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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-08-2009, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question I think my rat is pregnant I bought her 2 days ago I don't know what to do!!!

I was told by the petstore worker that she is four to five months old and I know she was kept with males. So she is likely pregnant ... but she and my other female rat are my first rats ever so I am still learning how to take care of rats.. I have no clue what to do with a pregnant rat please help meeeee !!!!!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-08-2009, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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I would add pictures but I am new to this and don't know how
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2009, 03:36 PM
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I don't know if it will help now, you should have posted this in a forum for rodents. Relax, the mom will do most of the work. I am not a specialist on rats, but I have alot of experience with hamsters. All you really have to do is wean the babies when they're a few weeks old after making sure they can eat and drink on their own, then find them new homes.


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i am pretty sure 5 weeks is the time to seperate males from females, give her extra protein foods such as hard boiled egg and boiled chicken

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I actually wouldn't purchase a rat from anyone who was willing to separate them before 6 weeks. Males need to be removed from mother and sisters after 6 weeks so they don't cause more unexpected pregnancies. Females should stay with mom till at least 8 weeks. All should be handled daily to promote good socialization.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-24-2009, 11:09 AM
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If you didn't want to deal with that you should be aloud to bring the babies back to the petstore.

Make mama comfy and if she is pregnant you will be able to tell, she will get fat and look like a pear.

Don't touch the babies for the first few days, make sure no males are in the cage with her because she can get pregnant again right after she gives birth. Double breeding isn't good for them.

Make sure you separate the babies at about 21 weeks.


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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-31-2009, 04:02 PM
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i have the similar thing goin on with my little ones, both are petstore "feeder"rats(outrageous,they're adorable) and pregnant.by now your ratties probably already have the babies, make sure you do a head count of the babies and that they're all fed (check for a white band across their bellies) give the mama lots of protein and water (scrambled eggs, soy milk too) do tell how things are going, i'm also a bit nervous, mine are my first ones too.

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