Rat Health & Hygiene
A healthy, happy Rat will be:
- Active and playful
- Moving freely around her cage
- Have a clean nose
- Have clear and bright eyes
If you are concerned about your Rat's health please speak to your Petmania Pet Care advisors or consult your vet.
Your Rat's cage should be cleaned at least once a week using a pet safe disinfectant. If you find your rat uses one area of the cage to go toilet, it is recommended that you clean this area daily to ensure maximum hygiene. Using a litter tray will make it easier to clean.
Your Rat's teeth will continue to grow throughout its life, so it is important to prevent them from overgrowing by providing gnaw sticks and mineral sticks to help keep her teeth health and trim.
Rats are always cleaning themselves and very rarely do they need to be groomed.
Fleas and Mites
Fleas and mites can come into contact with your Rat, so keep an eye on her skin and coat for signs of fleas or mites and be aware of any bald patches that may occur and cause discomfort. Fleas and mites can be easily treated.
Rats are prone to breathing difficulties which can be identified through wheezing or sneezing. Wood shavings or saw dust are a common source of irritation, so choose a paper based bedding instead.
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