Animal Stories - Pet Rat

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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.
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.
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.
Gitali - 2010-01-10
Hi. Can u explain me that how to give them a bath?

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  • kat - 2010-04-27
    With mine I fill the bath up about 2-3 inch lukewarm water and place them in it, they love it, will roll around and clean each other.
  • April - 2010-05-01
    To give a rat a bath, Use your sink it's the easiest. Just put a little water in the sink so there's water but, they can't drown. You can use non medicated shampoo or cat non medicated shampoo for your rats. Simply rub the shampoo with water into their hair and use your hands or a cup to rinse them off with fresh water. It's pretty easy and simple. Good luck! :)
  • brittany mc-oh - 2010-11-22
    Hi Gitali
    I just wanted to let you know when you bathe your rat you need to put a little bit of soap in the water and rinse and make sure you get all the soap off then dry until its happy... thanx

    from brittany
  • Cheri - 2011-02-08
    Hi, when I bathe my girls I put about 2 inches of water into the kitchen sink with a small squirt of Dawn. I then cover myself in towel and put the girls in the sink. For the next ten minutes we play 'jump outta the sink, go back in the sink'. They both seem to dislike the water but love the cuddling in the towel afterwards. I wish I would have started bathing them as soon as I got them so they would have gotten more accustomed to water.
  • Li - 2011-02-27
    It's pretty easy first get so SCENTLESS Baby shampoo.
  • Sarah - 2011-05-09
    My roommates rats really hate being dunked in water. She has told me that she uses the sink and just runs them under the faucet to get them wet, then lathers puppy shampoo on them (being careful not to get soap in their face) then runs them under the faucet again to rinse.
  • Amy - 2011-07-03
    My friend has a rat, and she is so adorable! When he gives her a bath, he takes a cloth and soaks in lukewarm - warm water. Puts a little soap on it, and drains the majority of the soap-water mixture from the cloth, and wipes her down. However, if he detects scars on the poor girl, he quickly, yet gently rubs in some liquid silver, and wipes her down with the cloth again. Afterwards, he dries her and she's clean!
  • Beverly - 2011-07-06
    Just to let you know, you don't ever need to bathe your rat. However, they do love to play in the bath for fun xx
Brian Ross - 2011-03-29
Hey everyone, I'm hoping someone can help me with Splinter, my 2-year-old albino male dumbo rat. He's always been very laid back and always hungry. But 3 days ago, I noticed that he didn't seem to have his normal appetite. 2 days ago I noticed that he had diarrhea and seemed weak, and his breathing is short and fast, but then I gave him a bath, cleaned his cage, and gave him a variety of foods and he started eating again and was drinking lots of water again. Well today he seems weaker and he's not eating/drinking very much again. He had some eye-crusties too. Can anyone tell me what these symptoms mean, how I can treat him, and with what? I feel awful, but I don't have the money to take him to the vet... I know there must be something I can do for him... Please help! Thank you...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    We all get so attached to our pets. They are our family. Possibly your Splinter is just going through a phase and should be well fed and given plenty of water. Sounds like you are taking excellent care of him. Unfortunately, the life expectancy of these entertaining creatures is 2 - 3 years. Just feed him well and love the little fella.
  • Brian Ross - 2011-03-30
    Thanks for the reply Cheryl. He passed last night, but yeah, like you said he was getting old. RIP Splinter... he was the coolest rat ever. :)
  • Joe Desrochers - 2011-04-10
    To be honest with you my rattie just died yesterday and she had a respiratory infection and that calls for vet care for the medication
  • Tanya Bartone - 2011-05-18
    Our pet rat, Sadie, died today. She had the same symptoms you mentioned Brian. I noticed she was sick last night and knew it was mycoplamsa pulmonis (pneumonia) so I took her to the vet today. No hope even with treatment. When they get sick they get sick QUICKLY! I had to put ours down today myself. Quick, within 10 seconds, but no more suffering! The vet wanted $85 which included office visit and euthanasia fee or $120 for treatment that wouldn't work. I paid the office fee and put her to rest myself. Did yours make it??
  • Tanya Bartone - 2011-05-18
    Brian~ I missed your post about Splinter passing.....sorry!. Btw, our Sadie was only 1.5 yrs old and weight 0.5 tiny!
Bailey - 2011-01-25
I am a fourth time rat owner with a rat named Peanut whom I absolutely adore. I've seen a lot go wrong with rats from past experiences, but Peanut for the most part seems pretty healthy. However lately I've been noticing that at night time her fur gets really really fluffy and I wondered if this was because I recently moved to a colder climate and it's now winter time or if she may be ill? Thank you for your help.

brittney - 2010-11-11
My male albino rat chewy.. is almost 4 years old and his fur is falling out and his skin is turning black.... I have taken him to the vet and they say nothing is wrong with him... also his left side doesn't seem to function.... does any one else's rats have this problem and what is it.... email me please...

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  • Debbie O\'Briant - 2011-01-04
    Sweety the problem is aging. Your little buddy is just very old and coming to the end of his natural life cycle. He has already lived a long life.
Ashley Nagy - 2009-11-29
Hi, I am 18 and I have a fancy rat named willard, you know from that wierd scary movie of that guy who I think tries to get rats to take over the world. Well I heard it was a good movie, so... willard is not doing good, he has really bad signs of respiratory infection or pneumonia and I feel really bad. I need some really good advise on what he should be on. I don't have the money right now to take him to the vet. It's really hard right now to see that my baby is sick and I dont have the money and I feel that if I don't find some good advise I will lose my little man. I love my baby willard so much and I cant see what tomorrow would be like without willard there to see me every morning. I feel like a bad rat parent and I just don't want to see him pass on me. Please, I really need to know what kind of medicine I can get him on right now since I don't have the money in hand to take him to the vet. plz

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  • a very thankful granddaughter - 2010-12-01
    Honey go to the pet store they do sell some stuff over the counter that's fairly inexpensive definitely cheaper than the vet and if all else fails call a vet most don't have a problem recommending home remedies they'll let you know how to tell if they don't work than you'll just have to take him in- hope it helps.
  • carissa - 2010-12-09
    Hi, I just got my rat this medicine called bactrim suspension. It was 10 dollars, and it's working like a charm. I hope I found you in time. You can also take him into the bathroom with you when you take a shower, the steam helps them.
a forever thankful granddaughter - 2010-12-01
I am a total rat lover - when I was young my nana took me to the pet store and bought me 2 rats one albino and one brown one I proudly named them sugar and cinnamon they were awesome they instantly became my best friends. I had sugar for 4 yrs when she passed and cinnamon who passed after 4 1/2 from a tumor during surgery to remove it. They were the greatest pets, cinnamon loved to sleep with my nanas cat believe it or not, they enjoyed playing outside with me and in my opinion they were way greater than any puppy could have been and I miss them still to this day 16 yrs later. Now that I am older and have kids of my own they are finally old enough this Christmas that my husband and I have decided we would get them each one of their own I can't wait to see their faces and I'm super excited for them to have the same relationship I had with mine it's a friendship you will never forget... thanks again nana-rip

Sarah - 2010-11-27
I got my first 2 rats when I was 16, my mam wasn't too keen at first, but she fell in love. One died before I was 18 and the other one died a few months later. Before my 2nd rat died (koda) I bought 2 more from the petshop. Then last month I got another 4 off a breeder, leaving me with a total of 6 rats. I would love to have more, but my mam won't let me.

I think rats are great pets and everyone should own one. Way better than hamsters in my opinion.