Lovecraft Rats
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Homing information

There will likely be 3-6 Lovecraft litters per year. I work very closely with Jemma at Isamu Rats; we breed the same family of rats and share our waiting list, and often coordinate our litters so some close relatives will be born there too.

The main varieties I breed have so far been agouti and black in dumbo and top ear. I'm planning to focus on agouti and cinnamon, with a separate(ish) self line with black and mink, which are likely to be silvered. I would happily be in a position to keep Essex markings going but it's not my main priority. In many of the litters there is a small chance of russian-based varieties and topaz/buff (see varieties photos). I use selective inbreeding to improve health, type, temperament and longevity. If this idea bothers you, please read this forum thread on the old Fancy Rats forum and if it still worries you, you will need to find your kittens elsewhere. Although I aim to achieve show standards, my kittens are not guaranteed to be of show quality.

I am working with the primary aim of extending healthy lifespan in robust, typey, beautiful rats who have a very active, engaging and people-oriented temperament. I use a waiting list and am unlikely to have kittens available immediately. Some kittens may be available to pet homes, to be homed in same-sex pairs or trios ready to go to their new homes at around 7 weeks. Kittens are never homed before 6 weeks of age, and I will not usually home a single kitten even if there is same-age company available in the new home. Where possible, I will attempt to pair up non-identical kittens but this depends entirely on what is born in the litter. As a breeder, I must look to the next generation and my first priority will always need to be choosing our my keeper kittens; this can sometimes only be done shortly before homing age, so new homes should be aware that I am therefore often unable to let people know which individual kittens are available until then. Sometimes I am able to give homes a limited choice of kittens, but depending on litter size and other factors this is not always possible.

If you wish to apply to go on the waiting list for kittens, please email lovecraftrats@gmail.com to request an application form. Please note that the form is a tool - not a test. It enables me to get some of the information I need in order to give you the best advice I can before offering you my rats, and provides a starting point for further discussion. If I am happy with the answers (or satisfied that advice can been taken onboard and that we can have an open dialogue) I will add you to the waiting list for kittens.

The application form also gives you space to ask questions of me. I believe that taking on kittens from a breeder is a two-way relationship, ideally one which both parties will find rewarding and valuable. I would always encourage prospective owners to spend some time researching breeders in an effort to find someone whose ethics and breeding practices you feel comfortable with. I welcome questions from prospective owners and know how important it is to pick the right breeder - you should feel happy with your selected breeder, just as much as breeders need to satisfy themselves that their kittens will be going to a good home.

Prospective owners are welcome to visit, though please be aware that I work full time and have a life as well as my rats, so visits need to be arranged in advance. Similarly, I am not online every day and it can sometimes take a while to respond to emails, especially application forms which can require a lot of feedback.

I may be able to put you in touch with owners in your area who has rats from me, and there is also the option of meeting me and my rats at a NERS show, which I attend the majority of. I encourage prospective owners to meet me and the rats in person - this will help you decide if their temperament and type is what you're after. Buying an animal is effectively endorsing that person's ethics and husbandry, so I would encourage you to satisfy yourself that you're comfortable with the way that your chosen breeder operates.

You will need to arrange to collect your kittens in person from my home. Alternatively, it may be possible to arrange to meet at a rat show. I will not consider transporting kittens via someone else unless I already know you very well.

Owners are asked to sign a no-breeding agreement and to keep me updated on the rats' health and temperament throughout their lives via 6-monthly updates at the minimum. Interest in my babies continues throughout their lives - I will continue to provide advice and support should you need it, and aim to build a relationship with each of the prospective parents; many become friends. I have an active Facebook group for my owners where people contribute with monthly weigh-ins, photos and general rat chat, questions and advice.

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