GENERAL: Fanciers & Pet Keepers
|The Proper Care of Fancy Rats by Nick Mays. 1993.
T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. A very good book. ISBN 0-86622-340-1.
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|Fancy Rats: Purchase, Care, Diet, Behavior, Accommodation by Judith Lissenberg. 2006. Rebo Publishers, Lisse, The Netherlands. Written by a Dutch fancier. ISBN 978-90-366-1108-4.|
|Rats! – A Fun & Care Book, For Today’s Pet Owner From the Publishers of Critters Magazine by Debbie Ducommun. 1998. BowTie Press, Irvine, CA. A very good pet owner’s book. ISBN 1-889540-05-6.|
|Rats: Complete Care Made Easy by Debbie Ducommun. 2001. Fancy Publications, Irvine, CA. ISBN 1-889540714.|
|Rats: Practical Advice From The Expert (Complete Care Made Easy) by Debbie Ducommun. 2011. BowTie Press, Irvine, CA. ISBN 978-1-935484-64-6.|
|Rats, All About America’s Favorite Pets, one of the Popular Pets Series, from the Editors of Critters USA® Magazine. 2005. BowTie Press, Irvine, CA. In magazine format.|
|Fuzzy Creatures Quarterly – RATS: Selection, Handling,
Feeding, Housing also labeled as RATS: A Complete Introduction by Daniel R. Schwartz,
M.S., D.V.M. 1997. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. A very good book. ISBN 0-7938-0204-0.
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|Training Your Pet Rat by Gerry Bucsis and
Barbara Somerville. 2000. Barron’s. New York. ISBN 0-7641-1208-2.
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|The Complete Guide to Rat Training by Debbie Ducommun. 2008. TFH Publications,
Neptune City, NJ. ISBN 978-0-7938-0651-5.
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|Rat Training: The Complete Care and Training Guide by Miriam Fields-Babineau. 2009. BowTie Press, Irvine, CA. ISBN 978-1-933958-68-2.|
|Animal Planet Rats by Julie Mancini. 2009. TFH Publications, Neptune City, NJ. ISBN 978-0-7938-3706-9.|
|Rats: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual by Carol Himsel Daly, D.V.M., and Sharon Vanderlip, D.V.M. 2013. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 978-0-7641-4745-6.|
|Rats: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual by Carol Himsel Daly,
D.V.M. 2002. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-2012-3.
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|Rats: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual by Carol A.
Himsel, D.V.M. 1991. Barron’s, New York. A very good book. ISBN 0-8120-4535-1.
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|Fancy Rats: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual
by Gisela Bulla. 1999. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-0940-5.
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|Pet Owner’s Guide to the Rat by Lorraine Hill. 1998.
Ringpress Books, United Kingdom. ISBN 1-86054-105-4
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|The Rat (An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet series) by Ginger Cardinal. 1998. Howell Book House, A Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company, NY. ISBN 0-87605-428-9.|
|Guide to Owning a Rat: Housing, Feeding, Taming, Training, Breeding, Health by Susan Fox. 1996. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-2157-6.|
|The Guide to Owning a Rat: Housing, Taming, Training, Health Care, Feeding, Breeding, Travel by Susan Fox. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-2157-6. (same as one above but with a different cover)|
|Rats by Susan Fox. 1983. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-933-X.|
|Rats For Those Who Care by Dennis Kelsey-Wood. 1995. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-1392-1.|
|De Tamme Rat by Rob Dekker & Anne Lems. 1997. Etiko Uitgevers, Netherlands. (written in Dutch) ISBN 90-5266-164-2.|
|The Rat. 2003. About Pets & Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 1-85279-218-3.|
|Rats, Cool Pets (Far-out and Unusual Pets series) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn. 2012. Enslow Publishers, Inc., Berkeley Heights, NJ. This book is written for kids. ISBN 978-0-7660-3882-0.|
|My Pet Rat by Arlene Erlbach. 1998. Lerner Publications
Company, Minneapolis. This book is written for kids. ISBN 0-8225-2260-8.
