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Active and smart little animals, rats can make great pets especially for children!
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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.
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... email@example.com
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Debbie O\'Briant -
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.
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 -
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.
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
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
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.
Is it ok to have two unaltered males in the same habitat together?
My pet rat of three years just recently broke her right hind foot, I've been watching her close and giving her vitamins, but just yesterday, when I picked her up, a brownish red liquid started coming out of her vaginal area in puddles when I set her down especially.
She's eating just a little and drinking fluids more than anything, but I can't find out what's wrong with her online and cannot afford to take her to a vet. Do you have any idea what may be wrong with her or if I can treat her? :(
Hi, my biology class was doing an experiment to see how milk affects the growth of female albino rats, so our class got 2 rats, at the end of the experiment our teacher wanted to know if anyone wanted to adopt one of the two, I volunteered, I do not know much about rats but I do like them a lot. What I need to know is a couple of things, do I need more than 1 rat? If it is recommended to get a second rat what breed of rat is best for a female albino? I read in several places it is best to get a second because of loneliness, replies would be great. Also, which is better, an aquarium or a barred rat cage? I think for cleaning purposes a barred collapsible cage would be best but like I said I'm not sure. A third concern is I am not 100% sure what type of bedding to use, is shaved wood from a pet store best or shredded paper? One last thing I would need to know is what kinds of accessories do I need? Do I need to get a shaded hut (the cage will not be in direct sunlight) but as they sleep during the day I figured something shaded is best, I know their teeth grow continuously so I need at least to get some wood sticks etc. Thank you for any responses to any of my questions!
Buddy's Forever Dad
In response to Ashley Nagy about your little man Willard:
My rescued albino lab rat Buddy also fell ill to a respiratory infection when he was about two years old. The vet did not consider a rat to be a real or worthy pet, and she treated Buddy like he was still a lab rat whose life meant nothing. The typical antibiotics seemed to weaken Buddy, and his breathing worsened over a few months, causing his whole body to rock with each breath, until his little heart finally stopped beating. Buddy had a way of waking me up and I awoke suddenly to find him before he was all the way gone, and I am at least happy that I could hold him as he faded away. When I picked him up for the last time, Buddy opened his eyes and he did not close them again, ever. It then took about four hours for his body to grow cold, and I have been racked with grief ever since. I will forver regret not spending more time with Buddy while I had the chance, and I don't think I'll ever visit a vet again except for emergency surgery maybe. Buddy's little friend Shadow is one year younger and was brought into Buddy's life as a companion. However, Buddy began to fall ill almost immediately upon Shadow's arrival, and Shadow's sharp teeth and 'play biting' left Buddy with a gaping wound on the nape of his neck which never fully healed. Looking back I realize that Buddy did NOT need another rat friend, Buddy needed ME to spend more time with him. Now Shadow is my special man and he needs ME, not another rat. You see, these angels (rats) don't consider themselves to be that much different than us humans. I would recommend never separating rats who were cagemates from a very early age; but, for me, bringing a second rat into Buddy's world only hurt Buddy and made him very sad. By the way, I've had great success with using soft towels, cloth diapers, and even sleeping bags as rat bedding, making sure to use scent-free laundry detergent in small amounts when laundering the bedding. Hope this helps you and others.
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\"In my Buddy\'s memory\" -
To "Buddy's Forever Dad"
About 15 years ago, I was given a 3 month old brown hooded rat also named "Buddy". He was given to me by a 9year old little boy suffering from luekemia, and with all his treatments, his family was no longer able to take care of his beloved pet. I had no previous knowledge of how to take care of a pet rat, but Buddy melted my heart from the moment he came to my house. His sweet little disposition would have melted anyone, and he quickly became the biggest reason my niece and nephew always wanted to spend the night. When Buddy was a little over a year, he began to develope what I thought was sinus problems. The air was getting dry, and I assumed that the lack of moisture was causing his occasional minor nose bleeds. It took hardly any time for his nose bleeds to get worse, and two weeks later I took him to the vet, and was told I should immediately put him to sleep.This vet also seemed to disregard my Buddy as any sort of pet of value. Buddy seemed to get his second wind right around that time, and I took him back home. Two days later, my poor Buddy passed away. I cherish the time that was spent with him. So did my niece and nephew, and he managed to convert many people into believing that rats do make good pets.
All these years later, I have a 10 year old daughter who has a black hooded rat Nicky. He is coming up on 3 years old, and is the happiest, friendliest, and slightly chubby rat, who is so loved it is unbelievable. Rats make amazing little companions and friends, and they stay in your heart forever. P.S...Nicky was set to be given away to the first person that would take him. Thank goodness we got him.
A word of advice from a long time rat owner (18 years), do not see main stream vets, as the majority of them only work with dogs and cats. You need to find an exotics/small animal vet. I recently had one of my girls fall ill, and all of the vets I took her to only offered to put her down, untill one of the vet's assistants told me of another animal hospital just a little ways away. I took my rat there, and St.Francis has become our new vet for all of our pets. They are affordable, knowledgeable, and are open 24/7/365. I have not been more pleased. I personaly have 3 rats right now (smokey, pop, and duece) and the family has 2 guinnea pigs and a cat, and the folks at St.Francis are now the primary vets for all our animals. PS DO NOT EVER GOTO DOVE LEWIS!
It's terrible the way some vets see our pet rats! I'm so lucky, in my suburb we have the most amazing, loving and talented team of vets who care! As soon as we walk in, the staff are all over my rats, I feel truly blessed!