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by Rat_in_a_Hat
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Infrequent low grunting in young rat
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Infrequent low grunting in young rat

Thanks again Cub! You are my fount of knowledge on here, haha! She is fine tonight. They are out for plays at the moment and I haven't heard any noises so far. She is sitting on my shoulder as I type! I will keep an eye on her just in case. It is exhausting being a rat mummy again! I forgot how boun...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Infrequent low grunting in young rat
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Infrequent low grunting in young rat

Hi again all, So one of my 13 week old youngsters, my beautiful black Berkshire Nox, makes an infrequent low grunting sound when she is out for playtime. It isn't all the time and it is very quiet. Her sisters don't make this noise, only her. This is the only time I hear it (she likes to sit on my s...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: It was all going so well!
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: It was all going so well!

Ah I did not realise it had only been a week, it seemed like longer..!

I will do as you suggested. Fable seems get old self again now so will restart introductions when I deem fit :)

Thank you again..!
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: It was all going so well!
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: It was all going so well!

I did read up on HLD :) The previous foster carer, my cousin, suggested that her back legs don't work because she had been dropped a few times at her first home and roughly handled - not being taken to a vet because the owners couldn't afford it (but apparently could afford a lot of other animals. G...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: It was all going so well!
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: It was all going so well!

Now I have the girls out for playtime, the three youngsters, they do seem a bit odd tonight. Not as outgoing as usual. I don't know if this is to do with what happened - should I put Fable back, do you think?
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: It was all going so well!
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: It was all going so well!

Ah, I am not sure if anything happened to her, her demeanour doesn't appear to have changed, but I have noticed her back legs have deteriorated since I have had her. They both drag behind now whereas before she could pull both underneath her....I am worried now if it was the right thing to do to tak...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: It was all going so well!
Replies: 7
Views: 407

It was all going so well!

Hi again guys, So a couple of weeks ago I introduced my old girl Fable, who is quite disabled, to my group of three 12 week old youngsters using the carrier method, and all went unbelievably well. They have been in the big cage for about a week now, and while Fable has not really been able to keep u...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a large cage easy to navigate for the less able rat
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Making a large cage easy to navigate for the less able r

Yay, we'll done. You can use tubes or wooden log rolls used like a ramp. If you use ladders they will need some king of covering to prevent legs getting stuck. I have an unlimited supply of rolls from work, haha! Will see i I can engineer something for my old girl. Rats who have the motivation to g...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a large cage easy to navigate for the less able rat
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Making a large cage easy to navigate for the less able rat

Snappy title, I know ;) Introductions between Fable and my three youngsters using the carrier method went supremely well, all my fears were unfounded and my first rattie intro went like a dream! They have been sharing their tofu nicely tonight (with added supplements) :D They will be coming to the e...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: A Different Kind of Introduction!
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: A Different Kind of Introduction!

...They seem to be growing so well and I think have started their first moult. Kittens moult from fluffy baby coat at around 5 - 7 weeks, so either yours may be moulting for a second time or are a lot younger than you thought! (In my opinion, babies should not be homed before their first moult is p...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: A Different Kind of Introduction!
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: A Different Kind of Introduction!

No, no play time and try not to get individuals out for cuddles. I'm still doing intros with a group of boys and about 2 months but part of my group involved adult boys. You will feel mean but it really is worth it. :luck: In that case I hope it doesn't take too long :) I can't really forsee any is...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: A Different Kind of Introduction!
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: A Different Kind of Introduction!

Gosh, it will be cramped! The girls have so much energy - so I keep them in the carrier no matter what? No playtime or out time? I can barely handle Fable :/ she hopefully won't be too overwhelmed. I know in the long run it will hopefully benefit them all though. Fables' cage is a couple of feet by ...
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: A Different Kind of Introduction!
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: A Different Kind of Introduction!

How long will each stage take? I only have the carrier,the hamster cage, Fable's cage and the girls cage.
I guess it depends on the rats?

Thanks for all your help guys :)
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: A Different Kind of Introduction!
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: A Different Kind of Introduction!

I have a carrier that I picked the girls up in,and it had a bit of room to spare. Your average size rat carrier..!

The hamster cage is maybe (l)24 inches by (w)12 inches by (d) 15 inches.
by Rat_in_a_Hat
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: A Different Kind of Introduction!
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: A Different Kind of Introduction!

Oh OK thank you!
I will use my hamster travel cage for intros (washed of course!)

I will keep you posted.
Thanks from us all, here's to a happy Fable <3

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