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by [cub]
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Doe seems to be on high alert all the time
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Re: Doe seems to be on high alert all the time

Honestly it just sounds like she's one of life's more easily agitated rats. If it's really bothering either of you, you could try spaying her, particularly if you have a vet that's experienced with rodent surgery. Spaying has good protective health benefits anyway so it's something some people (incl...
by [cub]
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Ranges
Replies: 5
Views: 67

Re: Temperature & Humidity Ranges

I try to take most things with a pinch of salt and assess the source etc. but you would think the RSPCA & PDSA would be reliable/expand on things a little better wouldn’t you? I've never had any experience with the PDSA myself, but most vets get very little training on rodents in general (nevermind...
by [cub]
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Ranges
Replies: 5
Views: 67

Re: Temperature & Humidity Ranges

As a general rule, if it's comfortable for you it's likely to be fine for them, and that goes for both temperature and humidity. For humidity in particular, if they're not showing symptoms I wouldn't worry. I'd say 19C is fine but 25C is starting to get a little warm; rats generally cope better with...
by [cub]
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Porphyrin around eye?
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Porphyrin around eye?

Have a sniff of the eye and compare it to the other eye; I've had a case in the past where excessive porphyrin in one eye was actually due to an infection, and the smell was diagnostic. Most of the time it's just a slightly blocked duct or something similar, and if she's under the weather she's like...
by [cub]
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of my boys bites humans
Replies: 11
Views: 4128

Re: One of my boys bites humans

Humping cagemates is perfectly normal; it's generally a dominance thing, though does will also get humped by cagemates when they're in season. If you have a group of young does it can get pretty ridiculous some evenings. If he's drawing blood even through gloves though, that's fairly aggressive and ...
by [cub]
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of my boys bites humans
Replies: 11
Views: 4128

Re: One of my boys bites humans

At this point I'd get him neutered to be honest.
by [cub]
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Blood in cage - no wounds found?
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Re: Blood in cage - no wounds found?

Urine was my first thought, yes. If it happens again, try to get a sample if you can (syringes are very useful for this), or at least get a photo and save some of it soaked onto a piece of kitchen roll or something. That would give the vet more information to work with. In the meanwhile, if you can ...
by [cub]
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How to clean my rats toys?
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: How to clean my rats toys?

Yeah, if it's safe for babies it's generally safe for rats. I second the recommendation of wooden parrot toys; they last a good long time and a soak in hot soapy water will get any urine out. You can also coat them with a child-safe toy paint (I use a few coats of Plastikote enamel) to make things l...
by [cub]
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How To Move Rats Temporarily?
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: How To Move Rats Temporarily?

Scoop them up quickly and confidently. You're going to need to learn how to best handle them and they need to learn that being handled isn't a scary experience! Yes, this! It helps a lot if your cage is set up so that you have good access to all areas, so they can't easily hide away such that you e...
by [cub]
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How To Move Rats Temporarily?
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: How To Move Rats Temporarily?

If you really don't want to pick them up then you can tempt them into a large tube or box and then move them in that. But you may as well just pick them up; you and they will need to get used to it eventually. The more hesitant you are the more stressful it'll be for all concerned; just go in and gr...
by [cub]
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Defiant nipping!
Replies: 2
Views: 5751

Re: Defiant nipping!

There are lots of reports of rats who, for some reason, seem to object to clothing. Socks and slippers seem to be particularly common targets, but clearly other clothing can also be fair game. If it's not aggressive, he's probably just exploring and a bit confused. If it's not hard enough to actuall...
by [cub]
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Stealing Treats
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Stealing Treats

Just separate them physically when you give treats. You could put them in your lap one at a time for treats, for example, which would also acclimatise them to human contact and handling. Attempting to steal food from each other is just normal rat behaviour I'm afraid.
by [cub]
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Need advice on new rats
Replies: 1
Views: 757

Re: Need advice on new rats

Where did you get them from? I'm not an expert, but I get the impression that this kind of inter-rat aggression at that age is highly unusual. I wonder if the 9 week old was older than that. :? I wouldn't necessarily take him back to where he came from either, if the source is as unscrupulous as I f...
by [cub]
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rats help
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: New rats help

I am just sorting out putting some pictures somewhere to share here, I feel I am probably going to need a different cage eventually, the one I have I selected as it as square wire holes rather then big spaces, I have cats and whilst theyre not allowed in my sons room I wanted something as safe as p...
by [cub]
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: One of my boys bites humans
Replies: 11
Views: 4128

Re: One of my boys bites humans

My question with the method of bonding separately outside is - would it work if now he also bites when he’s outside of the cage? Probably not; a lot of rats who bite are actually just territorially aggressive, so that's why it's suggested to take them out of the cage for handling. If he's biting bo...

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