Pet Rats/Slow Rat


Hi Irene,
I have a fancy rat named Ralph who is 1 year old, and I have had him for about a week now. I adopted him from a near by animal shelter. He lives with my other rat, Snoop, and they get along great! Snoop is fairly young (under 6 months) and is in great condition! I have noticed that Raplh has always been a little slower than Snoop, but he has gotten very slow, and leans to the right when he walks a little bit. He does not collapse fully, but it almost seems that his front right leg will just "give out". He leans more with his right foot then with his head, but he is eating and drinking from what I can tell. I'm very worried about him, and don't know if this could be an "older" rat thing, or if he has suffered from a stroke or ear infection.
Thank you so much,

One year is not yet that old for a rat.  He should not be slowing down yet.  I also would be conconed about a possible stroke he may have suffered.  It is critical you take him iin to the vet to have hin examined.  He may need medication to help him recover from whatever he is suffering from.  I would not hesitate in taking him in.  

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Irene Murphy


I can answer a variety of questions regarding adoption and care of pet rats throughout their lifetimes, including questions about their health and well being, temperment, diet, bedding, cages, toys, etc. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability in a timely manner and I have an abundant amount of resources to help me to help you with your pet rats. I love rattie pictures, so include pics with your question if you can. You may ask me medical questions, but please be advised that I am not a vet. I may use my resources to answer some medical questions, however, I will need to refer you to your local vet with medical questions that I feel I am not qualified to address.


I have been a huge rat enthusiast for many years. Since becoming a rat owner, I have educated myself in all areas of pet rats from every resource I could find including the internet, books, conversations with local exotic vets, as well as several local rat breeders.

I have a college degree but not in the area of animals. I have obtained my extensive experience and knowlege of pet rats all on my own because in my eyes, pet rats are the most interesting and fascinating creatures you can ever imagine to have as pets. I also am saddened by how mislabeled and misunderstood these amazing and extremely smart animals are by the majority, and my mission in life has become to educate and change as many people's perceptions of rats as I possibly can.

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