My rat has developed dark spots at the base of her whiskers, her front claws seem to be dark too.

They look like they might be dried blood, but I'd have expected her to have cleaned herself.

Has anyone else seen this?


Definitely as Piper suggested. It's around her eyes now.

porphyrn around eyes

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    Could you post a picture? It may be dried dirt/food. – Piper Jun 29 '16 at 0:21
  • @Piper it has gone away now, don't know what it is but she has lost weight over the last month so it could be related to age and her simply approaching the end of her days. – BanksySan Jul 4 '16 at 12:48
  • Possibly. How old is she? If she's losing weight and feeling her age, it may have been porphyryn, which is normal when they're feeling rough. I'd suggest keeping an eye on her for other illness/tumors though, just in case. – Piper Jul 4 '16 at 17:52
  • @Piper She's about 18 months, but has suddenly lost a lot f weight and isn't responsive. She doesn't come and say hello any more. She's albino, I think they have short lives. She's looking very old, but she's my first rat so I don't have any prior experience – BanksySan Jul 4 '16 at 20:40
  • Sounds like she is feeling her age. It's possible she has internal tumors because rats are very prone to them sadly :( she lives alone? She may well be depressed; rats are highly social animals and need to be kept in at least pairs. – Piper Jul 4 '16 at 20:41

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