EPILEPTIC FITS IN THE DOMESTIC RAT

My Rat “Casper” was born on the 28th October 1998. When she was about 3 or 4 weeks old she and two of her brothers (from a litter of ten) were noticably smaller than their siblings.

Sadly the two little males died at 3 and 3 1/2 weeks old, respectively. By the time the rest of the babies were 5 weeks old, it was clear that Casper was always going to be quite tiny. The remaining 7 babies went to new homes, but I decided to keep Casperwith her mother a bit longer.

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RAT EPILEPTIC

Added by Russell Tofts

“Epileptic fits of the type Kate describes can affect most species – gerbils, dogs, and humans seeming especially prone), although this is the first time I have heard of such fits occuring in a rat. Whenever this happens, the best thing to do is not to panic, cut out all external stimuli (reduce noise, draw the curtains or dim the lights, switch off the television set etc.) and usher all people out of the room so that just one person supervises the animal until it has recovered. Remove anything in the proximity that may injure the animal. Do not touch the animal, however. After a few minutes it should start to recover and then behave as if nothing has happened. If it is the first time it has been seen to “fit”, it is a good idea to have it examined by a veterinary surgeon to see if a cause can be isolated.”

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