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  1. Rat Health
    Hi! So full disclosure, this is my first time owning rats so please bear with me. My partner and I recently got two 6-7 week old rats (now 8-9 weeks old). Their names are Pebbles and Cookies. Right off the bat we noticed that Pebbles is very clingy and doesn't seem to move around very much...
  2. Rat Health
    Cloud is extremely sick but he still wants to come out of the cage. Can I let him? Should he just be resting or would exercise help him? He is on two medications and its been extremely rough. A lot of tears. He may not live and can barely breath or eat. He's trying so hard to just continue as...
  3. Rat Health
    I found Luna lying limp at the bottom of the cage. She's still breathing but barely moving. If I stroke her face she'll paw at her eyes. Her breathing is sort of huffy. Edit: breathing more normally now that she's had some water, (may have been dehydrated, water bottle is on upper level). 10...
  4. Rat Behavior
    Hi Guys, check out this concerning video of my rat. YouTube Video of Bart Desperate to know if anyone has seen or experienced this before. He's been doing this for a awhile lately and has started nipping (to the point of blood) the ears of his cage mates. He does this a few times a week. First...
  5. Rat Health
    One of my new pet rats is a big kissy boy. He likes to snuggle right up to my face, and it’s my instinct to lean in and kiss him on his little face when he does. He also likes to give me kisses back, right on the mouth. Will this make me sick, or is it okay to let him lick my lips like that? And...
  6. Rat Health
    I have ten rats that I'm struggling to get properly treated by the exotics vet and a non-exotics vet (that has treated rats over the last five odd years). I've had little help with either, and little progression in treatment. Other vets have told me they won't see my rats because they're not an...
  7. Rat Behavior
    I apologize for not finding the right sub-forum for my Post. This is about illness and possible death of pets. Long story cut kind of short. Before committing to getting pet rats for the first time, I checked off the necessity list: •Exotics vet in the country (explicitly stated over ten...
  8. Rat Health
    Hi everyone! My three girl rats are now a little over a year old and for the first time, I went with them to the vet last summer, so summer 2021 when they were around half a year old and all three of them got antibiotics for their upper respiratory infections of some sort. One girl, Manta, had...
  9. Rat Health
    I'm new here I'm hoping someone can help please. I got home from a 4 day trip and my son was feeding my rex rats and making sure they had are taking care of. This early evening I came home and my son said he had been sleeping all day. My baby didn't get up to greet me and when I picked him up he...
  10. Rat Health
    my rat Roddy seems to be slightly sick Hes sneezing every once in a while, and red mucus is showing up on his nose, his eyes look slightly red but i cannot confirm. Hes been a lot calmer today and when i held him he just kind if sat in my lap and let me pet him. I can only take him to the vet if...
  11. Rat Behavior
    I noticed about an hour ago when I woke up and greeted my rats that one of them was behaving strangely when I gave her a treat. It's almost like she loses coordination and control as soon as she starts eating. She seems to not be able to hold the treat or herself up to eat it. She seems a little...
  12. Rat Health
    Two rats were/are sick, they’ve been on medication for maybe 4-5 days now. Symptoms were: overproduction of porphyrin, lethargy, and sneezing. They didn’t wheeze/breath funny. They’re more active now, and seeming to get better. Thing is we didn’t quarantine them like we probably should. The...
  13. Rat Health
    So, both my rats have been bruxing a lot lately. It happens when I'm giving them rubs as well as when they are walking around their cage. I have heard that excessive bruxing can mean they are in pain or are sick but they seem perfectly fine. I have checked for lumps, injuries, and excess...
  14. 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...
  15. Rat Health
    Just looking for some general advice and opinions. So I have three rats, two brothers and a third younger. The larger of the brothers and the youngest are happy and healthy however my darker rat has been poorly for a while. for some context he is about 9/10 months old and he has been to the...
  16. Rat Health
    Hi, I purchased two blue dumbo rats 10 days ago (Freya & Silvia). Both are about 2-month-old females. Since getting them, they both presented with what sounded like sneezing at times. Silvia having it more often than Freya. I initially thought it was nothing more than "new home sniffles" but...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Rat Health
    hi! one of my rats who’s about a little over a year has had two seizures, they happened about 1 month apart. i learned that the food i have been feeding them has choleciferol/vitamin d-3which is essentially rat poison and could be causing the seizures(the food is Kaytee Forti Diet pro health). I...
  20. Rat Health
    Hello everyone! My baby girl Scabbers hasn't been acting herself lately. She's usually up into the top part of her house begging for treats all day, but for the past few days, she has rarely come out of her hammock in the bottom part. Even when we call her name, she won't come out. Not only...
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