she was bought just a week ago. she could’ve been in contact before then and i’d have no way of knowingHs she been with males?
Hi there. We had an accidental litter a few months back, and your rat looks very similar in appearance, complete with fur missing around the nipples, to our girl. And she looks like if she is pregnant you don't have a lot of time to prepare.
thank you !! will keep everyone posted.Hi there. We had an accidental litter a few months back, and your rat looks very similar in appearance, complete with fur missing around the nipples, to our girl. And she looks like if she is pregnant you don't have a lot of time to prepare.
Because we aren't vets, and even vets might struggle to diagnose online, I would still be open to other conditions causing her to look like this. But my first response would be to set her up for babies just in case, and then while she is safely separated and prepared, try and watch for any signs of illness that might be pointing to something other than pregnancy e.g. not eating, not drinking, signs of pain etc. If you notice these, then I would definitely get medical advice from a vet straight away.
To prepare a pregnant mum for birth, she will need a separate cage from her friend/s. Here are some links about firstly how to make a bin cage, and then how to modify it for a nursery cage.
Also make sure she has plenty of free access to food and water. If she is heavily pregnant she will eat and drink a LOT!
Paper kitchen towels in her cage will be ideal for her to make a nest, and some rat mums like a little hidey place too.
Here are the links...
Keep us posted. All the best.
i removed the top level and a lot of toys for safety reasons, which is why it may seem bare, plus the cage’s a work in progress. her sister is in between the fleece and the floor lolYep, that’s a nest. Can you send a picture of her cage? Is she living with anyone else?
i need help. is my rat fat, pregnant or is it something else? she got like this almost overnight. she is recently adopted and a lot bigger than her sister. help!
update: it’s been two days n she’s gotten bigger but still no birth. will continue to monitor and update