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|How to Care for Your Fancy Rat by Nick Mays. 2002. Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 185279168-3.|
|All About Your Rat by Bradley Viner. 1998. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-1010-1.|
|All About Rats by Howard Hirschorn. 1974. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-217-3.|
|Rats . . . as pets by Dr. Herbert Richards. 1977. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-218-1.|
|No Picture||My Rat and Me by Monika Lange, photos by Christine Steimer. 2002. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-1922-2.|
|The Not So Secret Life of Nimh, A Dumbo Rat by Barbara Cairns. 2014. America Star Books,
Frederick, MD. This is a basic
Did You Know?book written for young kids. ISBN 978-1-63448-691-0.
|I Want A Pet Rat, Fun Learning Activities by Gail Forsyth. 2013. Breed Profiles Publishing, Cedar City, UT. This book is written for very young kids and has basic care and fun activities to do. ISBN 978-1-491274224.|
|Exhibition and Pet Mice by Tony Cooke. 1977. Spur Publications, England. Available through the National Mouse Club in England, contact: Mr. Don Taylor, Hon. Treas. NMC, 4 Claremont Rd., Wrose, Shipley, W. Yorkshire, England. An excellent book! Also has mouse genetics. Written by an English fancier. ISBN 0-904558-25-8.|
|Encyclopedia of Pet Mice by Tony Jones. 1979. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. Written by another English fancier. Not as technical as the first one but still an excellent book. Also has mouse genetics. Includes a chapter on Fancy Rats. (No longer in print—try your library for a copy.) ISBN 0-87666-910-0.|
|The Fancy Mouse by Albert C. Jude. 1949. A very good, really old but thorough fancier’s book. 2013 reprint available from Fur & Feather|
|Fancy Mice by An Old Fancier [Dr. Charles Carter Blake]. Fourth Edition, 1896. L. Upcott Gill, London/Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. An archived online version to view in various formats is available Fancy Mice: Their Varieties, Management, and Breeding. (The PDF takes a while to print.)|
|Fancy Mice by C.J. Davies. Fifth Edition, 1912. L. Upcott Gill, London. An archived online version to view in various formats is available Fancy Mice, Their Varieties and Management as Pets or for Show. (The PDF takes a while to print.)|
|More Mousey Matters: A Manual of Mousekeeping by R. Pitt Francis. 1960. Second Edition.
W.T. Maddock & Co., Printers, Ferndale, Wales, U.K. Includes a chapter on rats, directions on making two kinds of
mouse wheels, tells of 7 shades of brown mice, and a mouse show is
one of the delights of a lifetime.
|Colour Inheritance in Fancy Mice by W. Mackintosh Kerr, M.B., Ch.B. 1935. Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford, and London. A very good, really old fancier’s book.|
|A Fancy For Mice: A Guide for Beginner’s by David Montgomery. 2004. A National Mouse Club Publication. A very good fancier’s book. Available from Fur & Feather|
|Fancy Mice by R.S. Hutchings. 1969. Cassell & Company, Ltd. London. A small detailed book about the English Fancy and mouse care with explanations into matters not covered by other books. ISBN 0 304 93320 1.|
|Mice: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual by Horst Bielfeld. 1985. Barron’s, New York. A very good book. Has some mouse genetics. ISBN 0-8120-2921-6.|
|Mice: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual by Sharon L. Vanderlip, D.V.M. 2001. Barron’s, New York. A very good, thorough book. ISBN 0-7641-1812-9.|
|Mice for the Hobbyist, Exhibitor & Scientist: A Practical Guide to their Breeding, General Management & Exhibiting. Sixth Edition (revised) by J. Wood. 1959. Fur and Feather, Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford. A really old fancier’s book. Has a chapter on rats.|
|Modern American Mouse by Richard Pfarr. 1962. All-Pets Books, Inc., WI. ASIN B0007FFCUQ, B0013RHEVM. Has old American Mouse Club standards.|
|Animal Planet Mice by Tammy Gagne. 2012. TFH Publications, Neptune City, NJ. ISBN 978-0-7938-3742-7.|
|Mice As A New Pet by Richard Pfarr. 1991. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-86622-530-7.|
|The Mouse: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet™ by Stephanie Shulman. 2000. Howell Book House, NY. ISBN 1-5824-5006-4|
|Howell – Beginner’s Guide to Mice by John Coborn. 1986. Howell Book House, NY. Includes Fancy Rats. ISBN 0-87605-938-8.|
|Guide to Owning a Mouse: Handling, Feeding, Housing, Health, Breeding by Howard Hirschorn. 1996. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-2155-X.|
|Fancy Mice by Chris Henwood. 1992. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-86622-342-8.|
|Mice...as a hobby: Everything you need to know to get started by Jack Young. 1993. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-86622-949-3.|
|Your First Mouse by Nick C. Mays. 1994. T.F.H. Publications,
Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-0179-6.
