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My girls are so upset.. our pet rat was playing acting normal.  All of a sudden he started doing circles and bleeding from his nose and died. What could have happened?

Hi Roberta, I'm so sorry you lost your boy so suddenly.  I know how distressful that was for your family.  You didn't state his age.  Regardless, it sounds as though he had a massive stroke.  I assume he was older, more than 18 months as strokes are not common in younger rats unless they have medical issues.  There is no way to know for certain unless you decide to have your vet do a necropsy.  Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

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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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