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Questions tagged [rat]

A highly-intelligent species of domesticated rodents. Commonly Rattus Norvegicus (Norway Rat), but the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) is becoming popular.

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My rat is acting sick!

His symptoms are lethargy, drooling, and lots of porphyrin. I'm really worried, why might this be happening, and how can I help him? (I can't afford a vet)
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rats not getting along,rats too young?

Im a new rat owner, and Iv'e gotten three rats at the moment. As a new rat owner I made the mistake of not getting my first rat in a pair or group and I got the largest one at the pet store. His name ...
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My pet rat wont stop reopening his wound

He has this big bump on his shoulder that he made into a wound and he won't stop reopening it. He's 2, so I'm scared to stress him out too much with excessive treatment. What to do?
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My pet rat keeps hurting herself and I don't know what to do

So I've had my pet rat for 2 months now and when we first got her she had a tiny scab on the back of her neck it wasn't a big deal but now she has a huge scab that I constantly see her biteing and ...
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Rat is gasping and lying on the floor after being fed

Spencer is my rat and he's about 5 months old, I fed him and his new buddy a few hours ago and I usually let them out to play for a few hours before bed. However, normally when I come in Spencer is ...
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Face/Eye injury on a male adult rat

My boys apparently got in a fight today while I was gone and I came home to a decently bloody sight. I discovered the wound at 3:29 AM and it’s currently 4:46AM meaning that the vet doesn’t open for ...
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Female rat suddenly having vaginal discharge

Clover is almost a year old now and she randomly gained weight and feels heavier, she also is getting a lot of mucus over her “lady parts”. I just recently adopted a male rat from a coworker so I don’...
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Can my laboratory rat be ill?

Picture below shows Maya, my lab rat, my friend. But something must happen. She seems to be rather sad, have bad coordination and appears to be somehow weakened. She refusing her favorite food and ...
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Rat has been violently itching till it bleeds, what can I do?

Okay so I have a pet Rat named Hope and she seems to be violently itching herself on her sides and face. Its forming a row of individual scabs ling one side that I can see when I bathe on her back and ...
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Do I really need 2 rats?

I have one champagne, broken hooded, Dumbo rat named Hope. She is alone in her cage but I take her out alot and play and interact with her. I got her in June and she has never had a cage mate. ...
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Leaving rats alone early on?

My girlfriend and I just got pet rats this last weekend, however we found out that we have to go away for the upcoming long weekend. What would be better for not freaking them out/messing with them ...
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Antibiotics mixed with yogurt on Sinclac containing bacteria cultures?

I was wondering, since antibiotics fight against bacteria, then if I give my rat an antibiotic mixed with yogurt (containing for instance Lactobacillus bulgaricus) or Nestle Sinlac (containing ...
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What to do after the passing of my rat?

Yesterday my 2-year-old fancy rat Paul passed away. He was black and white and had a bubbly personality, he LOVED food and loved to explore and run around. He had a nice life and was acting like usual....
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My pet rat ate her cage mate's tail?

My two rats often play wrestle, but last night it apparently escalated. I heard Dawn squeaking louder than usual but didn't think anything about it, but this morning half her tail was missing and she'...
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When 1 of 2 rats die is there a suitable surrogate

I had 2 older rats just over 3 years old. One has passed away. The other is still well and energetic. I do not want to commit to introducing another pair of rats for companionship at this time. It ...
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Black spots at base of rat's whiskers

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 ...
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Would it be bad to get my pet rats from Petsmart?

I've done my research on rats, and I've heard it's not good to get your pet rat from Petsmart, but that is the only choice I have at the times. I'm planning on getting two females. I went to look at ...
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Pet rats companion died and was canibalized, is now alone

About 4 months ago I bought two young-ish female rats, Star and Blaze. The store said they were the same litter but their coloring and size as they grew leads me to believe that may not have been the ...
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What to do when my pet rat passes away?

My rat was euthanised today and I am unsure what to do to help her cagemates feel better about it. Can they even understand death? Will they grieve?
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Rat breathing noisily

I have a female pet rat, almost 3 years old. I think she swallowed something a bit too big last night and is breathing loudly, kinda sounds like when you rub your hands on a leather sofa. She can ...
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My rats had a fight and one of them is injured - what can I do for him?

My rats were fighting and one of them got bitten. It looks quite bad. What can I do for him?
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Why is my rat drooling and opening its mouth? Is it choking?

My rat is behaving oddly, opening her mouth and pulling back her ears. There is a thick, mucus-like liquid coming from her mouth. What could this be, and how can I help her?
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Is it safe to give my rats pig ears and marrow bone?

Can I give my rats stuff from the butchers. like marrowbone, pigs ears etc.? Obviously, without added salt, flavourings etc. What about meal worms or live foods?
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Can I give my rats bits of Christmas tree to chew?

Is it safe to give my rats branches cut off disposed Christmas trees? There's a huge pile outside my apartment.
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What waste foods are safe for a pet rat?

My rats have rat food and raw veg. etc, however, are there any foods that I would throw away that would be good for rats? Waste-not-want-not, as my Nan used to say! e.g. Citrus peel or seeds Meat ...
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Is cow's milk safe for young rats?

I've heard that rats like yoghurt, I don't have any though. Is cows milk from a saucer safe for them? NB: They are Rattus norvegicus (Fancy Rats)
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How to teach a rat to not litter in a different spot

Rats are rather clever little creatures. I have potty-trained my two male rats within a single week. Until recently, they have found a new favorite spot. The method I used to teach them was ...