is my rat just getting old?

jaymbsa

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i have a pair of sisters and i’ve noticed over the last few weeks one of them becoming kind of lethargic? She still runs up when i open the cage, eats, drinks, cleans herself, and will take treats but is overall becoming much less active but her sister is just as energetic as always. they’re coming up on 2 and a half years old, is something wrong or is it just her getting old?
 

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First start with holding her sides to your ear and listen to her breathing, listening for any sounds,roughness or crackles. Then you can carefully examine your lady looking for lumps especially internal ones in the abdomen. Last offer her a hard small light treat and see if she's able to grasp it evenly with both paws. Even if she props herself up on one arm then eats with the other is okay as elderly rats will do that.
 

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