Are Apple Seeds, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Lemons Deadly for Rodents?

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.

Apple seeds can contain trace amounts of cyanide which can poison or kill rats. It is an unsafe seed for rodents to eat. The apple fruit itself is fine.
Apple seeds can contain trace amounts of cyanide which can poison or kill rats. It is an unsafe seed for rodents to eat. The apple fruit itself is fine.

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Help! My Rat’s Eyes Are Bleeding! Why Do My Rat’s Eyes Look Bloody?

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?

Best Water Bottle for Pet Rats: Glass Water Bottle!

Best Water Bottle for Pet Rats: Glass Water Bottle!

Water bottles are a necessity for pet rats. Without a water bottle, you have to resort to using a messy dish. The rats will throw all sorts of gross things into the water (yes, even poop) and they will also dump the dish. Unless, of course, you have a super sturdy & heavy water dish. Without a doubt, a water bottle is the easiest way out.

This brings us to the big debate: Plastic water bottle or glass water bottle for our pet rats? The answer is GLASS! There are so many benefits to glass water bottles that it is unreal. I’ve also recorded my own review and have attached it at the bottom.

With the proper glass water bottle, your rat can remain healthy while saving you money in the long run.
With the proper glass water bottle, your rat can remain healthy while saving you money in the long run.

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Can People & Pet Rats Catch Rat Bite Fever from Domesticated or Wild Rats?

Can People & Pet Rats Catch Rat Bite Fever from Domesticated or Wild Rats?

rat mouth teeth and incisorsRat 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?

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Baby Outcome: Standard Straight Fur Rat is Bred to a Double Rex Rat?

What Kind of Babies Will I Get If a Standard Hair Rat is Bred to a Hairless or Curly Coated Double Rex Rat?

patchwork hairless rexing rat
This patchwork hairless rat will continue to molt and regrow its hair during its lifetime.

Raising rat babies is always a fun, exciting experiencing, as long as the owner is properly prepared to care for the babies and find them new homes. Not only is raising the most adorable baby animals on the planet fun and exciting, but the genetics are too! Ratty genetics are absolutely amazing, and can work out to provide some of the most gorgeous rats you will ever see. Rat coat genetics are most definitely interesting; especially the rexing gene in rats. Even straight coat rats can provide you with some cute, poofy rat babies that eventually become little heart stealers. Just be absolutely SURE that you are able to handle the amount of babies a rat could potentially birth. Are you expecting a litter of babies between a standard and a double rex? Then, it’s only fair to know what types of babies you will have! Continue reading Baby Outcome: Standard Straight Fur Rat is Bred to a Double Rex Rat?

Pet Rat Ripped Off Toe Nail, How Do I Stop the Bleeding? Should I Go to the Veterinarian?

Pet Rat Ripped Off Toenail, How Do I Stop the Bleeding? Should I Go to the Veterinarian?

rat footsieIf your rat rips off his or her toe nail, it can seem like a very bloody massacre to have a panic attack over. Almost every rat owner has faced a ripped off toe nail. It can be a scary incident, but with the proper care your rat will be just fine. It will not die! That is, as long as you take proper care of the wound and the rat during the healing process. Continue reading Pet Rat Ripped Off Toe Nail, How Do I Stop the Bleeding? Should I Go to the Veterinarian?

Protecting Ratty Feet: Avoiding Wire Shelves, Ramps, and Floors

Protecting Ratty Feet: Avoiding Wire Shelves, Ramps, and Floors

Wire is really bad for our little ratties, unless it is only the cage walls. Cage walls are recommended to be wire, actually. However, using wire as a ramp, floor, or shelf can cause a lot of health issues for rats. It can even handicap them or deform their little paws! We may have to buy cages that use these wire features but we can always find a way around them. Continue reading Protecting Ratty Feet: Avoiding Wire Shelves, Ramps, and Floors

Why Aquariums and Glass Cages Are Bad Homes For Rats

We all want our pet rats to be healthy and happy. Fancy rats require the proper cages in order to maintain a long and healthy life, much like other animals. If you are currently shopping for a small animal cage, you need to beware of glass aquariums. Glass cages do not provide ample space, they tend to be poorly ventilated, and they can trap humidity and cause the temperature to rise too high for a rat to be comfortable. They are an all around bad idea. Continue reading Why Aquariums and Glass Cages Are Bad Homes For Rats

Why Does My Pet Rat Boggle and Brux? What Boggling and Bruxing REALLY Means!


Have you ever witnessed your pet boggling and bruxing? Did it maybe freak you out? If it did, there is no reason to worry about your beloved pet. Rats naturally boggle their eyes and brux their teeth. While bruxing, you will hear your pet rat grinding it’s teeth, chomping, and exhaling as if it’s tired of chewing on some food. As they brux their teeth, you’ll usually see the rat’s eyeballs bouncing or jiggling as they brux. Boggling looks absolutely terrifying to a new rat owner who has no idea of this happening; it almost looks like a mini rat seizure, which would definitely warrant a visit to a rat or small animal veterinary specialist. Check out what it means when they boggle and brux! Continue reading Why Does My Pet Rat Boggle and Brux? What Boggling and Bruxing REALLY Means!