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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2004, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by anja92
I cuddled her a bit and fell in love with her and brought her home.
Anja, you have just been "bitten" by the rattie bug. They are the most adorable, adoring creatures I have ever had. It is amazing how fast you become attached to them.

Keep in mind that once you get a sister for her (only cagemates of the same sex), you need to do the appropriate quarantine time. You don't want either one of them getting sick.

Another important suggestion:
Get to know your rat. Not just petting, but get to KNOW your baby. My five babies from the one year old to the 4 month old get handled and "massaged" twice a day for all types of maladies. Their eyes are checked; their bodies are massaged (manipulated gently) for signs of unusual growths. Check the vagina for unusual discharges. Check feet for signs of sores. I know yours is just a baby, but if you start now, she will be used to it later on when it becomes essential. This way you will know in advance if there is something the vet should worry about. These tiny bodies age so fast that something that would take weeks or months to show up in us, will only take minutes or hours to show in them.

I am not trying to make you afraid at every turn or paranoid that you got a sick rattie. I just want you to keep her healthy. The way to do that is to feed her properly and give her the best attention you can give her and the best vet attention available. This saved one of my babies lives last summer.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-28-2004, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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I really appreciate your advice, it is so sad their live spans are so short
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