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Ok so my rat Gir is a fawn ruby eyed ratand lately I have noticed he has been tilting his head to one side. At first i thought it was just when he was looking at me (like a dog does) and he was looking through his more dominant eye. Well I sat and watched him for like six hours the other day and found out he is doing it constantly. So far I have learned that it can be one of two things affecting him. Either an inner ear infection (most likely) or a Pituitary tumor (not as likely). I have printed out TONS of info on it and I will be taking him to the vet asap. The only thing that is bugging me is he is showing NO other signs. There is no discharge, loss of balance, swelling, odor, rubbing his head on the floors of his cage, scratches, bites, nothing. I don't know if it is because it is so early in the stages or if it is because it is a tumor. Gir is only a couple of months old and he came from a VERY good breeder in my area. Only thing is that two of his siblings had a strange mutation of their back legs and had to be put down. I will be contacting the breeder to see if there is a history of pit tumors at all in his line but i am doubtful there are. At this pooint I am just trying to figure out what is going on I hate waiting and hate wondering especially when it comes to my fuzzy kids. anywho if anyone has any info on this I would really appreciate it also any first hand experience of ear infection or pit tumors. Thanks SO much for your replies! I will also keep you all updated on what the vet says though I probably won't be able to get an appointment until next week. Thanks again!