August 22, 2013- After a brief hiatus from breeding, the rattery is back on track. We once again have the space and time to take on new rescues and socialize new litters. If you have a rat you need to rehome, please contact me and we can work out the details. If you want to be on a waiting list for upcoming or current litters, please email me with the litter(s) you are interested in or just that you want a rat from any litter.
February 13, 2013- Lola's pups continue to thrive and boy are they sweet! Lola has done really well with her babies and I can't wait to see how these beauties turn out. The rattery hasn't had space to hold rescues recently, but I should have some new cages within the next few months and I will be able to take in rescues once again. If you are looking for a pre-loved young adult to older adult ratty, please contact me to be placed on a waiting list for this type of adoption. Because rescued rats are generally set in their ways, they will be adopted out to the family that best fits their needs.
February 4, 2013- After a long hiatus, Tiger Tail is getting back on track. Several pairings are in the works and a few more are upcoming. Hopefully the adopters on the waiting list will get their pups very soon! I know how excited everyone is for the upcoming litters, and I'm excited as well. Temperament and health continue to improve and the looks remain just the way I like them. If you haven't gotten on a waiting list, now is a great time to sign up. Contact me via the page in the directory. I look forward to hearing from you!
August 14, 2012- After serious consideration and a lot of feedback from adopters, I have decided that the Jazz line will be ended due to aggression issues. The females all do really well, but several males have become nippy and hyper aggressive to other rats. No rats from this line will be bred, and I will be adopting out all of the remaining line except miss Jazz.
March 30, 2012- I did it! I worked my tail off and I got every rat at the rattery with an updated picture. I really need to update everyone's descriptions, but that will have to come next. I love how the pictures turned out. They really capture the personalities and beauty of each rat. I just wish we could peg the colors for Scud and Hector. Scud really reminds me of a burmese, but I don't know enough about that variant to say for sure. May have to call an expert in, or just say he is...different lol
March 27, 2012- I am currently working on updating the site with new pictures and breeding information. I can't possibly get all of the pictures made in one day, so bear with me while I work on this! Hopefully everything will be updated by the end of the week.
March 24, 2012- It's been far too long since an update! As usual, things have been very busy here. We have moved some lines out of the rattery program, and are focusing more on the lines we have now. We are basically focusing on two projects here. The first project is what I call the Flynn lines. These lines all trace back to James, Pippy, and Mimzy. It has proven to be a healthy line thus far, producing friendly and beautiful pups with dumbo ears and a variety of colors and markings. The main focus on this line is continuing the successes we have had, as well as zeroing in on some traits we like while pushing out some we don't. My other big project has produced quite a bit of controversy in the rat world and I would like to briefly explain. I have begun breeding "high white" rats. The controversy stems from the belief that breeding high white rats is essentially going to produce an abundance of rats with MC. I did research before deciding to take on this project, and I plan to work it for several years to prove my own theory. I will be bringing in expert testimony, honest results, and a final definitive answer to whether or not "high white" rats can safely be bred without producing any incidence of mega colon. I'm not breeding these rats because the public wants the markings, because most of the pups remain with me or with other people helping to do the research. I don't sell the pups for any extra money. All of my pups cost the same, regardless of markings, color, coat, or body type. Every life is worth the same amount to me. I'm doing this research because it needs to be done, and no one else wants to touch it. I do not have any concrete results as of yet. Out of approximately 5 "high white" breedings, I have encountered 0.00% of any level of MC. There is still a lot to be done, however, and maybe I just got "lucky". So I will continue with this project and hopefully show that "high white" is not the determining factor, but that a strain in certain lines of rats is the cause, and the "high white" marking type is merely an indicator of the rat being a carrier of the strain. The rats are loved, are not seen as experiments, and their health is top priority. I'm doing this to better rats as a whole. If the strain can be pinpointed, we can begin to close off those strains and lower the incidence of MC dramatically.
Tiger Tail News
December 13, 2011- Final count on Taka's litter is nine healthy babies! Six chubby girls and three chunky boys. I will be posting pictures and names soon. This is going to be a beautiful litter!
December 11, 2011- Taka finally gave birth to her pups today. She had a very slow labor, but that isn't uncommon with first time mothers. Hopefully she will be a good mommy and will take care of her new babies. So far so good! I look to get a count sometime tomorrow. Percy has been paired with Ginger, Cake, and Pie. They are all getting along very nicely and haven't squabbled at all.
