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  1. Rat Health
    Hi all, Our rat Bipp has been struggling with a bone infection and septic arthritis, and so far the bare minimum for treatment has cost us upwards of $800. I just wanted to know, for all of you, how much is too much to spend on a rat medically ? He's so young, eating and drinking and pooping...
  2. Meet My Rat
    Hello! Last week I welcomed two little female rattles into my home! This is my first time ever owning rats, but I have owned many hamsters and a few mice. A coworker of mine was looking to rehome hers, and I said I would take them as she was going to return them to the pet store if I didn’t...
  3. General Rat Topics
    Hi all. Met this lovely gentleman in the kitchen today. Escorted him outside (and out from behind my fridge). Just wanted to make 100% sure this little friend is a wild rat as he seemed pretty chill with being held.
  4. Rat Health
    Hey guys, I liberated two male rats from Pets at home. A couple of days later, one seemed to have a respiratory infection, took him to the vets and popped on antibiotics for two weeks and all was well. A month later and the other one sounds a little raspy but only when eating . I have a...
  5. Rat Health
    im facing a difficult decision with my 3 year old rat. hes partially paralyzed with chronic pain and has been for a year now, and its clear the medicine is becoming less effective and the vet doesnt want to increase the dosage. hes VERY squinty or has his eyes closed, or is sleeping when hes not...
  6. Rat Health
    I broke down into tears today as I brought my third rat home. The pictures/description were so misleading. And I ended up buying a rat I didn't want. I drove 45 minutes and walked into this ladies house who kept baby ducks, a ferret, a number of reptiles and these huge birds. Place smelt awful...
  7. Rat Behavior
    Hey, I've been reading the various taming threads, but one thing I was curious about is if I have a very skittish rat, should I hold off on put him in a pen with me sitting inside it with him and letting him walk around in it? He won't let me touch him, but he will eat from my hands. I haven't...
  8. Rat Homes
    Hi! My boys are due a deep cage clean but are currently on antibiotics due to a bit of wheezing and weird breathing noises so i want to make sure not to use any products that could make it any worse for them. I was looking into scent free dish cleaner (Ecover zero washing up liquid to be exact)...
  9. Rat Behavior
    Hi! So I recently adopted 2 baby boy ratties from a rescue organization, they are about 5-6 weeks old, so pretty young! My question is if I should be picking them up as much as I can since they are so young, I want them to be used to being held and what not. I’ve only had them for 3 days now...
  10. Caring for Accidental Litters
    I adopted two "brothers", but as my username says, one rat pulled a Mulan and revealed himself to be GASP a woman!!! And a very pregnant woman at that. I have separated Mulan (mama rat) and Shang (daddy rat), and they have a healthy army of 7. For now, Mulan and the army are in a nursery set...
  11. Rat Health
    i feel really bad because they keep getting sick and usually i clean their cage out regularly but these past few weeks have been really hard for me and i just dont have the energy to clean it out. im 15 and my mother wont get me meds or therapy or anything and she also wont help me clean the...
  12. Rat Behavior
    Ok so we've had our 2 rats for about 2 months now (from the pet shop). I've been working on getting them used to being handled and it seems to be going ok with Rosie, she is getting more used to me and will climb onto my hand when I put it in the cage. Rita however is a different story! She...
  13. General Rat Topics
    Hi- Last week I adopted three female rats from a wildlife center I volunteer at (they were rehomed because there were not any programs happening due to covid). They gave me the rats, cage, and food for free so all I had to buy was bedding and toys. I had been wanting rats for months beforehand...
  14. General Rat Topics
    Long story short i had 3 rats. The oldest one (3) passed, seemingly naturally, and only a week later one of my two young rats (6 months or less) passed from what seems like an extremely fast acting respiratory infection (red eyes, heaving, low energy). Im left with 2 options w/ my last rat (6...
  15. Rat Behavior
    Hey everyone, looking for some advice... I’ve had my rats for a few months now and they get a lot of free range time and love running around, scampering, and finding new places to hide. Yesterday I brought home a foster cat, thought it would be the perfect quarantine way to give back, because...
  16. Rat Health
    So, first off, Hi, I'm new here :) I rescued 2 dwarf rats a bit ago, and I think one of them might be pregnant but I'm not sure. The first rat, Paris, I got about 3 and a half weeks ago. She was housed with intact males (they were all feeder rats) but she's never showed any signs of being...
  17. Blog
    I'm in the process of making my room safe for my rats to run around and explore, but i'm super anxious they're going to get lost. I'm planning on making a cardboard wall around areas they could potentially sneak behind and get out through, but am worried they will somehow get through or climb...
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