Rat Eyes: Health, Infection, Blindness

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

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

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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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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Coroplast Corrugated Plastic and Other Scatter Guards: Why They Are Important and What You Should Use

Using Coroplast and Other Scatter Guards for Your Rat Cages: How to Keep Your Rats From Being Messy and Floors Clean!

4 week old baby rat kitsWe all love our rats dearly, we truly do. From their cute little noses to their long, perfect little tails, they steal our hearts with every ounce of cuteness within their little bodies. However, the mess we don’t love so much! This is why coroplast, other scatter guards, litter catchers, and floor mats are so important to catch bedding, poop, food, and other things that the rats make a mess of outside of the cage. When they kick all of their waste and bedding outside of the cage, it tracks all over the home- and it doesn’t smell very pleasant. For those of you who are suffering, LOOK NO FURTHER! We’ve got the answers!

What Is A Scatter Guard, and How Can It Help Me Keep My Pet Rats’ Waste and Bedding In the Cage Instead of On the Floor?

juvenile roan blaze rat sleepingScatter guards are these glorious headache solving, work eliminating, floor protecting ideas that will keep you sane! If you have a mountain of bedding, rat poop, seed shells, and shredded remnants of toys currently taking up residence on your floor, it is time to get them. They mount on the cage (preferably the inside, so dirt and waste doesn’t get trapped between it and the cage bars), and keep bedding and waste from being kicked out by your rats. Rats are notorious for just tossing stuff outside of the cage. They literally do it on purpose; and sometimes? I swear they look right at you and do it, as if to say, “Do something, bro!” Maybe I’m the one that is crazy, but they truly are devious creatures at times. Anyways, they really do put an end to this rat parent torture and you can make them yourself! Even though you can get better rat cages with some protection, even the best ones have flaws (such as the double critter nation). Continue reading Coroplast Corrugated Plastic and Other Scatter Guards: Why They Are Important and What You Should Use

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