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I think the chances of us taking in the rats are very good. We went and saw them today and it was heartwrenching. The problem is, that 1 or 2 of them gave birth today and they are so overcrowded that they killed/others killed/something so that I could only see one baby in the bedding, and it didn't look like it was being cared for.

There's definitely at least 1 or 2 pregnant girls in the lot, and in the event that they don't properly care for the babies, I need to be able to step in. Any advice on how to do so? I haven't had rats for a while and when I did there were no babies, so I'm really clueless!

Thanks for any and all help!
 

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I think the babies need to be fed kitten formula every two hours and need to be helped to eliminate the waste, but I've never hand-reared anything, much less a rat.
 

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I have a puppy/cat formula and tiny bottles, will that work? Even if they're pinkies, will they latch on? And by eliminating wastes, do you mean a wet Q-tip around the bottom?

Thank you for your help. It's just that it was so sad looking at that baby and thinking that s/he might not make it (I wasn't able to take them today no matter how badly I wanted to, for multiple reasons)
 

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Also, I know how often they need to be fed, but I've gotten conflicting information about nights. Do I only do it once during the night or do I do it every so many hours?
 

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That's what I thought, but then I read do it once at night and I didn't want to overfeed them so I thought I'd ask. Thanks (again!)
 
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