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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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Red Eyed Rat Swaying, Weaving Back and Forth?

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? Alone After Friend and Cage Mate Died

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.

Rats can become very depressed when a friend or cage mate dies. The mental health of a rat can deteriorate, as well as his or her physical health.
Rats can become very depressed when a friend or cage mate dies. The mental health of a rat can deteriorate, as well as his or her physical health.

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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?

Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?

Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?

2 (2)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?

Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage

Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage

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A lot of rat owners have been talking about this large, beautiful cage. Originally called the Feisty Ferret mansion, it was first sold to ferret owners who want to supply their ferrets with an adequate sized cage. Now, rat owners are all over it! The Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage is very similar to the double critter nation, with two major exceptions. Continue reading Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage