Rats absolutely love to pee, I’m telling you! Rat pee doesn’t exactly have the friendliest odor, making it important to keep the cage cleaned often. Unlike dogs and cats, rats pee quite often. Their little bodies move through food and water quickly, so frequent urination is to be expected. Continue reading Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?
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
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 Blind? Is My Pet Possibly Blind?
Rats cannot see quite as well as many animals, but they are not blind. Of course, there is always the possibility that they might go blind for various reasons throughout their lives. There are various ways to test for blindness in rats, but it is important to know that rats do not have perfectly clear vision as it is. On occasion owners might become worried that their rats are blind. If a rat is taken care of properly, it is unlikely that the rat will go blind. However there are several factors at play in this particular situation.
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
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?
Are Apple Seeds, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Lemons Deadly for Rodents?
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.
For the new owner, the sight of reddened eyes on their pet rat can be quite scary. It may look as if the rat’s eyes are actually bleeding! The truth is, their eyes are not bloody. However, that does not mean that your rat doesn’t need medical attention either; because he or she is probably very, very sick! So what exactly is going on??? Continue reading Help! My Rat’s Eyes Are Bleeding! Why Do My Rat’s Eyes Look Bloody?
Can People & Pet Rats Catch Rat Bite Fever from Domesticated or Wild Rats?
Rat bite fever, an infection caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis (In North America) or Spirillum minus (Mostly in Asia), is commonly spread among humans and other animals by way of wild animal populations; with rats being the largest cause. These adorable rodents have given the disease its name, probably due to the close proximity in which humans and rats live in many areas, whether it be urban or rural. Just how contagious is rat bite fever, is it common, and how easily is it transmitted?