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  1. Rat Health
    I have an elderly male agouti rat I adopted last June, and renamed “Duncan.” He was nearing 2 years old and had been relinquished at the small animal shelter when his owners decided not to take him on their move to a new state. He’d initially been adopted from the shelter as a baby with his...
  2. Rat Behavior
    hi, I just freshly made this account to poke around for answers. I have two female rats that I've had since August. They've acclimated wonderfully. One issue I have is that only one of them makes this unusual squeaking noise every so often. I've scraped everywhere on the web to find out what...
  3. Rat Health
    Recently my rat, Eddie, has started having these really frantic scratching fits that lead to her squeaking and making a sound that I can only describe as a groan as she tries desperately to scratch her right ear. The fits only last a few seconds but overall she seems much more uncomfortable and...
  4. Rat Behavior
    hello so i just bought a hammock for my rats today. i have templeton(maybe around 7-8 weeks old) and yuki(senior rat maybe a few years). i put them both in the hammock yuki liked it fine but templeton seemed very hesitant and didnt seem to want to go in it. once he was finally in it he seemed...
  5. General Rat Topics
    My rat Edgar keeps getting cysts. He's had around 3 now, each time they drain naturally and heal up in a couple of days, and hasn't had any major issues or huge behavior changes until now. he had a huge cyst on his neck that popped green puss recently when I held him, the first couple of days I...
  6. 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...
  7. Rat Behavior
    One of my rat, Judy, doesn’t seem to like being touched/petted or held when she’s in heat. Every time I try to do so, she squeaks and runs away. However It only happens when she’s in heat. I was curious, does anybody’s rat have a similar behaviour or it’s just her? (Sorry for my broken English)
  8. Rat Behavior
    I just had to put one of my sweethearts to sleep. Will the other rats mourn her/wonder what happened? Because they do seem to be making a lot of extra noise. Should I let them see the body so that they know what happened? What can I do to help them through their grieving process? RIP Aster June...
  9. 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...
  10. Rat Behavior
    My little Eugeneo Beano freaks me out everytime he hiccups because he also squeaks when he does. I know rat hiccups are supposed to be silent because they are pretty quiet creatures, but Eugene is a pretty squeaky guy. That's just his personality, along with being overly dramatic, and an overly...
  11. Rat Behavior
    Sorry ignore this, idk how to delete threads.
  12. Rat Behavior
    So my rat, Bosworth, is definitely more... jumpy than Jami is. Recently, I have been finding Bosworth pinning Jami down and... aggressively cleaning him? When this happens Jami squeaks a LOT and I don’t know what to do. I haven’t seen any other signs of stress other than that squeaking. They...
  13. Rat Health
    My Remy is about 8 months old. He’s a dumbo rex berkshire. I got him from a responsible breeder with his brother. The other day I went to clean their cage and I put them both in a cat carrier (as I always do). I began vacuuming (I’ve vacuumed with them present before with no issues) and suddenly...
  14. Rat Behavior
    So this will be a bit long. I currently have five rats. All of which are wild and female. My first and oldest rat Moishe is about to be 6 months. I work at a pet store and she was dropped off at a week old so I bottle fed her. She had severe malcolusion in her early months and had to have her...
  15. Rat Behavior
    Hi! One of my rats has been making very frequent, high-pitched squeaks, but only when she is resting inside of her hammock (I can't see what she's doing when she squeaks like this, because she lies down in between the two linings of the hammock rather than on top of it). The only time she ever...
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