I HAVE BEEN TAKING A LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM ALL EXPERTS due to illness in the family.New to AllExperts as of December 03,2006. I'm looking forward to helping you with your Pet Rat questions. I've had experience in all areas of care so I can answer questions on wild rats, the history of pet rats, training and behavior, rats in the media (care books, fiction, movies, on the internet), Holistic care as well as health issues, breeding, sexing babies, types of rats, colors of rats, general care, food and treats, cages, bedding, toys and entertainment, etc. I cannot possibly know everything about pet rats but I have some very reliable resources to help me answer your questions. I cannot answer questions on genetics. I still go by phenotype to identify my rats. My website: Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats http://spazrats.tripod.com
When I first got into keeping rats as pets in 1997 I delved head-long into learning everything I could find on them. I continue to educate myself on every aspect of rats and rat keeping.
DREAMS (Domestic Rat Enthusiast Association of Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
Self-taught with devotion to pet rats. I belong to many rat-only pet forums, learning from other rat-lovers around the world.
Any other pet rat keepers that I talk to on the forums that I belong to. Pet rat keepers and pet stores that seek my advice.
I'm just head over heels in love with pet rats. They are the most facinating small animal I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and living with.
I hope to one day achieve my goal of having an all encompassing website devoted to pet rats. I can never stop learning about pet rats. The more I already know, the more I want to learn.
Pet rats can achieve the intelligence level of a three year old child. They display the combined behavior and antics of rodents, cats, dogs, human children, and monkeys.
If you allow them to be, our pet rats are very clean animals, grooming themselves more often then cats do. The coat of a Male rat can smell like warm taco chips. The coat of a Female rat can smell like grape soda.
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Rice Chex only as a treat. Rats are omnivorous so they can eat a wide variety of foods. A quality Pet Rat seed and grain mix, or Lab blocks, and a high quality diet such as you yourself would eat are all
Thank you for including the images, they help a lot. It looks like you rat has mites. The lump on her tail are the mites burrowing under the tail scales and possibly causing an infection there. The marks
Thank you for sending the picture, it helped a lot. This does look like an infection and a serious one. Infections in the tail can affect the tiny bones and destroy them so this needs to be attended to
It sounds like your girl has pnuemonia, a secondary infection of Mycoplasmosis. Since there are no vets to help you I would really like it if you joined my Holistarat group and we can give you on-going
Emma, this going to be a wait and watch period for you. In two weeks you will be able to tell of this is something that needs the attention of a vet. Right now it could be a minor irritation in her eye
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