What causes a pet rat to suddenly die ?
My granddaughters one pet rat died sudden. She took very good care of them. Changing litter very regularly. She went into her room and it was eating and drinking then all sudden it died . Her other rat pet seemed okay but in the morning it passed away also. They were only a few months old. Any idea what happened ? She is just heartbroken
- Jack HLv 72 months ago
Take the body to a vet, ask there...
- TarkarriLv 72 months ago
There are many possibilities.
As they were young rats, seemed healthy, then both died suddenly, I would suspect environmental factor.
Something in the food. (Anything new? Perhaps a treat)
Something in the water. (Anything changed, perhaps a worming treatment or simillar in the wayer)
Something in their bedding. (Was it the usual. If shredded paper, was it printed? If hay/straw, possible contamination)
Something in the litter. (Usual type? Perfumed?)
Something in the air. (Air freshener, bug spray, essential oils, scented candles)
Some cleaning product used on the cage. (Thoroughly rinsed & dried before returning rats? No possible disinfectant contamination? Essential oils?)