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by cyber ratty
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Bed max bedding
Replies: 5
Views: 93

Re: Bed max bedding

Oh that's much simpler, well spotted. :D
by cyber ratty
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Bed max bedding
Replies: 5
Views: 93

Re: Bed max bedding

It could be, not all rats like shavings. Shredded cardboard is another alternative to try. If you buy from Rat Rations you can order small samples or various beddings to try out.
by cyber ratty
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Help Needed
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Help Needed

Adults or kittens is up to you - but don't introduce doe kittens until they are big enough to withstand any rough and tumble from an adult male, and that's likely to be at maybe 3 months old. You could re-use the temporary cage the girls start off in as stage 3 in the introductions, just clean it th...
by cyber ratty
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Help Needed
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Help Needed

You didn't say he was ill - pneumonia is very nasty, and if his lungs aren't great that would add risk to an operation, but I'm glad he seems to be feeling better.

Yes you could add girls 2 weeks after he has been neutered if you decide to go ahead, but please add two not just one.
by cyber ratty
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Thinking about downsizing cage
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: Thinking about downsizing cage

Here are some of my open SRS cages - top tip, you can use a large cat litter tray to add some extra surface with substrate in, but get two so you can hang up the bottom one and lift the top one out of it for cleaning. https://i.imgur.com/q2x3iST.jpg https://i.imgur.com/9adteUD.jpg https://i.imgur.co...
by cyber ratty
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Garden snails
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Garden snails

Bad idea, a lot of snails (if not all) will have parasites such as lungworm.
by cyber ratty
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Thinking about downsizing cage
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: Thinking about downsizing cage

It sounds like you have the middle floor in - if you remove that, you'll have less floor to clean, and the rats will have a more active layout. ;)
by cyber ratty
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Thinking about downsizing cage
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: Thinking about downsizing cage

Yes a zeno 3 should be fine for up to 5 rats, but it's not going to be as easy to furnish because of the small door compared to the fully opening doors of a CN. It sounds to me like you are cleaning more thoroughly than is needed if you do all that every time. I just use a dustpan and brush (actuall...
by cyber ratty
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Zymbal's gland or something else? (pics attached)
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Zymbal's gland or something else? (pics attached)

It's never easy losing a pet, so sorry. :( Welcome back to the forum. I've also returned after a very long break (but with a new account as I couldn't find my old one). I can help you find and access your old account - message me with some details such as your previous email address or names of rats...
by cyber ratty
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Health
Topic: He sneezes all days since months ago. Try to find diagnosis
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: He sneezes all days since months ago. Try to find diagnosis

Also while we're on the subject, does anyone here know of equipment that rats can hear that we can't and need to be aware of? I think maybe some humidifiers have a funny in-built function that might not be ideal but I forget the details now. I know that cat deterrents emit an ultra sonic noise, so ...
by cyber ratty
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Zymbal's gland or something else? (pics attached)
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Zymbal's gland or something else? (pics attached)

I'm sorry to say I think his quality of life is so low that pts asap is the best course of action. :(

Yes that looks exactly like a ZGT, and these are not operable - the vet may have just removed the abscess that forms on top of the tumour, but it's continued growing in any case.
by cyber ratty
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Question intro/cages
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Question intro/cages

You'll need to wait until the babies are 9 - 10 weeks, I prefer them to be > 250g. This will give you plenty of time to feed them through their growth spurt. 130g is pretty small for 5 weeks if they are going to be homed at 6 weeks. My 5 week olds are around that weight but I don't home them until t...
by cyber ratty
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New Rats
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: New Rats

First check that they are both boys, in case the one who's hiding is a pregnant female. Next, remove the house so that he can't hide, and that will help him realise there's nothing to be scared of. Are you getting them both out for handling? Don't wait for the shy one to come to you, he may choose n...
by cyber ratty
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Help Needed
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Help Needed

Hi Mary, I really appreciate your reply :D yes, I forgot to say Hercules age, which is, I am told, just over a year. I am taking him to my vet this pm for a check up, and will enquire about neutering etc. The cage I have is a Ferplast FuratPlus. Is this large enough for more than one rat? I think m...
by cyber ratty
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Medicine's
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Medicine's

Answering questions is never a pain, happy to help if I can. :) The painkiller I was thinking of is metacam or loxicom - the vet would prescribe it so would give you a dose based on the strength (e.g. dog metacam is 3 times stronger than cat), the size of the rat, and the purpose. It keeps quite wel...

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