FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Would You Like to Know?
WHAT RATS DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE?
Currently, we are only adopting out from our FLR Signature Line. We regularly update our Facebook and Instagram pages with information about our current litters. Instagram posts can be seen on our Home page as well. We operate on a first come first serve basis; approved adopters from our waiting list are contacted privately to reserve their rats first before any open adoptions are offered. A completed application is required for consideration. For information about timeframes for upcoming litters and reservations, please see our Future Litter Forecast.
WHY DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
We require a deposit in order to ensure that all reserved rats end up in their intended homes. It is important to us that only people who are serious about adopting from First Landing Rattery reserve from our litters. In the past, we have had adopters reserve rats without a deposit and disappear when it was time for them to take them home. Requiring a deposit at the time of reservation helps to alleviate this problem. The deposit also helps to cover the cost of food, bedding, and housing the rats until we can find them a new home should you be unable to pick them up or if you change your mind. Under emergency circumstances and at the sole discretion of First Landing Rattery, your deposit may be refunded, but it is otherwise non-refundable.
DO YOU SHIP / DELIVER?
Currently, we do not ship our rats. However, there is an option to arrange delivery for a flat mileage rate of $15 an hour, with a $15 minimum, at the discretion of First Landing Rattery.
CAN I COME TOUR YOUR RATTERY?
No, First Landing Rattery is a Closed Rattery. This means we do not allow members of the public inside. This is not because we have anything to hide, but it is necessary in order to help prevent the spread of disease. There are many illnesses that rats are susceptible to; the risk of allowing adopters to visit (especially those who already own rodents) is simply too high. Entire ratteries have been wiped out due to diseases in the past and we work hard to keep our animals healthy! Also, as we are a home based rattery (with small children in the house), allowing strangers into our home is not something we are comfortable with for the safety of ourselves and our children.
DO YOU ADOPT OUT SINGLE RATS?
No. Rats are incredibly social creatures and CANNOT be housed alone. Even if you currently have other rats, introductions tend to go much smoother if they have a familiar rat to associate with. Rats are sold in pairs at the minimum. The only exception may be retired/older rats adopted to an experienced home with other rats, at the sole discretion of First Landing Rattery.
DO I NEED TO QUARANTINE?
Yes, all new rats coming into your home should be quarantined to the best of your abilities. Quarantine must be in a separate rat free location and share no airspace in order to maintain a persistent quarantine environment. No shared airspace or handling between rats. The minimum quarantine must last 3 (three) weeks. If the Adopter chooses not to provide quarantine, it is at their own risk and will make the health guarantee null and void.
WHAT KIND OF CAGE/BEDDING/FOOD SHOULD I USE?
It is imperative to keep your rats in a proper well-ventilated cage of adequate size. No aquariums, CritterTrails or all plastic cages.
Proper bedding for rats include aspen, kiln dried pine or other bedding that the First Landing Rattery has agreed upon. Use of bedding including but not limited to Carefresh, paper pellets or fleece bedding is strongly advised against by the First Landing Rattery.
It is also important to provide your rats with nutritious proper food Such as Oxbow Essentials Adult Rat food, Mazuri Rat & Mouse food, or other food that the First Landing Rattery has agreed upon, and to provide clean fresh pure water (no added extras such as but not limited to vanilla, vinegar, vitamins) in a proper water bottle.
Please refer to our Care Sheet and Cage List (Courtesy of The Official Rat Network) for more information. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us!
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY RAT GETS SICK?
First Landing Rattery requires that you have an exotic vet lined up before bringing home your new pets. If you do not have a veterinarian who treats rats, one will be provided for you. “New home sniffles” are common as rats adjust to a new environment, but if this does not clear up within 1-2 weeks, a vet visit is in order. It is also required that if your rat should grow sick at any point in its life, regardless of what the problem is, you notify First Landing Rattery as soon as possible.