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A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?

A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?

bumble foot in pet fancy rats
this is a guinea pig, but it is exactly the same as rat bumble foot. Very gross, very painful, and very difficult for a rat to go through.

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?

Why Is My Rat Going Bald? Natural Hair Loss, Disease, or Parasites?

rat-624868_1920A 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!


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Why Is My Rat’s Eye Turning White? Glaucoma, Infection, Cataracts?

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.


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Do Female Rats Have Periods or Menstrual Cycles?

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.

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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?

The Bulging Rat Eye: Why Does One Eye Look Bigger than the Other?

The Bulging Rat Eye: Why Does One Eye Look Bigger than the Other?

Normally, both eyes of a rat are relatively even, sitting on top of the head like small, delicate glass beads. Then, one day you wake up to find a terrifying, disturbing problem has occurred: one of your rat’s eyes is now bigger than the other and bulging, as if it was swollen and ready to pop! Is it possible that the rat has an infected eye? Is it cancer? This really is a creepy situation. Every time I see it, it STILL scares me. I always feel as if the eyeball could pop out, and the imagined visuals are enough to make you cringe. However, I don’t intend to make you hyperventilate and trip over your own two feet in an effort to grab the travel kennel and do 90 MPH on your way to the emergency vet. Let’s take a moment and look at what COULD be going on.

Sometimes, rats' eyes will bulge; and when they look like this, it is enough to give you a heart attack. This ratty was well taken care of, judging by the other pictures on xxchelle's Photobucket account! Photo credit: xxchelle on Photobucket
Sometimes, rats’ eyes will bulge; and when they look like this, it is enough to give you a heart attack. This ratty was well taken care of, judging by the other pictures on xxchelle’s Photobucket account! Photo credit: xxchelle on Photobucket

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Hematuria: Is My Rat Peeing Blood?

Hematuria: Is My Rat Peeing Blood?

drop of blood rat urineSeeing blood in a rat’s urine is definitely scary. Blood means that there is something going wrong somewhere along the urinary tract, with dozens of causes possible. Hematuria is not a condition than an owner can overlook; it must be treated immediately. Each and every potential cause of this scary symptom could potentially cause death if left untreated. Not every condition will cause the rat to meet its untimely demise, but it is quite possible when the rat’s health is neglected. Continue reading Hematuria: Is My Rat Peeing Blood?

Wild Rats Cause Leptospirosis Outbreak: Pollsmoor Prison

Wild Rats Cause Leptospirosis Outbreak: Pollsmoor Prison

In South Africa, in a city called Cape Town, there rests Pollsmoor Prison. This prison is one of the worst in the country, and now its infestation of wild rats has gained national attention. Why? Because the rats have infected the prison population with Leptospirosis, and it is becoming an epidemic. Check out the YouTube video below for the news story. Continue reading Wild Rats Cause Leptospirosis Outbreak: Pollsmoor Prison

Pet Rat Eye Infection

Pet Rat Eye Infection

Beautiful siamese point rat Photo Credit: Alexey Krasavin
Beautiful siamese point rat
Photo Credit: Alexey Krasavin

Eye infections are no fun to deal with. At all. Rats are much more susceptible to eye infections than we are, as they live in close quarters with their own waste. They don’t have quite as clean of environments as humans do. While a dirty environment can have a lot to do with any infection, an eye infection for a rat does not necessarily mean that the human owner is at fault. They do just happen sometimes, and all we can do is treat them properly! Continue reading Pet Rat Eye Infection

Are Rats Dangerous? How to Trap Wild Rats with Humane Rat Traps

Are Rats Dangerous? How to Trap Wild Rats with Humane Rat Traps

Wild rats will sometimes get into the houses of humans. It’s just something that happens, just like with spiders, ants, and mice. Getting these little rats out of the house is important from a disease standpoint; we never know what a wild animal might be carrying. Generally, the animal is healthy and happy and just wants a bite to eat or a warm place to stay. FOR those who own abused rescues or skittish pet rats, I advise having a humane trap for them too!  It makes life SO much easier when they get out! Continue reading Are Rats Dangerous? How to Trap Wild Rats with Humane Rat Traps