Can Paint Fumes And Cleaning Product Fumes Kill A Pet Rat?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 25, 2009 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

I was painting and cleaning my apartment yesterday and had nowhere to put my pet rat.I did leave every window open while I was doing so. I moved her to my boyfriends place later that night, but I am worried that she could be sick or might die. I have heard that these fumes can kill pet birds, but could not find information about rodents. She has been sleeping in an unusual area of her cage and her behavior seems different. I am worried that I may have inadvertently killed my beloved rat. Help?

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  • Jennifer says:

    It quite possibly could have since fumes can kill any animal,especially small ones.

  • kylie says:

    keep a close eye on her if she continues take her to the vet but she may just be a bit high from the fumes as they are stronger to small animals, just get her to drink planty of water and near some fresh air, hope that helps

  • Courtney says:

    Rats have extremely sensitive respiratory systems, and this could absolutely cause some very serious issues.
    What’s done is done, so really all you can do now is watch her carefully to see whether she develops any symptoms. Labored breathing, frequent sneezing, “chirping” noises, increased porphyrin (red goo around nose or eyes), lack of grooming, hunching, etc. If she displays any of these symptoms she needs to see a vet.

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