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|Your First Mouse by Nick C. Mays. 1999. T.F.H. Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 185279161-6.|
|How to Care for Your Mouse by Nick Mays. 2001. Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 185279161-6.|
|All About Your Mouse by Bradley Viner. 1998. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-1009-8.|
|The Mouse 2003. About Pets & Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 1-85279-216-7.|
|Caring for your Mice, Paul Rudduck BSc, editor. 1987. Paradise Press, Australia. A small basic booklet. ISBN 0-949474-59-2.|
|Quick & Easy Mouse Care. 2005. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-1030-2.|
|Mice: All About Them by Dr. Alvin Silverstein and Virginia B. Silverstein with
photographs by Robert A. Silverstein. 1980. J.B. Lippincott, New York. This book written for kids is a
good overall book covering mostly the history of mice (includes rats) and the wild species, with chapters on pets,
labs, and a section
How the rodents are related.The authors include their experience with their own pets and having litters. Many photos including one of a mouse being milked and a series of growth of 1 day, 7 days, 13 days, and 26 days old. They don’t mention the N.M.C. but do mention the Australian National Mouse Club. ISBN 0-397-31992-3.
|All About Mice by Howard Hirschorn. 1974. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-210-6.|
|Mice as Pets by Mervin F. Roberts. 1977. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-209-2.|
|Mice for Hobbyist and Exhibitor by John Kellett. Fur and Feather, Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford. A small basic booklet. Available from Fur & Feather with a new cover.|
|No Picture||The Fancy Mouse by Mrs. E.D. Blowers. 1934. A really old basic booklet available online The Fancy Mouse.|
|You and Your Pet Mouse: How to look after your first pet
by Jean Coppendale. 2004. QED Publishing, London. A good care book for children 5+. ISBN 1-84538-289-7
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|Encyclopaedia of Rabbits and Rodents by Esther Verhoef-Verhallen. 1997. Rebo Productions, Lisse, The Netherlands. ISBN 184053067-7. Available from Fur & Feather.|
|The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Small Pets and Pet Care by David Alderton. 2012. With brief chapters on Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils and Jirds, Rats and Mice, Chinchillas, birds, invertebrates, herptiles, and fish. Southwater, Anness Publishing, Ltd., Leicestershire. ISBN 978-1780191102.|
|Your First Pocket Pet by Susan Fox. With chapters on Hamsters, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hedgehogs, Rabbits, Mice, Rats, Chinchillas, and Ferrets. 2000. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-3056-7.|
|Small Treasures by Susan Fox. This book is to help a child choose a first small pet with chapters on Ferrets, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Fancy Mice, Rabbits, and Rats. 1997. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-3085-0.|
|A Child’s First Pet by Suzanne Lieurance. With brief chapters on Chinchillas, Ferrets, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Rabbits, Mice & Rats, Sugar Gliders. 2001. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-3111-3.|
|Fuzzy Creatures Quarterly – Choosing A Small Mammal. yearBOOKS, Inc., T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ.|
|Small Pet Health Care and Breeding by Susan Fox. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-3087-7.|
|How to Breed and Exhibit All Varieties of Fancy Mice and Rats by W. Maxey. Second Edition 1910. Fur and Feather, Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford. One of the first fancier’s books.|
|Fancy Mice and Rats: How to Breed and Exhibit by W. Maxey. Third Edition revised by Mary Douglas 1920. Fur and Feather, Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford. One of the first fancier’s books. PDF of a photo copy of the book.|
|Taking Care of your Mice and Rats by Joyce Pope. 1987. Franklin Watts, London. A basic booklet on pet mice and rats. ISBN 0-531-15172-7.|
|Junior Petkeeper’s Library: Mice and Rats by Fiona Henrie. 1980. Franklin Watts Limited, London. A kid’s book on pet mice and rats with a chapter on shows. Assisting with the book were Eric Jukes of the N.M.C., Nick Mays, N.F.R.S., Roy Robinson F. Biol. ISBN 531-04187-5.|
|Mice and Rats by K.W. Smith. 1976. John Bartholomew &Son Limited, Edinburgh. ISBN 0-7028-1072-X.|
|Phil Drabble’s Book of Pets by Phil Drabble a British countryman. 1975 William Luscombe Ltd. 1976
Fontana/William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glascow. With a chapter on mice (tells about converting a child’s doll house into
a mouse house) and a short chapter on rats (
one of the most engaging pets...intelligent and attractive pets).
