Non-WWW sources of rat info, advice, etc.
Updated June 19, 2000
Yes, there is a world outside the web, and there are other support
groups for those of us crazy enough to keep vermin as pets. Here are
a few I'd recommend -- I'm a participant in or member of each of
these. Note that much of this information may be out of date.
Whether you just got your first rat or you make me look like an
amateur, this is THE place for any rat owner to go for instant rat
advice and constant rat tales. You subscribe, then send email to the
server, and it gets distributed to everyone on the list. As someone
said, sort of like a news group without a home. You can get the list
one message at a time, or in the (personally recommended) digest
format, where a bunch of messages are lumped together into one -- a
little slower, but it doesn't fill your mailbox -- so you only get
about one big email message every day (but all the same info.)
The rats list has had many incarnations, but in all of the ones in
recent history it's been run by James Kittock, firstname.lastname@example.org
-- if you have any trouble, email him. As of the time I updated this
page, the list was at egroups.com, but by the time you read this, who
knows . . .
There are other rat lists on egroups as well, including some regional
lists like Michrats. Do a
search on rats and see what you find!
Usenet Groups rec.pets and alt.pets.rodents
The newsgroup rec.pets used to be a big hangout for rat owners and
gurus, but in recent times there are a lot of other pet owners there
as well. If you can get it, alt.pets.rodents is more focused. You
will have to ask your local system people how to get to usenet groups.
The Rat Report
A monthly publication (as in a real physical thing printed on paper!)
of the Rat Fan Club. Debbie
Ducommun, who runs the for profit club, has also written two books which I
highly recommend for any rat owner! See the web page for details.
You can send a SASE for a free introductory issue! Contact Debbie "The Rat Lady" Ducommun at
email@example.com for more info, or write snail mail to:
Rat Fan Club
857 Lindo Lane
Chico, CA 95926
Or see the rat fan club on the web at its new URL:
Rat & Mouse Gazette
Another real paper and ink publication, this time by the Rat and Mouse Club of America. Yery
nice looking, color cover, lots of good info and great photography.
Six issues a year. For more info visit the web site or send email to RMGazette@aol.com.
On the web at:
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