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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I was going to get a rat but was told they get tumors very easy. It scared me so I did not buy one.
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Any animal is prone to tumours its an unfortunate side effect of inbreeding and rats are more prone to them it seems then many other small creatures but it should never put you off as the possibility of an animal getting ill is part and parcel of pet ownership and any animal can get ill no matter what! Rats make fantastic pets and i've had over 20 and out of them only 2 have developed tumours and one had hers removed and lived another year and the enjoyment you get from owning ratties out weighs any of the bad points such as they might get ill

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Any animal is prone to tumours its an unfortunate side effect of inbreeding and rats are more prone to them it seems then many other small creatures but it should never put you off as the possibility of an animal getting ill is part and parcel of pet ownership and any animal can get ill no matter what! Rats make fantastic pets and i've had over 20 and out of them only 2 have developed tumours and one had hers removed and lived another year and the enjoyment you get from owning ratties out weighs any of the bad points such as they might get ill
Also, you would like to read up a bit on them before making a desition, you shouldn't get one, but two! They are very social animals and need a companion. I like this site a lot: http://www.curiosityrats.com Good Luck!

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 01:04 AM
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One of my rats got a cist (sp?) on his back. I decided to have it removed, just in case it was cancerous (it wasn't), and he healed up quickly and did just fine. He lived for another 6 months after that (died of pnemonia or some type of respiratory infection, totally unrelated to the cist)

On the other side, I had to have a hamster put to sleep (right around his second birthday), because he quickly grew a large tumor on his back that turned him hunchbacked and within a few weeks, he couldn't move at all. I also had a second hamster put to sleep because I had a tumor removed from his salivary gland area, and then he grew another tumor at the top his head less than a month later. The vet didn't think a second surgery was a good idea with the tumor being so close to his brain.

I think just about any small animal can get tumors. It just depends on their breeding.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2007, 05:32 PM
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yes rats are prone to tumors but any small animal can get them. I have had 5 rats over like 7 or 8 years and only 1 got a tumor. And they can most of the time be removed. Rats are so worth it! GET ONE!
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