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Something wrong with my new ratties?

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I think there may be something wrong with my new ratties.
I bought two females from a petshop I have known for some time and have heard great things from, animal wise, but something seems off about two girls I have gotten.

Well, for one I believe all the girls were from the same litter but they all were in different sizes. One seemed old enough to be maybe half a year, and one that was extremely small, which I adopted. She seemed fine, easy to pick up but VERY energetic, she will be nice and walk back in her cage, wait a second then fly back out to the entrance and she kept doing that like she didn't know what she was doing and have randomly jumped and springs all about her cage. This could be normal but Ive never had such an energetic rat before specially for her size.

The second female I got is bit bigger then the little one, she was a lot calmer when I got her, didn't really want to do anything with me, but she seemed fine when I held her, and she just seems so shy. I have held her a couple times, scratched her ear, gave her a little apple. But suddenly something doesn't seem right with her. She has pushed all the bedding from a corner in her cage and just lays there. She lays on her side, sometime with her but facing up, never seen a rat do that before, but she doesn't look asleep, her eyes are open and her mouth looks like she is eating or chattering but no noise and no food. It just looks to be chattering but no noise at all.

The little one comes to play and clean her but she doesn't react at all. I haven't seen her eat or drink since we got her, which was yesterday. I could be just guessing, she could be still nervous from coming home with me but her sister, if she really is her sister, just bounces everywhere and try's to play with me and her, and I don't know, something seems very weird about these rats.

Oh and when I put my hand in the cage they make this sneeze, squeek bark like noise, but they don't seem to be threatened by me and then out of the cage they make a sneeze squeek noise, and then randomly sneeze? They dont look sick, or the little one who sneezes more is full of energy. Hmm?

Why do my ratties just feel different to me?
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When my rats were really young they would grab my fingers and pull my hands into the cages to play. It's very fun to play with them, mine like to wrestle around with my hand in the cage, I can (gently) push them over onto their backs and tickle their bellies and they will chew all over my fingers and get up and hop all around like crazy animals. They love to play with your hands like they would play with each other. Stick your hand in there and give it a try, I bet they want to play. :lol:

The ears sound like one is a dumbo. Two rats in my signature are dumbos, the little one in the middle has regular ears.
All of my ratties have been from pet stores so far, but I've had a lot of health issues with them as well. From now on it's breeders/rescues for me.
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