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by cyber ratty
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscess and no help from vet
Replies: 7
Views: 47

Re: Abscess and no help from vet

Sorry your experience with rats has put your partner off, but rats from a good breeder are so very different. It would be worth getting in touch with Torchwood Rattery who are the only NFRS registered rattery in NI, and maybe you could meet her rats and see if you can be persuaded to add more after ...
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: My rats are from the pet store..
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: My rats are from the pet store..

PAH have vets in store sometimes - if it was PAH they get all their rats from rodent farms, and give very poor quality advice in most cases. I bet if you asked what the grandparents died of and when they won't be able to tell you, nor which uncles and aunts are still alive, etc. ;) You'll find good ...
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: My rats are from the pet store..
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: My rats are from the pet store..

The ethical implications of getting rats from a shop are separate from the potential health and temperament issues. Personally, I don't wish to support a trade in animals which treats them as products. My view of what constitutes ethical breeding and homing would never match with the concept of bree...
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Bad alpha = abscesses for all?
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Bad alpha = abscesses for all?

It doesn't matter what age the buck is (although it's not recommended below 6 months), there should be a noticeable effect of them chilling out, just calming down and being more relaxed. It can take up to 6 weeks or so after the op to reach the full effect though. Any op brings a risk, but if you ha...
by cyber ratty
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Bad alpha = abscesses for all?
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Bad alpha = abscesses for all?

It's not normal to have a lot of recurring abscesses, so there may be a nasty bug in them. I'd also say it sounds like the 'bad alpha' might benefit from being neutered. If the abscesses continue after that, then it could mean there is a persistent bacteria, and it'd be worth having them swabbed and...
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: HELP! Female aggressive towards males
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Re: HELP! Female aggressive towards males

How old are they and when did you have them neutered?

Did your female have a litter? If not, could you post a photo of her bits, just in case she's actually a buck with retained testicles. ;)
by cyber ratty
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat aggression - to neuter or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: Rat aggression - to neuter or not?

A mixed buck group should be fine.

I find it's very rare for rats to mess with their stitches (< 1%), but they do need to have adequate pain relief and companions. A solitary rat in pain is far more likely to mess with them.
by cyber ratty
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Are my rats playing or fighting?
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Are my rats playing or fighting?

It is natural for rats to playfight, it helps them to work out a hierarchy, but it is possible that they will develop hormonal aggression when they hit teenage, and it's hard for us to tell whether that's the case with yours. Have a read through this thread that I've just commented on. I would also ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat aggression - to neuter or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: Rat aggression - to neuter or not?

Neutering will reduce hormone levels that are responsible for the aggression, and although they are quite young to be hitting hormonal aggression, it is highly likely to be the cause. You should report this to the pet shop so they know that there is hormonal issues in their rats. It can take up to 6...
by cyber ratty
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Aubiose Stockists Lancashire?
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: Aubiose Stockists Lancashire?

It's probably easiest to ring round your local horse supply places, and ask. Even if they don't have any normally they may be able to order some in for you.
by cyber ratty
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 13
Views: 3384

Re: New rat. Aggressive and bites.

I'm so sorry, it's a terrible thing to experience :( Rest assured that the adults are highly unlikely to be killing the babies, on very rare occasions I've heard of a mum turning psycho and killing every baby in sight, but she wouldn't casually kill just one. It'll be a case of the baby dying and th...
by cyber ratty
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Is this an abscess? (Graphic)
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Is this an abscess? (Graphic)

Yes that looks like an abscess. It's not in an easy location for her to clean it, so you could help by gently wiping the pus away with warm saline a couple of times a day. It should heal up very quickly now it's open. Abscesses caused by a Zymbals Gland Tumour are located vertically below the ear, s...
by cyber ratty
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 13
Views: 3384

Re: New rat. Aggressive and bites.

No need - mum wouldn't be fooled anyway, but she won't be unduly bothered by your scent. Also, it may encourage her to lick them clean, and apparently more licks as a baby means a better response to stress later in life, so it's good for them. I handle from day one, so start now. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: No boggling?
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: No boggling?

I'm sure it will come with time. :love:

Incidentally, I'd recommend adding a couple of kittens to your group before long, because rats are generally more content in groups of 3 or more. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Feral mice and pet rats advice
Replies: 1
Views: 189

Re: Feral mice and pet rats advice

I think there are some diseases which can be shared between rats and mice, yes, so definitely not a great situation. Mice can slip through the smallest gaps, so are likely to be able to fit through the cage bars if they want to - however, rats will prey on mice, so rather than being scared they may ...

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