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   Active and smart little animals, rats can make great pets especially for children!
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victoria - 2011-11-07
How big is a male 3 month old rat meant to be? I think I may have a dwarf rat! Cause he is too big to be a mouse but too small to be a normal sized rat.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-07
    Rats are like people and can vary greatly in their final adult size. A typical rat can reach 14-18 inches long (including the tail) but their size can vary depending on other factors as well - such as genetics.
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sam - 2011-08-23
What are the signs that would let you know if you bought the runt of the litter at the pet store?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-24
    I sincerely doubt there would be any way to know unless you specifically saw the entire litter -
  • Mary - 2011-10-16
    When I got my first rat, Swift, I saw his entire litter and picked him out because he looked strong and healthy. When I came back the next week to pick him up, his little brother was gone, and the breeder said he was eaten. So if your rat seems small or weak, it is unlikely he/she is a runt if it's still alive after birth. Good luck with him/her =D.
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Bethany - 2011-09-17
Hey. I just got my first rat 2 days ago and ever since we got her she's always sneezing and making weezy grunt sounds. What should I do?

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  • shirley - 2011-09-19
    When I first got my pet rat Leuka she was sneezing and made grunting wheezy sounds too. I took her to a vet that would see exotics as that's what they call pet rats but it was not difficult to find one as most do know a thing or two about domestic rats. She was diagnosed with a respitorary infection and given a 7 day series of antibiotics it cured the sneezing however she still does have some diffuctly breathing but gets along okay. The degree of grunting and wheezing has dramatically decreased. I did some research myself and it appears that once a rat developes a respitorary infection they will always have a slight breathing problem. The cost for this vet trip was $70 but well worth it she is doing so much better and is such a wonderful pet. Also do not use wood shavings for bedding as the dust in it irritates the nose and causes sneezing as well.
  • Stephanie - 2011-10-03
    My rat Minnie has sneezed all her life. I am a long-time rat owner therefore I knew early on to go to the vet and get some Baytril. It is a liquid antibiotic that will fight off any respiratory problems your rat might have. I keep some on hand because if ever your rat gets a cut or develops an eye infection, Baytril will fight off a possible bacterial infection. I would also encourage you use recycled newspaper bedding, which you can get at any pet store. The wood shavings are horrible for their tiny lungs!
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Kylie - 2011-09-09
Just wondering do rats normally make a lot of noise or not? Mine don't seem to make any only once every now and then but only when they have a lil play fight.

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  • Kylie - 2011-09-10
    Lol oh ok awsome as thanx, I have had mice before and they squeeked a lot. I just thought Rats would be the same :) They do love to play with all their toys and love to run around a lot too :D They're the best pet I have ever had as I have had fish, mice, cat and dogs. One of the dogs I had loved him like my own child but sadly I had to give him away as I couldn't have him in my home and money was a problem at the time too :( Miss him lots, and a bird at one stage too, but I'd have to say rats are the best pet :D
  • Tracy - 2011-09-14
    My little girls would whisper in my ear often. No, rats don't make much noise at all. Kind of nice.
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Amanda Morse - 2011-09-04
Okay, so I just bought my first pet rats. I bought both of the ones in the cage at the pet store because I couldn't choose between them. Phineus and Ferb. Ferb is really outgoing. He comes up and sniffs your hand when you open the cage and is easy to pick up. Phineus is scared to death. He kind of just stays in the corner when I open the door to the cage. And the thing that really worries me is that Ferb has been sneezing his head off. Kind of squeaky type sneezes. And he has a lot of snot when he sneezes. I'm worried about him and I also need some help on what to do with them to get them used to us and friendlier. I have small children, and I want them to be friendly and loving for them. I really know nothing about them... I just need some help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-04
    It's great that you got two because they are very social and will love having a constant buddy. Hopefully they are the same sex, because if you have a male and female, you shall soon have babies.

