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by squeakrat
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: How do you know when its the right time to put rat to sleep?
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: How do you know when its the right time to put rat to sl

I'm really sorry, this is always a difficult decision :cry: Ultimately it is your decision and you know your rat best to be able to tell when you think she doesn't have as good quality of life. All I can say is that I have the same point of view as you - I'd use the same reasons to judge when it was...
by squeakrat
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Newbie rat owners - 9 week olds, drawing blood biting
Replies: 4
Views: 546

Re: Newbie rat owners - 9 week olds, drawing blood biting

Your hands must have been really fishy! :sick: :lol: First of all, don't feed them through the bars. It depends on the rat, but some automatically grab anything that comes through the bars anyway, so the possibility that it might be food only encourages this! You can try feeding them something like ...
by squeakrat
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Bad influence from other rats?
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Bad influence from other rats?

Learned behaviour (according to some experts), kicks in (for instance like my one female who bites when stroked) when they discover / learn that biting discourage any form of touching. The owner will eventually stop doing it, and the biting rat gets what it wants. They recommend that you keep on ha...
by squeakrat
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Bad influence from other rats?
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Bad influence from other rats?

I don't know how much I can help, but I thought I'd have a go! I've only ever heard of learned behaviour acting in the opposite way - that if you put skittish rescues with social outgoing rats, it will help them become more confident. Not all rats like staying still and being cuddled - could it just...
by squeakrat
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owners need help....
Replies: 17
Views: 1491

Re: New owners need help....

Rats have been visited, and I have been bitten :shock: They are lovely girls, but slightly lacking in manners! They will come round really quickly with regular handling. Just thought I would update the thread to say that anyone new to rats having similar issues should see if there's anyone local who...
by squeakrat
Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owners need help....
Replies: 17
Views: 1491

Re: New owners need help....

I'm in Newcastle if you want someone to come round as a test bite subject :lol: It's difficult when you're new to rats as they are always a lot better when handled confidently, but it's difficult to have the confidence when you don't have the experience with ratty body language and behaviour. Rats o...
by squeakrat
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Doxy Dose
Replies: 8
Views: 874

Re: Doxy Dose

Do you know how much he weighs? I normally dose 1/8th - 1/6th of a 20mg tablet for my does, so it sounds like he could maybe be on a higher dose. I'd say that if he was last on meds 6 weeks ago, you want to treat him for a longer period of time this time and possibly with a higher dose to try and cl...
by squeakrat
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Name that colour
Replies: 5
Views: 834

Re: Name that colour

I'm not an expert, but I'd guess that Luna is British blue and I'd have said that Belle was mink from the "better light" photo, but then in the photo with them all on, she looks like she does have ticking - it might just be the photo though?

Looks like you have a great group there!
by squeakrat
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Dr S...
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Re: Dr S...

Mine get it probably once a week. It normally takes them a couple of days to finish a bottle off.
by squeakrat
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Baby Rats Sick?
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Baby Rats Sick?

I wouldn't be too concerned about the sneezing, it's probably just her adjusting to a new environment. What substrate are you using? I'd keep an eye on Luna, but if she continues to seem drowsy, she might need to see a vet. She might just need a little time to get used to her new home. Is she eating...
by squeakrat
Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rat Proof Living Room
Replies: 1
Views: 538

Re: Rat Proof Living Room

I'd say it depends how confident the girls are with you - are they likely to get scared and hide? If so, it might be worth keeping them in a smaller area until they've built their confidence up a bit. If they hid, how easy would it be for you to get them out? Also be careful that they can't get up i...
by squeakrat
Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Handling and Training Baby Rats
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Handling and Training Baby Rats

Even very scared rats rarely bite. I've had quite a few scaredy rescues and have never been bitten when picking them up. So try not to worry about it, because if you feel nervous holding them, the rats will be able to tell, and it will make them more nervous themselves. :luck:
by squeakrat
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: lump removal
Replies: 7
Views: 974

Re: lump removal

If he's in otherwise good health, then I would remove it.
by squeakrat
Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Please help with awful rat smell!
Replies: 7
Views: 1549

Re: Please help with awful rat smell!

If you give them cardboard substrate and some ripped up newspaper, it's likely that they'll drag bits into their pods to make a bed. This will soak up some of the wee so it's less likely to soak into the rats! You can clean out the old bits of paper every couple of days to stop it smelling too bad.
by squeakrat
Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introduction - too good to be true?
Replies: 18
Views: 1672

Re: Introduction - too good to be true?

Helzie wrote:the other thing to think about is furniture - litter tray only at first, then ONE hammock if they are good. And only when they are sleeping in it all together can they have another.

so mean..... :lol:
I don't even give mine a litter tray at first :twisted:

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