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by cyber ratty
Fri May 11, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat Death
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Rat Death

I think it's unlikely that your other rat will become ill in the same way - if it were contagious, then he'd probably only be a few days behind, and since Ezra's symptoms developed a week ago, enough time has now passed. Ezra's lethargy could indicate a heart problem, or pneumonia, but given the blo...
by cyber ratty
Thu May 10, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Possible URI, Rat Sensitive to Medication?
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: Possible URI, Rat Sensitive to Medication?

Diarreah can also be a symptom of internal parasites, and since they are still quite young, it's possible their respiratory symptoms could also be due to parasitical bronchitis, so if you haven't tried it already, give them an ivermectin treatment. The baytril dose is very low, 0.1ml twice a day is ...
by cyber ratty
Thu May 10, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Rabbit muesli
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Rabbit muesli

The alfalfa in mixes will probably just get left, but it won't harm them if they do eat it. Harrisons Banana Brunch doesn't have any in, but it does come in large bags... if you're ordering any ingredients from Rat Rations though, they sell it in various amounts so you could add it to your basket. A...
by cyber ratty
Wed May 09, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Science selective nuggets
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Science selective nuggets

I'm not having a go at you, but nuggets are inappropriate for rats ;) - rats are omnivores like us, and get a huge amount of pleasure from varied tastes and textures, so a mix really is best for them. However, you don't have to mix it for yourself, Rat Rations sell ready made mixes using recipes tha...
by cyber ratty
Mon May 07, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing problem - worried new rat mummy
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Sneezing problem - worried new rat mummy

Welcome to the forum, and to rat keeping. :D Rats can sneeze due to stress, and 'new home' sneezes are common, but should clear up within a week or two. If she seems completely well in herself, then don't jump in with antibiotics (which most vets would probably opt for), give her more time to settle...
by cyber ratty
Mon May 07, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Taming New Rats
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Taming New Rats

It's possible the siamese may have particularly poor eyesight, so be sure to warn her before you pick her up.

Don't be scared of scaring rats - they will respond best to someone being confident with them, and that will help build their own confidence. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Wed May 02, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Confidence
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Confidence

Rats are complex animals, and it's hard sometimes to work out why they are doing what they are, but one thing is universal, and that is their need for company. Because of their very individual personalities, rats do best in a group of at least 3, otherwise there can be occasional clashes between the...
by cyber ratty
Wed May 02, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rat sitting/feeding
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Rat sitting/feeding

Time's not important at all - a wild rat wouldn't be eating at set times ;)
by cyber ratty
Tue May 01, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rats introduction - 4+4 boys
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Rats introduction - 4+4 boys

I wouldn't follow the 'swap the cages over' method of introductions, leave them in their own half until the babies are a good size (over 250g) or when they reach 10 weeks old. Introducing 4 to 4 is no different to smaller numbers. Then I would recommend the carrier method , it works well with all co...
by cyber ratty
Tue May 01, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Reference (under construction)
Topic: Our most popular articles
Replies: 1
Views: 382

Re: Our most popular articles

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by cyber ratty
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden death
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Sudden death

It must have been a terrible shock, so sorry. :( I agree with heart being most likely, but another possibility is that he could have choked, although most rats will clear an obstruction by themselves. Keep an eye on his companions, they can sometimes become depressed after a death but should revert ...
by cyber ratty
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing lots.. vet no help.
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: Sneezing lots.. vet no help.

Don't rush into medicating with antibiotics, over use is a very serious problem, and vet advice should always be sought unless you have years of experience with rats. Hopefully a vet wouldn't charge for a full consultation again for the same problem. Does he have any other symptoms of illness? Do yo...
by cyber ratty
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump in throat
Replies: 12
Views: 234

Re: Lump in throat

That's good, hope they both recover quickly. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing Rats
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Sneezing Rats

Oh that's better - although I'm now going to say you should actually carry on with the baytril until they've had at least 7 days of it, otherwise you could end up with baytril resistent bacteria. I'd give it twice a day though - 0.1ml each time if your rat is about 200g, 0.15ml if they are 300g, or ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing Rats
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Sneezing Rats

0.02ml is very low (suitable for a 40g rat! ... not sure how you'd even measure that little), and I agree with cub, antibiotics shouldn't be given as a precaution in this sort of case. They could be dealing with a low level infection, and if they don't have any signs of being unwell (lethargy, stari...

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