|Mice and Rats by Jean E. Cook. 1961. Iliffe Books, Ltd., London. A really old basic booklet.|
|Hamlyn Pet Guides: Mice and Rats by Joyce Lawrence. 1985. Hamlyn Publishing, Middlesex, England.
This small 32 page basic care booklet tells people to visit shows to see the varieties being exhibited and
to purchase from hobby breeders; there is a chapter on exhibiting with the NFRS or NMC; babies are called
cubs[the fancy calls them kittens, labs call them pups]; however, there are glaring errors: a Mink rat is
completely beige with red eyes,mouse eyes open at 7–8 days, wean at 2–4 weeks, an animal with ringworm should see a vet but affected animals should be put to sleep rather than being treated. Overall it is a basic little booklet covering all topics to get a person started with mice or rats. ISBN 0-600-30734-4.
|Ditchfield’s Little Wonder Books No. 7: Tame Mice and Rats. Date unknown (1947–1950). Ditchfield’s,
British Books, Ltd., Lancs. Inside cover title is
Fancy Mice, Rats, and Golden Hamsters: How to care for your pets, housing, feeding, breeding, exhibiting.A little 32 page pocket-size booklet mostly about mice and the National Mouse Club with chapters on fancy rats and the newer golden hamster. Covers all aspects of keeping these pets with a large chapter on breeding mice that includes record keeping, along with one on exhibiting, and one on genetics with breeding outcomes, and says inbreeding is
breeding-in of characteristicswith selection most important. The rat chapter says they are
very interesting and amusing pets.There were not many colors of rats during this time period but it does tell about
variegation with whitethat should have many evenly-placed small separate patches all over the body. There was also no rat club and rats weren’t shown much. The golden hamster was becoming so popular and had their own clubs that a Ditchfield’s Golden Hamster Book, No. 28 was produced. The British at the time were the only ones to breed and show hamsters. Ditchfield’s put out 31 of these little booklets. Available from the LSCMRC.
|Starting With Mice, Rats and Gerbils by Georg Gassner. 1997. Blandford, London. A basic pet care guide. ISBN 0-7137-2679-2.|
|The Right Way To Keep Hamsters written and illustrated by Roy Robinson [the geneticist]. 1977. Elliot Right Way Books,
Kingsford, Surrey, U.K. Inside cover title is
The Right Way To Keep Hamsters and Other Small Pets.Most of the book is devoted to hamsters of course with chapters on gerbils, mice, rats, guinea-pigs [cavies], and rabbits. Covers all aspects of keeping these pets but says rats are
out of fashionfor the moment as far as pet keeping and shows for them were infrequent and held with other small pets when they had them. It does list Pearl, Cinnamon Pearl, Himi and Siamese, and Rex in the list of rat varieties available. One error it says rats open their eyes at 10–12 days. Line drawings throughout. First printing 1974, second edition 1983.
|Hamsters and Gerbils by David Alderton. 1986. Tetra Press. Contains information on mice, rats, and chinchillas as well. ISBN 0-86101-266-6.|
|Hamsters, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Pet Mice & Pet Rats (a First Fact Book) by James
and Lynn Hahn. 1977. Avon Books, New York. A basic pet book written for kids 5th grade. Calls mice with long wavy
hair woolies [Long Hair Frizzie], long silky hair are silkies [Long Hair or Long Hair Satin], thick coats are called
Rex, curly hair with thick coat are
Astarex(misspelled in book); has rat types listed as Irish Black, ruby-red with black eyes [Fawn?], brown-hooded [Agouti Hooded?], dark chocolate [poor Black?], black-eyed ivory [Beige?], powder-blue, and chocolate-blue [Lilac?]. ISBN 0-380-49239-3.
