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by lotus49
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting

After a few days we moved them to a larger cage with a single hammock and they now seem to be genuinely friendly towards one another. When they are not trotting around the cage or playing with us, they cuddle up together in the hammock, like all our other rats have done. It's a huge relief. The whol...
by lotus49
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting

I thought it might be worth providing an update on our situation, which has improved considerably. We have Rocky and Percy castrated three and a bit weeks ago. I was really upset about this but I felt I had no realistic alternative. We kept them separately while they healed and then we went on holid...
by lotus49
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting

I never had either. Out of our previous 11 rats, I was bitten once because I accidentally poked one in the eye (he never bit anyone else so I accept the blame for that one) and once because I intervened in a fight. When we went to the RSPCA rescue centre, the chap there didn't know anything about ra...
by lotus49
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting

I have booked them in to be neutered on Friday. I really hope this works because I'm now the only one who is prepared to have anything to do with them and if they don't stop biting, I doubt my wife will be prepared to tolerate their presence in the house any longer.
by lotus49
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting

They are both young and apparently in perfect health so they should have no problem with the surgery. All of the rats we have had have been male. Most were kittens when we got them but we have adopted three intact males and one neutered male in the past but none of them has behaved like these two. I...
by lotus49
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Poorly socialised rescue rats won't stop biting

Four months ago we picked up two intact males from the RSPCA. We have kept lots of rats before but we are facing challenges with these two that we have never had to deal with before and the whole thing has been a disaster from start to finish. They had clearly not been socialised either with people ...
by lotus49
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Another problematic introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Another problematic introduction

Yes thank you. After posting my reply and looking for some kittens, it occurred to me that it would be much easier for us to introduce a pair of kittens from the same litter so they are comfortable in each other's company.

I shall bear in mind you recommendation as to age as well.
by lotus49
Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Another problematic introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Another problematic introduction

I had thought about neutering but I hate the idea so that would be a last resort. Experience tells me that we would have to do both rather than just one. I hadn't thought about getting a third rat. That's a good idea. I'll see if I can find a kitten somewhere. If two of them were friendly, the other...
by lotus49
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Another problematic introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Another problematic introduction

A couple of months ago we adopted two lovely looking bucks from the RSPCA in Shropshire. They were kept in separate cages when they were in the shelter. When I arrived to pick them up the RSPCA chap offered my his thick gloves but I said that wouldn't be necessary and reached in to stroke one of the...
by lotus49
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Lonely, depressed buck
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Lonely, depressed buck

A couple of years ago we were in a similar position. We had two rats left after their other cage mates died. One was quite ill and eventually succumbed. The remaining rat (who was also a buck) looked awful after his cage mate died and we really thought he was dying as well. He looked really lethargi...
by lotus49
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Blood in urine
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Re: Blood in urine

Thank you Mary.

I'll go back to the vet and if I don't get anywhere, I'll try another. Unfortunately, none of the vets in the area seems to have more than a passing knowledge of rats but I suspect that's true in most places - rats aren't exactly common pets.
by lotus49
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Blood in urine
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Blood in urine

My daughter has an elderly (> 2 years) rat who generally seems to be in good health but his urine is very red. A couple of months ago, we noticed it was slightly pink. Otherwise he seemed fine so we didn't worry about it. About a month ago it started to get darker until it is now unquestionably red ...
by lotus49
Sat May 28, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Lady lodgers
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Re: Lady lodgers

Thank you for the advice. We shall keep them apart as much as space allows and put something between the two cages. We have lots of cardboard.
by lotus49
Fri May 27, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Lady lodgers
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Re: Lady lodgers

I wasn't proposing to put the cages within touching distance. I was thinking about 10 cm apart to make sure no-one poked anything through the bars. The girls' owner told us they are more than two years. I know rats don't have a menopause like humans but do they still come into season at that age? Do...
by lotus49
Fri May 27, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Lady lodgers
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Lady lodgers

We have four entire bucks who live in a large cage together. For the next ten days, we also have two lady rats who have come to stay while their owners go on holiday. I understand that we cannot let the two sets of rats mingle as the girls' owners don't want twenty rats but I have a question about w...

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