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by cyber ratty
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Pet safe paints
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Pet safe paints

I have used hammerite, but did leave it out in the rain to cure for a while. There's also child safe paints like japlac and plasikote.
by cyber ratty
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: NFRS survey on health and lifespan
Replies: 1
Views: 45

NFRS survey on health and lifespan

National Fancy Rat Society health and lifespan survey. The NFRS committee has asked me to conduct a survey on health and lifespan of rats, and I will be running this survey over the course of the next 3 to 4 years. There will initially be 4 groups of rats involved, all born in March or April 2018. A...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

But if they are between your layers of clothing then you aren't trying to keep them in your hands. ;)

If you are struggling to get them out of the cage in the first place, then tempt them into a tube or bag to lift them out in.
by cyber ratty
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

Have you been spending 20+ minutes per day with her in your clothing as Caza66 suggested? That is the best way to get a rat used to you and to accept you as a safe place rather than a danger.
by cyber ratty
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Recommendations for air filters
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Recommendations for air filters

Their age isn't to blame then, but you'll find a huge difference once they are eating better food - rat rations is great. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Recommendations for air filters
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Recommendations for air filters

What are you feeding them? And how old are they? Diet and age can both make a big difference to smells.
by cyber ratty
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

Me too - but unfortunately they seem mostly sold out. I've got some black ones reserved to pick up, but I would have loved the purple ones!
by cyber ratty
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

These should all work fine:

toilet corner with hooks from ebay

toilet corner on clips from rat rations

hanging plant pot from Wilko
by cyber ratty
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Taming New Rats
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Taming New Rats

The hamster food isn't great, but it's still better than nuggets which have been seen to cause tumours, probably due to poor quality protein. I would suggest ordering food from Rat Rations instead, #11 (any version) works well. Put some supplements in the basket (either daily rat 3, or calcivet and ...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Home remedy for mites
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Home remedy for mites

Yes, I treat kittens at 6 weeks (preventative in case of parasitic bronchitis), so 3 months is fine.
by cyber ratty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi everyone newbie questions
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Hi everyone newbie questions

I would add a second toilet next to their favourite sleeping place (usually the highest hammock) - or they will just use their bed. ;)
by cyber ratty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Forget the bowl?
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: Forget the bowl?

You may also find it helpful to skip feeding on the day before cleaning out, so they will make sure to finish up any bits that are still left.

Also - weigh out the right amount. They probably need about 15g each per day, but it depends on what mix you feed, some are more nutrient dense than others.
by cyber ratty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Home remedy for mites
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Home remedy for mites

No. Just get a product containing ivermectin (e.g. beaphar spot on from a pet shop, or harkamectin from rat rations) to eradicate lice, and reduce levels of mites. :luck: Rats will always have some mites (invisible to the naked eye), but they shouldn't cause a problem unless the rat is under the wea...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Forget the bowl?
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: Forget the bowl?

Absolutely yes! :D

Scatter feeding is the best way to provide their main dry mix, and they really enjoy foraging for it. They eat what they find, stop when they are full, and don't stash - much healthier for them. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Thu May 31, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Tumour removal costs
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Tumour removal costs

The best way to reduce the chance of lumps is to keep them slim - maybe feed as little as 12g each per day.

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