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As I stalk my rats tactics I notice he sneezes and scratches his ear alot.Ive checked for mites but I see nothing,and ive changed his bedding three times as far as the sneezing goes,is this normal or?He doesnt act sick or anything.
 

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Well I had cedar bedding at first,but then I read it wasnt a good idea,so I changed it the day after I put it in.I changed it to CareFresh Color Pet Bedding..and he was still ruffling around in it and sneezing,and now its Carefresh Ultra White Pet Bedding.
 

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well i've heard the color bedding isn't great for them either but if he's still sneezing you should take him to a vet.

You can also try yesterdays news. Also look around the cage. Is there anything with a strong scent? Is the cage by an air freshener?
 

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No but in the mornings when I wake up I spray Freebreeze,but it says its pet friendly AND I never spray it around or at his cage.Only on my bed and such.And whats wrong with color bedding?
 

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Frebreeze has always smelled strongly to me.

It won't kill them, but it's possibly an irritant.
 

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I honestly can't remember where I read it but I think the color bedding is worse for them.....but it's carefresh, which is a good brand so i dunno. I'll try to find the info!
 

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Hmm then I think i'll lay off the frebreeze.Do you think giving him a bath would help if he did have mites or something?Or should I just go ahead and look into getting him to a vet for the scratching?
 

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...bathing him will definately not get rid of the mites, so yes if all signs point to mites then vet care is necessary i believe.
 

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Just changing the bedding so aften can be causing yoru ratties to sneeze. New smells tend to do that. Just stick to one and wait for a few days or a week and see how that goes. If your rattie is STILL sneezing and scrtaching his/her ear I would suggest taking him/her to the vets.
 
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