|Guinea Pigs and Other Laboratory Animals by Gloria R. Mosesson and Sheldon Scher. No publication date listed (1972?). T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN: 0876662009, 9780876662007.|
|An Instant Guide to Small Pets: A complete guide to the wide range of small pets, from the most common to the exotic, described and illustrated in full color by Cecilia Fitzsimons. 1999. Gramercy Books, New York. ISBN 0-517-20873-3.|
|Small Pets by Joan Palmer. 1983. Blandford Press, Poole Dorset and Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York. ISBN 0-7137-1202-3.|
|You want a WHAT for a Pet?! by Betsy Sikora Siino. 1996. Howell Book House, NY. Includes Fancy Rats. ISBN 0-87605-485-8.|
|A Practical Guide to Impractical Pets by Barbara Burn. 1997. Howell Book House, NY. ISBN 0-87605-724-5.|
|Rabbits and Other Furry Pets by Elizabeth Randolph. 1992. Ballantine Books, NY. ISBN 0-449-22033-8.|
|Small Pet Handbook by David Taylor, BVMS, FRCVS, FZS. 1996. Harper Collins Publishers, Ltd. ISBN 0-00-713448-7.|
|Small Pet Handbook: A Family Guide to Buying, Caring For, and Breeding Small Pets (Rats & Mice, Hamsters, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits) by David Taylor, BVMS, FRCVS, FZS. 1997. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-5033-2.|
|The Handbook of Rodents in Captivity by Chris Henwood. 1985.
Ian Henry Publications, Essex, England. This book covers the exotic rodent species kept as pets but does have a chapter
on the House Mouse, a.k.a. Fancy Mouse and the Common Rat a.k.a. Fancy Rat. It has a photo of a Black Rex, Siamese,
and Hooded rats. Each rodent description tells Common name, Scientific name, Origin, General Characteristics, Housing,
Grouping, Breeding. ISBN 0 86025 898 X.
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|The Observer’s Book of Pets by Tina Hearne. 1978. Frederick Warne, Ltd., London. With a chapter on
The Rat and the Mouse.Has drawings of a broken marked and Dutch mouse, cages, and handling, along with photos of a Long Haired mouse, Self colored mouse, and Black Irish rat. Pretty good little book that crams all the basic info in only 10 pages to cover both species, but does have a couple errors, one being to put a salt lick in the cage, another that you should never interfere with a litter before 10 days or the mother can cannibalize them. One odd thing it says is
hooded rats are not always hoodedbut does say rats and mice are excellent pets bred from most unpopular ancestors. Book also covers the dog, cat, rabbit, cavy, hamster, Mongolian gerbil, pony, donkey, budgerigar, canary, tortoises, terrapins, and goldfish. Has a list of plants poisonous to animals.
|Small Pets by Joyce Pope. 1978. Scimitar, London. Small book on general care of suitable small pets with 2 pages per species covering general info in 3–4 paragraphs and filling the rest with colored drawings—pet rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs [cavies], rabbits, tortoises, budgerigars, canaries and finches, goldfish, tropical fish, wild pets, exotic pets, along with choosing and general care chapters.|
|Enjoy Your Gerbils, Rats and Mice by Helen Perley. 1971. The Pet Library Ltd., New York.|
|Fancy Mice, Rats and Gerbils: How to buy, house, feed, and show them by David Le Roi, MA, BSc, FIAL. Pets of Today Series. 1976. Kaye & Ward, Ltd., London. ISBN 0-7182-0403-4.|
|The Small Animals Question and Answer Manual: Practical & Expert Advice On Caring For Small Animals by David Alderton. 2001. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-5226-2. Available from Fur & Feather.|
|Rats and Mice (Get to Know Your Pet) by Jinny Johnson. 2009. Black Rabbit Books, Mankato, MN. A basic care book written for kids; has very nice drawings throughout. ISBN 978-1-59920-091-0.|
|Mice and Rats (Know Your Pet series) by Anna and Michael Sproule. 1989. Wayland Limited, East Sussex, England/BLA Publishing Limited. This book is written for kids; has a chapter on showing. ISBN 1-85210-450-3.|
|The Wild Side of Pet Mice & Rats by Jo Waters. 2005. Raintree, Chicago, IL. This book is written for kids. ISBN 1-4109-1406-2.|
|Pet Rabbits, Cavies, and Mice by George Gardner. Date unknown—a very old book (191-). F. Carl, London. This is an archived online version available in various formats.|