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Fancy Rat and Mouse Day – November 12, 2023

Fancy Rat & Mouse Day is celebrated on November 12 every year. It’s a special day to popularize fancy rats as pets and companions. Fancy Rats belong to the family called ‘Mus Musculus’ and are better looking than wild black rats. They are brown, bigger, prettier, and make ideal pets, especially for children. They are domesticated and are very smart and can participate in pet shows and competitions.

History of Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

Rat fancy as a formal, organized hobby began on October 24, 1901, when a woman named Mary Douglas requested permission to bring her pet rats to an exhibition of the National Mouse Club at the Aylesbury Town Show in England.

The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association (A.F.R.M.A.) chose November 12 as the date for Fancy Rat and Mouse Day when it first began in 1983. The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association (A.F.R.M.A.) is a non-profit rodent organization established in California. The club’s main goal is to promote and support fancy rat and mouse breeding and presentation for shows and as pets. Just like with dogs and cats, A.F.R.M.A. has approved judging standards for competitive shows. The event includes honors and prizes for several categories as well as guests from all around the world.

Anyone with an interest in rats or mice can be a member of the American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association (A.F.R.M.A.). A.F.R.M.A’s objectives also include educating the public on the positive qualities of fancy rats and mice as companion animals and providing information on how to properly care for them. At competition shows held several times a year in Southern California, judges evaluate the animals based on the official standards for each particular type of rat or mouse. Pet shows are also organized to showcase fun pet rats and mice regardless of their physical qualities. A.F.R.M.A. sets up information booths at the events each year to educate the public on how rats and mice are fit to serve as pets and show animals.

Fancy Rat and Mouse Day timeline

1901
Mary Douglas Starts Formal Rat Fancy

Mary Douglas begins Rat fancy as a formal, organized hobby when she takes her pet rats to an exhibition of the National Mouse Club at the Aylesbury Town Show in England.

1921
Rat Fancy Goes Out of Fashion

Rat fancy begins to fall back out of fashion after the death of Mary Douglas in 1921.

1976
Rat Fancy Hobby is Revived

The formation of the English National Fancy Rat Society (N.F.R.S.) revives the Fancy Rat hobby.

1983
A.F.R.M.A. Creates Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association (A.F.R.M.A.) declares November 12 as Fancy Rat and Mouse Day.

Fancy Rat and Mouse Day FAQs

When is Mouse Day 2021?

November 12 is Mouse Day every year. The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association (A.F.R.M.A.) chose this date in 1983 when it was established.

What is the difference between a fancy rat and a rat?

Wild rats have a short lifespan of less than a year, whereas fancy rats enjoy the perks of human care and can survive for two or three years. With finer facial features, larger ears, and a longer tail, fancy rats are often smaller and more delicate-looking than their wild cousins.

Is it possible for fancy rats and fancy mice to coexist?

Rats and mice are gregarious animals that like to live in groups or couples. They should be kept with other animals of their species. Rats and mice should not be housed together. Separate males and females to avoid unwanted breeding.

Fancy Rat and Mouse Day Activities

  1. Attend Fancy Rat and Mouse show

    Fancy Rat and Mouse shows are not only open to rats and mice owners. You can also attend these events if you are just curious about these animals or are simply interested in them or the fun atmosphere at the event. There is even no entrance fee to discourage you from going.

  2. Watch competitions for fancy rats and mice

    It’s a great opportunity to sit at home with some popcorn and soda and just enjoy the entertainment provided by competing rats and mice as they win medals and trophies. You can become better acquainted with these beautiful creatures and get more comfortable around them.

  3. Showcase your fancy rat and mouse at display events

    Exhibit your fancy rat pet at a display event organized by American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association and show people just how adorable your favorite pet is. It’s a wonderful experience to have if you love fancy rats and small really cute animals.

5 Facts About Fancy Rats That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Fancy rats are used in medical research

    Fancy rats are commonly used in medical research, as their physiology is very similar to that of human beings.

  2. Fancy rats were formerly blood sport targets

    In 18th and 19th century Europe, Fancy rats were originally targets for blood sport but were later bred as pets.

  3. Fancy rats generally live for three years

    Healthy fancy rats typically live two to three years and are easy to care for compared to other small pets.

  4. The brown rat is the most common

    The brown fancy rat — 'Rattus norvegicus domestica’— is the most common rat species that is used as a pet.

  5. Fancy rats don’t pose health risks

    Fancy rats are domesticated rats that are physiologically different from wild rats and generally do not pose any health risk to humans.

Why We Love Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

  1. Overlooked rats and mice get their day

    We love animals and are excited that rats and mice are given a day where they are celebrated. The display shows and competitions make us even prouder of our beautiful furry friends and allow us to showcase what amazing creatures they are.

  2. A perfect day to popularise fancy rats

    Fancy Rat and Mouse Day promote and supports the breeding and presentation of fancy rats and mice. It is a perfect day to popularise our favorite fancy rats as ideal pets and companions. Fancy rats do not require long walks, vaccinations, or expensive medical care and are quite affectionate.

  3. We get to educate the public on their attributes

    We also get to educate the public on the positive and attractive qualities of fancy rats and mice as companion animals. They like high hiding places and like cats, are very clean and organized.

Fancy Rat and Mouse Day dates

YearDateDay
2023November 12Sunday
2024November 12Tuesday
2025November 12Wednesday
2026November 12Thursday
2027November 12Friday

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