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  1. General Rat Topics
    Hello, I got 2 rats from a pet shop 4 weeks ago. Ive never had rats before and I was told they were boys. I didnt have a preference as long as they were the same sex, and other than the initial look at them (to ensure that they were the same), I didnt really pay attention. They had 'bumps' on...
  2. Rat Homes
    So one of my boys is in quarantine atm. Nothing to bad just for safty reasons mostly. Thing is I dont want him to feel to lonley during the sleepy times. During the day he is with me constantly but he is still sleeping alone. Dose anyone have any ideas of how to make a sort of cuddle buddy for...
  3. Caring for Accidental Litters
    Hello! Two weeks ago I got a new female rat from a pet store. Long story short, two weeks after bringing her home I realized she was (is) pregnat. Judjing from the day I got her, I think she's currently on her 18-19th day of pregnacy. The thing that's making me more stressed right now is: I...
  4. Rat Behavior
    So I have two African soft haired rats (yes I'm aware that they aren't really rats) that I got from a pet store, that was selling them as food. I was prepared to be patient, as they had never been handle, I was ready for this. What I was not ready for was that everytime I pick them up( it's very...
  5. Rat Behavior
    I got my first pet rat originally as a live feeder for my snake but I ended up growing attached and decided I want to keep him (the snake is on frozen thawed rodents now). I got him a new cage and I've done hours of research. He's settled in pretty good now but I just can't seem to get him used...
  6. General Rat Topics
    Hi, I want to give my little babies a fun digging box and I have some questions about it. 1) How much coconut fibre should I have. Is 8l (270 ounches) enough or should I get more? 2)How long does the box last before I have to change it? 3)Is it better to put it in their cage or use it during...
  7. Rat Homes
    Hi! I am getting my first rat babies next month and have been fiercely research and preparing for them, I came across Hemparade bedding and although the website says that it is safe for rats I thought it’s probably better to seek advice from here as here has never let me down when browsing for...
  8. Rat Health
    Hi all. I just joined. Came across the forum by accident when I was researching and looking for help. One of my rats had a small electric shock last night. Other rat chewed through lead I didn’t realise was all. And Scooby walked in the wrong place. His back legs and tail are paraplysed at min...
  9. Rat Health
    I got my small rat from petco a few months back and since I got him he has made a weird “grunting” or I guess his breathing always is just loud and nasal sounding, and gets worse when he’s stressed. I took him to the vet within the first week and they said he was a perfectly healthy rat. He...
  10. 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...
  11. General Rat Topics
    Hi, I hope its okay to post things like this but two of my rats have changed colours and I am confused on what colour they are now. The rat in the bottom pic is Newton when I got him he was an agouti colour (you can still see that colour a bit on his head) a couple of days ago though I noticed...
  12. Rat Health
    My father found an abandoned baby mouse and gave it to me to take care of, I’ve been keeping the baby warm and feeding it, but I’m pretty sure the baby is bloated. I’m not quite sure what to do as I’ve given the baby tummy rubs before and after feeding and recently have been giving it more...
  13. Rat Health
    Hi, I have three rats, two are about eight months old from a breeder, and they're completely healthy (also I think they're dumbo rats but I'm not sure) and my newest rat was a rescue. I don't know exactly how old she is, but she's very little and looks young. Basically, she was a feeder rat...
  14. Rat Behavior
    hi so i recently rehomed 2 female rats. the past owners told me they were very tame and sweet. but one of them keeps biting me, following me around the cage and trying to bite me through the bars. they told me they like to be hand fed but everytime i even go near the cage one of them lunges me...
  15. Rat Health
    So my rat is free roam and he accidentally ate some polysporin, i would say about a teaspoon of the ointment, idk if i need to take him to the emergency vet. PLEASE HELP!! If there is any natural remedies until i can make a normal appointment to help him, please share
  16. Rat Health
    My 2 y.o female rat developed classic signs of mycoplasma about 1 week ago. I began baytril when no improvement was seen after 2 days. She progressively has gotten worse and we took her to an exotic vet yesterday. I was under the impression that the vet would choose to euthanize her but to my...
  17. Rat Health
    Hello! I adopted my three little boys two weeks ago from the local shelter and I have some food related questions. I'm not sure what brand of lab blocks I have as the shelter gave me some in a big ziplock bag (don't worry, I know it's rat food, I just don't remember which brand they told me it...
  18. Rat Health
    we bought three rats as males, all the same age, but two have visible testes and one doesn't. he doesn't look quiet female though, either, as according to the guides on sexing i've been looking at. please share your thoughts!! if he is female we have to return him to the seller ASAP to prevent...
  19. Rat Health
    Several days ago, while cleaning out my shed, I found one baby mouse, eyes still closed, but some fur. No signs of mother or other littermates. After waiting hours, I returned to find it still there. I brought it in due to damp, cool weather, placed in a container over a heating pad (low...
  20. 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...
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