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by cyber ratty
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rewarding Moments
Replies: 2
Views: 28

Re: Rewarding Moments

What a lovely post, I'm so glad you are getting closer together. All rats have the potential to become wonderful companions, but it is harder when they've had a bad start in life. They've landed on their feet with you though. :love:
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: 3 way intro advice please :)
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: 3 way intro advice please :)

It depends on how small they are - normally a 10 week old should be over 200g and that's the minimum I would do intros with. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: 3 way intro advice please :)
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: 3 way intro advice please :)

I suggest you use the carrier method (details are here ) for all of them at once - there's no need to drag it out by doing 2 introductions, especially since the kittens are getting older and their intro may become harder the longer you wait. Normally I'd say give the older rats some time away from e...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Mysterious Scabs
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Mysterious Scabs

That could be a patch of staph. I'd give her a bath with diluted hibiscrub - although since you've not handled her yet that may not be as easy as it sounds. Incidentally, I don't think not handling while they settle in is a very good idea, much better to start the way you mean to go on, and let the ...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: How to build op the group

Young rats need to be over 200g for introducing to adults, if they are under 100g they shouldn't be homed, as that is really tiny. With kittens to kittens I guess it depends how big the older ones are, just use your judgement - at 8 weeks they should be fine to be introduced to 12 week olds. When I ...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Dog vaccination and rats
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Dog vaccination and rats

Feolthanos wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:31 am
Are they any illnesses that can pass dog to rat and vica versa?
Things like ringworm certainly could, but I'm not sure about anything else, most are species specific.
by cyber ratty
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: feeding + supplementing
Replies: 24
Views: 874

Re: feeding + supplementing

My advice would be... Give the supplements in a different bottle to their normal water source. Use as small amount of water as possible - for 4 rats I'd give about 40ml, so for 2 only about 20ml. Add 1ml of Dr. Squiggles powder per rat, and 1ml of calcivet per rat. They should finish it within a few...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Dog vaccination and rats
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Dog vaccination and rats

Could a friend have them for a couple of weeks?

Bordetella is pretty nasty, it's likely that around a third might die from it, so really not worth the risk.
by cyber ratty
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Diy rat toys
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Diy rat toys

I think if the paint is declared to be child safe, or the blocks are sold for parrots, then they will be okay.
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: How to build op the group

It should be very straightforward, but that depends on the maturity of your older kittens and how big the younger ones are. Use the carrier method, but it may be possible to skip most of it and just go straight into the main cage after spending a few hours in the carrier. If the younger ones are 200...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: How to build op the group

Rats do do better in groups of 3 or more for that very reason - I would get another 8 week old now (can you get a sibling from the same place?), and then add 2 more in a year's time, and then again once your numbers drop to 3. Your group will therefore fluctuate between 3 and 5, but most of the time...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: scatter feeding material
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: scatter feeding material

You can buy substrate in smaller packs from Rat Rations, or club together with other owners who could share the bale with you?
by cyber ratty
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: feeding + supplementing
Replies: 24
Views: 874

Re: feeding + supplementing

Growing rats need lots of cooked carbs - and protein fed in isolation won't be utilised by the body effectively (hence why the atkins diet works). I would mix the protein in with the carbs. What sort of dishes have you been serving? Giving supplements in a little bottle (don't add it to their main w...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do about rat urine?
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: What do I do about rat urine?

It's impossible to know what improvements could be made without seeing how you have set the rest of the cage up, but rats don't need shelves to run about on - give them lots of ropes/branches/beams to climb around on and baskets/perches to sit in/on, and a couple of hammocks instead, and ideally a l...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do about rat urine?
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: What do I do about rat urine?

The problem with ease of access to information online is working out which is good vs which is bad... if you like youtube, then you can trust the Isamu channel. :luck: ... I have heard that rats can be prone to respiratory infections if the cage isn't cleaned enough. It is true that if ammonia build...

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