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What to do when my pet rat passes away?

(This information goes for all social rodents and non-rodents including mice, gerbils, and degus.) This matter is briefly talked about here. While no one knows for sure what, if anything, animals ...
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How do I get my gerbils to enjoy being held?

Just gently keep working at it on a daily basis and be patient. We have 3 Degus (like a domesticated squirrel), and when we got them, they weren't very keen on even being touched. I offered my hand ...
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What kind of bedding should I use for a mouse's home?

For most small rodents, such as rats or mice, I would look to use hardwood wood shavings (aspen is usually easily found, depends on where you are). Avoid softwood shavings, such as pine or cedar as ...
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How to help an infant palm squirrel that is not drinking milk and seems like it's suffocating

This is impossible to "diagnose" via the Internet. The list of what may be wrong is nearly endless, but some of the more frequent issues are, in no particular order: Internal / organ damage....
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Is my hamster tank large enough?

NO It is not much known from the wildlife of this kind of hamster. They are called winter white, because this kind has the whole year the color of the wild animals winter fur. In the wild there were ...
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How can I prevent my mouse from escaping the cage?

Mice are known to be capable of getting through 1/4 inch wide gaps. You will have to change your cage to something more escape-proof. Without knowing what your cage looks like, I must assume your ...
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Not holding gerbils really stressing me out

It sounds like you are taking very good care of your gerbils, and they are relaxed and happy. You are doing fine as you are. I would continue to stroke them, both because it's good for bonding and ...
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How to teach my cat to give death bite to rodents?

While cats usually enjoy chasing rodents, my understanding is that cats aren't particularly fond of eating them. Most cats would rather play with them than eat them, and I don't think there's any ...
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Keep Gerbils Quiet

What noise are they making? If it is the wheel they have you could get a silent spinner. You could also try using another sound to drown them out. Maybe some light music. Or a fan. Also if the cage ...
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Rat breathing noisily

While waiting for the answers to my questions above I figured I would post this to help in the meantime. If she is showing any symptoms described in this question, then she is indeed choking. It ...
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Can I give my rats bits of Christmas tree to chew?

No, Pine and Cedar are generally considered toxic to Rats (and many small mammals) pine should not be used as bedding by extension they should not be offered as chew toys. There are several home ...
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What's wrong with my pet mouse?

If she's actually drooling or foaming at the mouth, she could have some sort of medical issue, ranging from overgrown teeth to an infection. Your best bet would be a proper exotics veterinarian to ...
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What kind of bedding should I use for a mouse's home?

What I like to use is shredded paper, because even though it is nessicary to clean it often, it has proven to be the more comfortable option for my mice. It is very easy for them to burrow in, and ...
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What kind of bedding should I use for a mouse's home?

Depending on what you are using the lab rat for, this should be a very careful decision. They are many studies analyzing different types of cage beddings and many have advantages and disadvantages. As ...
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Can I leave my gerbils' sand bath in their cage all the time?

I think you should be fine leaving it in the cage. I've had gerbils and dwarf hamsters where I left their sand baths in the cages with no ill effect (I replaced the sand frequently as well). You've ...
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How do I determine if this rodent is an adult or baby?

This is indeed a baby mouse (perhaps wood mouse/deer mouse), if you do not want to bring it to a wildlife rehab you can try to care for it yourself. Wikihow has an excellent guide to feeding and ...
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Why did my pet rat eat her cage mate's tail?

It could be also that the tail got stuck somewhere between the bars if you have bars in your cage and then was torn off while they were wrestling. Have you found the missing tail somewhere? Have your ...
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Are rodent repellent devices safe for snakes?

The elecronic repellers appear to work by making a high-pitched sound. Snakes don't hear all too well. I haven't seen mine react to any loud noises, like music or fireworks. If there's anything they'...
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Is my hamster tank large enough?

Yes, that should be enough space. It is recommended to have at least 2903 cm2 (450 in2) of floor space for one hamster. Having more than one dwarf hamster will require a little bit more space than ...
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Hamster hair loss

Hamster hair loss is usually a vicious cycle: some irritation causes itching, itching causes scratching, scratching causes more irritation, etc. Other usual suspects would be stress, which can lead to ...
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Hamster hair loss

The hair loss of a hamster is almost always caused by rubbing against a hard object or sharp object in its cage, but the type of bedding you may use could potentially cause the hamster to lose hair if ...
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Will tortoises get along with gerbils if out of their cages at the same time?

Gerbils are usually not aggressive and don't tend to bite without a reason like being stressed or attacked. I assume you have a terrestrial tortoise and these are typically herbivorous, thus not ...
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rats not getting along,rats too young?

I have noticed that it is always the most difficult task with the older rats from pet stores. I think that they had to fight the longest for the food, for a good place in the cage also the rotation is ...
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Why did my cat stop catching mice?

In this individual case it's probably a sign that he's not feeling at his best right now. Catching rodents requires a certain level of fitness and very sudden, very quick motions. He might either feel ...
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What do I do if my guinea pig has a swelled toenail? Is this rare?

You should go to the vet, that looks like swelling from an infection.
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Why did my pet rat eat her cage mate's tail?

I found a site that states: On close inspection, it can be seen that rats' tails are skin, soft with hair, and the "scale" is only a texture. Rat tails are easily injured and can tear from a bite. ...
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How do I get my gerbils to enjoy being held?

You should when you are able to pick them up also hold them for a few seconds and then give them a treat. Once you give Them the treat put them back in the cage. This associates you holding them with ...
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How can I prevent my mouse from escaping the cage?

I think you've got a few options here. One is like JoshDM suggested and get a 10gal glass fish tank. You can get a wire lid if there is anything she can stand on to get out. However, I wouldn't add ...
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