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I am new to this site and don't know if I am posting this to the correct place but my rat baby Gandy (as in gandolf from the lord of the rings, sorry my husband named her before we realized she was a she) is sick... I noticed something off today when I took her and her cage mate sofia out to play while I cleaned the cage. Gandy seems to be moving slow but does not walk with a limp and does not seem to have problems walking other than it is not her normal run all over the bed kind of manner. So I picked her up and noticed some dry blood on both of her front legs but saw no scrapes or cuts.. When I gave them their yogurt treats she grabbed it from me like normal but when she went to grab it to eat it she couldn't she just toppled over backwards... So I held it for her and she ate it no problems but her little hands were upside down if that makes any sense like if you put your hands palm up on the table.. she seems really weak and lethargic and wants nothing to do with sofia. I also took the water bottle out and held it by her mouth and she drank it ok but when its hanging she wont drink... I also tried to feed her a bit from my hand but she didnt seem to want much to do with it and again she did not use her front paws to grab it.. please help something is wrong with my baby.. In case it matters I bought her from pets mart almost 2 years ago..
 

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This sounds like something similar to what one of my rats had, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Specifically a pituitary tumour.

The toppling, and the floppy hands were exactly what made me worry too. I've heard some people having success delaying the progression with medication, and of course I'm not a vet so taking her in to get diagnosed is probably the best thing to do.

If she does have the same issue as mine, some things I did to help her keep comfy were having a bed on the floor for her, keeping a saucer of water nearby so she didn't have to reach up, feeding soft foods that she didn't have to hold, and eventually feeding her by hand, and bathing her with a damp cloth when she couldn't balance enough to clean herself helped for a bit.

I hope this isn't the case. Good luck and cuddles to your rattie.
 

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She is not eating even from my hand I bought her baby food and even tried the hard food and the yogurt treats she has given up... I hold the bottle for her and try the saucer and she wont drink... she has just been laying there for 3 days and this morning she was just walking around and around the cage... she has noisy breathing now I havv e a feeling she is going to go soon and I am heart broken...:(
 
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