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my pet rat is not eating and is shaking off and on like it

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my pet rat is not eating and is shaking off and on like it is having a seizure. The rat is almost 2 years old. He is not moving around at all. I found him like this today when I got up.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Animal Eyes replied 8 years ago.
<p>I'm sorry to hear that your little guy isn't feeling well. Because of his age there could be several things going on. It sounds like he may be getting too cold. As they get older it becomes more difficult to regulate their body temperature and if they aren't able to keep warm enough then they can become very lethargic, not eat, and the shivering or shaking is their body trying to increase the blood flow to create more heat. You can offer him more heat by placing a reflector lamp with a party bulb in it to add additional heat. This will also allow him to move to and away from the heat source as he needs. </p><p>Unfortunately rats don't live very long and are prone to cancers and tumors. They can go unnoticed for a long time if an exam isn't done on a regular basis. Regardless of what may be going on it would be best to have him seen by your vet and get an exam done. They will be able to feel for any abnormalities in the abdomen that may be affecting him. They will also be able to prescribe medications that may help him feel better, depending on what they find. I am sending you a couple of links about rats and the problems that they can develope. I hope this helps. </p><p> </p><p><a href=""></a></p><p> </p><p><a href=""></a></p><p> </p><p><a href=""></a></p><p> </p><p><a href=""></a></p><p> </p>
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