My dad recently gave me his female rat... He has 2 males as well. They weren't all kept in one cage but he said they had been together briefly at times. I've had her for a week. She was already a little fat but to me it seems she's getting bigger... What do you all think? Does she look pregnant?
Yup. My Harper is very fat, and I don't think that's the body shape of a rat that's just fat. Rats can breed insanely fast. But raising a litter isn't just stress. It's bonds formed that are beyond belief.
By the time they show, they're usually close to the due date. You probably already know this, but just in case you should have her in an aquarium for now even though an aquarium should never be a permanent home for a rat. You don't want the babies getting through cage bars. Up her protein a bit, and of course start lining up homes and having cages ready. It actually isn't as much extra work as you think to take care of so many extra rats. Extra food and cage cleanings yeah, but once you get used to it it's not that hard. I use fleece bedding which takes less time to change, and buy food in bulk to save money. My Nippy had 14 babies, and I had to keep all but two. It wasn't long before I felt it was easy.
Yes! I was thinking the same thing after she didn't have any babies, but she is definitely drinking and eating perfectly fine. She poops constantly and her poops always look normal. She is a weird shape though, isn't she? Do you think I should go ahead and get her checked out?
It wouldn't hurt. I'm not sure what would cause that shape in a female, but it doesn't look normal to me; especially since it seems to favor one side instead of being evenly dispersed, that may just be the pics though, can't tell.
I think it's because her upper body was twisted the other way or something lol. She isn't quite as round now though. I'm thinking she might have reabsorbed them because her belly isn't nearly as firm as it was. But I will get her checked out just to be on the safe side.