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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Saga Of Dumbo The Rat

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her first rat, Queen Dumbo Duncanson-Bryan, and a rat named Mouse.

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Dumbo the rat
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Dumbo the rat has lost weight and is having difficulty moving around as she used to.

I thought for a couple of days that my rat Dumbo was showing some signs of improvement. I took her to the veterinarian, who said she was quite healthy and there was no obvious reason for her to be losing weight. Dumbo was 400 grams the last time I took her in, and now she’s gone down to just 300 grams.

The vet told me to continue feeding her a high-calorie diet; lots of nuts and some fruit and vegetables. I have to feed her by hand because my other rat, Mouse, steals things from Dumbo, and Mouse is getting incredibly fat because of it.

One of my main concerns is that Dumbo can’t get to the water bottle, because she’s so shaky on her back legs and is constantly falling over and falling off things. My mum mentioned she thinks that Dumbo’s eyesight has gotten worse too, because she is nipping fingers by mistake when she tries to take food. Her back legs are terribly weak, but they do seem to be a bit meatier than they were.

I’m also worried that Dumbo is going to seriously injure herself if she falls from anywhere high. Poor thing still thinks she can climb all the way to the top of the rat cage and get down the same way. I don’t want to stop her from climbing if she wants to get away from Mouse (as she is such a pest, even though she is just being playful most of the time), so I’m not sure what to do.

It’s very difficult having one very, very healthy rat and another weaker rat. The vet specifically said not to separate them because rats have a tendency to get very depressed and lonely. I’ve had to put Dumbo by herself before, the time her ear got torn open. She only spent one night by herself, and she was eager to get back to her ratty companion the next morning, even if Mouse was to blame for the injury in the first place! Rats must be very forgiving creatures.

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i hope dumbo feels better and that non of you have to go threw that again
Tommy, pocatello, ID
Posted: 2/12/2010 8:17:08 AM
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