This can happen to rats if they are poisoned (which is why we prefer more humane methods to rid wild rats from a home!), or if the rat’s breeding line has epilepsy in it (why we don’t encourage random breeding).

What do I do?

Move the rat to a small confinement that is filled with soft bedding. Leave out the food and water for the time being. Be extra careful when handling your rat in a seizure as they can accidentally bite you and you don’t want to drop them! Keep a close eye on your rat until it recovers. Write down any information you might think help the vet diagnose the cause (what your rat was doing prior to the seizure, etc).

Anything else?

Take your rat to the vet for diagnoses. The occasional minor seizure might not cause serious problems, but more frequent ones can even be fatal.

For more information, please have a look at our other page on Seizures.

911: Seizures
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  • July 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I’d just like to add; if your rat is having a seizure do NOT freak out. It looks really scary if you haven’t seen it before but it will pass.

    Things your vet will need to know:
    1) What was the rat doing prior to the seizure.
    2) Has there been any change in food/environment?
    3) How long does the seizure last for?
    4) If the rat is disorientated afterwards, how long does it take for him/her to recover?

    These are important details that should be noted every time a seizure occurs.

    More than likely your vet will prescribe phenobarbitone as a preventative measure and it worked wonders for my boy.


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