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  1. RoadieRattikins

    My rat is having odd symptoms! HELP!!

    My rat Roadie is having some odd symptoms lately. On the corners of his mouth it seems that he has scratched there causing cuts on both sides of his mouth. He doesn't naturally bite down his nails so I do have to trim them. He is about 5-6 months old. I also noticed some redness in his poo. Not...
  2. E

    Handling rats while sick?

    In the past couple days, I have developed some illness symptoms that could be anything from COVID to strep throat (I am going to get tested today). I was wondering how safe it is for me to handle my ratties during this time? I’ve seen some sources that say humans can transmit strep throat to...
  3. B

    I may have made a mistake..

    I may have overreacted to my baby boy's (9-10 weeks) breathing issues. Ive been treating my adult boys with prescribed doxycycline because of a uri and when i heard similar breathing noises coming from my baby i panicked and stupidly decided to give him a portion of doxycycline that was 3x too...
  4. Ravien715

    Need advice for my elderly rat - mass in stomach.

    Hi I am sorry I don't really know where to start because I feel completely defeated. First of all I am going to let whoever reads this know that I was aware of how expensive having rats can be. I was prepared for anything to come my way, what I wasn't expecting was a global pandemic and that I...
  5. Caitlin

    Is it time to say goodbye

    Hello everyone :) Bit of a sad one here and I hope nobody here will judge me too harshly cause I truly feel like I’ve been an awful rat mum. My boy James is nearly 3 now and his brother died a long time ago. I have 3 other boys who I adopted for siblings for him and they are all perfectly...
  6. M

    Help!!!

    One of my rats is lethargic, she is wobbly and will barely walk. She wouldn’t even take a treat but I did get her to eat some yogurt. Her eyes are squinty, there’s excess porphyrin on her nose, and she seems overall very weak and so not herself. I am worried she’s dying (she’s almost exactly two...
  7. S

    HELP! Female rat aggressive to cage-mate after cage-mate's spay and surgery!!!

    Help! I have two female rats, about 10 months old. One of them had a vaginal polyp so had surgery and was spayed last week. Her name is Bear and she is the larger, more dominant rat. Since the spay, it seems her only cage-mate, that the littler rat, Sookie, is way more aggressive and has even...
  8. J

    Please help, my rats are sick

    Both of my female fancy rats are just over two years old and they both have lumps on their back ends suddenly, and one of the girls is missing hair on her back and is very lethargic, also she can’t seem to walk straight. They are both eating and drinking water. I haven’t seen them in a couple...
  9. ratbunches

    FTT? or something else?

    Hey. A couple days ago I got a little rat named Peanut. I have one from the same litter, and 3 others from the same mom and dad, but an earlier litter. Peanut is about 6-7 weeks old, and she just passed the 60 g mark, where her sister from the same litter is about 80-90 g. After i got her she...
  10. M

    Need help diagnosing reason for hair loss

    My eldest female rat (~1.6yo) has been loosing hair in one single patch on her head over the past few weeks. She had a Myco infection about 2 months ago and was cured with Baytril and Doxy (but is still on low dose Baytril). She lives with 2 other young rats that are in good health. I do not see...
  11. Courtney Carter

    Rescued baby rat possibly pregnant? Help..

    Hello I rescued some little baby ratties recently, picked them up from an off situation, feeder rescue essentially, I’ve done it before with my last two boys. But I ended up with girls this time! Smell is a lot better with ladies I’ll be honest, and I just miss having girls. Well, I was pretty...
  12. Courtney Carter

    Three New Girls

    I just got three new little girls today, something I’ve been planning to do for a while. My best friend just passed away so I’m in need of some new company and my last girl was an old rescue who passed not much longer after we got her due to a tumor. These three ladies are lovely and were very...
  13. K

    4 month old female

    Hi, me and my wife recently decided to get a young female rat from a nice local pet shop. We have her all situated in her new enclosure and when we got to hold her at the pet store she was really sweet and snuggly. Once we got her home we sat by her cage just to look at her and for her to get...
  14. R

    How do I convince parents to allow rat

    Hello, I have been graced with the fantastic opportunity to take care of a rat for breaks including summer. However, my parents despise rats and think that that people will judge them for having one. How do I respectfully convince them to allow rats into the house.
  15. M

    Help needed for curious respiratory symptoms!

    Recently (3 months ago) I lost a rat to pneumonia and after that experience I did everything in my power to protect my other girls. I bought a double critter nation (for 4 rats), set up an air purifier, got new dustless bedding( cat pellet paper), began to litter train, sewed fleece liners for...
  16. DoodleSmythe

    How do you know when it’s time to say goodbye?

    So I’ll try to keep this brief, but I want to give enough detail: Ron is 2+ years (rescue so not sure). He had a lump on his neck which grew quickly and our trusted vet removed. He healed up nicely and was back to normal soon after. 6-8 weeks later, the lump had returned. Again, it grew fast...
  17. M

    Pneumonia help needed! - Post Closed

    My 2 y.o female rat developed classic signs of mycoplasma about 1 week ago. I began baytril when no improvement was seen after 2 days. She progressively has gotten worse and we took her to an exotic vet yesterday. I was under the impression that the vet would choose to euthanize her but to my...
  18. K

    Is my rat pregnant?

    Hi everyone! I bought two pet rats (female) from pets at home about 40 days ago and am concerned that one of them maybe being pregnant. I went in to the shop intending to buy two male rats but when I got to the checkout after picking them out I was told by staff that they were actually female...
  19. Danisaurus

    Hind leg degeneration??

    Hello! My boy Glitch is under a year old... from my research this is way too young to have hind leg degeneration. However, for the last few days he has been dragging his hind legs and tail. He is still able to use his hind legs to groom and as you can see in the photo he will use them to some...
  20. O

    Abandoned rat or mouse?

    I found 2 lil babies sitting alone in the middle of a hot parking lot yesterday. i kind of think someone dumped them there? they didn’t look too dirty or thin, but they were totally alone right next to each other, and i couldn’t find any trace of a mother or other siblings. it was hot so i know...
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