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by cyber ratty
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Overly dominant rat
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: Overly dominant rat

I would go ahead and neuter him, it doesn't sound like anyone is happy as things are, so there's no point in letting the behaviour continue.
by cyber ratty
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat

If the one being humped doesn't seem to mind, then don't worry about trying to stop it. However I agree with the previous comments - a group of 3 or more works best for rats anyway. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New single rat
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: New single rat

Use the carrier you transport the rats around in - this one is good quality, or this.

Rats do best in a group of 3 or more, so I really do recommend getting her two friends. :)
by cyber ratty
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New single rat
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: New single rat

Asap would be a good time if the babies are big enough. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Claws splitting
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: Claws splitting

No need to change over slowly, they have evolved to eat an ever changing diet. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Claws splitting
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: Claws splitting

Claws shouldn't split just because they are long. It could be that she's lacking something in her diet, calcium perhaps? What do you feed?
by cyber ratty
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: How to adopt lab rats?
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: How to adopt lab rats?

As far as I am aware, it's not possible to legally acquire rats from labs in the UK.
by cyber ratty
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: desiccated coconut a choking hazard?
Replies: 2
Views: 1845

Re: desiccated coconut a choking hazard?

I don't know about that - I use larger flakes.
by cyber ratty
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat just had surgery please help - odd procedure???
Replies: 3
Views: 1057

Re: Rat just had surgery please help - odd procedure???

I'm afraid this sounds exactly like a Zymbals Gland Tumour (search for ZGT on here for other threads). The tumour causes an abscess to grow on the cheek below the ear. Vets have rarely ever heard of it. The tumour itself is inoperable, so the decision of when to pts should be based on their quality ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New single rat
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: New single rat

It is very rare for a rat to dislike others - we have an article on the carrier method of introductions (see the most popular articles post for the link), and if you follow that then it should be easy to introduce a couple of female kittens to her. Wait until the youngsters are 10 weeks, and double ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing/congestion nothing working... advice needed!
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Sneezing/congestion nothing working... advice needed!

Sorry for the delay, I've been busy over the weekend... yes I would give it to them, and just reduce the amount to roughly the right proportion.
by cyber ratty
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing/congestion nothing working... advice needed!
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Sneezing/congestion nothing working... advice needed!

They are all quite young, so apart from the possibility that they are only sneezing due to the stress of being in a new environment (which should settle within a couple of weeks), they may have parasitic bronchitis which requires treatment with an ivermectin product. If that doesn't clear it, then i...
by cyber ratty
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New single rat
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: New single rat

Rats do indeed need rat companions, so I would recommend looking for a couple of young girls to introduce to her asap. How old is she? If you say roughly whereabouts you are, then I could try to find out whether any NFRS breeders have some kittens available. ETA What sort of cage and food do you hav...
by cyber ratty
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New member after cage recomendation
Replies: 1
Views: 551

Re: New member after cage recomendation

Hi Dave - welcome to the forum, and to rat keeping. :D If you don't want to have to make any cage modifications (a lot of designs need a deep tray adding to them), then I would suggest a coco 100 (only £54 with discount code FANCYRATS). Don't rely on the accessories it (or any cage) comes with thoug...
by cyber ratty
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Possible PT... Help ASAP.
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Possible PT... Help ASAP.

A PT doesn't tend to come on so suddenly, I'd consider the possibility of it being a stroke. Rats can recover very well from a stroke though, improvement can be quite dramatic over the course of a week.

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