Cage for epilepstic (?) Rat

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  1. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:14 PM #1

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    One of my rats has very violent seizures where he just runs in blind panick and hits the wall of the cage extremely hard. He completely ripped off multiple nails from this and badly injured his limbs. I got these sit cussions that I could place on the cage walls but I have two girls with chronic resp issues and it would kind of cut air circulation plus I couldn't really hang anything to the cage walls t( hammocks, ropes,a etc it) and it would make the cage super boring for them. I will probably be placing some fleece on the corners of the cage but they will probably just torn the fleece apart like they did when I covered the cage floors with it. Their cage is a 3 level perfect maxi ferret. It comes with a few plastic levels that I rearranged in way to make three levels for them. It used to be only one level with loads of ropes and hammocks but it's quite a tall cage and he would go all the way up and throw himself down so having it in levels helps a bit even tho it is a little more boring for them. If anyone has any tips on how to make the cage safer for him without it being too dull for everyone else I would appreciate it. Thank you!
     
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    What is his breathing like?
    I am asking because rats having difficulty breathing can blindly panic
     
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    What do you see when he has seizures...blind panicked running is not a classic symptom BUT if he is having seizures, you can get phenobarbital from the vet for him to control them.
     
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    His breeding is okay. He was a little congested a while back, I took him to the vet and the vet said they only wanted to try medication if it progressed cuz it could just be some sniffles and he's alright now. I thought this could be panick too since seizures don't normally go like this but now him pretty seizures are it.
     
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    Yeah I chatted with you a while back ( it's okay if you don't remember this you probably answers to many people everyday ) about him and we came to the conclusion it was seizures. It happens in kind of schedule, usually in the morning and when he's done he'll just go completely limb for a while, etc. I asked my vet for Phenobarbital but he said it was better to administer it only if completely necessary like if the seizures occurred more often. It usually goes like 3/4 days of a seizure in the morning and then a week or so without seizures. So I was hoping it would kind of go away or at least not happen so often but I guess we really should start medication..I'll give stop by the vet soon. Thank you.
     

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