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by ScissorCrow
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Baby Rats Playing
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: Baby Rats Playing

Do you have a totally secure room like a bathroom or hallway?

If they're small maybe just playing on the bed would do?
by ScissorCrow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please

Got another email today! "Hello May I wish you a happy healthy New Year. As you know towards the end of last year we lost our supply of waste cardboard and had to withdraw our pride and joy product Finacard. During our travels looking for a new supplier, we came across material which will make excel...
by ScissorCrow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please

I can't offer advise on an alternative, but I thought I'd share that I got an email from Finacard on 10th December that read: "Hello I regret to write to you saying that we had to stop supplying Finacard Unfortunately, we are unable to supply Finacard at the moment. Our supplier of waste card is una...
by ScissorCrow
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Newbie!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 312

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: 8
Views: 718

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: 592

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: 1692

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: 405

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: 518

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: 871

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: 497

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: 524

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: 363

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: 540

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: 601

Re: Liberta Explorer 2nd Edition - Actual Cage Size

I found an Ebay link that says approx 1.2m without the stand

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