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by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New companions or not?
Replies: 2
Views: 32

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: 622

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: 622

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: 61

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...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Male Rat Help
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Male Rat Help

It can be done, and will work in many cases, but if it doesn't, then neutering the newcomer will help. Introduce them using the carrier method (detailed here ), but give them a week to calm down by moving their cages into separate rooms, and don't switch bedding around, it'll just frustrate them bec...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

I would definitely advise the '20 minutes in your clothing' method - it's no good letting them get away with avoiding being handled. You really do need to take control and they will be much more relaxed once they know that you are in charge. Browse recent threads for details on how the sessions work...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owner a little worried
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: New owner a little worried

It may seem counter intuitive, but you need to remove all places where they can hide, just let them have flat hammocks and open baskets as well as perches and ropes. Spend as much time near the cage as you can, and sing or talk to them a lot. Are you handling them? Have a browse through the various ...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Health
Topic: PT support
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: PT support

Yes, I would get him on steroids asap, and I'm afraid that although they should help for a while (maybe a month?), it's not going to be long enough to worry about long term side effects.
by cyber ratty
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: baby rat colors
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: baby rat colors

I'm seeing mink and british blue (aka american blue), as well as the hairless who is probably the same as the father.

Yes, both parents must be carrying hairless to produce a hairless baby.
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage building requirments
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Cage building requirments

Can I ask why you're wanting to build your own cage? There are some good sized cages available for around £50 which would be a lot easier (e.g. the coco 100 , 10% discount with the code FANCYRATS). Anything wooden can be chewed by rats, and will also soak up their wee and scent marks so will smell. ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Custom trays for SRS 95?
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: Custom trays for SRS 95?

Oh yes! A deep perspex tray will make all the difference for you. :luck: I ordered the cut to size panels of clear perspex from here https://www.sheetplastics.co.uk/products/acrylic-sheet/clear-acrylic-sheet . I like the 4mm thickness best, and my base was 890mm x 595mm For 15cm high sides, the two ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 884

Re: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please

It's a difficult time of the year with shutdowns over Christmas... I like using a mix of finacard and megaspread, but neither are currently available from my normal suppliers (Finacard, Rat Rations, and Arley Moss). Look for any sort of chopped cardboard - brands include greenmile (shredded) and eco...
by cyber ratty
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Rat Rations which mix?
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Rat Rations which mix?

RR mixes are simpler than they seem :) I would recommend any of the #11 (see 'complete mixes') - then you just choose egg or soya (probably down to ethical concerns about how soya is produced), and garlic or not (whether you like or dislike the minimal smell). Your rats are adults, so won't need any...
by cyber ratty
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Forum notices and help
Topic: Accounts removed following Christmas spam
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Accounts removed following Christmas spam

Some of you may have noticed the 10,000 spam posts which arrived while I was off over Christmas... these have now been removed, along with a number of suspicious looking accounts who had not yet posted. If your account has been removed but was genuine, then I'm sorry you have got caught up in this -...
by cyber ratty
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Science selective food
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Science selective food

Rats are omnivores, so have evolved to thrive on varied tastes and textures, which a pelleted food can not provide. If you would like to combine them though, you could add 1 part of Science Selective to 4 parts of #11. Veggies (particularly leafy green veg like Kale) can be given most days of the we...

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