Today we make a real departure from our cat blog focus to welcome a most unusual therapy animal, but one we feel needs to be honoured.

Therapy rats are unusual but, like therapy cats, their star is firmly on the rise. Therapy animals can make a huge difference to many lives round the world, and seeing these great rats in the spotlight is very positive. Read on to find out more about Team HW.

Meet Worldwide Bloggers Healing Whiskers – Finalist in the BlogPaws® 2017 Nose to Nose Awards.

Meet Healing Whiskers Amazing Rats

Healing Whiskers, Therapy Rats

Where in the world are Healing Whiskers based?

Oliver and I are in Rome, Georgia but sometimes travel outside of Rome for therapy events. 
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What is your favourite part of creating your blog?

I love informing people about what we do, and what exactly therapy rats are! Our blog is becoming an informational hub for people who want to do this themselves, and I am happy to share information about what goes into therapy rats.
 
Meet Healing Whiskers


What kind of readership have you discovered enjoys your blog, and learning about Therapy Rats?

Across our social media pages, we have seen the most interaction on Tumblr which is mostly the younger crowd in the teens, 20’s, and 30’s. The unique and cute aspect of a therapy rat is very appealing to them and we love our readers!
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What are the joys and challenges of being a Rat in the blogosphere?

We are one of just a few and we are all resources for future rat owners. I dread that someone doesn’t do enough research and impulse buys a rat because they saw a cute photo online. But, then again, you have the very few who do their research and become amazing rat parents. That makes me happy!
 
I love the uniqueness of our blog and how people find joy in our content.
 

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Will you suggest some of your favourite posts for our readers to discover more about you.

We are still working on some basic therapy rat training posts, but here are some good outlines:
 
Why Therapy Rats? http://bit.ly/HWWhy
What is a Therapy Rat? http://bit.ly/TherapyRatInfoHW
 
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Our thanks to Healing Whiskers for being part of our spotlight on worldwide blogs.  Discovering many new and influential stars of the blogosphere makes our worldwide series exciting reading. Check out our up-to-date feature page
 
Thank you to the HW family
Miranda Kitten, Editor
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    Edie Chase

    May 10, 2017 at 3:17 am

    I love Healing Whiskers, I found them on Instagram.

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    Summer

    May 10, 2017 at 6:03 am

    OMC, I didn’t know about these guys! My human loves cats best, but she would be delighted to visit with a therapy rat!

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    The Swiss Cats

    May 10, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Thank you for introducing Healing Whiskers, we didn’t know them ! Purrs

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    mommakatandherbearcat

    May 10, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I don’t remember hearing about Healing Whiskers before … but I LOVE the concept. I love that the focus is on how cute rats are AND information that every rat parent should know. So many people make pet and breed decisions based on appearance and don’t take into account the natural traits and needs of each particular pet/breed. I’ve seen comments like “If I saw a cat like that, I would buy it” in reference to a hybrid domestic/wild cat. It truly upsets me – not only for the sake of the pet whose parent is oblivious to the unique needs of the particular pet – but also that somehow a beautiful cat is adoptable …. but a plain old tabby isn’t. My plain old tabby saved my life – he healed wounds – he is the only reason I’m alive … the only reason I’ve learned to actually live and not just survive.

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    The Island Cats

    May 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    We didn’t know there were therapy rats. Thanks for introducing them to us. And good luck to them in the N2N awards.

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    Brian Frum

    May 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Oh my goodness, how cool is that, not to mention adorable! We really enjoyed reading about their therapy work!

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    Kitty Cat Chronicles

    May 11, 2017 at 1:26 am

    This is so awesome! I knew of Abby’s other blog, Chestnut Mutts, but I didn’t know about her therapy rats. They are adorable, and I look forward to following them! I love that they are sharing the love by doing therapy work, and also educating through their blog. Thanks for the wonderful interview. Hope to meet them at BlogPaws!

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    Kamira Gayle

    May 11, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I had no idea that there were “therapy rats” out there. I’m quite fearful of anything that crawls, especially rodents.Eek. Not my cup of tea but more power to you (and the rats). It’s nice to know these rats break the stereotypes and are providing beneficial therapy to others.

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    Heather

    May 11, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I love the idea of rats as pet, and therapy rats are awesome! My daughter wants a mouse but I’m holding out because of the dogs. Gonzo has a big hunting instinct. I just can’t risk it. Looking forward to meeting the team at Healing Whiskers at the conference next week.

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    Montecristo Travels (Sonja)

    May 11, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I wonder if Montecristo would like a rat as a friend… I would be worried mind you, Chihuahua’s are known to chase them and well… not for play and I couldn’t live with that.

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    Debbie

    May 11, 2017 at 9:32 am

    They are seriously SO CUTE! Ahh, I hope people make informed decisions before adding a new pet too, of any kind, but all you can do is be a shining example of great rat ownership. I love what Healing Whiskers is doing. Keep at it!

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    Beth

    May 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    The first time I heard of Therapy Rats was on Chestnut Mutts and I was intrigued. Although I haven’t interacted with a therapy rat, I imagine it would be pretty fun!

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    The Daily PIp

    May 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I adore them! Following their blog and meeting them in person has really changed my perspective about rats as pets. I have learned so much – and they are just so adorable!

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    Sweet Purrfections

    May 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Nice interview. Last year was the first time I held and touched a rat and I enjoyed it. I didn’t realized there were therapy rats.

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    FiveSibesMom Dorothy

    May 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    What a wonderful post! I so enjoy learning about fellow bloggers. I did not realize rats can also be therapy pets, but I can certainly understand how as one of my best friends in high school had a white pet rat she named “Ben” (yes, after the Michael Jackson song!) and he was so sweet! He spent many hours with us just hanging out and listening to music! Thanks for sharing this interview with Healing Whiskers!

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    Tenacious Little Terrier

    May 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Therapy rats are an interesting idea. I think we have therapy bunnies here but not rats.

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    Talent Hounds

    May 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I met Abby at BlogPaws and love her unique blog and rats. I am so glad she is being recognized. Rats are very cute and surprisingly smart and sweet. I can imagine they could make great therapy pets for some. Nana, one of the stars of our Backseat Barkers series has a trained cat and several trained rat siblings- one came along to set. Like Abby’s rats, they are amazing.

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    Jessica Hatch

    May 12, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Love this! I used to have a rat named Sonic when I was younger. He was just as smart as any dog I have ever owned! I taught him tricks, he sat on my shoulder! Rats are so cool!

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