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by cyber ratty
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Ranges
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: Temperature & Humidity Ranges

If you provide plenty of loose nesting (paper strips, straw, hay), and you come down in the morning to find it all in one place, then they must have been feeling cold enough to need it - but unless your house drops to about 5c or lower then you really don't need to worry. Unfortunately, the RSPCA ar...
by cyber ratty
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Ranges
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: Temperature & Humidity Ranges

Yep, I'd say a range of 15 - 20c is ideal. Rats do better with cold than with heat, and since the heating will also be drying out the air which isn't great, I'd go back to your previous routine. Many years ago when my rats had to live in a conservatory, I used a heater overnight to keep them above 7...
by cyber ratty
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Young rat with respitory problem
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: Young rat with respitory problem

If a young rat needs antibiotics then septrim or synulox are both safe. However, I always wait several days to allow a rat's immune system to kick in before medicating (so long as they are otherwise well in themselves of course), it's very important to not overuse antibiotics. It sounds as though th...
by cyber ratty
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cheap, tip-proof flying saucer?
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Cheap, tip-proof flying saucer?

I've never known of anyone successfully using a flying saucer for adult rats - but if you can stretch to a 16" tic tac wheel, it'd be a very good investment for them, as even large bucks can run comfortably on those. Pop one on your Christmas list perhaps? ;)
by cyber ratty
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of my boys bites humans
Replies: 11
Views: 4128

Re: One of my boys bites humans

No, it will chill him out. Obviously any rat will need post op painkillers, but they recover physically from a neuter very quickly. You should allow up to 6 weeks to see a drop off in hormonal behaviour though. I recommend asking for some antibiotics to prevent an abscess in the op location though, ...
by cyber ratty
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Good food to start with
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Good food to start with

That sounds a much better option for the food. :D I would suggest the social needs of the rats have to trump your husband's imagined problem with smell. ;) Smells can be controlled with the right substrate and diet, so if you need help with ideas, let us know what you used to use. If the furet KD is...
by cyber ratty
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!

Oh yes! Thank you, and it's 6004 now :lol: ...I'm still only 3rd overall though, Acapae Wolf has made nearly 14,000, and she's not even been on for a while. :D
by cyber ratty
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Good food to start with
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Good food to start with

Could you not order food online? Rat Rations is way better than any of those (I recommend #11). You can get your bedding and some accessories at the same time to use up your postage allowance. ETA - just spotted you're in Europe, so maybe that's not going to be easy for you! If you really can't shop...
by cyber ratty
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!

Ooops, I didn't notice - I'll move it for you.

I've used Thirst Pockets, and Tesco own. Probably others too but those are the ones I can remember.
by cyber ratty
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!

Yes all those finacard products are suitable for rats. I've not bothered to look for unbleached kitchen roll, the plain white sheets seem fine, I've used them for 19 years without issue. Rats don't need to have their diet changed over gradually (unlike rabbits), so just go for RR. They also don't ne...
by cyber ratty
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Choking followed by noisy breathing
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Choking followed by noisy breathing

Rats can aspirate during choking, and that can result in an infection, so that'll be why he has respiratory symptoms. As to why he has had another choke - it may be that the first one injured his throat a little and so it's a bit uncomfortable. Most chokes can be cleared by the rat without intervent...
by cyber ratty
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: New Rattie Mum, advice needed on food, nesting material, boredom breakers, the works!

Welcome back to rat keeping :D things do evolve and improve over the years - in particular, you can now get wheels from tic tac which go up to 16" diameter (fab for big bucks), and layouts are more active with lots of ropes and small perches instead of lots of shelves and hammocks. Back2Nature is gr...
by cyber ratty
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How to clean my rats toys?
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: How to clean my rats toys?

I think the things that disintegrated are made of sugars, or possibly compressed sawdust, neither of which is good for rats to be chewing on, so avoid those in future. In contrast, plastic accessories are fine - they will chew them but won't swallow any because they'll know it's inedible. Rats can c...
by cyber ratty
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Grieving advice
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Grieving advice

I would get them out, yes. Try to distract them with new activities/toys/foods, and ideally introduce a couple of kittens to them. Could you merge them with another of your groups?
by cyber ratty
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscess and no help from vet
Replies: 8
Views: 4024

Re: Abscess and no help from vet

Sorry for your loss. Best of luck in sorting companions out for your other girl.

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