Hey Rat Shack community. I’m a brand new member and I need some medical advice from a more experienced rat owner. My rat, Timothy, a 4-6 month old male, suddenly started displaying extremely distressing physical symptoms early this morning, which have only proceded to worsen within the last few hours. I don’t believe he is in imminent danger of a serious medical emergency, but my reasearch has me concerned that he may have had a stroke in the last 24 hours. His symptoms so far include disorientation and lethargy (he is normally an extremely active rat, but is now moving like a snail), and most distressingly he is dragging his back legs, waddling about with his back legs bowed out, moving in an exaggerated ‘s’ shape, and sucking in his sides as he walks. He seemes to have a normal appetite, is drinking water, and is groggy but alert. I am unsure if this points directly to a stroke, or if it could be hind leg paralysis, something I’ve heard is more common in male rats, although he seems quite young for such a serious health problem. I have a limited ability to afford medical costs, so I was hoping to get the opinion of A rat owner with more than few months of experience. On a more hopeful note, if he survives whatever bizarre condition he is dealing with, does anyone have some tips on caring for a partially paralyzed rat? What dose his outlook on life look like with the paralysis? How will his younger cage mate, another male (Bear), react? Thank you in advance for any insight!