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by [cub]
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rats fighting
Replies: 1
Views: 693

Re: Rats fighting

Spaying may well help. If she's never been aggressive towards her cagemates though I'd want a health check anyway in case there's an underlying illness; pain can trigger aggression.
by [cub]
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owner advice on out of cage
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: New owner advice on out of cage

Honestly, if it's only been a couple weeks, give them time, particularly if they're not from good breeder lines. Getting them comfortable with human contact is usually the hard part (and the more important part IMO, since that allows you to do health checks, medicate them, etc.) so if they've alread...
by [cub]
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owner advice on out of cage
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: New owner advice on out of cage

If they're happy to sit on you, just have them on you, sit on the floor with a book or a video or something, and see if they start exploring in their own time. Maybe they will, or maybe they'll stay on you and you'll just have a nice bonding session with them; either way it's still good.
by [cub]
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owner advice on out of cage
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: New owner advice on out of cage

Do you sit with them when they're out on the floor? Try sitting with them in a smaller area if you haven't already. Maybe put something from the cage in their playpen area while they're there as well. It'll smell very different from their usual space so that's likely to be why they're wary.
by [cub]
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Please help a newbie out
Replies: 1
Views: 733

Re: Please help a newbie out

If there are any enclosed beds or other hiding spots in the cage, take them out. If the shy girl can be caught, then just pick her up, put her in your dressing gown, and then keep her there for half an hour. I went into more detail in this other thread here: http://www.fancyratsforum.co.uk/viewtopic...
by [cub]
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage rust?
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: Cage rust?

Anything marketed as being safe for children's toys is safe for rats, but for rusty cages I've heard of people using Hammerite. There's a thread here with photos of a little rusty cage renovation project: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=27600
by [cub]
Thu May 30, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Strange part at end of rat's tail?
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: Strange part at end of rat's tail?

If you're reasonably certain it's not a degloved tip (which is unlikely anyway) it's probably just what's sometimes called 'tail nail'. As I understand it, it's a buildup of keratin that some rats get sometimes on their tail tip; some of my rats have it and it's never been a problem.
by [cub]
Thu May 30, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Help!! One rat suddenly dead, second rat sick!!
Replies: 1
Views: 95

Re: Help!! One rat suddenly dead, second rat sick!!

The red liquid is porphyrin; it's the rat equivalent of snot and eye gunk and it's normal for them to produce some. If they're producing a lot it can be a sign of illness or stress. I'd put it down initially to having just lost a cagemate (and probable sibling), but if she starts showing any other s...
by [cub]
Tue May 28, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Health
Topic: New rat sounds nasally
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: New rat sounds nasally

Given that he's looking and acting otherwise well, and the substrate seems perfectly safe, I wouldn't worry too much or do anything just yet. Just monitor him and see if it changes. I generally give it a few days at least before panicking these days. :lol:

How is he doing today?
by [cub]
Mon May 27, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Health
Topic: New rat sounds nasally
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: New rat sounds nasally

I'm no expert, but that sounds more like nose than lung to me, which indicates it's probably not that big a deal.

How is he in himself otherwise? Eating, drinking, moving around?

What substrate are they on?
by [cub]
Sun May 26, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Health
Topic: New rats sneezing alot.
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: New rats sneezing alot.

Stress due to being in a new environment is the most likely cause. If the rats are otherwise looking well in themselves, I wouldn't worry overmuch and just monitor it over the next few days. A bit of porphyrin is normal on a healthy rat, especially if they've just woken up and haven't had a wash yet...
by [cub]
Sat May 25, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage location/elevation
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Cage location/elevation

It's not the end of the world if they can't take themselves in/out of the cage during free range. A lot of people don't even free range in the same room that the rats' cage is in, myself included. I do suspect rats are more comfortable/confident if they can go back to their cage at any time, but it'...
by [cub]
Fri May 24, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Untamed rats
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: Untamed rats

I've never had a rat that difficult to catch to be honest, but I found wearing thick gloves (winter gloves or gardening gloves) was helpful for catching skittish gerbils, so you could try that. Gloves make your hands effectively bigger and harder to avoid. It would give you some protection from bite...
by [cub]
Mon May 13, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New owner - cage set up advice
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: New owner - cage set up advice

If a finish is safe for children then it's safe for rats; rats are fairly similar to humans in terms of what's safe for them to ingest. So you can go ahead and use whatever you'd use for your toys. Finacard is a great base substrate; you'll be the envy of a fair few people for still having some. :lo...
by [cub]
Sun May 12, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New owner - cage set up advice
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: New owner - cage set up advice

A more open layout is actually a good idea while the rats are still settling in, so this is actually a great first setup. This helps the rats acclimatise to their new home more quickly; a layout with a lot of cover and enclosed spaces would allow them to hide away more, which means they can take lon...

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