Questions tagged [rodents]

Catch-all tag for pet mice, rats, hamsters, guinea-pigs, skinny-pigs, and their rodent cousins. If the question is specific to a species, consider tagging it with the species.

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Should i get a new companion for my rat or? (Graphic)

So i got 3 bonded pet rats, over the past week, 2 of the three killed and ate the smallest rat, (i had thought he escaped for 4 days)(iv had them for 7 months) who had trouble putting on weight (fed ...
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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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How to teach my cat to give death bite to rodents?

There are some rodents in my house recently. As usual my cat, Bhutu, is excited about it. But she prefers to play with the rodents. When the rodent freezes with fear she sniffs the rodent and then ...
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What do I do if my guinea pig has a swelled toenail? Is this rare?

Heidi's toenail (Zoom in if you need to)I woke up to trim my guinea pigs', Heidi(female), toenails, and noticed that her skin was getting really big and swelled up around it. I tried trimming it, and ...
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Are rodent repellent devices safe for snakes?

We have young curious large breed dogs who make using mouse traps and poison difficult and/or dangerous. We also have a ball python who lives in his terrarium, not free roaming. All information I ...
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Keep Gerbils Quiet

What is an appropriate way to keeping gerbils quiet? They make to much noise and I live in a small space I am not sure what to do. It keeps me from sleeping. Are there soundproof cages maybe?
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Can I leave my gerbils' sand bath in their cage all the time?

We adopted a pair of gerbils from our local shelter a few weeks ago. It's been 30+ years since I have had gerbils. Back then enrichment was not really common beyond some bedding to shred and tubes to ...
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How do I determine if this rodent is an adult or baby?

My neighbors found a tiny rodent in their garage and my kids are looking after it. They looked up on the internet that the best would be a surrogate mother (don't know of any); wildlife rehabilitators ...
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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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Degus Ate Huge Amount of Cage Today

My girlfriend has two degus. They used to chew on the bars in their old enclosure, so she bought them a much larger one that they seemed content with. Today, when she got home after a long day of work/...
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Not holding gerbils really stressing me out

I cannot find any information on this anywhere so I am resorting to asking here. I have had my gerbils now for about a month and I have no desire to hold them, as I am naturally a flighty person and ...
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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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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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How do I get my gerbils to enjoy being held?

I got two female gerbils a few months ago, and I'm having trouble getting them used to being petted. They occasionally sit still while I stroke their backs, and if my hand is in the cage, they'll tend ...
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How can I prevent my mouse from escaping the cage?

My mouse found a way to get out by using her head and body to force the bars further apart and then escape through the gap. She has been doing this for the past two days. How do I make her stop or ...
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What kind of bedding should I use for a mouse's home?

The problem appears that I can't find any sort of proper bedding for my mouse. I tried using ripped newspaper. It was fine until smells began coming out. I knew she was hiding her excrement down ...