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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hiccups and teeth chittering

Have your rats ever gotten hiccups?

And Archie grinds/chitters his teeth together most of the time. Does that mean anything?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 09:46 PM
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They get the hiccups from time to time yes
And grinding teeth is called bruxing: happiness!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 08:26 AM
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Yep, just like Dustette said, sometimes they can get hiccups. Mine used to get them a lot more when they were younger, especially after waking up and/or eating. Tooth grinding is a sign that they are relaxed and happy, though if he does it constantly, you might want to check to see if he seems ill. Sometimes they grind their teeth a lot more when they aren't feeling well.


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 02:40 PM
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Ive never herd off that before!! I know i dont have rats but sounds quite funny!! Not in a horrible way!
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Bruxxing is also how they keep their teeth ground down... AS long as its relaxed you are good to go, if its grinding and the rat seems stressed, it could be stress, pain or illness. If you see the eyes pop in and out from the socket a bit its called boggling and can sometimes happen at the end of a brux movement.

As for hiccups, are they silent and do they happen often? They should be silent and if not, or they happen a lot keep an eye out for a URI pending.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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He hiccups every time I hold him. No sound. If his eyes start to pop in and out I'm going to freak! LOL

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