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Training a Rat: Target Training

I didn’t know about target training until I was doing some research on how to train a puppy. Then I saw a video of someone’s rabbit doing the same thing. I find this highly useful when you’re doing rat agility. Basically, you will need a stick (or you can also use your fingers). The goal…

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Allergic to your pet rats?

I am allergic to rats. My skin will break out mildly when I have a rat on me for more than 10-15 minutes and they start to swell up. It’s not too bad to really warrant additional care and they usually disappear a while after I stop touching rats. However, I have heard many people…

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Pet Rat Aggression

Is Your Rat Aggressive? Does your rat often start fights with your other rats? Does he bite, or scratch you, or the other rats? If he does, I may just be able to help you. Whether he is aggressive towards you or other ratties, it is important to take action to stop anyone getting hurt.…

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Buying a rat from Petco

Back in July 2010, I was a bit less knowledgeable about rats and more so less knowledgeable about how pet store rats differ from an adopted rat. Here’s the story that will show you why you should not buy pet store rats. I saw a rat that I named Chance. Chance was pretty sick and…

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Why Does My Rat Smell

You’ve had your rats for a while and you can’t get over the fact that your rat smells. Here’s a list of a few possible culprits causing your rats to smell bad. Bedding It’s possible that the bedding being used just isn’t effective at keeping odors down or it’s not being changed out often enough.…

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How to treat a Rat with respiratory infection

The first thing about treating a rat is to know what symptoms you’re looking for. I’m going to focus just on respiratory infections in rats. Symptoms of a Respiratory Infection Labored Breathing Wheezing Sneezing Lack of appetite Gurgling in chest Porphyrin around nose (Porphyrin looks like blood, but in reality, it’s just rat mucus) The…

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Fleece Hammock Review

Marshall Ferret Nap Sack can work great as a fleece hammock for pet rats. The fleece hammock being over-sized is perfect if you have 3 or 4 rats. The interior of the hammock is made of fluffy fleece material. This is great to provide your rats to keep warm in. This fleece hammock should be washed…

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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…