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by cyber ratty
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

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: 99

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: 84

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 ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly rat and incompetent vet
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Poorly rat and incompetent vet

I agree it sounds like your vet isn't very experienced with rats, not their fault, they don't really get any training for them, because they shouldn't be prescribing antibiotics for rats who are not ill. It's possible that Stripe's lungs are clear, but that he has an upper respiratory tract infectio...
by cyber ratty
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introducing Rats
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Introducing Rats

Welcome to FR, and to rat keeping :D The best way to introduce rats is the carrier method - detailed in a link on this post along with some other articles which are worth a read. Firstly, make sure they both have clearly visible testicles, as rats are often mis sexed and you don't want to be introdu...
by cyber ratty
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

Re: New rat. Aggressive and bites.

How are things going?
by cyber ratty
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

Re: New rat. Aggressive and bites.

Oh dear! On the positive side you're lucky they've only had 8 kittens between them, rats can have as many as 20 or more each. Firstly, are you sure both new girls have had a litter? Do they seem to be cooperating together or are they excluding anyone from their nest(s)? If they seem content then the...
by cyber ratty
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best cage layout
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Best cage layout

[cub] wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:57 pm
I do use ledges in my layouts...
Oh I do too - I simply used the term ledges because the OP did. I've edited my post now for clarity. ;)
by cyber ratty
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best cage layout
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Best cage layout

I would start talking to breeders now, they will be able to advise on what their rats require - it would be a shame to get everything set up only to find your chosen breeder has different criteria for homing to. Also, there's likely to be a reasonable waiting time, long enough to allow you to prepar...
by cyber ratty
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rat. Aggressive and bites.
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

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: 713

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: 11
Views: 1811

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: 11
Views: 1811

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: 1908

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: 1431

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.

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