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This is why your rat shakes!! (read me)

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Published on Dec 1, 2009

This is Clover and she is my first pet rat, I grew up with hamsters, but rats are completely different. I was unaware of a rat's mating ritual, until my rat started shaking violently and arching her back and I thought something was wrong. At first I thought she was afraid of my blanket, or thought she had hurt her back, but rats do not shake when they are scared, they wave their heads side to side, and also my rat has no reason I could find for back problems. Rats go into heat every four or five days, which is why I couldn't figure out what was wrong, because she didn't shake all the time. When rats shake or "buzz" their ears, they are "flirting" and similarly to hamsters, when they are in heat rats also arch their backs. I thought this video and information would be useful to any rookie rat owners.

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