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by min and artie
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My girl has become aggressive!
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Re: My girl has become aggressive!

If Artemis is otherwise healthy, then her aggression could well be hormonal, in which case a spay should help. Although it is a fairly invasive procedure, if the vet is experienced with rodent surgery the risk is minimal, and there are a number of health benefits (significantly reduced risk of mamm...
by min and artie
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My girl has become aggressive!
Replies: 2
Views: 366

My girl has become aggressive!

Hi! It's been a long time since I've managed to be completely active on this after my health went down, but it's so nice to be back! To get to the point, my girl Artemis has had a massive behaviour change in the past two weeks which is concerning me. She began biting very rough when playing with Min...
by min and artie
Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Little lady is peeing more (and licking my hands loads)!
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Little lady is peeing more (and licking my hands loads)!

When you say she's peeing on you, do you mean actual emptying of the bladder (big puddle) or just a few drops? If it's just a few drops that sounds like scent marking and not incontinence. Rats scent mark things that are familiar, including each other, so you're probably just being adopted into the...
by min and artie
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Little lady is peeing more (and licking my hands loads)!
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Little lady is peeing more (and licking my hands loads)!

I have a 6 month old female rattie that is usually very well behaved when it comes to doing the toilet out the cage! I'm aware they can't not do it all the time and I do find the occasional poop but recently she has been peeing on the furniture and me a lot more than usual. I'm not sure if it's beha...
by min and artie
Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: New to mixes, any guidance?
Replies: 2
Views: 1084

Re: New to mixes, any guidance?

I would definitely recommend getting yourself a copy of The Scuttling Gourmet if you're looking to make up your own mixes; it covers all aspects of rat nutrition and feeding in a clear and concise way and will answer a lot of your questions: http://www.nfrs.org/sales.html One of the main advantages...
by min and artie
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: New to mixes, any guidance?
Replies: 2
Views: 1084

New to mixes, any guidance?

Hi, apologies if I've got this in the wrong place! I'm a fairly new rat owner and generally feed a pre-made rat nugget to my girls (that was recommended by my local vet). I would really like to get into making my own mixes but I'm completely clueless on how ti works or what to do. I understand the b...
by min and artie
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: 2 weeks on and are they settling in OK?
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: 2 weeks on and are they settling in OK?

I am in the same position as above, I haven't had a great amount of experience but it does come accross as normal for the time-frame! Personally, I found it was well over a month before they settled with us completely and were able to be picked up/roam around/be fed without them being a bit wary of ...
by min and artie
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Biting ears!
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Biting ears!

*ouch* :o It could be that she's becoming more dominant as she matures - how is she in the cage? I would recommend being firm and assertive with her in all your interactions so that she understands and accepts you as her alpha. That means picking her up when you want to and not letting her object, ...
by min and artie
Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Biting ears!
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Biting ears!

Hi everyone! One of my little ladies has taken a rather strange turn and has started biting our ears! When she was very little (9 weeks) she bit my ear once as more of a test than a bite and after making a squeaking noise she hadn't done it again until now. In the past three days I've had two very s...
by min and artie
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Lively to withdrawn behaviour
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: Lively to withdrawn behaviour

That's quite comforting! Was concerned I could have unconsciously done something. We tried the jumper thing this morning and she responded really well and was running about. She did go quiet again for a while after it but came back again!

Thanks for the advice x
by min and artie
Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Lively to withdrawn behaviour
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Lively to withdrawn behaviour

Hi, I have two female rats, both of which are very young and active. Up until now, one of my girls has been extremely active, playing and running about with her sister, me and my partner. Her sister used to be very wary and didn't like people too much. We've found that the roles have reversed and th...
by min and artie
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rats don't like me to pet them too much!
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: My rats don't like me to pet them too much!

Hi! My girls are still very young at 15 weeks so if it's because they're kittens that's such a relief! I was worried I was doing something wrong! We did get them from a store (before we heard about breeders in the area) and we got them at 8 weeks old so they've only been with us 7 weeks! They're use...
by min and artie
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rats don't like me to pet them too much!
Replies: 2
Views: 704

My rats don't like me to pet them too much!

Hello! I apologise if this is the incorrect area but I'm just looking for some advice on my rats! Both my girls are young and playful but do not like being petted in the slightest. Is there something I can do to improve on this as they find it very strange being touched and I don't want them to poss...

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