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by Caza66
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat
Replies: 5
Views: 80

Re: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat

Oh, 12 weeks is a bit young for hormones. It could just be asserting dominance. There is something else you could try, if they are only 12 weeks, it would be good to get a third boy in there, similar age or even a rescued spayed girl, or neutered older boy. This will take some of the pressure of the...
by Caza66
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat
Replies: 5
Views: 80

Re: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat

Hi and welcome. I’ve had this problem myself with a couple of boys. Never used vanilla though. How old are they? I am assuming that he is at that age. Certainly don’t return him, it is his hormones and as his is ‘happy’ with the other boy it is easier than him being introduced with another new male....
by Caza66
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat just had surgery please help - odd procedure???
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: Rat just had surgery please help - odd procedure???

So sorry that you have to experience this. I have had a rat with zgt and it is not very nice at all. Bernie did live for a few weeks until we made the decision. Hugs to your little one. It does sound like your vet didn’t know much about zgt’s.
by Caza66
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat vet recommendation required Lincolnshire Yorkshire
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Rat vet recommendation required Lincolnshire Yorkshire

Sorry I don’t know the area. How is your girl? Perhaps we can help somehow?
by Caza66
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Thin hind quarters and flat footed walk, young female
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Thin hind quarters and flat footed walk, young female

I’m not sure a vet would be able to identify/do anything. However, the more you exposure the rats to new experiences the more they will get used to them and therefore become more confident. I’m had scaredy rats in the past and become the complete opposite within a few months.
by Caza66
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Recommendation on a cage for 3
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Recommendation on a cage for 3

It really does depend on your budget and space. I would recommend an SRS but this does encourage gmr (get more rats :lol: ). If you only have a space on a table or such, the furet plus is good. Or the furet XX gives a bigger footprint. Alternatively, I like the mamble 100. It’s not as sturdily built...
by Caza66
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Thin hind quarters and flat footed walk, young female
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Thin hind quarters and flat footed walk, young female

It does sound young to have this problem. Hld is a generic term and doesn’t necessarily identify the cause. Is it possible that she has had a fall?
by Caza66
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: baby rat carrier and cage questions
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: baby rat carrier and cage questions

Hi and welcome to the world of ratties. That carrier is popular, I haven’t heard any bad comments.

Certainly get a quarantine/hospital cage. Smaller is best with a large footprint, certainly lower as Poorly rats should be restricted or won’t feel like climbing.

Good luck
by Caza66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Thinking about getting rats
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

Re: Thinking about getting rats

Well done for asking questions first. But there is soooo much about rats I couldn’t put it in one message. That cage is a good size for a trio of rats, a trio is better than two as they are social animals and better dynamics. It’s good to give rats wheels, at least 15 inches big (silent spinner or t...
by Caza66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Meds For OAP Chest Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Meds For OAP Chest Problems

Oh no, so sorry for your loss. Poor Ollie. I don’t think that the under dosing of meds would have been a contributing factor, there may have been something else going on, like heart problems which are difficult to diagnose.
by Caza66
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Pet safe paints
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Pet safe paints

Agree with Hammerite for metal but it does need to be left in the rain.
by Caza66
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hard lump on throat?!
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: Hard lump on throat?!

I have just gone through this with Yondu and it was an abscess. The vet tried did a fine needle aspiration to see if there was fluid ie an abscess. There was not, so it was operated on where it turned out to be an abscess but it had gone cheesy :sick: However the lump came back but smaller but more ...
by Caza66
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

Ooh, I like those plant pots :)
by Caza66
Tue May 29, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

Hi and welcome. Yes, rats will wee in litter trays but also like plastic trays particularly if it is near their house (why go to the trouble of getting to the bottom of the cage when there is a plastic tray outside the door :lol: ) so you have a couple of options, put another litter tray near their ...
by Caza66
Tue May 29, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Tumour removal costs
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Tumour removal costs

I find I am very lucky with my vets, I get charged £40 for each lump removal.

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