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My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Lice and mites are hard to get rid of when they infest pet rats. This is especially true when you are not equipped with the proper medications. Both lice and mites can become immune to chemical or medicinal treatments, requiring a change in formula when drug resistant specimens are found on furred rats. External parasites on rats can become a massive problem in homes with several ratties. To better understand the difference between rat specific mites and lice, we’ll give you a small overview: Continue reading My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

Pet rats can cause allergies to flare up in humans. Sneezing, congestion, coughing, hives, swelling, watering eyes, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing could all occur in those with a rat allergy. Know how to manage the symptoms to save your relationship with your small pet!
Pet rats can cause allergies to flare up in humans. Sneezing, congestion, coughing, hives, swelling, watering eyes, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing could all occur in those with a rat allergy. Know how to manage the symptoms to save your relationship with your small pet!

Unfortunately, some of us will have allergic reaction to rats. Much like dogs and cats (as well as other allergens), rats can cause some pretty hefty reactions. But, they can be worked with a little bit easier than dogs or cats. Since rats are kept in a cage, they are restricted to a single area in the home. Larger free roaming pets do not; therefore, they can cause more adverse reactions. Before you get rid of your rats, try these methods below to live happily with your rats! A few changes and sacrifices can greatly reduce reactions! Continue reading Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

10 Ways to Find a Good Local Rat Breeder or Rescue

10 Ways to Find a Good Local Rat Breeder or Rescue

Finding a good breeder is the best way to find healthy, happy animals. Rats should not be obtained from poor sources, such as feeder breeders, commercial farms, or pet stores. These sources don’t put health or disposition as main priorities; they are only looking for profits. Pet rats make wonderful pets, but the wrong animals can become a complete nightmare if they turn out to be highly aggressive! Continue reading 10 Ways to Find a Good Local Rat Breeder or Rescue

Red & Yellow Cedar Wood Bedding: Highly Toxic and Deadly for Rats

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

Is My Pet Rat Sneezing, Coughing, Rattling, Hiccuping, or Wheezing?

Is My Pet Rat Sneezing, Coughing, Rattling, or Wheezing?

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?

Why Doesn’t My Rat Eat Alfalfa Pellets in Rat & Hamster Seed food Mix?

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Alfalfa pellets are commonly found in poorly made rat foods in many chain pet stores. These pellets are not very delicious for rats, and they simply don’t like this rabbit food.

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?

10 Critter Nation Accessories Every Ratty Needs!

10 Critter Nation Accessories Every Ratty Needs!

dumbo fawn pet rat licking handWhether it is a double unit or single unit, the critter nation has so much to offer pet rats. It has unbelievable amounts of floor space, super safe pans that don’t hurt little paws, and massive doors that make playtime easy. However, the cage looks super plain if you’re not sure about how to decorate it! We’re going to talk about several critter nation supplies and accessories that will come in handy for any rat owner.

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Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Rat in a hammock. Courtesy of Maria Harrison, of BRats Hammocks https://www.facebook.com/Bratshammock
Rat in a hammock. Courtesy of Maria Harrison, of BRats Hammocks

One thing that new ratty owners seem to overlook when purchasing cage supplies is the legendary rat hammock. Seriously, you are going to want to get one for your rats! These hammocks give rats a place to lounge out, somewhere that they can call their “safe spot”. They are also fairly inexpensive, and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and materials. There’s definitely a hammock out there that will match your cage decorations or room decor; and if there isn’t, the beautiful part is it can be CUSTOM MADE! Continue reading Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Review: Critter Nation & Ferret Nation Scatter Guard for Rats

Critter/Ferret Nation Scatter Guard Review: For Rats, or Just Ferrets?

rat cageThe critter nation and the ferret nation can make a HUGE mess of your home. This is at its worst when you have no scatter guards and use bedding in the cage. Within the hour, you will have so much of a mess that it could fill your dust pan twice! How do we solve that problem? Scatter guards! But… are these PARTICULAR scatter guards good for rats? They are found on Amazon, as is the rat approved critter nation, but do they live up to the price like the cage itself does? Depending on your preferences, they might just!

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Why Does My Pet Rat Stink? How Can I Control Rat Urine and Feces Odor?

Why Does My Pet Rat Stink? How Can I Control Rat Urine and Feces Odor?

rat poopUnfortunately, our fancy rats just aren’t so “fancy” when it comes to their stink. Now, we can’t judge them; after all, you cannot say you haven’t had to whip out the air freshener after going to the bathroom at least a few times in your life. We’re all guilty of poisoning the air with our fumes; even our rats. However, there are ways around this issue, but first we must understand why this stinkiness occurs.

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