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by cyber ratty
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Should I introduce a new rat?
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: Should I introduce a new rat?

It is great for the rats to live in a mixed age group, and if you want to continue keeping rats the best way to keep a group rolling forward is to add a couple of kittens each year so you end up with a group fluctuating between 4 and 6. Groups work far better than a pair, because rats have evolved t...
by cyber ratty
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New corner rat cage
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: New corner rat cage

Most metal cages are lacking a decent depth to their tray, so we usually buy cut to size perspex from sheet plastic companies and stick the panels together ourselves to make a good tray. I would think it will be possible for you to do that, but may be difficult to get the curve right... you could po...
by cyber ratty
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: Available: 2 adult girls, Morden, Surrey
Replies: 3
Views: 1236

Re: Available: 2 adult girls, Morden, Surrey

The ubiquitous Facebook has a good group that you could post them on - https://www.facebook.com/groups/RRNUK/
by cyber ratty
Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice on surgery to remove tumour?
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: Advice on surgery to remove tumour?

...£580 is quite a lot for a tumour removal on a rat. My most difficult tumour removal (which also turned out to be malignant; surgery was no fun for either the vet or the patient) cost just under £200, and that was in Battersea which is almost certainly no cheaper than Cambridge. Admittedly it was...
by cyber ratty
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes
Replies: 9
Views: 742

Re: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes

Sorry to hear that. :(

If it is a PT then steroids can help in the short term. You should probably start making plans for Ash in terms of future companions.
by cyber ratty
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Pituitary dwarfism
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Pituitary dwarfism

I've never heard of that. Very interesting though, could you post some pictures of him please?
by cyber ratty
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes
Replies: 9
Views: 742

Re: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes

Supplements aren't needed daily, for a #11 diet give them 3 times a week, for an isamix version give them twice a week. Veggies don't need to be daily either, 3 - 5 times a week is fine. Either give DR3, or give both calcivet and Dr. Squiggles. If you opt for Dr. Squiggles, make it up separately in ...
by cyber ratty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes
Replies: 9
Views: 742

Re: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes

The 'dust' you recall seeing will have been made up of seaweed, garlic, and dried herbs - I would still recommend #11, but when you get it, mix up the bag thoroughly so the finer ingredients get distributed more evenly, or alternatively you could use the 'dust' to make small cookies for the rats to ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Spotty ears
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: Spotty ears

That's good. Had you already treated her? Did you get a 'before' picture?
by cyber ratty
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Spotty ears
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: Spotty ears

'Cauliflower ear' is something rugby players suffer from due to repeated trauma when their ears get mauled in a game. I can't imagine why she thinks there is a link between ear spots and the rat being so depressed they aren't eating or drinking, which in itself is obviously an emergency situation an...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Spotty ears
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: Spotty ears

It will be mange mites, a quick application of ivermectin will sort it out. Poor girl, quite apart from leaving her alone, how could they not have treated her! She will be so uncomfortable. :x
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New companions or not?
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: New companions or not?

He should definitely have rat companions asap, no rat should live on their own. All rats have myco, so don't worry about him infecting them. Since he is neutered, you have the option of introducing rats of either sex which should speed up your search. You could look for a couple of kittens, but intr...
by cyber ratty
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

I have to say, if I want to pick a nervous rat up then I just use my thumb and fingers around their chest and under their armpits ('backpack' method), but I am confident and quick in doing so, so they have no choice in the matter! I don't have time for tentative and cautious scooping in that sort of...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

Rats can only be terrified for 20 minutes maximum, they 'thaw' after that, and will start to realise nothing dreadful happens to them. :) He may be still nervous after the first couple of sessions, but he should improve. When he's content in your hood, speak gently or sing to him, pop your hand up i...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Baby Rats Playing
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: Baby Rats Playing

Establish a bond with your youngsters, especially teaching them their names, and to come to you on command (e.g. for a small treat). Then start free ranging in a safe area without any hidey holes or wires - a hallway is often a good option, or a bed/table/sofa. Sit in the bare space with them, and o...

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