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by Caza66
Sun May 06, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Taming New Rats
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: Taming New Rats

Hi and welcome to the forum and the world of Ratties. Having them in a well trafficked area is good so they can get used to you and new senses. I know you have just put them in but take out the boxes, tubes and hidey holes. Just leave in ropes and flat hammocks, if you haven’t got hammocks yet, a no...
by Caza66
Wed May 02, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rat sitting/feeding
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Rat sitting/feeding

We are going on holiday for a week shortly. I have a rat sitter set up but she may not be able to have them. I have a pet sitter visiting the house twice daily for my chinchilla, cat and aviary birds, although the times may not be as set as my feeding time for the boys, 7am and 6pm. If I ask the pet...
by Caza66
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump in throat
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: Lump in throat

It was an abscess. Must have been cheesy :sick:. All cleaned out and feeling sorry for himself. He is with star-lord who also had a mass removed from his side. I’ve not been the vet with the rats for months.....
by Caza66
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump in throat
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: Lump in throat

Quick update, took Yondu to the vets yesterday as the lump has grown, about size of large grape now. Vet was a bit concerned, she did a fna but nothing came out so it is still possible that it is an abscess just gunked up. He’s back again today for them to operate and have a look at it. It will even...
by Caza66
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Not eating and unusual behaviour
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Not eating and unusual behaviour

Oh no, that is so sad. So sorry for your loss. You did the right thing getting him to the vets as soon as possible. Hugs to you and your two boys.
by Caza66
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Conjunctivitis - gel won't stay in rats eye
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Conjunctivitis - gel won't stay in rats eye

Not had this problem. Does it not come in liquid form, I have had drops before that have been easier to put in?
by Caza66
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump in throat
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: Lump in throat

I have used all the supernatural cast names and these boys were my latest additions, round about that time so it had to be done. :lol:
by Caza66
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Food and times
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: Food and times

I would recommend a muesli type mix or ratrations mix. Nuggets are boring for rats. Rats tend not to selective feed and will eat all food (except the alfalfa pellets in some muesli mixes). Also give them a mixture of fresh foods, veg and fruit. I would feed between 10-15g of food per rat split into ...
by Caza66
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump in throat
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Lump in throat

It’s been a while since I have had a rat with a lump. Yondu has a lump on his throat. It is hard, round and solid but doesn’t feel attached. I would have been inclined to think it is a fatty lump but it is harder than those. It’s about the size of small grape.

Any ideas?
by Caza66
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Exercising rats
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: Exercising rats

Definitely at the same time. The best way is the block off a hallway or the bathroom, provided there are no holes or wires. Put some things in there for them to play with, like wooden wine racks, old towels to hide under, carpet tubes to climb through, and the best thing is a dog bed pillow thing fo...
by Caza66
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Substitute for wire ladders in cage
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: Substitute for wire ladders in cage

Some people cover them with socks. However, I would only use ladders for oldies who struggled to get around to get to the upper shelves. For youngsters I would take out the ladders and shelves altogether. I know it seems that you have paid for them so use them, but rats need to build up their muscle...
by Caza66
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Change in dynamics in the griup
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Change in dynamics in the griup

I lost one of my boys at the weekend but now the dynamics have changed. I have 3 neutered and 3 intact boys. The 2 youngest, Rocket and Groot, are 8 months old and have been particularly naughty once they got big enough. They have mounted one of my neutered bucks for a while and whilst it hasn’t bee...
by Caza66
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Breeders in Kent
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Breeders in Kent

I would make the initial contact sooner rather than later. There is no guarantee when there will be litters available so best to find out. Good luck.
by Caza66
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: How do I wash fleece?
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: How do I wash fleece?

I was my hammocks, made from fleece, in the washing machine. I use a normal biological detergent but use a hot wash. I also use a horse wash bag to wash my fleeces as it keeps all the muck in the bag and not the machine, like this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Horsewear-Laundry-Washing-Numnahs-Boots/...
by Caza66
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Is this food good?
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Is this food good?

I would rather use the nature rat and forget the nuggets. If you scatter feed the nature rat to encourage them in natural behaviour and also feed them some fresh food. As they are young also give them some protein, like cooked chicken or eggs.

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