    Making friends with rats is pretty easy... use treats! Get them to associate your hand with good stuff! There's some good information on this page for how to handle them too. Rats make some of the BEST pets, and do really well with kids once everybody gets to know each other. Have fun, I'm sure you will:)!
  • Tracy - 2011-09-14
    One thing to keep in mind for new owners is that rats cannot be chastized like cats or dogs; they won't understand.
    Food is a great motivator. Maybe have the friendlier one out and in another room and try a little one-on-one with the shy guy. Have a book or something to do so he doesn't feel pressured and you can pretend like you're ignoring him. After a few times of that, he should be friendlier.
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taylor - 2011-08-18
i am getting 2 rats they are both 3 weeks but Im not getting them yet. The one already knows his name Rascal

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
    Good for you.
  • Andrew - 2011-08-29
    Well it all depends on things like what size the animals is it's needs and what animal it is however some people are against shipping and refuse to send it to you. I personally think a rat would be okay to ship and it shouldn't be to expensive but it would save you money that you could buy food or something if you went to a pet store so I'm against shipping certain animals like any thing that is amphibious or live in water and birds that aren't Parrots or in that family
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Bethany Jones - 2011-08-15
I just bought a hairless rat (last one)yesterday at B and B Pet shop. I am a 7 time rat owner, and have had a hairless rat before. I have never had a rat that had black feet on the bottom.I know rat's can have black feet, but you can tell it isn't supposed to be this way.She is also sneezing to. I am scared to put her cage around the others I have. Can someone please help me? I dont have the money for a vet visit. I am just scared this could be contagious, and get the others sick. I just dont want for all of my rats to get sick, and me not be able to do anything.I love them to death, and dont want to lose them. I have a vet that will give me medicine, but I dont know what to ask for. I just dont want to waste my money on a serton medicine, and it not work b/c I got the wrong kind.The vet wont see the rat b/c he dosent know anything about them, I know a vet that sees rats but I cannot afford. What can I do???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-16
    Do not put the new rat in with the other rats. Sneezing isn't a great sign. I am not a vet and Ihave no idea what is wrong withyour new rat but my guess is the sneezing is upper respirtory infection - I would treat it with a all purpose antibiotic. I would not place it with the others until you are 100% sure it is fine. Question, do you have any idea how old this rat is?
  • Nina - 2011-08-20
    I wouldn't worry if I were you. I've had quite a few rats and all of them sneezed about the first month. I would guess it's just still not used to all the new smells it's been exposed to. Unless it's starting to act weird, like loosing its appetite or sleeping too much, I don't think anyting's wrong.
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amber - 2011-08-14
Hello I Am Looking To Buy A Rat. How Much Would The Shipping And Everything Be?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-15
    WOW You can call Delta airlines as they are a mjaor shipper for pets. I know they ship via size of crate and weight. A small bird ran around $115.00. Isn't there someone local to you? I honestly don't know if they ship other ways. Stromberg ships chickens just via the mail - at least they used to and fee was really low but I think maybe $10.00. The breeder you choose to buy from would know the answers - I would think.
  • Bethany Jones - 2011-08-15
    Well normally just at a pet store they are around $10.00 to $15.00, depending on what kind. So I would think $20.00 to $30.00 if shipped.
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Shannon Lovely - 2011-08-09
Can I put a kangaroo rat in with my fancy and dumbo rats?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    I wouldn't suggest it. The Kangarooo rats eat differently so that's a problem. They are much smaller and that could be a problem. Also, the male/female problem of having two difernet sexes and odd number could be a problem with agression. So the food, the size diference and the male/female numbers could all cause agression and I don't think long term the little guy would survive it.
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Rachel - 2010-12-15
I have had 6 rats at one time with 6 10 gal tanks all set up with a home water and food. I would leave the tanks open so they all could play and have fun (all of them were boys) I would make things for them to play in and to do give them special things to eat out of all the pets I have ever had I would have to say that the rat is the best pet ever. They are not dirty pets and easy care and always wanting to play with you and just want love. I had a blind/deaf/vego her name was sweet pee (before I got all the boys) she loved me so much I had to leave her at my moms for a week bc I was moving and she stopped eating bc I was not there.
She would not let anyone pick her up but me if ya tried she would bit you. She was very protective of her lil friend if you wanted to play with her friend you had to go through sweet pee to do it.
Rats are a good first pet that is what my mom started me on and every time I get a diff pet I find my self going back to the rat they are the best.

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  • Katy - 2011-04-15
    I agree rats are the best.
  • Lisbeth - 2011-07-26
    Rats can be friendly and all that,but people exalt them too much.They are rodents and I question different things about them.
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