Update on Linus (easy child's rat) He's doing great! He's doing rat things. He's growing quickly! His ear infection seems completely gone. He still has head tilt, but he has been reacting well to it. He can walk again, run again, eat on his own again, drink on his own again. He is no longer spinning or rolling. He is leaping around his cage, busily building his house/nest all the time. He climbs the cage bars, is back to his kissing through the bars love affair with the cat. They are best buds! (Although I wouldn't leave them alone as it seems sort of like black widow spider syndrome. We might come back and find ourselves short a breathing pet. Poor cat. His present has become a friend and his instincts kick him and he licks his chops but holds back and heads for his dry kibble bowl. AWWW!) Thank you all for the tips on taking care of him. I can't believe he survived and he's so full of energy. The upside to the adventure into the Rat Hospital o' Family of Sir Linus: He's the cuddliest little critter now. He comes straight to you when you open his cage. He climbs right into our hands and after a few excited play minutes, he is curling up giving us his belly for a rub and begins to chuff quickly. (For non vermin lovers, chuffing is sorta the same as a cats purr. They grind their teeth in this semi noisy way and its cute as all get out. It can be a sign they are happy although they will chuff when stressed too.). Linus tends to chuff only when happy which is helpful to know that he's doing well! So His Highness Sir Linus (and his castle keepers) thanks you for the tips to nurse him back to health! We are considering another male for a friend for him. We just didn't want to mix him with another rat before we knew he was healthy again. I think he'll like a friend (aside from the cat who is still deciding wether to keep him or hunt him lol).