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by cyber ratty
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Possible PT... Help ASAP.
Replies: 2
Views: 103

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.
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage that can be divided into 2
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Cage that can be divided into 2

When you say 'the rat' - they aren't on their own are they? Rats should always live in groups.
by cyber ratty
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Spot-like lump on rex buck's back
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Spot-like lump on rex buck's back

I agree it sounds like a cyst. They can remain stable for a long time, but if you want to give it a gentle squeeze, then it may open - it'll look like an inside out fig but with the contents all dry. You can pull the contents off, which might make it bleed a little, or just let the other rats sort i...
by cyber ratty
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Normal or over the top dominance behaviour?
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: Normal or over the top dominance behaviour?

Usually, when a doe is in heat, it's the rest of the cage which mounts her... but this definitely sounds like a problem. I would get her spayed - it can't be nice to be in heat nearly all the time, but I would also add extra rats to the group, pairs can rub each other up the wrong way, while a trio ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Recommendation on a cage for 3
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: Recommendation on a cage for 3

Excellent :D

You can keep your costs of filling it low by browsing pound shops and household shops for cheap baskets, and ropes (make thick plaited ropes with doubled up washing lines), fixed with shower curtain hooks, and then splash out on a 16" tic tac wheel with the money you've saved. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage that can be divided into 2
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Cages

Hi Liaren - an SRS (Savic Royal Suite) would be perfect, the two halves can be separated. An explorer, or a double critter nation are both the same style, and a little zoo venturer is similar but bigger still. You'd need to make sure the rats couldn't reach the hedgehog at all, probably best to use ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Recommendation on a cage for 3
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: Recommendation on a cage for 3

I feel the furet plus is just too small for permanent accommodation, while it might pass on the 2 cubic feet per rat calculation, it's still very limiting in terms of how much enrichment can be fitted in. The coco 100 on the other hand is cheaper, and far bigger, so much better for the rats. If the ...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Pet safe paints
Replies: 2
Views: 225

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: 104

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: 432

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: 432

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: 245

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: 245

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: 432

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: 432

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

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