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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Care Made Easy
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: i5 Press (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889540714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889540719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debbie "The Rat Lady" Ducommun has a background in animal behaviour, nutrition, and animal health care. She is known internationally as one of the foremost authorities on rats. Ms. Ducommun lives in Chico, California.

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Debbie Ducommun, known as "The Rat Lady" since 1985, is internationally recognized as an expert on domestic rats. She has worked as a veterinary assistant, dog obedience instructor, manager of a humane society, and manager of the rat laboratory at California State University at Chico. She graduated from CSU, Chico with honors and a bachelor of arts degree in Animal Behavior, and has also completed graduate classes in nutrition.

Ducommun has had numerous articles published in national animal magazines and since 1997 has written a column on small animals for "Pet Business" magazine. In 1992 she founded The Rat Fan Club, and she wrote and published the Rat Report, a monthly newsletter for rat owners, until 2005. She also writes and publishes the "Rat Health Care" booklet, which is in its 15th edition and has sold well over 10,000 copies. Ducommun is author of the rat care book titled "Rats, Practical Accurate Advice from the Expert," published by Bowtie Press in 1998 and revised and reprinted in 2002, and "The Complete Guide to Rat Training" published by TFH Publications in 2008.

Ducommun has promoted rats on numerous TV and radio shows, and has also given numerous talks on rat and small animal care in classrooms and at Pet Fairs and Expos. She is consulted by veterinarians because of her extensive knowledge of rat health. She continues to expand her knowledge of rats on a daily basis. Ducommun lives in Chico, CA with her husband and a varying number of rats.

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It is easy to read and very informative.
Cindy
Anyone owning a rat has to buy this book first and only read this book.
Lucinda Rideout
Very helpful, full of everything you need to care for a new pet rat.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Pulman on December 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
Debbie Ducommun is a blessing to anyone who owns pet rats! With a long history of experience with rats, as a veterinary technician, pet store manager, and with a degree in animal behavior, the author is highly qualified to advise pet rat owners, from the neophyte to more experienced persons such as myself ( I am a licensed vet technician). The book is written in an organized, easily understood manner. The photos are superb, and there are literally photos for nearly every page of text. Subject matter spans a broad range of topics including behavior, training, medical tips, breeds, showing and much more. I have nearly every informational rat book in existence, and this book tops them all. Thank you Debbie Ducommun!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on January 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been keeping pet rats for 7 years now, and have discovered there are no perfect rat care books. Debbie's comes the closest, in my opinion. She has over 27 years experience keeping pet rats, and publishes a rat health care guide which no pet rat owner should be without.
This book, coupled with "Training Your Pet Rat" are the only two books you'll need.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donna Kean on December 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
We landed ourselves a pet rat a little over a year ago. Neither of us really knew much about rats, but we muddled through researching here and there on the internet and asking questions at the pet shop, etc. Our rat seemed healthy and happy, but I always worried that we might be missing something.

I received this book for Christmas, and by the end of Christmas morning I had read 2/3 of it! It is such an interesting and informative read. It put my mind at ease on several issues, taught me quite a bit and it is great to know that I have it as a reference if anything should ever happen to our precious Ratatouille! Like another reviewer already said, it might not go into quite enough detail for people who already know a lot about rats, but for your everyday rat owner, I think it is more than sufficient.

Oh, and, after reading in this book that you should never keep a solitary rat, unless you can spend several hours a day with it (we manage a couple of hours a day), we are off to get a house mate for her, in the new year. Of course, now we have this book, we know how to successfully introduce the new rat in the correct and proper way ;o)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on May 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've been a rat lover for some time now, and recently I bought the Rat Health Care Booklet and this book from Deb's site, [...] and she autographed my book. Once I started reading, I couldn't get enough, I thought I knew a lot about rats, and I do, but this book is amazing and it is very easy to understand. It's wonderful for both people who are just now starting to love rats and people who have loved them for years.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilcox on September 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Deb has had many years of rat experience and it definitely shows in this book. With it's companion, Rat Health Care which can be purchased from the Rat-A-Log for under $5 (do a search on Rat Fan Club), you can't miss a thing. Every time we move I give a copy of each of those books to our new vet. They learn something new and are better able to care for my rats. The book has excellent recommendations for everything from food to cages to breeding. It's the definitive pet rat book, plus it has some darling pictures!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have a pet rat, and this book was helpful. I especially liked the chapters telling about games you can play with your rat and showing them. It was also very helpful on food, cages, and health. I would recommend it to people of all ages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ratty owner on July 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a nice book if you are looking for the basics of rat care at a glance. This book gives an overview of what a rat is like. Plus, since the author is the famed "Rat Lady," you know that you are getting a great book with accurate information.

Of course, the book doesn't go very in-depth with everything. It lists off common illnesses, a few tricks, and the basics. If that is what you're looking for in a rat book, then this is the book for you!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "lpixie" on February 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
Well-written, easy to understand and containing up to date, correct rat care information.
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