December 9, 2011- All of Shirley's pups have gone to their new, loving homes and the pups we kept back are settling in to the bigger cages and meeting their prospective cage mates. I'm trying to get a good handle on who can be housed with who. Some of my girls are very bossy and don't tolerate the youngsters playing. Some of my girls are eternal mothers and love having the little ones to popcorn with and love on. The young males cage is going to stay as it is. Cicero and Percy are too dominant to intro small males with them. Taka is VERY pregnant and is due to have her pups any day. She has started covering her food dish and spends a lot of time fluffed up in her sad little nest. I hope she plans to do some renovations to it at least! Concerning Mizuki, I can't tell if she has a small litter or is just a fatty rat. Because adoptions have gone so well and since the wait lists are filling up, I am in the process of planning another group breeding. Information on that coming soon! Keep checking back, and if you have any questions or want on a wait list for specific litters, let me know so you don't miss out.
November 29, 2011- All of Shirley's pups have started going to their new homes, and Addy just had a nice, healthy litter of eleven. She is doing a great job being a new mommy. The wait list is still open and has a few more slots for males and one slot for females. I still don't know if Taka and Mizuki are pregnant, but Zuki is definitely gaining weight steadily. Taka hasn't shown any change. Roxie did not end up pregnant, so no pups from her this go round. Other than that, it's pretty lazy and laid back here at the rattery!
November 17, 2011- The pups from the spooktacular litter have grown into absolutely wonderful little rats. I have to admit that this litter has been leaps and bounds ahead of anything I have produced thus far. All of the pups are outgoing, friendly, healthy, and are very playful and love being held. I think the adopters are going to be very impressed. On another note, I have decided to very slightly bump my adoption fees at the end of this year. Through December, prices will remain the same at $30 per pair and $40 per trio. Unfortunately, the more rats we keep, the higher the cost of cages, food, and other items continue to go up. I feel I need to explain how the money from the adoptions are used to help clarify for everyone involved. The way things stand now, every penny from adoptions goes directly back into the rattery. It buys food, be it fresh fruits, lab block, pastas, veggies etc. I also need to get new feeding bowls every now and again. I use their bowls until they have been damaged to the point of becoming a health hazard. When there have been too many crevices chewed into a bowl, it has to be retired so that bacteria don't build up. There are lots of expenses in properly and responsibly running a rattery/rescue. As a stay at home mom, I devote a lot of my spare time to the logistics of the rattery. I make sure they are fed, socialized, and given treats every day. I give every rat a once over to check for any abnormalities. I drive well out of my way to meet adopters and I only ask for compensation for the gas to get there and back, and I split the fee among adopters. I don't charge for registrations or any other time consuming part of the rattery that requires my time. I don't want any monetary compensation for doing what I love. The reason I charge an adoption fee is to make sure the rats go to a good home and to help recover the cost of the rattery. I have never nor will I ever make a profit. There is always a bigger cage needed, a vet bill to pay, and the like. The small increase in adoption fee is very small, at only $5 per rat. It doesn't make much difference to the adopter, but in the end it creates up a much easier number to work with for the rattery. I appreciate your understanding, and if you have any concerns or disagreements, please send me an email so that you can help me understand your feelings and vice versa.
November 3, 2011- Lots going on with the web page over the next few days. I will be updating all pictures of the rats as well as working on a testimonials page. The pups in the Spooktacular litter have started opening their eyes today. Hopefully everyone will be bright eyed in a day or two and I will then post new pics of the bubs. Flynn is still in with Addy and Roxie, and they are getting along great. Both litters should produce big, beautiful rats, so if you want on the waiting list, shoot me an email. Taka and Mizuki will be paired with Percy in about three weeks as long as the reservations and adoptions go smoothly for the first two litters. So get on those wait lists and don't miss out on pups!
November 1, 2011- Things have been very busy around the rattery! One of the roof rat pups made it and one did not. The living pup was released yesterday, and was more than happy to run out of our sight. He was quite the wild one, and a testament to the reason why wild animals shouldn't be kept as pets. I'm very happy he remained wild and was able to be released. Shirley had her pups and all are doing great! Healthy, fat and happy. Mom is doing well too. She hasn't lost any weight or vigor. Quite a few pairings are planned for the month of November. They have been spaced out so that we don't have too many pups at one time, and if the first two litters aren't mostly spoken for by the time of the second pairing, I won't pair the next females until they have been reserved. If you have emailed me recently and haven't heard back, keep trying. For some reason some of my rattery emails have been getting sent to my spam folder.
October 12, 2011- Tiger Tail Rattery has taken on its first foster rescues! I was contacted by a wonderful woman named Kenzi who had happened upon a nest of baby rats when some work had been done in her garage. She drove several hours to get them to me, and they are doing wonderfully so far. I have high hopes for rehabilitation and release when they are a few months old. They are both male black roof rats and have been named Master Splinter and Templeton. In the future, if anyone should have baby rats that need to be raised, please contact me. I would be happy to help.
