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A Healthy Rat in 10 Steps

Here are steps you can start taking to ensure you have a healthy rat. These may seem like common sense but lets lay them out there for new (and advanced) rat owners. Some of these may seem self explanatory but I want to go through a little bit of detail for each of them. 10…

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Hairless Rat Care

Hairless rats are not too much different from your regular haired rat. Hairless rat care does not differ too much from regular haired rats. There are two types of hairless rats. One kind is called a double rex which isn’t a “true” hairless. This kind of hairless has patches of fur around their body and…

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Getting rid of mites on rats

Itching in rats is the most common skin problem. The causes of itching are fur mites, an allergy, excess protein in their diet, eczema or a fungal infection. Bacterial infections of the skin is also possible but is rare. Rats with mites often don’t show symptoms until their immune system is weakened. Some rats will…

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Choosing a Rat Cage

Creating your rats’ new home can be a lot of fun. Make sure you get a large enough cage for them to have lots of different toys and space to run around, as well as a snuggling space and somewhere to climb is good too. A small rat cage is not good enough. You can…

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Prevue Rat Cage Review

The thing I really like about the Prevue rat cage is that the space between the wire is very small, perfect for even small rats. I have seen some amazing ferret cages, that I just wish were suitable for rats, but the wire is too far apart and the crafty rats will squeeze through. The Prevue…

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Rat Bathing

I give my rats bath semi-occasionally. I do not have a schedule on when to bath, it’s more when I see the necessity to. There are reasons on when you should bath your pet rats. Reasons for bathing rats: Because they’re dirty. Dominance urination is when a one rat pees on another and this can…

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Protein Itch in Rats

Too much protein in a rat’s diet can actually cause some skin irritation. The culprit of this are foods such as nuts and seeds. A key symptom is continuous scrating around the neck and shoulders along with small red scabs. This can resemble a rat also having mites. Check what your rat has been eating…

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Caring for Older Rats

Older rats will require a bit more extra care than young rats. Here’s some tips on what you should keep your eye out for. When your rat turns older, make sure you put aside extra time throughout the day to provide for him. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Tumors in Older…

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Harlan Teklad Rat Diet

My rats are getting to the middle age point. At times they still play like little boys but I know they’re about a year and a half at this point. This has made me start thinking about their health and their diet. Usually I let them eat just about anything I know isn’t going to…

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Pet Rat Lab Block Amounts

I did some research on lab block amounts and calorie restrictions in a rat’s diet. I tried out a diet which allowed my rats to have 3 lab blocks a day. This amount of lab blocks caused some weight loss and I noticed that they were more active instead of sleeping all the time. It’s common to…