I use fabric bedding as I find fabric is best to keep the smell down, it is the easiest to clean, I can do cage scoops daily, ratties are easily litter trained on it, ratties can’t throw fleece bedding everywhere, and dust from fleece is non-existent. In the cages I have wooden chew toys, extra levels, huts of various sizes, hammocks, fleece toys, kleenex boxes, paper towel rolls, sock bins (bins of socks) among other toys. Litter boxes are present in all cages. I do not use litter bedding but instead empty the litter box daily.
Food- lab blocks are present at all times in every cage. I personally use Mazuri but, in the case of a late shipment, will occasionally switch to Oxbow or Harlan Teklad. I add vegetables and fruit to their diet daily and extra protein (eggs, chicken) to the diet of babies and nursing mamas, as well as all the other ratties.
Cleaning- I use vinegar and water as my cleaning solution (1/4 cup vinegar, 8 cups hot water) and clean my cages every 3 days (every day for tanks). To clean the critter nations I use a cloth on the bars a few times weekly, and power wash them monthly. Fabric is cleaned with regular detergent in the washing machine with white vinegar added to the load. The floors are swept, vacuumed, then mopped. F10SC veterinary cleanser will be used in deep cleans and power washing.
Free range time- rats are taken out every day to play around the rat room or around my bedroom for at least an hour. I have blankets set up to cover my bed and other furniture in case they feel the need to mark, a cat climber if they would like to climb, and food and water out if they are hungry or thirsty.
Vet care- I bring my rats to the Links Veterinary Clinic if necessary. A rat that must be brought in to vet care will be treated fully. If a rat needs to be brought into the vet at any point they will no longer be used in my breeding program. I will treat them as long as is necessary and then look to rehome them. If a rat being re-homed has attended the vet you will receive a full synopsis of their visit and treatment. I will always notify the adopter if their rat has attended the vet in the past.
Litter frequency- I ideally have 1-2 litters per month available for adoption.
Adoption fees- All money brought in from adoptions will be put towards the rats and their care. If extra funds are available they will be saved for emergencies and/or spent on toys, climbers and extra entertainment for the rats while they stay with me.
Fostering/Taking in litters - If you have an accidental litter that you do not know how to take care of or cannot keep in your care, on the occasion I will be able to take in the babies. This depends on whether I have a foster home available to keep them for a quarantine period and if I have the space in my rattery to take care of an extra litter.
A look into my life, my disorder, and what this has to do with your rattie :)
(All health updates can be seen @sydneyiskindasick on Instagram)
The Story of the Rat Emporium
The Rat Emporium is located in Toronto, Ontario in Canada.
As a kid my dream was to own as many pets as humanly possible. I had fish, hermit crabs, guinea pigs and cats and spent all the time I could hanging out with my animals.
In 2013 I took a few accidental hits to the head and was diagnosed with post concussive syndrome. I had to spend my days in a quiet and dark room on my own for a few months with my pets as company, the best companions I could have for my state.
After my concussions I began to sleep 22 hours a day and went to do a sleep study. I was diagnosed with Fragmented Sleep Disorder meaning that when I am unconscious I never go into REM sleep (restorative sleep) as I wake up every 4 minutes at night but stay unconscious. This is the equivalent to someone poking you every 4 minutes until you awake every single night. Sleeping 12 hours for me is the equivalent of you sleeping 1 hour.
Every medication that I tried within the next year that were supposed to cure Fragmented Sleep Disorder were uneffective. We finally found a medication that cut my sleep down to 15 hours a day but continued to try and find a reason why my sleep disorder could not be cured. I did two subsequent sleep tests, 1 sleep test per year, and was soon diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia, possible narcolepsy, possible seizures, EDS and OCD: all disorders that could lead to my condition, but the treatments that would commonly help these disorders have been ineffective.
To this day I continue to travel and change sleep doctors to find a proper diagnosis and medications that will help further with my condition. In my current state I cannot hold a regular job or go to school as my sleep hours are irregular. I often am unconscious between the hours of 1am to 1pm with several naps within my day. My joints are sore because of continuous dislocations so difficult physical activity is not an option which makes me a bit house-ridden.
Though this condition is very difficult to deal with in terms of being social, going out, studying or working I always had my pets to support me and had a special amount of time to spend with them. The disorder is a blessing in disguise as though I have to deal with it daily, it has helped me to discover and live my dream.
Many years back I went over to a friend's house and discovered that she had an accidental litter and I obviously couldn't help but bring home two new little baby boys. My infatuation with rats started there.
Before I brought home my two little babies I had no idea that rats could be the amazing companions that I have discovered them to be. My boys stayed with me and snuggled me when I was too tired and always cheered me up when I was feeling down. I started looking intensively into rat care, health and even genetics in my free time. What I discovered about the rats in my area is that there actually were very few places where I could find healthy rats that were treated well. I decided I could do my part in helping out the rattie reputation and also help out people like myself who were looking for the best companions to help get themselves through a rough patch, or just help people find a little happy furry friend.
This is when I decided to start a small adoption centre. As everyone else I wanted to be a different type of breeder, one that actually cared about the little creatures and not just sales. My awake hours were (and are) perfect for being able to provide full time care for the little ones and my inability to work and go to school allows me to devote all my time to my ratties. I clean my rat room every 2-3 days and the entire time I am not cleaning I am spending with my rat babies playing and cuddling.
With my story and condition I am able to promise many things that other breeders cannot promise:
- Your rattie will definitely be handled daily... handled and played with and pet and kissed and generally loved
- Your new friend will be as free of illness as you can find. I have travelled to find rats in the best of health that I could find. Ratties are sensitive animals and are prone to specific illnesses but my babies and the conditions they are living in are the best for eliminating risk of illness.
- Your ratties are treated as my pets in my home, not a source of income. They are rather spoiled and are all living in the optimal conditions that a rattie could live in with hammocks, huts, toys, treats and free roaming time.
- I am not breeding for patterns or colours and all my rats are to go to pet homes where they will be treated with love and have the most attention.
- I regularly have 1-3 litters in a month so all babies and parents can have a ton of attention. This occasionally means that I will not have babies available for a while or that I do not have the specific colour or pattern that you are looking for but please be patient and you will find the best rattie friends soon.
Thanks for reading, if you have any further questions about me or the ratties just message me! I will reply within 24 hours and do my best to have you and your new rattie friend together in no time.
Update Feb. 10 2016: I am waiting for genetic testing for EDS! In 2013 and 2014 I had two shoulder surgeries to repair my dislocating shoulders. Since I was young my shoulders have been dislocating every time I raise them above 90 degrees. Unfortunately the left surgery reversed and my shoulder continues to dislocate and the surgery on my right shoulder cut a nerve and I lost my deltoid. The reverse and the cut nerve could have been a result of EDS. Fortunately I have been given the opportunity to have a nerve transplant done this February. Hopefully I will have use of my deltoid once again!
Update: The nerve transplant failed. I still do not have my deltoid on my right shoulder, but I am doing hydrathletics to strengthen the rest of my body.
Update Jun. 30, 2016: Being treated with EDS. I have some new excellent leg braces and back braces to help me through the day!
Update Dec. 13/16 : genetic testing has been done. I have an official diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobility Type 3 and am waiting on genetic testing for Type 1 and Type 2.
If you have any questions regarding sleep disorders, pain disorders or EDS or if you are experiencing one of these issues and would like any advice, feel free to send me a message.