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by cyber ratty
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How do I wash hammocks/soft items
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: How do I wash hammocks/soft items

I use fairy washing up liquid for the cage and accessories.
by cyber ratty
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Oblong Grass Nest (PAH)
Replies: 2
Views: 26

Re: Oblong Grass Nest (PAH)

That will be fine - they will enjoy chewing it, may even eat some, but that's not a problem. Be aware they may pee in it though, in which case the bottom will get very soggy and smelly! They will have fun until you need to throw it out. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Thu May 28, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Can someone check my proposed diet?
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Can someone check my proposed diet?

Yes you'll need calcium, vitamin D, and copper - you'd need to look into dosages, but all of those will probably be sold everywhere for humans, even if you can't find animal products.
by cyber ratty
Wed May 27, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: New rats have brown ear tags
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: New rats have brown ear tags

Sounds like they could be mange mites - an antiparasitic treatment should clear them up. You can order harkamectin from lots of places online.
by cyber ratty
Wed May 27, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Puberty problems
Replies: 19
Views: 2067

Re: Puberty problems

If they have achieved a peaceful group, then don't worry about an individual rat choosing to sleep alone sometimes. So long as he is happy, and is not being ostracised, then that's fine. I agree that having the cage fully open is going to be better for them than two linked sections. I wouldn't split...
by cyber ratty
Sun May 24, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours

There's still time for the pregnancy to fail, but she sounds 100% pregnant. ;) Mated on the night of 3rd May would mean litter due on 26th May, but possibly tomorrow. She will need to have a separate cage, as the other girls could try to steal the babies and wouldn't be able to feed them. Far better...
by cyber ratty
Sat May 23, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours

Those are the babies, she's ready to pop. When exactly did she go missing?
I hope she doesn't have a big litter.
by cyber ratty
Sat May 23, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours

She'll need a low level cage (about 40cm high is good) with narrow bar spacing (ideally 1cm), don't put any shelves or hammocks in, but give her plenty of loose substrate and bedding (shredded kitchen roll, straw, etc.) so she can build a nest when she is ready to. There should be other threads on h...
by cyber ratty
Sat May 23, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: One of our 18 month old girls escaped for 24 hours

Yes it's possible - and rats are only pregnant for 23 days, some deliver at day 21 or 22, so you need to get her a maternity cage set up today!
by cyber ratty
Sat May 23, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: explorer cage
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: explorer cage

I used superglue, but some use gorilla tape - ready straight away :luck:
by cyber ratty
Sat May 23, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: feeding and diet question
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Re: feeding and diet question

I'm no expert in nutrition, but I can answer some of your questions. Why do you not like supplementing in water? You don't put it in their normal water, just provide a small extra bottle with it in several times a week - most rats love it! Rat Rations mixes are based on straights, so the reason for ...
by cyber ratty
Fri May 22, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Can someone check my proposed diet?
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Can someone check my proposed diet?

That diet looks fine to me :D

The cage looks great too - but I'd ditch the wooden levels, and fill the cage with ropes, baskets, etc. instead. :luck:

(I'm in a bit of a rush atm - sorry I can't go into more depth, but welcome to FR!)
by cyber ratty
Fri May 22, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Rat diet sheet?
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Rat diet sheet?

Nuggets are bad for rats both nutritionally (rubbish ingredients) and in terms of enrichment (very boring) - they are omnivores like us and have evolved to take great pleasure in varied tastes and textures. A good mix should be given, and scatter fed, i.e. a set amount daily scattered over their flo...
by cyber ratty
Sat May 09, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Advice with taming please
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Advice with taming please

Rats are very individual, so it's not unusual for one to behave differently from the others. Has Remy always been the same? If it's become an issue recently, then it could be that his hormones are causing the problem, and getting him neutered would make him more relaxed. When you try to pick him up ...
by cyber ratty
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Puberty problems
Replies: 19
Views: 2067

Re: Puberty problems

Yes that's a good plan :luck:

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