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by tabirat
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Working out nutrient balance in a custom gluten free rat mix
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Re: Working out nutrient balance in a custom gluten free rat

Okay, just realised that I don't have access to the book files as they back up storage is on a hard drive in my motorhome, and I am working on borrowed laptop as my own laptop died completely a few days ago. So for now I'll just answer your queries. A good working protein level for your rats depends...
by tabirat
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Working out nutrient balance in a custom gluten free rat mix
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Re: Working out nutrient balance in a custom gluten free rat

Sorry for the delay in responding... I am feeling very ill with a virus at the moment, but will respond properly as soon as I can make my achy head work. I'll copy the mix that's in The Scuttling Gourmet, for exactly thus situation, but you do sound like you've got it sussed! I'd love a look at your...
by tabirat
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Hungry boys
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Hungry boys

You've already worked out how much they need to maintain, which is the hard bit. So just feed that amount and all will be well. They are the world's most efficient foragers, so can be relied upon to find food if they are hungry and the foraging is so much better for them in terms of mental stimulati...
by tabirat
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: When to move to a kidney friendly diet
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: When to move to a kidney friendly diet

hehe new name for it - Dr Squabbles! Perfect. :lol:
by tabirat
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Confused on food NOT to feed
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: Confused on food NOT to feed

Hi Christopher, I understand your frustration at the endless, contradictory lists of things you shouldn't feed pet rats. It was that very frustration that mae be go away and research available science to see which were based on truth, which were misunderstood and which foods can be fed but with caut...
by tabirat
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Getting my first rats this week, am I overthinking the diet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1965

Re: Getting my first rats this week, am I overthinking the d

Hi Glitter_bug and ElizabethW. I just wanted to say, congratulations on your new babies, and a big DON'T WORRY. :D Feeding rats isn't an exact science and really you'll soon tell how much is enough by watching how your little ones grow. Their bodies should be sleek and well covered but with no boney...
by tabirat
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Calcivet confusion
Replies: 11
Views: 1290

Re: Calcivet confusion

Great choice, because - to clarify - it would be pretty much impossible to feed enough copper and vitamin D too, via fresh foods unless you gave liver and oily fish in some form, most days. That's why the D3 contains all three. Calcivet is best used alongside DE1 or something similar.
by tabirat
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Best Supplements
Replies: 1
Views: 584

Re: Best Supplements

If you only want to use one supplement then I would suggest the D3 is more useful to you as it contains all three of the micronutrients that a rat on a straight grain diet needs. If you chose the daily essentials you'd need a calcium supplement too, or regular chicken bones to make sure they have en...
by tabirat
Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: RatRations food - Elderly/Kidney Friendly?
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: RatRations food - Elderly/Kidney Friendly?

Do you think it would be better to feed them the mixes n.8 and n.11, which are kidney friendly? Yes. You can assume that by this age, your rats' kidney function will have begun to deteriorate a little, so it's best to start easing the protein load, to slow the rate of progression. Can I still mix t...
by tabirat
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Bee pollen
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Re: Bee pollen

I know this is an older post, but it remains unanswered and I feel I can contribute. Rats have been used quite extensively in research related to the effects of ingesting bee pollen, and studies have even included a diet that was entirely bee pollen compared to a control group on just standard rat b...
by tabirat
Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Neutering
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: Neutering

I am of the opnion that if I wasn't breeding and only shared my life with a small number of rats I would electively neuter them all because I am so convinced by the benefits - and have a very experienced vet to do the surgeries. Because I feel like that I would never feel in a position as a breeder ...
by tabirat
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Struggling to breathe - not an infection?
Replies: 43
Views: 995

Re: Struggling to breathe - not an infection?

Sorry to come in late but have not much time to give to the forum this week. I just wanted to add that any silent heavy breathing issue which doesn't respond to ABs but does to steroids might be a lung tumour. I have seen rats get great remission with steroids in these situations, though always give...
by tabirat
Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Physique
Topic: fur loss, totally stumped...
Replies: 24
Views: 1241

Re: fur loss, totally stumped...

Some rexes do just get large bald patches - how old is he and do you have any photos of the extent of the hair loss?
by tabirat
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Physique
Topic: American Mink coat thinning
Replies: 13
Views: 965

Re: American Mink coat thinning

The urine dipstick shows levels of protein which if excessive (along with the specific gravity test your vet did showing dilution) can indicate kidney issues. Probably not conclusive but highly suggestive... if you dipstick every few months you can also see any rise in protein leakage. I doubt you a...
by tabirat
Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: Forum help
Topic: So it seems I posted in the wrong forum...
Replies: 5
Views: 1587

Re: So it seems I posted in the wrong forum...

To add to the clarification - a post does need to be care related to go in the care boards - so for example, there were a run of threads in physique recently all basically celebrating big rats, asking for pictures etc. That's not a care related topic - so they were moved to rat chat. There is some f...

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