My hamster has a tumor but it doesn’t seem to affect her but currently I am babysitting my neighbors hamster. Are hamster tumors contagious? Will it get the other hamster have a tumor too? Hamsters are in two different cages.
Donna – Anaheim,CA
I have a pet rat and two ferrets. My rat’s cage is pretty near the ferret cage. We keep her very clean, but I think she has something wrong with her. She has a huge lump on her abdomen. She’s 3 years old, and I lost her sister to a tumor about a year ago so I’m pretty sure this is the same, but at the same time I’m worried she may have some kind of disease that she could pass along to my ferrets. Is that possible?
I have 2 female rats and I’ve had them since this summer. They are great. They’re very friendly and sociable. The problem is, when I get them out of the cage, they still seem a little timid. When I take them out, I put them in my room and usually do homework. If they get close, something as simple as the flip of a page will make them bolt. I take them out almost every day. I’m not worried about it, I just want to be able to play with them more outside of the cage. Thanks.
I know that my little boys down the line will face some sort of respiratory distress. How can I prevent/slow the effects of that? Are there any foods that I should give/not give to increase immune strength in rats? One of my boys is sneezing a lot and I have at my disposal various antibiotics (cefadroxil, etc) don’t ask how… but is it ok if I give my boys a prevention dosage?
He’s 9 months recent and fairly good sized. He sneezes a heap, though. I use carefresh bedding so I understand its not that, I’m just not positive if I ought to worry. The only different thing that creates me worry is that generally he’s terribly lazy and can just lay in his house. Not sleeping though. But he sneezes SO MUCH! Should I worry concerning him?
My boyfriend has a pet rat named Agatha, and she is less than a year old. However, she has been acting strange and we just noticed it, but have never even seen or heard of these symptoms. I can only describe it.
She walks forward, sucks in her stomach at the waist, to the point where she looks emaciated, and this makes it hard for her to balance as she keeps walking, so her hind legs drag a little. He says it looks as though she’s trying to turn by standing with both legs, limp, in one spot. I think it looks as though she tries to bend herself in half like a hose.
We looked everywhere for symptoms list, and could not identify what was going on. She still eats, is active, playful, but does a look a little tired. The problem just started today.
If anybody knows what’s wrong with Agatha, please help!
I’m an experienced rodent keeper; I’ve had everything from hamsters to guinea pigs to chinchillas! I’ve never had any problems with them but I’ve been considering getting some pet rats because people say they are more rewarding. But I’ve also heard that pet rats tend to have a load of medical problems – is this true? & are they really worth the burden?
I have 2 rats and one is fat and the other is skin and bone. When I feed them, the big rat doesn’t let the little one eat, so I feed her separately, but she eats very little and runs on her wheel all the time! She’s all skin and bones. I don’t know what to do! I came home yesterday to find the skinny one cold and delirious-like. I got hand warmers and food, got her better, but I don’t want that to happen again. Please help!
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