Animal Stories - Pet Rat

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Dovey - 2012-09-21
Rats need extremely LOW levels of protein in their diets and do best on a high quality lab block containing only 14 to 18 percent protein, along with fresh fruits and veg, whole grains, and OCCASIONAL protein-based treats like tuna or chicken bones to gnaw on. High protein diets have been linked to higher rates of lymphoma, mycoplasmosis, bumblefoot, kidney failure, and pituitary tumors, among other health problems. Rats shouldn't eat the same higher-protein lab block that gerbils and hamsters prefer. For long life and good health, only baby rats and nursing mothers should eat higher protein diets.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-23
    Great info on more specifics about the rat diet, thanks for sharing it!
Anonymous - 2012-08-02
My rat looks the same so fluffy and adorable

Anonymous - 2012-05-05
I decided to introduce my 3 rats 3, 8 and 9 months old.
They got along except for my 8 and 3 month old rats, my 8 month old rat kept pinning the 3 month old rat down on the ground and vice versa and both were struggling when they were pinned down they were also wrestling and tumbling around.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-07-22
    This is completely normal my 3 rats do that all the time but if you start to notice injuries then you must seperate as soon as possible
Kelly 'Crumpet Juice' Timperley - 2012-06-10
I'd just like to mention it wasn't actual rats whom spread the disease of the plague, it was the rat flea which is easily transmitted through bites. But good information anyways. :)

Anonymous - 2012-05-19
I am upgrading to a bigger cage and cant quite decide between 2, please take a moment to look at them and please coment.

The first is the kit tom 82 rat cage by Marchioro
The second is a Jenny kd small animal cage with aluminuim support posts by ferplast.(they both have identical dimensions)

Anonymous - 2012-05-04
My pet rat covey had mites so she got her 3 treatments. I waited 21 days (the mite life cycle) it has been 21 days but she still has a few scabs on her tail. Is it safe to put her in again with my other 2 rats.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-04
    Wait until all healed just to play safe.
stacey - 2012-01-08
Hi I have a 14 week old rat but today I've noticed he has some odd colours on his nose it looks as if it's dirty, really not sure any clues as to what it could be?

Maybe it's just dirt and I'm overreacting....

Kylie - 2011-09-04
Hey was just wondering how much food a day do rats eat I got my 2 boys max and koby not long ago and I was wondering whats the amount of food rats eat a day my boys eat a lot, and was also wondering coz my lil girl was putting her finger in the cage as she normally does every day but today she was bitten really hard. Will I need to take her to the doctor in case it is infected or will her finger be ok?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-09-04
    As long as you are not feeding them a lot of treats high in fat and are only feeding them nutritious foods and/or commercially prepared rat pellets, I would feed them as much as they want as long as it does not appear they are becoming overweight or obese. If so, you may want to then limit how much you are feeding them. As far as getting bit, I would clean out her wound and put antibiotic ointment on it. Keep an eye on it to make sure it is not getting infected - as long as there is no infection and it appears it is healing, you probably do not need to take her to the doctor.
  • Kylie - 2011-09-05
    Thanx heaps for that. There still babies but have noticed since yesterday they have grown heaps, and there not fat :D, and my lil girls cut is better since yesterday morning all healed up properly
  • Mary - 2011-10-16
    My two rats Swift and Demon eat 2/3 of a cup a day. At first I was at a fourth of a cup, but then Swift started biting my brother. So I moved up to a cup, then they became overweight and were less active. So now my little brother plays with Swift and Swift hasn't bitten ever since.
  • Victoria Smith - 2011-12-15
    I've been bitten many times by a rat and never had an infection, but then again I have had all of my tetanus vaccinations , so I would take her to the doctors just to be safe. In my opinion i would stop letting your little girl put her fingers in the cage , as rats have very poor eyes sight and will mistake her hands for food, especially is she has been handling food. Even my dumbo rats who have never bitten anyone will allways snatch food through the bars very aggressivly.
Joni Kirschenman - 2011-12-10
My female rat, approximately 6 months old (best guess as she was found), gave birth 2 days ago. Despite following all of the suggestions provided for birthing, she ignored her babies and all consequently passed away (making me very sad). She just showed signs of having diarrhea - is there any relation? She hasn't been eating much, and she normally is a GOOD eater!, but is drinking well.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-12-11
    There may be a relation to the two. That is very strange that she would not have taken care of her babies - generally rats take very good care of their young. Was she stressed in any way? Was she put in a new environment lately? Being sick could have caused her stress as well and that may be why. I'm so sorry that all the babies were lost :(
Mike - 2011-11-29
My white albino female pet rat had diarrhea for 2 days and I found her dead today. I am baffled as well as saddened, she was about 7 months old.
What are most likely causes? She never had greens and appeared active and healthy until the diarrhea began.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    My guess is that she ate something toxic. Could that be?