Pet Rats/Weak rat


Neo Moore wrote at 2014-12-03 11:09:25
Whenever one of my rats dies, one or more of the others will become lethargic, not wanting to eat. They are Greiving. I have found that having a 4 - 6 week old rat In the cage helps, as all my rats love and become parent figures to the youngsters, and it seems to perk them up. I have had more than one rat die or get near death from grieving for a particular friend. If I have youngsters of the correct gender, the grieving rat gets a new friend or two or three, and it has never failed to perk up the older one. If I don't have a youngster, I find someone who does, buy a couple, and put them right in, then dose all the rats in the cage to prevent transmission of disease. It is more important to give a grieving rat a chance, because they can die in a day or two from grief. I would follow Debbie Ducommun's advice on which antibiotic to use foe everyone when I have to hurry-up and introduce a baby from outside.

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Debbie Ducommun


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 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.

President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society

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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