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  1. General Rat Topics
    Hi all! I’m a new rat owner who’s noticing her older rats are getting a bit fluffier as the weather cools down. I’m not sure if it’s just them getting their adult coats or if they get thicker coats in the winter? It’s not a big deal as long as it doesn’t indicate that they’re unhealthy! The rats...
  2. Rat Health
    Hi all. Ever since I got my original pair of rats we’ve had some health issues, though it’s always been along the lines of respiratory issues, so I have some idea of what to expect with those health issues However, recently one of my rats, Harris, has appeared to catch some nasty mites that...
  3. Rat Health
    i have two rats, im not sure which one it is, im assuming the older one because the little one it just a baby, but one of them has been having very liquidy poops and diarrhea it seems. i feed them oxbow rat food, oxbow treats, freeze dried fruit and dried vegetables, and sunflower seeds. is any...
  4. Rat Health
    i was wondering if anyone could help me figure out what to do for my new boys. This morning I picked up 2 BIG boys from a rescuer, and she was handling them a little rough trying to get them out of the carrier, so I know they’ve been stressed — especially since my 2 year old daughter was crying...
  5. Rat Health
    Recently, I changed my rat's diet to 'science selective rat and mouse'(I'm unable to buy the rat food that I used to buy due to pandemic), and after 1-2 weeks, there's abnormal porphyrin secretion around her left eye, does anybody know how to cope with that?
  6. Rat Health
    Hi everyone! I’m planning on getting all of my rats neutered and I can’t seem to find a place in Michigan that will do it for less than $250 (I have 5 rats). please let me know if you know of any!
  7. Rat Health
    Hey guys I am very concerned and could use some help. i was cleaning my rats cage (I have 3 boys) and I noticed drops of blood all over some of the wood. There was a lot of drops, and I’m really concerned because I checked my rats and couldn’t seem to find any wounds. I saw a little bit of what...
  8. Rat Health
    Hey my little guy chester has apparently been growing an extra toenail that I just noticed today cause I was giving him a bath. He's been having issues with his balance lately and is over 2 years old, could this be whats causing that if he's going light on the foot or something? I'm just...
  9. Rat Health
    Hi, I have just gotten 4 rats, told all were girls. One is very obviously male, one very obviously female. The other two, I cannot differentiate. They are 4-5 weeks old. Here are pictures of all of them, please help me! I need to separate them!!
  10. Rat Health
    My rat Bean has recently (within the past month or so, I'd say) begun to make little chirping and squeaking noises when she's awake and about. To sort of preface this, she does have a mass on her chest which she will be getting surgery for, and has had two vet visits and at both visits, I was...
  11. Rat Health
    Hello! A couple days ago I dropped my 1 y/o rat, Froggie off at the vet to have a benign mammary mass removed. It was my first experience with surgery on a small animal so I was a bit nervous. The tumor was about the size of a walnut and it was starting to hinder her walking so I decided not...
  12. Rat Health
    My girl Nana is limping right now. She's a little over a year old. She isn't using her back right foot, I noticed it yesterday evening, she was doing fine before It was a little swollen yesterday but when I looked at it today the swelling had gone down a lot I thought it might be a sprain and...
  13. Rat Health
    . <— video My rat has been sneezing quite a bit since last night. Yesterday I changed the bedding so it might have been a little dusty. He seems fine everywhere else. No porphyrin, his breathing is normal, and he is behaving just fine.
  14. Rat Health
    Hi everyone! I am regularly seeing my usual vet of a couple years, but we're both stumped at this point. I am getting connected to a specialist this week, but wanted to see if anyone here has encountered this before. I will update with any findings. Crusty Hind Feet (photo taken today) Swollen...
  15. Rat Health
    I went to the vet the other day because my rat pepsi stopped using her back leg.She had a steroid shot and is on two medications.She has started having issues with the other leg too,she sort of walks with both feet dragging instead of with the bottom of her foot on the ground.Has anyone had a...
  16. Rat Health
    My rat has been having symptoms of a respiratory infection lately. She is still very active and seems to be her high energy self, just with the added stuffy nose sounds. I've been calling to all the vet clinics in the area though and was only able to get a appointment on Wednesday, which is...
  17. Rat Health
    My daughters rat has a cut/scratch of some sort on her tail and seems to be a little less active than usual. No other marks or issues other than not being as active.
  18. Rat Health
    I just posted about my rat Quinn having a tumor, but so does my rat Chonk. Chonk is a female that I estimate to be about 1 1/2, but I got her from the SPCA so the age is estimated. She recently developed a lump on her belly so I took her to the vet. The vet said it was a tumor, but it was very...
  19. Rat Health
    recently I changed my rats' bedding to aspen shavings as I think I may be allergic to my previous one. I researched the aspen shavings and videos recommended it, I even asked on here and I looked at reviews on sites and everything seemed fine with it. I switched over the bedding and as soon as I...
  20. Rat Health
    hello! my older rat Kili is have really lumpy poop? I'm usually use to smooth looking poop i've never seen anything lumpy before but I've also noticed he spends most of his time at the bottom of the cage so I'm worried he isn't feeling too well thanks!
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