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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-25-2009, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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hi everyone. my sister had four female rats living together, all of them between 8-10 months old. about two weeks ago, my sister called me and said that one of them was feeling cold and being lethargic, and she died an hour later. prior to that she had no symptoms. she scrubbed the cage and brought the other rats to the vet for a check-up and they were given a clean bill of health. this morning she woke up and another one was dead, after being fine yesterday. this is very upsetting and also frustrating. I could see if these girls were older, but they are all under one year. any ideas of what could have happened? they are very well cared for, in a huge cage and lots of playtime...we don't understand and want to keep the other two alive!
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hi everyone. my sister had four female rats living together, all of them between 8-10 months old. about two weeks ago, my sister called me and said that one of them was feeling cold and being lethargic, and she died an hour later. prior to that she had no symptoms. she scrubbed the cage and brought the other rats to the vet for a check-up and they were given a clean bill of health. this morning she woke up and another one was dead, after being fine yesterday. this is very upsetting and also frustrating. I could see if these girls were older, but they are all under one year. any ideas of what could have happened? they are very well cared for, in a huge cage and lots of playtime...we don't understand and want to keep the other two alive!
no respiratory signs at all, a little lethargy, peeing, drinking and eating was all normal?

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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maybe its a genetic thing, sorry to hear though, your friend must be so distressed
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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she said everything else was normal, eating/drinking/pooping, and no respiratory problems. she is keeping a really close eye on the other two...I don't know what the problem is. but they all came from a shelter, so maybe they were just unhealthy stock
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