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  1. General Rat Topics
    Hello! I might be getting rats soon. I will be getting a pair of females in two months. I will get a single Critter Nation and feed them the oxbow food. I have a few questions I have had guinea pigs before, and their water bottle kept dripping so I am thinking about getting this water bottle...
  2. Rat Health
    Not to long ago my rat started sneezing, which I chalked it up to a URI. And he got a lump under his throat (which seemed to be a swollen lymph node from the sneezing). I took him to the vet and got steroids only to realize he was not responding to them. It started getting worse though, he...
  3. Rat Health
    i need help. is my rat fat, pregnant or is it something else? she got like this almost overnight. she is recently adopted and a lot bigger than her sister. help!
  4. Rat Health
    Our rat big Bertha gave berth about 3 weeks ago to 11 babies and they are all healthy. Recently however, one rat got singled out by about 5 or 6 other babies and they ate her ear and left a pretty big injury on the head by the ear. I have wrapped it up and attempted to sterilize but I have no...
  5. Rat Behavior
    Hi! I’ve recently gotten a pet rat from a pet store. His name is PB&J. We’ve been together for over a month now. I tried to follow what the pet store people and Google both recommended when trying to get him to where he will let me handle him, by offering treats to get him to understand that...
  6. General Rat Topics
    Hi! I had a male rat who unfortunately passed away in December. We had the best bond as I rehomed him but he lived by himself. I have just bought a new little female, had her home 4 days and she still isn't the most sociable. I got her from pets at home and she was the only one left. They say...
  7. Rat Behavior
    TL: DR - rat is aggressive ONLY over food. Tried scatter feeding. Didn’t work. Tried two bowls on separate levels. Didn’t work. Today I found a gash on my sweet rat, should I separate them? They are currently snuggled together in their cage :( Hi all, so it’s gotten to the point where I can’t...
  8. Rat Health
    I am a first time rat owner and got 2 rats just under a week ago from a pet shop. They both seemed fine at first but about 2 days ago one of them started sneezing. He seems to be sneezing pretty often now, both when he is in and out of the cage but mostly when he's moving around. He's completely...
  9. Rat Health
    Hello im Eliza I am new! I’ve owned hamsters in the past and now id like to own rats :) I’ve done lots of research but I’m somewhat stumped here, my question is that is pvc coated hardware cloth safe to use over chicken wire? chicken wire is sharp and I don’t want to use it in my cage build in...
  10. Rat Homes
    I think I’ve tried just about every type of bedding there is. I did puppy pads with a fleece layer on top, but they loved to destroy the layers and make a mess. I’m trying loose bedding currently (care fresh, if anyone’s wondering) but I’m quickly realizing it’s expensive and it falls off the...
  11. Rat Health
    Hey, so this is my first post so I’m not really sure what I’m doing here. I have a rat who is about 2 years old now and up until earlier this week he was super energetic and he seemed to go downhill really fast. I had to move him to a smaller single story cage because he was falling off the...
  12. Rat Behavior
    I know this is a bit long but please please please read it, I'm really shaken up and shaking! So just a couple of minutes ago I was hanging out with the rats so that they were in the cage and I was just there and I was feeding them mushed banana from my hand.. and they loved it.. a lot.. too...
  13. General Rat Topics
    Hello! I'd like to ask a few general questions and since they could technically be in different categories but I don't want to start that many different threads so I am doing them all here in one post on the general rat topic category. 1. Do rats need salt licks or mineral licks or anything...
  14. General Rat Topics
    Hey I dont know whether this is in the right topic so admins please move if not. To start off this post is a bit of a rant with a question (that i will bold and underline) at the end of it. My friend recently got 2 young boy rats from a byb but she is being very very cheap with everything. I...
  15. Rat Health
    I have two adult hairless rats, one young hairless, and one young regular rat. The young ones were the offspring of my female hairless. I am not a breeder nor did I plan it. I’ve had the adults since they were about 6 weeks of age and they’ve always been sneezing. I’ve changed their bedding...
  16. Rat Health
    Hello everyone! I created an account specifically for this issue, I've never used any forums but thought you guys could help a bit. One of my rats, Benicio, makes weird noises only in the morning and evening. It's a weird sound that comes from his nose like he's breathing through foam or suds...
  17. 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)...
  18. Caring for Accidental Litters
    Sorry for such bad quality. I’m assuming the top one is a boy and the bottom is a girl, I just have no experience and would like a second opinion!
  19. Rat Health
    New rat mum -advice appreciated! <3 Hi, I was just wondering if anyone could offer any advice. I got 3 baby girls around two weeks ago (currently approx 8 weeks) and one of them has began sneezing non stop for the last day or two. I have been pretty hard into guinea pigs for the last 4-5 years...
  20. Rat Health
    Hello I rescued some little baby ratties recently, picked them up from an off situation, feeder rescue essentially, I’ve done it before with my last two boys. But I ended up with girls this time! Smell is a lot better with ladies I’ll be honest, and I just miss having girls. Well, I was pretty...
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