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So my rat has just had 3 pups. Doesn’t seem to be pushing anymore so seems like a small littler. She also isn’t nursing, I’m worried about the babies does this usually take a while? Also am I able to move mama and babies isn’t a different cage that’s safer for the pups or better off to leave them?
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Congrats on the small rattos! If you have a cage that's safer for the pups, I think you should move them. I don't know much about baby ratties, so I don't know if it's normal for the mother to not nurse. If it continues, I would definitely contact a vet because the babies might die. Try to give the mama lots of dark greens!
 

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Hii!!
So my rat has just had 3 pups. Doesn’t seem to be pushing anymore so seems like a small littler. She also isn’t nursing, I’m worried about the babies does this usually take a while? Also am I able to move mama and babies isn’t a different cage that’s safer for the pups or better off to leave them?
help appreciated!!!
Hi there,
When my rat had babies they didn't nurse straight away. They sort of just lay there there then they started to move around and squeak. Ideally they should be feeding every 3-4 hours.
If you are concerned, you could have a look to see if they have a milk band. This is a white band on their tummy.
You can sometimes see it without picking them up. :)
Just curious why another cage would be safer... are there other rats in her cage? If so, then yes moving them would be a good idea. If you do this, maybe wear fabric gloves so your scent doesn't get on them.
If they continue not to nurse, I suggest contacting a breeder for advice about hand raising babies as it is a specialised area.
 

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Another cage would be a good idea if there are shelves or levels the babies could fall from. My Stella was okay with me touching the babies, I just got a small warning nip. She is very tame and friendly though.
I set them, and mama, up with a kleenex box with some shredded paper towels. It was nice and cozy, but open enough that I could still look in and see them.
Be sure to give mama lots of food and water, and extra protein. Have fun watching your babies grow!
 

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So my rat has just had 3 pups. Doesn’t seem to be pushing anymore so seems like a small littler. She also isn’t nursing, I’m worried about the babies does this usually take a while? Also am I able to move mama and babies isn’t a different cage that’s safer for the pups or better off to leave them?
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Hi Friends..!!!

Congratulations for the small rats.... It is So Cute Baby. Really I like this Photos.. Thank you so Much for Share this Pictures..
 

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Another cage would be a good idea if there are shelves or levels the babies could fall from. My Stella was okay with me touching the babies, I just got a small warning nip. She is very tame and friendly though.
I set them, and mama, up with a kleenex box with some shredded paper towels. It was nice and cozy, but open enough that I could still look in and see them.
Be sure to give mama lots of food and water, and extra protein. Have fun watching your babies grow!
Yes, you make a good point - it is OK to handle the babies (although Mum can be a bit nippy) and get them used to human contact, just give them 24 hours after birth to bond first, unless of course there is a good reason like the babies are not nursing properly. It sounds like you enjoyed Stella and her babies a lot! 🐭
 

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Ideally, the mom should nurse the babies at maximum 2 1/2 hours after birth(though I've never had a mom wait to nurse that long, they usually begin to nurse or at least seem to nurse just half an hour after birth). Check their milk bands, if you can send a pic if their tummies. You may have to hand feed them if she won't nurse.
 
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