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hi im a first time owner of rats and last week got two female rats from a store both have eaten the same things but one has began to poo red it isn't a blood color she also seems to sneeze more than the other  i have changed her type of bedding and this hasn't seemed to make a difference she is very happy eating well and friendly my daughter loves her just wondering if i should be worrying or not

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Dear Rhiannon,

I am so sorry this message got misplaced. Yes, bring her to the vet. The sneezing could be a respiratory infection, and a vet can tell you all sorts of things about rat poop color that I can't. :)

Congratulations on your new rats. Are you on Facebook? You can join a rat and mouse group I run called Rats are Awesome.

In fact, if you join, tell me who you are, and post your question, you may be able to save yourself a trip to the vet because we have some very knowledgeable people in the group. However, a vet visit is a great idea anyway with pet store rats. They can be sick with all sorts of things that a first time owner won't recognize. But join the group anyway. I guarantee we have resources for anything rat you want to know!

Squeaks n giggles,

Natasha

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Consider me a sub, when no one else is available. NOTE YOU MUST NOT HAVE ONLY ONE RAT. JOIN MY FACEBOOK GROUP (because there are smarter people than me there!!): ***** https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/. ***** Excellent sites: http://ratguide.com/ **** http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/ **** http://www.ratbehavior.org/rats.html **** http://www.ratfanclub.org/ **** http://www.sandyscrittercity.com/ **** http://www.ratwhisperer.net/ ****

Experience

I have had rats for 3-1/3 years and have researched them extensively. I am a mouse expert with 40 years' experience with mice. The two species are similar and yet also quite different.

Organizations
My Facebook group is Rats (and Mice) are Awesome. https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/

Education/Credentials
I have a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees in Linguistics

Awards and Honors
I am honored that my rats love me!

Past/Present Clients
My Facebook group, Rats are Awesome, serves at the moment 5300 members, and, considering all the huge rescues, probably averages 5 rats per member. That means my clients are about 25,000 rats!!!

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