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Ever since I got her she'd made weird noises, almost like a whimpering..? It's the only way I can explain the noise. I'm almost positive it's a resperitory thing. Has anyone else heard of this from their rats? Is it something that will pass or do we need to see a vet? :(

Everything else seems fine with her, she eats good, poo's, pee's, explores, drinks... it's just those noises that make me worry..
 

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i've never heard of a whimper in a rat. sneezes, snores and grunts sure, but not whimpers... is it possbile for you to record her and post it somewhere so we can hear it too?

other then that i'll go on the rule of thumb with sneezes. how long have you had her? if its under or just about a week give it a bit more time. it could just be her getting used to the smells of the new place. but really that's for sneezes and that would sound a lot different then a whimper... i don't really know what to tell you. maybe get the vet to look at her.
 

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I hope this works, it took me forever to find a site that would host .WAV files..
It brings up Windows Media player on my end, btw..
http://www.mediamax.com/neuroticax/Hosted/Starr.WAV

It sounds harmless on the recorder, (I think..) But the crackling thing is her struggling to breath, sometimes it's almost a choking sound..but I didn't catch that this time around.
 

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yeah that sounds like she has a respiratory infection. she'll need a good dose of antibiotics.
 

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I figured as much.. poor thing. I'm afraid she's going to suffocate in her sleep or something. :( Earliest I can get her into the vet is probably next weekend, I'm broke untill then. :roll: I'm trying to make things comfortable for her.. no breezes, bringing her out of her cage for awhile, keeping the "scented" anything out of the room.. *sigh* I hope she lasts that long. I'm pretty attatched to her. :(

Thanks for the opinion, btw, I'm glad it's a positive now, so I know what to do. She's been like this since I got her.. I wonder what happend between her breeder and the pet store.. :?
 

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well anything could. she could have caught a cold from someone that handled her just like we do or the pheromones from any pine or ceder bedding could have gotten to her and made her sick.

try giving her a bit of dark chocolate to help clear things up for her a bit. and steaming a bathroom for about 20 minutes with her will help her breathe a bit better too. this hopefully will tide her over until she can get to the vets
 

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Alright, will do. Anything to make her as comfortable as pissible untill I can get her there. I might be able to get her in tomorrow, I've got a friend of mine seeing if he can get his Mom's CC.

How much do the antibiotics usualy run, or does it very from place to place?
 

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Ok, thanks. That's not too bad...

She refusing to eat, and drink.. she just wants to curl into my chest..I hope she makes it.. she's doing a wheezing/gagging//type deal now. :(

This just breaks my heart.. :(
 

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Call the vet now, and explain your situation. She needs to get to the vet quickly, and waiting until next week will probably cost your rat her life, if she's not eating. Rats can go downhill *very* quickly.
 

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Definitely call the vet! Some will offer payment plans and the like!
 

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Hope you can get into the vet A.S.A.P. Try to feed her baby food in a syringe, they should get you that. I hope things go alright D:
 

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if she is struggling that bad I would definitely do steams for her through the night. You may lose her and I am so sorry if you do. She sounds like my sam did before he passed. Call the vet or just show up at the emergency vet's and demand they see her. give her some dark chocolate (like a chocolate chip size peice) that will help the respitory distress a bit.
 
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