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by cyber ratty
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Aggression and biting
Replies: 4
Views: 28

Re: Aggression and biting

I'm assuming they have come from a decent breeder, but if you've any doubts then it might be worth double checking that he is a boy, as pregnant girls can become nippy. Moving rats when they are adults can be very disturbing for them, it's not usual to move rats at 4 months of age. How long have you...
by cyber ratty
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Suitable Mix Ingredients?
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Suitable Mix Ingredients?

I can recommend RR#3 as a base mix :luck:
by cyber ratty
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Yes you can treat at home - the spot on sold in petshops (Beaphar?) tends to be a pipette with a dose for an adult, so only use a portion of it. It's also quite dilute so the rat ends up quite wet, I prefer to use harkamectin or pharmaq which you can get in a 5ml bottle and only 1 drop is needed, bu...
by cyber ratty
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Suitable Mix Ingredients?
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Suitable Mix Ingredients?

It's more normal to use a rabbit food as a base, and since rabbits and guinea pigs have very different dietary needs I wouldn't use the guinea pig mixes. The bird ones look okay, but you'd also need to add in lots of dried veg. I'd recommend this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extra-Select-Premium-Lar...
by cyber ratty
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Has he been treated with ivermectin? It could be parasitic bronchitis, which is where bladder worms have migrated to the lungs.
by cyber ratty
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Suitable Cage For 7 Does
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Suitable Cage For 7 Does

The floor space would be a bit cramped - I do prefer the sort of space you get with a coco 100 or an SRS. It might be possible to make a coco 100 tower, but I think it would really be worth opting for a pet planet instead. If your budget could stretch though, a single Little Zoo Venturer would be bi...
by cyber ratty
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Commercial Base Mix?
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Commercial Base Mix?

None of the Extra Select foods look good. They all involve large amounts of high-fibre foods, which might be good for rabbits but is wasted on rats. I use Extra Select large pea and that's fine, it also has great copper levels. It's worth using two different mixes to even out any faults though. I a...
by cyber ratty
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Bedding
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Bedding

Yes it is safe.
by cyber ratty
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Bedding
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Bedding

Plospan should be fine, but don't use the sawdust, the classic says it's dust free so probably best to opt for that, although I prefer large flakes myself.
by cyber ratty
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Intro - time frame and quarantine?
Replies: 2
Views: 636

Re: Intro - time frame and quarantine?

The best window for introducing kittens is between 9 and 12 weeks, and I would expect them to be over 200g by then. I generally introduce at 9 - 10 weeks and mine will be over 250g. No, if they are from a responsible breeder then there shouldn't be any quarantine worries, but you can ask them if the...
by cyber ratty
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Free roam space advice
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Free roam space advice

You've got a good cluster there that I'd recommend - Lilliput, Renegade, Galactic, and also Kinra (Emmie Redfearn) which will be on the NFRS list in April. All of them are in Sheffield. Contact details are here https://www.nfrs.org/breeders_list.html And Emmie's FB page is here https://www.facebook....
by cyber ratty
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Free roam space advice
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Free roam space advice

Whereabouts are you? We may be able to suggest some breeders for you.
by cyber ratty
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Free roam space advice
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Free roam space advice

My only other 'issue' that is putting me off is I remember when my second to last rat died and I had to rehome the last one :( But I just need to make my peace with that (or, you know, get more when I get to that stage... though I understand I lucked out a bit with my last lot as the calmest one fr...
by cyber ratty
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Freerange ? Happy without?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Freerange ? Happy without?

If you think the floor might be cold, then lay something over it - an old sheet, or a piece of fleece. They will also have the fun of tunneling under it! :) Another option would be to use a hallway if you have one. I'm honestly not sure about this one. I've never had rats who seemed to completely en...
by cyber ratty
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Complete diet without supplements?
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Complete diet without supplements?

Especially the chicken bones.... Can they be fed cooked? Oh yes, cooked chicken bones are fine for rats, I wouldn't feed raw though - chuck in a drumstick (with or without meat on), or if you've had a roast chicken then the whole carcass can go in if you've a big enough group. :luck: The other way ...

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