Resources For Rat Owners In Korea

Keep an eye on this post as I will keep updating it.

If you want to adopt some rats but Korean sites and language are difficult for you, I can arrange much of it for you, though I do charge for translation and communication. Contact me and we can work out a plan.

Buying/Adopting Rats

Naver cafes:

Warning: Beware a breeder by the name “Hamlin”. They change their username but if you look at their posts there is usually a link to them or mention of their name somewhere. I bought a rat from this guy and his rats not only bite (badly socialized) but my poor baby died days after of what we assume to have been a deadly rat disease called SDA (

래트커뮤니티 (Rat Community

I highly recommend this cafe as the best. A friend of mine runs it and she is one of the most reliable and educated rat owners I know.

샵더마우스 (Shop The Mouse):

래트홀릭 (Ratholic):

I’ve gotten some of my rats from people on this site who had accidental litters.

우리 래트 (Our Rat):

There are more cafes but I do not have experience with them.


Store info
Store blog
작은숲 is an exotic pet store in Incheon. You can interact with the rats before choosing who you want to buy. Price differs depending on breed. They usually run between 60,000 and 80,000won. This shop is known for breeding the same pairs again and again and most males have some aggression that is not usually well remedied even after castration surgery. 


 Food: Search any major online shopping site such as Coupang or Gmarket for ‘익스트루젼’ to find options for buying lab blocks. Purina makes a block specifically for rats, as does Harlan, but the only formula I have seen available from Harlan is 2018 or the 18% protein formula, which is on the high side for rats. You can check various other lab blocks for 조단백질 (crude protein). I often buy a few types of blocks and mix them.

You can also search various site for Oxbow products. Their rat food is very good but for whatever reason my rats don’t like it. If you feed Oxbow be sure to provide your rats with something to chew on to grind their teeth on.

I buy seed mixes in a pinch to supplement my rats’ diet but ideally you should make your own. Check some of the sites below for ideas and dietary guidelines. You can buy most of what you need at any mart or online. You don’t buy expensive, small packages of dried foods, nuts and seeds marketed to exotic pet owners, just buy them from regular grocery sources.

 Cages: I got my main big cage by searching Naver for what I wanted and ordering it though a seller who got it from America. I got a Prevue cage similar to the Midwest Critter Nation. A friend of mine did manage to get an actual Critter Nation. Sometimes Amazon will ship as well. Do Naver searches and have a look around Coupang, Gmarket and the following sites to find something suitable for you.

Everything else:
Petholic occasionally breeds rats that are, in my experience,  healthy. They don’t mass breed and plan their litters so, while they are a breeder, they seem a somewhat responsible one to me. I got my first two rats in Korea from Petholic and they lived long, healthy lives. Petholic ships but I recommend taking the weather into account and bringing a Korean-speaking person with you to the bus depot. Mine arrived via bus in containers packed in a cardboard box and were sitting in a bus line’s cold office when I got there.

You can find similar products through the aforementioned sites. Also, don’t underestimate Daiso in finding some good accessories. A child’s shower stool I bought there is still my rats’ favorite ‘igloo’.


Our clinic:

Chansaem Animal Hospital 찬샘동물병원 in Incheon.

남찬식 (수의사)  Chan Sik Nam (Veterinarian)

If you are seeking veterinary help for your rat, please contact us. We have seen many rat patients and done a number of different treatments and surgeries. Also, I would not recommend getting your rat euthanized by any other veterinarian unless you are confident they can satisfactorily perform this delicate procedure

Korean Rat Owners of Interest:
Rats are quickly gaining popularity in Korea. Most Korean rat enthusiasts can be found on instagram and the number or people posting about their pet rats grows every day. This is also an excellent way to see who is breeding for hobby and has healthy rats available for sale. Try searching hashtags like #래트 #랫스타그램 #덤보래트

General Resources in English:
  Rat Guide:
For anything you would ever need to know. Particularly helpful for medical things.

  Rat Fan Club:
Everything Debbie does is gold. I highly recommend getting her books if you can.Take advantage of her free articles on the homepage.

About Chansik 찬식

I slightly changed my husband’s bio from our wedding program. Here it is! Scroll down to find links to Chansik’s blog posts. Please contact us if you are seeking a veterinary consultation or have any questions/comments for Chansik.

vetshig“Chansik was born in 1984 in Daegu, South Korea. He was followed by younger brother Youngsik in 1988.
In the fall of 1999, at the age of 15, Chansik went abroad to the Philipines to finish high school and later to go to veterinary school. He graduated 2005 with his degree in veterinary medicine.
In 2007 Chansik started his two years of mandatory Korean military service. In 2008 he volunteered to go to Iraq where he served alongside American troops. His main jobs were to help with health inspections and to care for military dogs. His military service ended in 2009.
In 2010 Chansik donated 80% of his liver to his mother who was suffering from liver cirrhosis. The transplant was successful, though all of the money Chansik had earned in the military had to go towards paying for the surgeries.
Chansik went on to teach English at private schools and to work as a vet in Incheon, South Korea.
In 2014 he met Becca and they now reside in Incheon where Chansik continues his work as a vet. He is now interested in expanding his studies to include human medicine.”