Your Rat's Health

You should visit a qualified exotics veterinarian at least once a year for check-ups on your rat’s diet, behavior, and health. Be prepared for your pet’s visits by making a list of any questions or concerns you may have ahead of time. Many rat health problems are preventable with proper diet and care.

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Reasons to Contact Your Vet: 

•    Wet or soiled tail
•    Blood in the urine
•    Sneezing or trouble breathing 
•    Hunching in corner or lack of activity (lethargy)
•    Overgrown front teeth 
•    Bald patches in the fur
•    Lumps or sores on the body
•    Sores on the feet 
•    Abnormal eating or drinking

Rat Behavior 

Domesticated rats are clean, docile pets that rarely bite.  They enjoy socialization with both other rats as well as humans. In addition, rats are very smart and can be trained to respond to their names and clicker training, to “fetch” objects, use a litter box, and climb ropes. Want to keep your pet rat busy for hours? Fill a box with one of Oxbow’s grass hays and hide your rat’s favorite treat inside. He’ll enjoy both the excitement and challenge of the treasure hunt!