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by cyber ratty
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Litter Tray Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Litter Tray Problem

I take it you got him neutered okay then? A second litter tray would be a good idea anyway - I like to provide one high up next to the main bed, and another on the floor, the high one gets most use. Maybe choose one of a different style in case the doe recognises it as still her bed. The sputnik is ...
by cyber ratty
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New rat mummy - need some advice please
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: New rat mummy - need some advice please

I think free ranging away from their cage is beneficial. I would also say that you must pick them up - the longer you let them get away with not being picked up the more entrenched that attitude will become.
by cyber ratty
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New rat mummy - need some advice please
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: New rat mummy - need some advice please

Yes, some people leave radios on for them too. :D If the space their cage is in isn't safe for free ranging, then just take them somewhere else to free range, you don't need to move the cage. It can be nice to use a small cage or big carrier for them to access as a home from home though, for a drink...
by cyber ratty
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Adding a sibling retrospectively
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: Adding a sibling retrospectively

It'll be fine, like they've never been parted - go for it, they will be happier as a trio. :luck: Rats have good memories - kittens I've homed out have still remembered me when coming back for a ratsit a year later. There is also a family smell that means they will recognise closely related rats the...
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

That sounds like a rat rations mix :D .. and it's soya based.
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New rat mummy - need some advice please
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: New rat mummy - need some advice please

Rats can sometimes get a bit spooked by something, and may take a couple of days to return to normal. But being in the middle of everything is great for them, they won't mind the TV, so moving them sounds a good plan anyway. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

For those feeding a vegetarian dry mix - what is your protein element if it's not soya?
by cyber ratty
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

I feed a mix with the protein element provided from a variety of sources - good quality dog kibble which is generally fish for dogs (salmon/sardines/white fish) or a new one I'm trying which is insect based, dried fish or water creatures/insects, and sometimes soya. They also get bones etc. left ove...
by cyber ratty
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Two anxious "alphas"?
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Two anxious "alphas"?

You are right that poor Possum has suffered through not having a same age companion while growing up, but splitting up the group for repeated intros isn't going to help. I would go back to the beginning with all 6 bucks - give them at least 6 hours in the carrier (it should be small enough to ensure...
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New rat mummy - need some advice please
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: New rat mummy - need some advice please

Whoo! Exciting :luck:
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New rat mummy - need some advice please
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: New rat mummy - need some advice please

Yours is bigger that's true (although only twice as big), but can you live with the mesh? The little Zoo Venturer is a great cage, and allows for more vertical climbing than your current one - but it is a lot more expensive. Personally, I would say it's worth it, because the fully opening front styl...
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Is my boy getting too aggressive and should he be neutered?
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Is my boy getting too aggressive and should he be neutered?

How heavy is Crumble? I would say 4 months is the bare minimum for neutering, with 6 months being better, but if he's a decent size and you're worried about waiting longer, then go ahead.
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New rat mummy - need some advice please
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: New rat mummy - need some advice please

Oh yes, I forgot to answer about the cleaning out - rats love to 'help', and it will take twice as long if they are in the cage when you clean out (aka play time), lol! They are neophobic by instinct, so can be very suspicious of new objects/food/noises etc. and that might explain their mood swings....
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to calm a terrified rat
Replies: 2
Views: 520

Re: How to calm a terrified rat

Hi, welcome to the forum Gregg :D I can't advise on drugging them, it's not something I know anything about, but what sort of taming have you tried? Have you done any intense bonding with them? (i.e. having them in your clothing for at least 20 mins at a time in a separate room from their cage) Inci...
by cyber ratty
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Is my boy getting too aggressive and should he be neutered?
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Is my boy getting too aggressive and should he be neutered?

Welcome to the forum :D Yes, sounds like a classic case of excess hormones. Neutering should make a big difference, but he's still quite young so leave it another month if you can to give him more time to grow, although you need to balance that with Spike's needs. For future consideration, rats do b...

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