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AFRMA - Rat & Mouse Book List - General Books

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GENERAL: Fanciers & Pet Keepers
RATS
The Proper Care of Fancy Rats 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 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2013 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 2002 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 1991 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 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 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 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 1996 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 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 Rats by Susan Fox. 1983. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-933-X.
Rats For Those Who Care Rats For Those Who Care by Dennis Kelsey-Wood. 1995. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-1392-1.
De Tamme Rat De Tamme Rat by Rob Dekker & Anne Lems. 1997. Etiko Uitgevers, Netherlands. (written in Dutch) ISBN 90-5266-164-2.
The Rat The Rat. 2003. About Pets & Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 1-85279-218-3.
Rats, Cool Pets! 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 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 How to Care for Your Fancy Rat by Nick Mays. 2002. Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 185279168-3.
All About Your Rat All About Your Rat by Bradley Viner. 1998. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-1010-1.
All About Rats All About Rats by Howard Hirschorn. 1974. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-217-3.
Rats . . . as pets 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.
Nimh-A Dumbo Rat The Not So Secret Life of Nimh, A Dumbo Rat by Barbara Cairns. 2014. America Star Books, F rederick, 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 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.
MICE
Exhibition and Pet Mice 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 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 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 Blake 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 Davies 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Modern American Mouse by Richard Pfarr. 1962. All-Pets Books, Inc., WI. ASIN B0007FFCUQ, B0013RHEVM. Has old American Mouse Club standards.
Animal Planet Mice Animal Planet Mice by Tammy Gagne. 2012. TFH Publications, Neptune City, NJ. ISBN 978-0-7938-3742-7.
Mice As A New Pet 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 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 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 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 Fancy Mice by Chris Henwood. 1992. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Ltd., NJ. ISBN 0-86622-342-8.
Mice...as a hobby 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 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 Your First Mouse by Nick C. Mays. 1999. T.F.H. Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 185279161-6.
How to Care for Your Mouse How to Care for Your Mouse by Nick Mays. 2001. Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 185279161-6.
All About Your Mouse All About Your Mouse by Bradley Viner. 1998. Barron’s, New York. ISBN 0-7641-1009-8.
The Mouse The Mouse 2003. About Pets & Kingdom Books, England. ISBN 1-85279-216-7.
Caring for your Mice Caring for your Mice, Paul Rudduck BSc, editor. 1987. Paradise Press, Australia. ISBN 0-949474-59-2. A small basic booklet.
Quick & Easy Mouse Care Quick & Easy Mouse Care. 2005. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-7938-1030-2.
All About Mice All About Mice by Howard Hirschorn. 1974. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-210-6.
Mice as Pets Mice as Pets by Mervin F. Roberts. 1977. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ. ISBN 0-87666-209-2.
Mice for Hobbyist and Exhibitor 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 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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COMBINED
Encyclopaedia of Rabbits and Rodents 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 Petcare 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 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 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 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 Fuzzy Creatures Quarterly – Choosing A Small Mammal. yearBOOKS, Inc., T.F.H. Publications, Inc., NJ.
Small Pet Health Care and Breeding 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, 1910 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. New!
Fancy Mice and Rats: How to Breed and Exhibit, 1920 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 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 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. New!
Mice and Rats Mice and Rats by K.W. Smith. 1976. John Bartholomew &Son Limited, Edinburgh. ISBN 0-7028-1072-X.
Mice and Rats Mice and Rats by Jean E. Cook. 1961. Iliffe Books, Ltd., London. A really old basic booklet.
Hamlyn Pet Guides Mice and Rats Hamlyn Pet Guides: Mice and Rats by Joyce Lawrence. 1985. Hamlyn Publishing, Middlesex, England. ISBN 0-600-30734-4. 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.
Starting With Mice, Rats and Gerbils Starting With Mice, Rats and Gerbils by Georg Gassner. 1997. Blandford, London. A basic pet care guide. ISBN 0-7137-2679-2.
Hamsters and Gerbils Hamsters and Gerbils by David Alderton. 1986. Tetra Press. Contains information on mice, rats, and chinchillas as well. ISBN 0-86101-266-6.
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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 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 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 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?! 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 A Practical Guide to Impractical Pets by Barbara Burn. 1997. Howell Book House, NY. ISBN 0-87605-724-5.
Rabbits and Other Furry Pets Rabbits and Other Furry Pets by Elizabeth Randolph. 1992. Ballantine Books, NY. ISBN 0-449-22033-8.
Small Pet Handbook Small Pet Handbook by David Taylor, BVMS, FRCVS, FZS. 1996. Harper Collins Publishers, Ltd. ISBN 0-00-713448-7.
Small Pet Handbook 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 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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Enjoy Your Gerbils, Rats and Mice 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 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 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 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 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 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 Pet Rabbits, Cavies, and Mice by George Gardner. Date unknown—a very old book. F. Carl, London. This is an archived online version available in various formats.

Updated October 31, 2016