Pet of the Week: Matisse

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Feb 6, 2014 in Rat Answers | Subscribe


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Meet Mass Appeal’s pet of the week!
Name: Matisse
Breed: Fancy Rat
Age: 1 year
Sex: Female
Color: White with Black spot

About Matisse:
Matisse came to Dakin with her 2 litter mates Attie and Clara.  Their caretaker could no longer care for them.

Rats are often overlooked as wonderful pets: Rats are social animals. Many small pets don’t like being handled, but rats get used to careful socialization easily, and come to enjoy riding in pockets and on shoulders. They like people! Rats are smart. Rats respond quickly to food-based training and seem to love to perform. Rats are clean animals.
Rats are diverse. Did you know that rats come in many more colors and patterns than the gray-brown of a street rat and the white of a lab rat? Think colors like silver mink, platinum, blue and chocolate, and markings like hooded (the head a different color than the body) or masked. Gorgeous!
Rats are easy to keep. Get a cage sized for a slightly larger animal, such as a chinchilla or guinea pig, and your rat will be content. Add bedding, a place for the animal to hide and sleep, a food dish and a water bottle, some toys, and you’re set. Your rat will happily eat the food manufactured for them, and will love you if you add fruit, nuts, vegetables and other “people food.”


“Shy Dog” workshop presented by Debbie Jacobs

March 2nd in Springfield, author of “A Guide to Living with and Training a Fearful Dog.”

Some dogs are fearful, some anxious, some just plain ‘scaredy cats.’

It’s an all-day workshop from 9-3, and it’s for animal welfare professionals, groomers, dog walkers, volunteers, families who live with dogs – the whole gamut.

You need to pre-register at 781-4000 x 129. You can go to the Dakin website to learn more and register.

Pet Safety Tips

No table foods, moldy foods, poultry bones
No chocolate
No grapes raisins
No alcoholic beverages
Be careful with ornaments, ribbons tinsel
Holiday plants can be dangerous

If you’re interested in adopting any of the pets seen on Mass Appeal, or want more information on any of the pets available at the Dakin Humane Society, you can call them at 781-4000 or visit

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