At some point or another, it is likely that an owner is going to be dealing with an eye problem from his or her rats’ eyes. Rat eyes are very sensitive, and must be watched over to ensure nothing bad happens to them. While rats do not have perfect sight, they still rely on vision as another sense. Continue reading Rat Eyes: Health, Infection, Blindness
Do Rats Sleep with Their Eyes Open?
Whether you believe it or not, rats can in fact sleep with their eyes open. It might be one of the creepiest things an owner will ever see. The ratty’s owner might actually think that their rat is potentially dead. In a panic, the owner will go running to the cage, yelling the rat’s name over and over. As the rat fails to respond, the owner may begin smacking the cage to create more noise in an effort to wake up the rat. Then, when the owner finally reaches into the cage to grab the rat, it wakes up in a confused, half asleep daze; oh, the joys of being a rat parent! Continue reading Do Rats Sleep with Their Eyes Open?
Red & Yellow Cedar Wood Bedding: Highly Toxic and Deadly for Rats
Cedar bedding has long been identified as a deadly bedding source for pet rats. If a breeder or rescue finds out that someone is using cedar, they will quickly run away from them; this includes other breeders and adopters. Once a rat has lived on cedar bedding, it will likely have permanent issues thereafter, even though they might not be serious. One hallmark symptom of cedar sickness is the porphyrin that will be around the eyes and nose. A pink eyed rat will be the most distressed appearing animal, as their porphyrin will appear brighter on their white fur. Continue reading Red & Yellow Cedar Wood Bedding: Highly Toxic and Deadly for Rats
Pet rats sometimes make weird noises. Knowing the differences in particular noises can help you to figure out just how serious the issue at hand is. Just like humans, rats do sneeze on occasion. However, rattling and wheezing is a very serious issue that could become life threatening quickly. Continue reading Is My Pet Rat Sneezing, Coughing, Rattling, Hiccuping, or Wheezing?
Why Doesn’t My Rat Eat Alfalfa Pellets in Rat & Hamster Seed food Mix?
For beginner rat owners, the easily accessible, cheap, brightly colored hamster and rat food seed mix looks like a great choice. It’s got a massive amount of variety in it, and to be fair, it does smell good. Very fruity. They then notice that the rats leave those little green pellets of hay either laying in the food dish, or stashed in a “I’ll never eat it, but I still want to keep it just in case” corner within their huts. Rats just don’t seem to eat them, and for good reason: they just don’t like alfalfa pellets. Continue reading Why Doesn’t My Rat Eat Alfalfa Pellets in Rat & Hamster Seed Food Mix?
All rat lovers hear it at some point: “EW! You have RATS as… pets?!” And what do we do? We roll our eyes! *Here we go again. Another person who has no earthly idea what they’re talking about.* Fortunately, these people can be educated, and a MAJORITY of them are won over! Before you can confront these people, you have to understand the multitude of reasons that people “hate” them. I say “hate” because you cannot hate something you know nothing about; hence the amount of people that are won over by the Ratty Casanovas! Continue reading Why Do People Hate Pet Rats So Much? Tails? Disease?
While this blog focuses on particular pet rodent, rats, it is generally a good idea to avoid these dangerous foods along with many others when it comes to hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, and gerbils. All four of these foods are bad for pet rats, and can cause varying health issues in steady amounts. Continue reading Are Apple Seeds, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Lemons Deadly for Rodents?