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by ScissorCrow
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Newbie!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: Newbie!!!!

Hi, at the top of this Habitat forum is a "useful stuff and frequently asked questions" Announcement that contains links to articles such as this one on substrate and litter you might want to read through all the options there. I use Finacard shredded cardboard as a substrate as my rats enjoy spendi...
by ScissorCrow
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

I think it's too soon to worry, give them more time. Sounds like you're doing the right things, you can offer runny food (weetabix, yoghurt, babyfood) on a metal spoon to encourage them to sit and eat in your presence instead of dashing off and so they learn not to bite down too hard. You say baby 4...
by ScissorCrow
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: How to adopt lab rats?
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: How to adopt lab rats?

Not especially helpful, but information nonetheless: In 2013 I rehomed 4 males through this forum from a uni lab in Durham I contacted them last year about the possibility of rehoming some more and got this response I have spoken to my colleagues about this. The number of rats involved in our resear...
by ScissorCrow
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Thinking about getting rats
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Re: Thinking about getting rats

Don't worry liaren77, rats don't have different breeds. The different ear types Standard/Top Ear and Dumbo are just to do with genetics.
You might come across rex rats that have fuzzy coats, this is also just genetics.

There are lots of different coat colours of rats, but no different breeds.
by ScissorCrow
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Anywhere to buy large cage doors?
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: Anywhere to buy large cage doors?

I've never seen just a door for sale, perhaps you'd have some luck buying a whole cage second hand from gumtree, ebay, carboot, charity shop etc. and just taking the door off.

Sounds like you've done it before, but I remember this useful guide Beri put together on how to add a door.
by ScissorCrow
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New female rattie biting
Replies: 3
Views: 432

Re: New female rattie biting

Hi, sorry no one more experienced has replied yet, here's some advice I found around the forum... I was taught a trick by someone on the forum a few years ago when I had a girl who used to draw blood. Ball your hand into a fist and just nice and casually present the back of your fist to the rat. If ...
by ScissorCrow
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

I bought a Shower corner shelf from wilkos like this one and cable tied it to the cage upside down and that works as a mini shelf that just fits a corner toilet on. The toilet is secured by a clip to the cage bars so they don't tip it over. If you're struggling to imagine what I mean I can take a pi...
by ScissorCrow
Wed May 09, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Science selective nuggets
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Science selective nuggets

I decided to feed both Science Selective nuggets and Rat Rations 11a - as well as supplementing with Daily rat 3 two or three times a week. I chose SS as they are vegetarian and I feel better knowing they have the vitamins missing from the mix in with their daily rations instead of having to supplem...
by ScissorCrow
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Substitute for wire ladders in cage
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Substitute for wire ladders in cage

I use a lot of small perches in my cage, spaced so they can either hop from one to the other, or climb the cage bars to the next perch. Examples are these (also called Nobbly nibblers in Pets at Home , these , and these are more expensive but they also enjoy nibbling and I think help keep their nail...
by ScissorCrow
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Keith sneezy after multiple med courses
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Keith sneezy after multiple med courses

Keith has had four episodes of squeaky sneezes, the first was cured by a 10 or 14 day course of Baytril. The second was 3 months later and was treated with Baytril and Ronaxan straight away as another rat in the group was receiving that treatment. The course was 14 days. He was ok for 14 days but it...
by ScissorCrow
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: A couple of quick questions! :)
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: A couple of quick questions! :)

To stop my substrate getting everywhere I cut up one of the thick cardboard fruit/veg boxes you find in supermarkets and secured it to the edges of the cage by poking some holes and threading old shoe laces. My boys don't chew the cardboard, but if they did I think it would be strong enough to last ...
by ScissorCrow
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Liberta Explorer 2nd Edition - Actual Cage Size
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: Liberta Explorer 2nd Edition - Actual Cage Size

I found an Ebay link that says approx 1.2m without the stand
by ScissorCrow
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rat Proofing a room with a few tricky problem areas?!
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Rat Proofing a room with a few tricky problem areas?!

Could you create a barrier around the cage using a puppy play pen (or two)? Depending on the size of the holes in the play pen you may need to make it more secure with something to stop them squeezing through or climbing up. I'd use cardboard taped or clipped on. Once they were more used to you and ...
by ScissorCrow
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rat Proofing a room with a few tricky problem areas?!
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Rat Proofing a room with a few tricky problem areas?!

I have heard of people covering electrical cables with hose pipe. Could you just cover the drain hole over? As it's behind an appliance something flat like cardboard, a piece of lino/vinyl offcut? You could tie the curtains up while the rats are out, pick the curtain up, make a loop and tuck the end...
by ScissorCrow
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Copy of X-ray?
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Copy of X-ray?

When I asked for a copy my vet took a picture and emailed them to me. Here they are: http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t254/AngerWithoutEnthusiasm/c714007b-f807-4d02-8bf4-6ffe8141eee2.jpg http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t254/AngerWithoutEnthusiasm/d20d961e-6907-4a3e-916a-32535b9df582.jpg Hope Ru...

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