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by [cub]
Mon May 13, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New owner - cage set up advice
Replies: 3
Views: 95

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: 95

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...
by [cub]
Sat May 11, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Massive help needed
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Massive help needed

How quiet is quiet? Is she eating, drinking, and toileting? Does she look alert or at least aware of what's going on around her? Do you know how old she is? It's normal for rats to be a little nervous after moving house, but if they're very withdrawn that can be a sign of illness. A basic vet check ...
by [cub]
Fri May 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat aggression
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Rat aggression

How old is Peter? It sounds an awful lot like classic hormonal aggression, which is generally very successfully treated with castration. If Peter is not a good candidate for surgery, the Suprelorin implant apparently also works well as a chemical means of castration (although it shouldn't be relied ...
by [cub]
Fri May 10, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Coprophagy or diarrhea
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Re: Coprophagy or diarrhea

If it's wetter just in terms of being squishier, but still has an oblong shape, then that's pretty normal. It's only when it's properly wet, like a paste, that it might be cause for concern, although often it's just caused by them having a lot of wet/fresh foods recently. I wouldn't worry too much u...
by [cub]
Fri May 10, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: taming 2,5 month old rats, how much can they trust you at this age
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: taming 2,5 month old rats, how much can they trust you at this age

It sounds like you're doing pretty well socialising them, honestly. If they'll take food from your hand, let you pick them up (however reluctantly), and let you handle them enough to do health checks, that's most of the way there. The rest is down to developing a relationship with them, which takes ...
by [cub]
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rats and the safety of reusing cleaning equipment that's been exposed to cigarette smoke
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Rats and the safety of reusing cleaning equipment that's been exposed to cigarette smoke

I'm definitely not an expert, but I would imagine that if you changed any relevant disposable parts (e.g. replaceable filters, hoover bags) and gave the equipment as good of a clean/wipe down as you can, it's probably fine. Maybe if you gave them all a first use in some part of the house that the ra...
by [cub]
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat tail is not working
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Rat tail is not working

Update: vet amputated Hattie’s tail on Friday. Either she or Honey removed dressing so took Hattie back to vet on Saturday to get it replaced. The vet charged me £22 for this. Is it common to be charged again? I would have thought it was up to the vet to ensure that the dressing was applied so that...
by [cub]
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat tail is not working
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Rat tail is not working

I pay about £110 for radiography, though I go to a practice near central London so it's already one of the more expensive ones. Actual exotics specialists charge a lot more though, and also London's not the only expensive area of the country. So I'd say that's probably not taking the piss.
by [cub]
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat tail is not working
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Rat tail is not working

They only need a brief amount of anaesthetic for an x-ray so it's pretty low risk, assuming it's isofluorane (or sevofluorane if the vets are seriously swanky). The bigger risks come with surgery where they're both under for a much longer time and also have a surgical wound which can get infected or...
by [cub]
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rattie refusing to eat
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Rattie refusing to eat

I've heard of the Royal Dick being recommended up that way. They should have a decent idea of what they're doing given that they have an exotics department, but exotics specialists tend to be quite dear. Worth phoning them up to ask about prices and what they reckon though. Pinch Pinto's skin and se...
by [cub]
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rattie refusing to eat
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Rattie refusing to eat

What antibiotics is she on, and at what dose? Also, where are you? I'm surprised any vet would prescribe a 3 day course of antibiotics for anything, so you could probably do with a better vet. :P If you're in the UK and on Facebook, there's a group dedicated to rat vet reviews which may be able to p...
by [cub]
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice on surgery to remove tumour?
Replies: 2
Views: 489

Re: Advice on surgery to remove tumour?

Have samples of either tumour been taken/analysed? Normally I would strongly advise against operating on a malignant tumour in a rat regardless of location, especially if metastasis has already taken place. Recovery from surgery generally takes about a week, and given how quickly illnesses usually p...
by [cub]
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hooty babies
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Hooty babies

What concentration of Baytril is it? If it's the 2.5% solution then 0.04mL twice daily is the standard dosage for a 100g rat, and I expect yours are a bit heavier than that. :P I'd be interested to see what book it is that your vet is working from...
by [cub]
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: looking at finding a companion
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Re: looking at finding a companion

I'm very sorry for your loss. :( It may be sensible not to rush into getting more rats immediately, just in case your other lad died of something acutely infectious. What looks like sudden respiratory distress is often a heart attack or stroke, though, especially if death follows soon after. And you...

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