I can answer any questions about pet rats, but you will probably be able find answers to simple questions more quickly on my website at www.ratfanclub.org/helpfinfo.html. If you have a life-threatening emergency you can try calling me at 530-899-0605. I am not usually on the computer on the weekend.
I have been "The Rat Lady" since 1985 and am recognized as one of the world's experts on pet rats. I have 3 published books and already answer lots of questions about rats daily.
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I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.
BA in Animal Behavior
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Hi Lauren, I'm sorry to hear you lost Ralphie. I'm sure you will miss him terribly. Some male rats stay aggressive toward other rats even when they have been neutered. You could certainly get 2 more babies
Hi Isabel, Since the vibrating usually occurs in female rats when they are in heat, you can check to see when a rat is in heat. Normally their vagina is puckered closed. When they are in heat, it gapes
Rats with a PT usually do not seem to suffer. They eventually need to be hand fed. As long as he can still eat soft food or drink liquids with help (syringe or eyedropper)and appears to be comfortable
Hi Lauren, I'm so sorry to hear Ralphie is sick, Along with his head tilt, does he have poor coordination? If so, he probably has a pituitary tumor. You can read more about this in the Tumors article
Hi Stacy, I'm sorry your girl is still having health problems. Does she have poor coordination? A pituitary tumor (PT, something that is very common in older female rats,)is the most likely cause of
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