Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any available rats?
All available rats will be posted under the available rats tab. If that tab is empty, BTR does not currently have any available to adopt.
Where are you located?
I am located in Overland Park, KS. Travel policies can be seen here. I do not currently ship.
I am a new rat owner and am looking for information about care and housing.
I have multiple care sheets that can be found on this site under “Care Guides.” These guides will likely answer most of your husbandry questions.
Do you have a waitlist?
Yes. Bleuming Tails almost always has a fairly long waitlist. Wait times for adoption tend to vary between 2 to 6 months.
Do you breed hairless?
I do not breed hairless. The rattery will occasionally have double rex babies available to adopt, but they are not a focus.
What varieties do you breed?
I breed rex (and standard), dumbo (and standard),black, Russian blue, mink, pearl, beige, American blue, and Russian beige/blue beige. I also breed for agouti and agouti variants of the above colors.
I breed for Irish, variegated, and blazed wedge markings.
What does it mean when applications are “closed?”
I will close applications, meaning I am no longer accepting new applications, when I feel that the waiting list is growing too long or that the wait period between litters will be longer than normal.
Do you ever place retired breeders up for adoption?
Yes! I will sometimes, if I can get myself to part with them, place retired breeders up for adoption. They are usually placed for adoption as a same-sex pair rather than a solo rat.
When do you rehome babies?
I do not rehome babies until they are 8 weeks of age or older.
Rats wean at 5 weeks, but I keep them just a little longer to ensure they’re growing correctly and have a stable temperament.
Do you handle your babies?
This is a tricky question to answer, and because of that, I’ll answer it with my full socializing schedule.
0-2 weeks of age: Daily health checks that consist of picking up the baby and checking over its body.
2-5 weeks of age: Checking in daily to every other day and visiting for about 10 minutes with them in the bin, taking notes on who is naturally curious, brave, etc.
5-7 weeks of age: Babies are separated by sex and are handled more, typically every other day for 30-45 minutes. This includes being removed from their cage and allowed to briefly free roam. During this time, I take notes on who is staying hidden, exploring, who is seeking me out for comfort, etc.
7-8 weeks of age: Holdbacks are chosen and babies who will become available for adoption are chosen and posted.
Can I choose a specific variety?
You can request a specific variety. However, I do not breed to fill adopters’ requests and stick to my schedule. This can cause special request wait times to be much longer than general adopters.