Dumbo selten are very interesting little creatures and there is a lot to know about them. Much like people, they have a variety of behaviors and traits that range from the “perfectly normal” to the “not so normal”! In this article, I will be discussing five very interesting bits of dumbo rat information. I hope you find these as fascinating as I did!
1. Why does my rat have a bald spot on the top of his head?
Answer: If your newly bald pet is sharing a cage with other rats, chances are, he is being barbered by his cage mate. This is not really harmful and if there are no other symptoms observed, it is not something you need to worry about. For a really neat trick, maybe you could try training them to give each other little rat mohawks!
2. Why do I feel my rat’s ears vibrating? What could it mean?
Answer: Your pet is in season. This is natural for female rats, and occurs typically once every 3-5 days. Sometimes your female dumbo rats won’t show any signs that they are in heat, but this is a common one.
3. My pet’s eyes almost popped out! Do I need to take him to a vet?
Answer: No. This is called “boggling”, a perfectly normal phenomenon that you don’t need to worry about. It is actually a sign of happiness, contentment and relaxation. It often occurs at the same time the rat is “bruxing”, or grinding its teeth. The contraction of the muscles involved in bruxing are what push the eyeball into the “popeye” look that you’re observing.
4. My two female rats are humping one another. Is this normal?
Answer: There are a number of reasons why rats hump each other. Most times they do this when in season. For male rats, it is a sign of dominance. Although it may seem a bit strange, it’s really nothing to be concerned with!
5. One of my rats died in the cage. I saw the other rats eat him! Is this behavior normal?
Answer: Unfortunately, yes. This is because they cannot have dead bodies in their cage, otherwise, it will attract other potential predators who, in the wild, could end up harming the still living rats. This is a natural animal instinct and is to be expected. If this isn’t something that you’re comfortable with (which not many are!), it is important to personally get rid of the dead body as quickly as possible to restore order to your cage.
Look for more fancy rat care articles to come in the very near future! I promise that will be packed full of interesting information and useful tips to help you give your little friends the best care possible. One thing that I have learned over the course of my time spent with pet rats is that there is always one more thing to learn!