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by Feolthanos
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Should I get a third rat?
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Should I get a third rat?

At this age it's completely natural for them to play fight a lot. My older boys did it when they were younger (now 6 months) and my 10 week old boys do it too (who are half brothers who have been together since they were 4 weeks old). The older boys clearly had some figuring out on who was boss, but...
by Feolthanos
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: potty training
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: potty training

I'm following this with interest.

My older boys are bloody fantastic at using the litter trays, will even pee in there. The younger boys, not so much. There'll majority use them, but will just poop in the hammocks if they're sleepy and will pee vaguely near by rather then in them :roll:
by Feolthanos
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Baytril Prescription
Replies: 9
Views: 141

Re: Baytril Prescription

My vet last week, also over phone had prescribed baytril (as well as metacam) for my sneezy/'hiccuping' rats. Mostly hiccups/shaking/odd noise thing rather than sneezing by the time I'd rung the vet. 2.5% stuff for a week. 0.05ml twice a day for 225g and 274g rat. I fully expected to have to go back...
by Feolthanos
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Okay well one of my rats also gained a scratch on his eye (they do like making me worry this two :roll: ), so as I needed to contact the vets anyways and with concerns that they didn't seem to be making any improvements I rung up and got a phone appointment (with some images emailed in). I've been p...
by Feolthanos
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Aggression and biting
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: Aggression and biting

Jem86 wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:13 am
Luckily I am feeling more positive and I think I can turn this around. Being on lockdown means I've got even more time to work with him!
That's great to hear. Do let us know how you get on.
by Feolthanos
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Ok so both younger rats were dosed on Friday evening. Over the last couple days I've heard less sneezing, but the worst affected is still making the odd hiccupping sound. They both yesterday however sounded quite snuffly, as if they had a cold. Is this a normal, the treatments working sorta sound? I...
by Feolthanos
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Aggression and biting
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: Aggression and biting

The original nips did draw blood so I started wearing gloves. I am currently wearing 4 pairs, one pair is anti-bite gloves and he can still pierce the skin and draw blood. It doesn't matter if it's cage or outside of the cage, if he sees my hands he just freaks out and goes for them. Even if I'm ju...
by Feolthanos
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Aggression and biting
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: Aggression and biting

We're the original nips proper breaking skin drawing blood sorta bites? Just thinking that wearing the gloves he may not nessicarly realise that it's skin he's going after. My rat bit after a short while of having him too, so I understand the fear though, proper bites are really rough. I still have ...
by Feolthanos
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

You need to keep them separate from other rats until it dries so that no one accidentally overdoses themselves by licking off, but otherwise I believe it is fine once dry.
by Feolthanos
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Older rat problem
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Older rat problem

Sorry to hear that your boys aren't doing too well. I thought my boys were big at 500g too! I've not had older rats myself, but I would say that if you haven't already, consider altering the cage layout to make it a little easier for your weaker boy. Use common sense at also keeping it interesting f...
by Feolthanos
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Make sure that the spot-on you've ordered is going to be the right dosage for rats. You can check here if you need dosage help; there seems to be a fairly wide range of effective+safe dosages for rats, but you still don't want to over/underdose by too much. I got the rat/rabbit one, which is for ra...
by Feolthanos
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Update. I checked my local shops stock levels and they were out, so I've ordered some Anti-Parasite Ivermectin Spot On, just to make sure I have it if needed.

I'm working from home again (same room as the rats) so I'm going to keep an extra ear out and how much he's sneezing today.
by Feolthanos
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Has he been treated with ivermectin? It could be parasitic bronchitis, which is where bladder worms have migrated to the lungs. No he's not had anything yet. Is that the spot on stuff that you can get in pet shops? If so is there a certain brand recommendation? Would it be worth a vet visit if so, ...
by Feolthanos
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Another new sneezing rat topic

A week and half a go I brought home two almost 7 weeks old bucks. Both lovely, but complete nutters :lol: One of them however has been sneezing. He was also making an odd little sound, sorta like a hiccupping guinea pig (if that makes any sense) which goes on for a few seconds. He made this for the ...
by Feolthanos
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Suitable Cage For 7 Does
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Suitable Cage For 7 Does

I have a little zoo Venturer (the double version) and I can confirm it's fantastic. Only thing I don't like is the small space between the cage/tray bottom and the floor, it's a magnet for rats to hide under and the position of the wheels makes it difficult for anything to stay attached to block the...

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