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  • Handle gently.
  • Provide daily playtime.
  • Maintain a clean environment to minimize stress and the risk of respiratory disease.
  • Avoid overcrowding.
  • Feed a fresh, high quality pelleted diet formulated specifically for rats/rodents.
  • Provide fresh water at all times.
  • Frequent lump checks and weight, teeth and respiratory health examinations are recommended in order to quickly observe and treat any impending health problem.
  • Check fecal pellets: they should be firm, oval, yet contain moisture. Constipation or dehydration may be indicated if stools are hard, dry and smaller than usual; illness may be present if feces are overly soft.
  • Monitor water bottle levels.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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