I found a litter of baby rats, what should I do?

  1. Keep them warm and safe.  Pinkies, especially, are hairless and cannot regulate their body temperature, so put them together in a box with a clean soft towel, cloth or tissue.  Cover the box, leaving a gap for air, and keep them as close to body temperature using a thermostatically controlled heating pad or by holding the box close to your body.
  2. Feed them goat milk or (ideally) replacement formula such as fox valley day one 32/40 with an eye dropper or (ideally) syringe with mini-nipple.  You will need to feed them every 3 hours, day and night.  After feeding, you will need to clear they bottoms to stimulate peeing and pooing.  In our youtube channel, we have several videos demonstrating feeding and care of rescued litters.
  3. Most importantly, don’t worry because we are here to help!  Contact us anytime, day or night with any questions you might have.
  4. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept or care for any baby or adult rats, regardless of circumstances, unless they originally came from us.