American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2010 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.

Book Review

Fancy Rats: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual

By Hattie McRattie

Written by Gisela Bulla
Photographs by Christine Steimer
Illustrations by György Jankovics
Original title of book in German: Ratten
Published by Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.,
250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788
Copyright 1999, 63 Pages
ISBN: 0-7641-0940-5

Fancy Rats cover

Being published by BARRON’S, I expected another quality pet rat book. Unfortunately, I was sorrowfully disappointed. With yellow highlighter in hand, I made it only to page 6 before I was compelled to use it. By the time I finished the book, more than half of the book was yellow!

The author, Dr. Gisela Bulla, has a Ph.D. in archeology and is a lecturer and freelance writer. She is an . . . activist animal protectionist and opponent of animal research. She is author of numerous animal books about cats, rats, and pet ownership.

Although this book was translated from German to English, that does not account for the poor information. There is not enough room to note all the discrepancies but, I can give a couple of examples. Rats are large mice. (p. 9); Pine Bedding: Bedding (pine wood shavings) from the pet store is the best choice for rats. (p. 16). It is possible this is the way rats are cared for in other parts of the world but the suggestions made in this publication go against what we recommend in the United States. It is this reviewer’s opinion you don’t buy this book. Instead, buy your rat a neat toy. *

Updated March 23, 2016