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by cyber ratty
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: our first poorly rat,
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: our first poorly rat,

Why is the vet treating all 3? If they aren't all showing symptoms they shouldn't be treated. Also, antibiotics should never be given in their water - even if they all should be having it, you can't know how much each is getting, and the taste may stop them drinking normally. Nebulisers seem fashion...
by cyber ratty
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Myco-resistance?
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Myco-resistance?

Most of the breeders on the NFRS list will be selecting for myco resistance, and if they've been doing that for a while, or their foundation rats came from a line with resistance, then you will see a huge improvement. There can be exceptions of course, but generally you can expect that to be one of ...
by cyber ratty
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rat in garden with collar? Possible pet?
Replies: 2
Views: 618

Re: Rat in garden with collar? Possible pet?

Hi Lou - I answered on FB, but so long as you can check a trap twice a day, and put plenty of moist food in it, then the rat should be fine until you discover it. It can take rats several days to trust a trap enough to go in, so don't be disheartened if it's empty for quite a while. I am intrigued a...
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Possibly pregnant rat!
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Possibly pregnant rat!

That's good news :)
by cyber ratty
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Forum notices and help
Topic: Forum downtime - Monday 15/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 1807

Re: Forum downtime - Monday 15/10/18

I shall attempt to upgrade the archive forum today, so please continue to use this one as normal.
by cyber ratty
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Forum notices and help
Topic: Forum downtime - Monday 15/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 1807

Re: Forum downtime - Monday 15/10/18

So I did have a go, but failed. I'd taken a backup before my attempt and have now restored it - so if you managed to post something inbetween I'm afraid it will have been lost.

I'm just waiting for some advice before I try again, but hopefully it will be tomorrow.
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Forum notices and help
Topic: Forum downtime - Monday 15/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 1807

Forum downtime - Monday 15/10/18

I shall be attempting to upgrade the forum software tomorrow morning - I've not done it before so I'm not sure how long it will take me, but hopefully it will be back before lunchtime.

Once I've successfully updated the current forum, I'll do the same for the archive.

Wish me luck!
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Advice following a vet visit.
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Advice following a vet visit.

Your brain is right, there is no point in separating them, and it is actively the wrong thing to do from a social aspect. When rats have respiratory symptoms, the usual culprits are organisms which all rats have anyway so they can't infect any others, and if there were to be a new virus (e.g. brough...
by cyber ratty
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Possibly pregnant rat!
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Possibly pregnant rat!

A belly that is pregnant rather than just well fed has a different shape to it. Near to the due date, you should start to see the bulge spreading around the side, like a thick belt (the uterus is horn shaped). This girl delivered a litter of 10 a day after this picture was taken http://ang.homedns.o...
by cyber ratty
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: Feeding Advice

We have an article listing safe fruit and veg here , although keep fruit to a minimum as it is high in sugar. If you want to buy something ready made for their main diet, I recommend Rat Rations #11 . Don't use a bowl for their dry mix, measure out about 15g per rat per day and scatter it over the l...
by cyber ratty
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Possibly pregnant rat!
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Possibly pregnant rat!

It's not easy to tell whether a rat is pregnant until very close to their due date (total gestation is usually 23 days), and actually unless the vet is experienced with an ultrasound, they may not be able to tell anyway. Since you've already had her for over two weeks, there won't be long left. If y...
by cyber ratty
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: In need of rat to join my two females
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: In need of rat to join my two females

It may help if you indicate roughly whereabouts you are.
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Substrate recommendations - finacard and green mile comparison
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: Substrate recommendations - finacard and green mile comparison

I've never had any problems with finacard being dusty, but I know they changed the manufacturing process a while back to address some of the issues people had reported about dust, so it's worth trying a new bale to see what you think. Definitely use some sort of substrate though, rather than a layer...
by cyber ratty
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Invasive rat
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Invasive rat

I would advise you to not let her do that (plenty of health reasons to not let rats into your orifices!)- and it's better to set ground rules from the start before it becomes too much of a habit.
by cyber ratty
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi guys!! New fur buddies!
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Hi guys!! New fur buddies!

I've no idea what the tissue trick is, but rats are very different from hamsters - they will respond best to confident handling, don't let them avoid contact with you. Firstly, ensure there is nothing enclosed within the cage, and if possible, arrange it so that you can reach the rats with two hands...

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