With the recent outbreak of the Seoul Virus among pet rats, rat owners may find themselves overwhelmed with all of the big headlines giving rats just one more strike on their bad reputations. But just how bad is this virus? Should we all panic? My opinion: yes, and no! Continue reading Should I Be Worried About the Seoul Virus?
Can I Feed My Rat Chicken Eggs? Are They Safe?
Rats absolutely love eggs! Eggs are a nutritious food source packed with protein and fats. The rich yolk contains a number of nutrients necessary for health and growth. However, you MUST be careful with how you feed the eggs to the rats, as well as how much and how often you feed them eggs. Check out our recommendations!
Types of Eggs and Whether or Not Rats Can Have Them
Depending on how the egg is prepared, eggs can be good or bad. Pay close attention to how you prepare your ratties’ meal so that they do not become sick. Bland is best for rats, unless you add select veggies or small amounts of cheese.
Scrambled eggs are perhaps the best for rats to eat. They are fully cooked, and they also ensure that both the white and yolk are evenly mixed. You could even add a little bit of cheese, but I recommend passing on the milk. Milk is commonly used in scrambled eggs, but it is not necessary when making scrambled eggs for pet rats. It simply enhances the texture and flavor of the eggs for humans. You might even try to add a few fresh veggies in with the eggs! Just be sure that you are not improperly preparing a vegetable for the rats; some veggies are better raw, others cooked, and yet others are 100% off limits.
Sunny Side Up
I recommend never feeding your rat any amount of raw egg. If you’re like me, you enjoy to have a bit of runny yolk in your eggs. I enjoy mine over easy personally, but i would never share them with my rats. Every time us humans enjoy our slightly raw or undercooked eggs, we are taking a risk with bacterial pathogens. While it seems far fetched that an innocent egg would make us sick, it is still a very real possibility. However, there is no point in feeding undercooked and potentially dangerous eggs to our pets when they will enjoy them fully cooked just as much!
If you want to give your rats something fun to do, try offering them a hard boiled egg! Some people like to leave the shell on to challenge the rats, making them work for the delicious treat inside. Others feel that leaving the shell on may be dangerous. Personally, I do not offer the shell to my rats. I actually don’t even offer anything other than scrambled, but that’s because scrambled eggs are far more economical with my colony’s size. Please do your own personal research regarding shell VS. shelled, making the best decision for you and your rats.
A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?
Rat breeders and rescuers make it possible for owners and prospective owners to find ratties to adopt and love. However, not all breeders are created equal. Some breeders are poor quality “feeder breeders.” These breeders do not take care of their animals as they should, significantly increasing the risk of a sickly animal. If you have purchased a sick or injured rat from a poor quality breeder, there are several steps that you can take. Continue reading A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?
Why Is My Rat Going Bald? Natural Hair Loss, Disease, or Parasites?
A rat going bald could be something as simple as a unique coat variety, or as serious as a deadly infection, parasite, or severe bullying. If a rat suddenly begins losing hair, his or her age, coat type, sex, overall health, and relationships between cage mates must be noted. All of these different things can play an important role in baldness. For a rat going bald, the owner can rest easy once he or she knows that the fur baby is safe and healthy!
Why Is My Rat’s Eye Turning White? Glaucoma, Infection, Cataracts?
Rats can develop white eyes, giving the impression that the rat has become blind in one eye. Usually, a blind eye will be completely and totally bluish white, as if it were cloudy. However, white spots can occur as well. The severity of the condition depends upon what is causing the eye to become white.
Choosing a Safe Exercise Wheel for Your Rat: Avoiding Injuries and Pain
Between caught toes, disfigured backs, and tail injuries, the exercise wheel can be a very dangerous territory for domesticated rats. If you plan to buy a wheel for your rats to run on, it is necessary to do some serious research and find the right wheel for the health and safety of your rats. Here, we will highlight some do’s and don’ts, as well as link to some appropriate wheels!
Couponing for Rats: $1 Cheerios at CVS!
Alright guys, due to my recent obsession with couponing, I’m going to be sharing all of my rat friendly coupon deals with you. This one definitely inspired me! Instead of paying $3 for a box of Cheerios, how about paying $1? Even if you exceed the limit on your CVS Extrabucks, you’ll still get them for $1.50 per box with the coupon. Great deal, right? If you have any questions, check out the bullet list at the bottom of this post. Print NOW and use by tomorrow 2/13/16 at midnight! Sale ends soon, so get it while you can!!!
The Cheerios Deal
- Print out the coupon below twice. You have a printing allowance of twice per computer.
- Go to your local CVS and pick up two 12 oz boxes of Cheerios (or whichever Cheerios have the $1 extrabucks promotion tag).
- At the register, present your CVS card so extrabucks will print. Once the cashier scans the Cheerios, give them the $1 off 2 Cheerios coupon you printed. Each coupon requires two boxes purchased.
- Your $1 Extrabucks will print!
Price Break Down
- Cheerios are on sale at CVS for 2 for $4
- Coupon is $1 off 2, bringing the price down to $1.50 each, or 2 for $3.
- After the $1 Extrabucks prints, you have paid $3 for two boxes of cereal with a $1 Extrabuck in your hand. This brings the final price to $1 per box! You can then use that Extrabuck on MORE cheerios!
- What Are Extrabucks? Extrabucks are like CVS “cash” that you can spend at CVS. They are linked to your CVS card and cannot be used with another card. They print on your receipt, and can be redeemed immediately. Look at it like a CVS gift card!
- Why Can I Print Only 2 Coupons? Couponing sites have a limit per device to prevent abuse. Every computer, cell phone, and tablet is limited to two copies each.
- What About CVS Limits? CVS sets limits on its extrabucks promotions. This limit is usually from anywhere between 1 and 6 times. Check out sales ads for more information.
Do Female Rats Have Periods or Menstrual Cycles?
Sometimes, female rats may bleed from the vulva. Some people might assume that this is a rat in heat, or estrus. Others might assume that female rats have periods or menstrual cycles. However, the truth is there is something going wrong in there! A female rat should never bleed if she is healthy; unless she has recently given birth or is in the process of giving birth.
Red Eyed Rat Swaying, Weaving Back and Forth?
New owners might walk up to their rats’ cage to find that one might be huddled in the back of the cage, swaying back and forth. The rat might appear drunk, with a “caught in the headlights” type of stare. The rat might also be easily spooked, especially with quick movements or loud noises. This is more common in red eyed rats, but why do rats exhibit this type of odd behavior? Let’s find out! Continue reading Red Eyed Rat Swaying, Weaving Back and Forth?
Is My Rat Depressed? He/She Is Alone After Friend and Cage Mate Died
If you have a pair of rats and one suddenly dies, you as the owner will not be the only one mourning. Rats are very intelligent, social creatures who build strong lifelong bonds with their cage mates. Once the cage mate dies (especially one of only a pair), the remaining rat or rats will grieve. They might even be seen staying near the sickly rat as death approaches. Depression and grief is a very real thing for pet rats, despite the criticism they face from many humans who lack any knowledge regarding these animals.