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by bazu
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Is this food good?
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: Is this food good?

Yes, I agree - avoid any pelleted/nugget/block style food as that won't meet the rats' needs in terms of mental enrichment. I've seen in so many videos and forums that lab blocks are the best balanced food you can give them. Using the blocks + veggies, fruit, and chicken isnt a good option? In term...
by bazu
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Advice please

The sniffing thing mostly depends on how interested they are in what's going on around them - maybe he just finds smells more interesting than the others, while the others prefer to explore what's on the floor around them? It might be that he's just being a bit more cautious than the others, but tha...
by bazu
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Advice please

Occasional sneezes don't generally worry me - if it's very frequent or if he's got noisy breathing, I'd be more concerned, but the odd little sneeze is probably just irritation. I'd also not worry about the squeak either - rats have a very wide range of vocalisations, so the odds are it was just a n...
by bazu
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Rat Rations!
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Rat Rations!

I'd definitely recommend adding more bits to the base mixes, from a nutrition perspective (the base mix alone probably won't meet all their dietary needs, even with supplements) and from an "interest" perspective for the rats (it gets boring eating the same thing all day every day!) As an example, I...
by bazu
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Three-Way Intro Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Three-Way Intro Advice

Thanks for the advice! :) Touch wood, it's going really well so far! In the 'small neutral space' phase, my boss-girl went dishing out grooming right off the bat and got groomed back, and there was no shuffling or hedgehogging or anything. They're all settled in a carrier now without the slightest h...
by bazu
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Three-Way Intro Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Three-Way Intro Advice

I'm going to be collecting three new rats today (yay!), and while I've done intros a number of times before using the carrier method, I just wanted to check a couple of specific points regarding this one... My existing rats are two girls (Astrid and Freya, 26 months), and I'll be collecting a neuter...
by bazu
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: What size wheel for male rats?
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: What size wheel for male rats?

To add to the money-saving, charity shops are great for old children's toys too! I've picked up toy farmhouses and such for £2-£3 that've served them for years, anything they can climb in/on/through does the job :D
by bazu
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: Rat Train - Widnes (Cheshire) to Birmingham/Leicester?
Replies: 0
Views: 1256

Rat Train - Widnes (Cheshire) to Birmingham/Leicester?

I've enquired about the lone girl needing a home in this thread - I've been told that a rescue made an initial enquiry on facebook, but hasn't followed up on it yet. If that falls through, would anyone be able to help with getting a rat train together to get her from Widnes to either Birmingham or L...
by bazu
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New Owner- Wheel
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: New Owner- Wheel

I also use a Silent Spinner, I've seen others recommend a Wodent Wheel but I like having the wide open front for them. Flying Saucer wheels are another option :) In any case, definitely go for 12" as a minimum size; rats need a big wheel so they don't have to arch their backs uncomfortably while usi...
by bazu
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Zithromax capsules! Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Zithromax capsules! Help!

According to the RMCA chart , you want 4-8mg/lb, once or twice a day. The RMCA say that 2 rats could live in a 20 gallon tank, so I'd trust the rest of their information about as far as I could throw the tank. :P (To be perfectly fair, they do warn about the ventilation problems with tanks, and adv...
by bazu
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Zithromax capsules! Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Zithromax capsules! Help!

Long story short, my boys were prescribed Zithromax to help with a myco flare up. They are 5 months old and all weigh between 380g and 440g. The vet had prescribed 250mg zithromax capsules for me to mix with baby food. I have to split the capsules as follows: 1 quarter of a 250mg capsule split betw...
by bazu
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: Urgent home needed for single buck kitten, Middlesborough
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: Urgent home needed for single buck kitten, Middlesboroug

Did send a PM about it! Glad to hear he's possibly got a home anyway though :luck:
by bazu
Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions - a video I'd appreciate some comments on
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Introductions - a video I'd appreciate some comments on

To begin with, you want it to be completely bare - substrate and food/water only. The first thing they get afterwards (usually a couple of days, depending how it's going) is a flat hammock, and then as I said earlier, one new thing a day as long as they're behaving. I know it seems mean to leave the...
by bazu
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions - a video I'd appreciate some comments on
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Introductions - a video I'd appreciate some comments on

To be honest, if they're going this well while you're supervising you probably don't need to keep separating them - it'd be more beneficial to keep them together so that, again, they bond faster and have more chances to work out any differences that crop up early on. Glad to hear it's all going well...
by bazu
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions - a video I'd appreciate some comments on
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Introductions - a video I'd appreciate some comments on

The aim of having a smaller cage is two-fold: 1) By having a smaller space, they're forced to interact, which helps with bonding and helps to more quickly resolve any differences 2) A lot of injuries in intros are caused when one rat runs away and the other lunges to grab at them - by using a smalle...

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