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by cyber ratty
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: New rat. Aggressive and bites.

That's brilliant news! :D You'll really be able to enjoy ratkeeping now.
by cyber ratty
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Handling my rats
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Handling my rats

Have you tried the intensive bonding sessions as described in my reply to another thread yesterday, where you keep them on you for at least 20 minutes at a time? It should help to do that once or twice a day. Since you've only got 2, then probably best to have both of them at once.
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: New rat. Aggressive and bites.

In that case she's probably had an awful first 6 months of her life, has no companion rat to seek security with, and doesn't have any idea that you are going to be a permanent loving home, so it's not surprising that she's scared and lashing out. Finding companions for her needs to be a priority - I...
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: New rat. Aggressive and bites.

How old is she? What is her background? Does she have companions?
by cyber ratty
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How to attach rope
Replies: 3
Views: 860

Re: How to attach rope

Tie cable ties tightly around each end, then slip a pear clip through the cable tie and fix to the bars. :luck: You could remove the tape because the cable ties should be tight enough to prevent unravelling, but I doubt the tape would be a problem - if it's sticky then they probably won't chew it, b...
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Substrate and bedding recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 597

Re: Substrate and bedding recommendations

Welcome to FR, and to rat keeping. :D

I agree, shredded cardboard is great.

B2N is good for the toilet corners - put one on the floor, but place a second one high up next to their main bed, so it's easy for them to pop out to the 'en-suite', and that should reduce the amount of pee in the hammock.
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: stress bar chewing
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: stress bar chewing

In that case, neutering does sound like the best course of action. Incidentally, given that rats need to live in a cage that is big enough for at least 4 anyway, and that rats do best in groups of 3 or more, your parents should realise that permitting 2 more is important in order to meet the rat's n...
by cyber ratty
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Soundproofing rat cages?
Replies: 2
Views: 782

Re: Soundproofing rat cages?

I agree that any kind of blanket isn't going to work, and vivariums are not suitable. You can reduce sounds by having a tic tac wheel instead of another type, and there are bottles which don't rely on ball bearings so they are quieter or you could replace them with a bowl when you mum is in your roo...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best way to acclimatise rats
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: Best way to acclimatise rats

Yes I agree, take the rats in just as day visitors, and let them have their permanent cage at your home. Leaving them behind at school, even if it's only during the week, would mean they have long periods of not being checked on, and potentially being interfered with by someone else, so definitely n...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: stress bar chewing
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: stress bar chewing

It could also simply be that he's bored, maybe Buzz doesn't play the way he wants to, and the bar chewing could be a case of attention seeking. Could you describe how his aggression towards Buzz and yourself is manifested? How old are they? If it's not serious enough to warrant neutering, then intro...
by cyber ratty
Fri May 31, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage location/elevation
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: Cage location/elevation

That sounds a good plan - alternatively you could attach a long tube to the cage doorway that they could climb up/down.

Rats do feel safer higher up so having the cage off the floor is best. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Fri May 31, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Strange part at end of rat's tail?
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Strange part at end of rat's tail?

Yes it's odd but not a problem. It's genetic, and can be selected against.
by cyber ratty
Fri May 10, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Bedding help
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Bedding help

I find Aubiose makes me cough, so I wouldn't recommend another bale - the best option from RR would be a mix of bedmax and greenmile, having both shavings and cardboard works really well. Steer clear of softacard though, if you think cardboard gets soggy, then softacard is even worse, and it gets ve...
by cyber ratty
Thu May 09, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help - sudden vision loss and hunched back
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Re: Help - sudden vision loss and hunched back

How odd. Yes it will be interesting to see what happens next, thanks.
by cyber ratty
Thu May 09, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rear end weakness
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Re: Rear end weakness

Those aren't PT symptoms, and he is quite young for HLD, but similar symptoms can be caused by kidney issues - it might be worth getting his urine checked, and ensure they are on a kidney friendly food mix.

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