September 10, 2011- Lots of news! First of all, I won't be able to update pictures for a while. My digital camera finally said it's last goodbyes and is now resting in camera heaven. I will be getting a new one as soon as I can save up enough money. To help fund a new camera, which is a very unexpected expense, I'm going to start selling my hammocks and cubes and other rat cage accessories. Please contact me for availability and pricing! Our prices are super low and our items are super cute. Leroy is still paired with the girls, but as of yet, there appears to be no good news. I don't think he is going to be a breeding rat. If there is still no change within the next week or so, I will pair the girls with an appropriate male. We added three new girls to the colony recently and they are doing great! Taka, Coi, and Mazuki fit right in with the weaned girls and will be monitored in the coming weeks to evaluate their prospects in the breeding program. Fingers crossed!
August 24, 2011- TIGR Katie Scarlett is a superstar! Check out the video below of my sweet girl doing a cute little trick :)
August 19, 2011- Jazz FINALLY delivered her pups today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but will hopefully be able to do that in about 24 hours after she has had plenty of time to nurse the pups and bond with them. Howdy's pups are still doing great and markings are starting to show. Both Jazz and Howdy are being wonderful, caring mothers to their new babies.
August 17, 2011- Howdy had eleven healthy peepers yesterday afternoon. She didn't make a very effective nest, so I was concerned she didn't have very good mothering instincts. Boy was I wrong! She keeps every baby tucked neatly underneath her, and all have big milk bands. They are quite healthy and very chubby. Jazz still hasn't given birth, but I am not concerned. The breeding was over a ten day or so period, so she still has several days before her last possible due date. She has made about three nests, covers her food, and sleeps aaalll day, so they will arrive soon!
August 8, 2011- I paired Flynn with Jazz and Howdy, and it appears that the breedings have taken and that both girls are indeed pregnant. They both have steady weight gain and are being very lazy. I'm very excited to see how Howdy's first litter will go, and to see what kind of pups Jazz will have on her second go round. Jazz produced big, beautiful, healthy babies last time, so I expect the same in this litter. Hoping for another variegated with a good headspot like Cicero, but this time female! I have no clue what to expect from Howdy, but there should be some interesting markings in blacks and blues. Ah sweet mystery!
July 25, 2011- It appears that the breeding with Leroy, Howdy, and Jazz didn't take. Leroy is a very submissive male in the boys cage, so I'm worried he may not be able to get the job done. I'm going to pair them one more time starting today. If this pairing doesn't take, I will consider which male would be best suited to take Leroy's place.
July 19, 2011- Holy traveling rats! Tiger Tail Rattery has been going strong for about a year now, and in that short period of time, our rats have gone to Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, and our home state of Alabama! It's really exciting to know that we have become a trusted part of the rat community. Thanks to all of the fabulous adopters, past, present and future, for making this possible!
July 8, 2011- Things have been busy around here lately. The pups from the Velma and Roxie litters are growing like little weeds and are extremely sweet. I'm very pleased with how these litters are turning out. There also appears to be a new color popping up in this line, which I am assuming is platinum, but I will not definitively name it until they have gotten a bit older. I'm keeping several of the pups with this coloring back so that I can work with it some more. Sadly, just before I went out of town, one of Mimzy's cagemates attacked and killed her. She had given birth to a single pup and I'm assuming she was trying to protect it. It had also been killed. I had kept her in a maternity cage for over a week past the last possible date for delivery, and I had no idea she was even pregnant. I am still very bothered and upset about her death. She was a heart rat, and I will miss her greatly. RIP my little Mimzer.
June 21, 2011- It's been far too long since my last update, and I do apologize! Things have been super busy with the rat adoptions from the last litter and the puppies from my Schnauzer litter. Velma and Roxie both gave birth to large litters on June 14, 2011. Velma had 13 and Roxie had 14. As expected, all pups were dumbo with blue black and beige. Many of the pups were velveteen, which was great! Both moms and all pups are doing well.
May 31, 2011- The pairings of Flynn X Mimzy, Velma, Roxy, and Kitty are finished and the girls have been moved back into the RUUD cage with the other females. One of my rescues didn't recieve them particularly well, but she calmed down and remembered her place. The current pups are growing and starting to play now. They are so adorable! I'm so happy to have finally produced a blue litter here. It only took nine months!
May 26, 2011- May pairings are under way. The litters should be born around the same time that the current litter is going to their new homes. Some of my adults were adopted out and retired this week. I think I have decided which blue pups I will be keeping from the FlynnXPippy litter.
