Rats have one of the cutest eyes. Their eyes are small, round, and deep-colored. But you may see the pet rat with half-closed eyes, struggling to blink. This is called squinting.
But why does your rat squint his eyes? Let us see about squinting rats in detail.
Why Is My Rat Squinting His Eyes?
Rats may start to squint due to Pain or Debris in the eyes. They may start to squint due to the accumulation of dust and debris over the eyelids.
Squinting may also be due to the whiskers touching the eyes. There is nothing to worry much about if your rat is squinting due to debris or whiskers. But consult a vet immediately, if your rat is squinting due to pain.
Rat owners may become anxious and start to worry about the rats if they are squinting with swollen eyes. But there is nothing to worry about.
In this blog, we have compiled a detailed study on why rats squint, what to do about it and how long it will take to cure.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the reading.
Rats Squinting Due to Dust and Debris
Rats are known for their mischievous nature. You might have seen your rats moving through the dust and debris-filled attics and paths.
If rats go through these areas, the dust will get stuck over the eyelids.
This will not affect the rats in most cases as the dust over the rat’s eyes will be removed the next day after sleeping.
Sometimes, bigger particles may get accumulated over the eyes and cause trouble for rats. In this case, the rat’s eyes will start to swell a bit and squinting will occur.
This is the physiological reaction of the rat’s body to get rid of bigger and tougher particles stuck over the eyelids.
These are very common in rats and have nothing much to worry about. But there is another type where the rat starts to squint due to pain or trauma.
Rats Squinting Due to Pain/trauma
Sometimes, rats may start to squint in pain. This may be accompanied by swelling near the eyes. Squinting due to mains may happen mainly due to rats’ eyes getting injured.
This happens when the rat hurts its eyes by hitting objects. Slight bumps over objects will cause irritation or even swelling over the rat’s eyes.
If this is the reason for your rat squinting, then it is something to be concerned about. Take your rat to the Veterinarian immediately if the sales start to grow.
Rats will squint in pain but how to tell if rats are in pain?
How Can You Tell if A Rat Is in Pain?
Rats are mysterious creatures. They will hide their pain and will not show it abruptly. But still, rat owners can tell the rat is in pain with some indications like
- Reduced activity than normal.
- Abnormal posture.
- Loss of appetite.
Trauma will also cause pain in rats. If you observe any of the above activities, take your rat to the vet immediately.
Can Rats Get an Eye Infection?
Yes! Rats can get an eye infection and it is called Conjunctivitis. These eye-related problems are faced by nude mice.
But these types of infections are not highly dangerous and can be treated easily.
Treatment involves rinsing the rat’s eyes with clean warm water many times a day till the infection and swelling decrease.
What to Do if Your Rat Is Squinting?
Immediate care and action must be taken if you find your rats are squinting.
If the rats are squinting due to the dust and debris accumulation, rinse the rat eyes with water. Water treatment is the best remedy to clean the eyes and reduce squinting.
Sometimes, squinting may also happen due to dehydration. Rats will squint if they lose more water in the body.
Make sure you keep the rats hydrated during the treatment process. If the squinting has not stopped after water treatment, consult the vet.
Rats squinting due to pain or squinting accompanied by swelling must be taken care of immediately.
Take your rat to the vet and the treatment will usually involve some antibiotic administration. Eyes drops might also be prescribed in some cases.
Make sure you clean the rat’s eyes and rinse them with clean water if the swelling is prolonged.
How Long Will It Take to Cure?
Normal squinting can be treated at home, and it will take two or three days for the rat to stop squinting.
But if the squinting is due to swelling or trauma, then it may take several days to get completely cured.
Make sure to consult your vet before performing any of the above-mentioned remedies as they are for general conditions.
Final Words on Squinting Rats
Summing up, rats may start to squint if they have any dust particles accumulated over the eyes. Use water to rinse it properly. Provide water and keep them hydrated as rats may even squint due to dehydration.
But if your rat is squinting due to pain or swelling, avoid any home remedies and consult professional help immediately.
So, that was all about why rats squint and what to do about it.
We hope this blog helps you by clearing queries on what causes squinting rats and how to tackle them without harming the rat’s health.
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What Does It Mean when A Rat Stares at You?
Rats are curious pets. They would like to observe and investigate interesting things around them.
If rats are staring at you for a longer time combined with standing on hind legs or sniffing hard, it means the rat has observed something interesting about you.
Why Is My Rat Whimpering?
Rats may start to whimper if they are feeling offended. Whimpering is a mild sign of protest.
Rats whimpering means that you have done something which the rat doesn’t like or entertain. If your rat is whimpering while you do something, make sure you are not repeating the same.