Rat help. I've looked everywhere, but I can't find the answer.
So I received two new rats yesterday, both from a sisters friend who wanted to give the pups away. When I got them home, however, I noticed that my little siamese dumbo rat seems to have something up with her eye. I haven't noticed it leaking or anything, it just kinda... stays shut, or squints. It's like she is permanently winking at me, but not in a way I'd like her to be winking.
The rat looks like she's still fairly young, and her coat still hasn't turned completely white like a siamese rat does when they mature, so I was wondering if maybe the eye thing is just because she's still little. I'm just worried that it's going to be a problem, since I was really excited about my dumbo rat, and she (so far) has been super sweet, already taking food out of my hand.
However, I have noticed her scratching that particular eye with her paws, so I'm scared. If it helps any, her previous owner had wood bedding, while I bought that paper-y stuff. Could it have just been dust that got in there? If so, what should I do to help her little eye?
I've been contemplating using a Q-tip with some warm water on it to gently wipe her eye, but I'd like to hear other thoughts as well. I can't exactly take her to the vet either, since I pretty much blew all my money on their cage and such, and my mom has already made a point in telling me she wants nothing to do with my critters.
Thank you so much in advance!