May 11, 2011- My sixth sense about impending labor has struck true yet again. I was planning to wait until the 11th to place Pippy in her maternity cage, but something told me to do it on the 8th instead. Sure enough, the following afternoon of May 9, 2011, Pippy delivered fourteen healthy, squeaky peepers! There are eight bucks and six does. All of the pups have black eyes, so they are probably mostly black pups, with a chance for blue. Fingers crossed! The wait list for this litter is full, but continue to check back as pups will probably be available.
May 7, 2011- Pippy is starting to show. Her belly is rounding out and she will be going into the maternity cage in a few days. Mimzy does not appear to be pregnant, though last time she took a while to begin showing, so she will go into a maternity cage as well until there is no doubt that the breeding did not take. The wait lists are almost full for these litters, but there are still a few slots open.
April 17, 2011- I put Mimzy and Pippy into Flynn's cage today. He received the ladies very well and was very excited to meet them. The girls were not so enthused, but after some grooming and bonding, they are all getting along fine now. Flynn is trying to make sweet love, but the girls are having none of it yet. I am hoping that by the end of the ten day pairing, they will have sorted out their differences and will become much cozier.
April 5, 2011- The pups are weaned now and are becoming a lot more interested in me and the children when we come in to play with them. They roll each other around, wrestle, and popcorn all over their cages. It is adorable! Another really exciting thing about this litter is that they will be venturing out to their new homes in just a few weeks, and will be going to several different states including my home state of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana!
March 18, 2011- It was a sad day today. James passed away this afternoon from unknown reason. I placed his body in his favorite cube and made him a little coffin. He was buried beneath the pair tree in my backyard beside my first schnauzer, Sam. I plan to plant a lily on his grave in remembrance of such a special friend. Play hard at the bridge you goofy boy. Poor Flynn is now the only male in his cage, but a few of the boys will be big enough to go in with him soon. I just have to spend extra time with him until he gets new roomates so that he doesn't get too lonely.
March 9, 2011- Another busy day! Today I got a count of Jazz's litter, and she had a total of 15 babies! She has been taking very good care of them and they all had really nice milk bands today. Skylar gave birth today around 2 pm. She also had 15 pups. She seemed slightly confused about taking care of them though. She had made her nest a little too large, and the pups were too far apart for her to keep warm all at once. Basically, she was sitting on the very edge of the nest nursing two kits. I took her out for a moment to count heads and I made her nest a little smaller, and now everything is going smoothly. She is able to lay on the nest and nurse all of the kits at once. Pictures of the pups will be made when they begin to develop markings around day five.
March 8, 2011- It has been an eventful week at the rattery. The RUUD cage came and I spent a looong night setting it up and starting the decoration process. The original plan was to put the girls in when I had all of the new cubes, liners, and hammocks sewn and in place, but I couldn't wait, and they were placed into the cage yesterday. They love it! They were immediately popcorning around and racing from level to level. Yesterday was not a completely happy day though. I took James to the vet because he was having trouble using his hind legs. I was scared it was a pituitary tumor or a stroke, but it turned out to be a spinal injury. He will never regain full use of his rear legs. Because of this, I have completely retired James from breeding. The two litters he last sired will be the last from him, and it's very sad. On a happier note, Jazz delivered her pups today around 4 pm. I haven't gotten a count yet because I like to give the girls about 24 hours to settle in before I go touching the babies. I don't like to stress them out. It looks like a good sized litter, though, and Jazz is being a great mom! Also, Skylar is indeed pregnant and is due to have her pups any day now. She built a Fort Knox nest using her food dish, paper towel strips, and loads of aspen. More updates as I know more about the pups, and pictures to come too!
March 2, 2011- Jazz has gained weight and is looking quite round about her middle section. Skylar has always been a fatty rat, so it's hard to tell whether or not the breeding took with her. There is still plenty of time for weight gain, though! As of today, I would say that Jazz is pregnant, and Skylar is not. On another note, I ordered a Martins RUUD cage today. Now I have more room to expand the rattery. Excited? You bet I am!
February 21, 2011- Jazz and Skylar have gone back into the girls' cage. I think James misses them already. Hopefully there are new lives beginning inside of them! I should know one way or the other in about two weeks.
February 14, 2011- Jazz and Skylar will be paired with James today. I was originally planning to wait until the end of February, but Valentines Day is the day of love, so I couldn't wait. After these litters are born, there won't be any more pairings until April or May, so make sure you get on the waiting lists!
February 7, 2011- Jazz has done very well throughout her quarantine period, and has been introduced to the girls. Introductions couldn't have gone better, and she is now enjoying the big cage with the girls. Just this evening, she was laying on top of a cube with Pixie, getting groomed and looking very happy!