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by [cub]
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Shy Rat
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Shy Rat

First of all, adding youngsters to the mix may well help, but ideally they'll be well chosen in terms of temperament. If you end up with two little stresspots, that may well make Squeak even more wary, because now other people are freaking out too so there *must* be something to freak out about. :lo...
by [cub]
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Need help, don't know what to do.
Replies: 2
Views: 479

Re: Need help, don't know what to do.

Choking rats normally sort themselves out without intervention (and indeed leaving them to it is generally best, unless they actually cannot breathe), though it can take a few hours or even overnight for them to feel properly better. Given that it's been a few days now though, I would worry that the...
by [cub]
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Older Rat Thinks He is Young Again.
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: Older Rat Thinks He is Young Again.

I think he needs to see a vet urgently, preferably one with solid experience treating rats, and to be honest I think you need to think seriously about whether it's time to euthanise him, particularly as he's now very old and on his own. There's always a reason behind a sudden change in behaviour, es...
by [cub]
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Is eating (not just chewing) Lava Ledges ok?
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Is eating (not just chewing) Lava Ledges ok?

Having just started reading about Pica I thought it was worth pointing out that he’s been prescribed Loxicom & Synulox while we wait for test results. Oh well that explains everything. :lol: Pica is often a response to pain or nausea. If he is in pain, the Loxicom (meloxicam) should help with that,...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Is eating (not just chewing) Lava Ledges ok?
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Is eating (not just chewing) Lava Ledges ok?

It shouldn't be harmful, but pica can be a symptom of pain or illness. Particularly as he's only just started doing it suddenly, I'd investigate to see if there's anything going on.
by [cub]
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Daily essentials/calcivet
Replies: 5
Views: 1725

Re: Daily essentials/calcivet

Can you use the liquid calcivet and the DE1 in wetfood instead of in the water? And how much should you use then? I did that for a while after I bought some and then discovered the group I had at the time wouldn't take it in water. I Am Not A Biochemist™ but I don't see why a water-soluble vitamin/...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rat is sick. Please help!
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: My rat is sick. Please help!

A rat that isn't eating needs veterinary treatment. If you're in the UK, check in this Facebook group to see if there are any recommended vets in your area: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1849856665043534/ You don't necessarily have to see an exotics specialist; some "regular" cat/dog vets also hav...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to help my rats are the death of one of the pack
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Re: How to help my rats are the death of one of the pack

It's fairly common for rats' behaviour to change after the death of a cagemate. Usually they return to normal within a few days to a week. However, if the behaviour change is prolonged, or if it's accompanied by other signs of ill health, a vet trip can be a good idea as there may actually be an und...
by [cub]
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: what cage am i looking for?
Replies: 6
Views: 2384

Re: what cage am i looking for?

It's probably best to measure it yourself when it arrives; every cage is going to be very slightly different in dimensions due to manufacturing tolerances.

You probably could create trays for the shelves if you wanted, but most people just leave them out entirely.
by [cub]
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: scatter feeding/diet question
Replies: 16
Views: 3722

Re: scatter feeding/diet question

oowie wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:55 pm
Haa! Some boiled plain macaroni did the trick!
Oh wow, that's a very useful discovery! Don't worry too much if reducing the amount of macaroni doesn't work; you may find you need to reduce their dry mix slightly to compensate but it sounds like a relief all round. :luck:
by [cub]
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: scatter feeding/diet question
Replies: 16
Views: 3722

Re: scatter feeding/diet question

would it be enough to feed about 20% Copper Top-Up Cubes - Red Mills from RR? do your rats like that? I've never tried these so I can't comment on their palatability, but no they would not work as sole supplementation. People feed them because they're very high in copper (as the name suggests) so y...
by [cub]
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: scatter feeding/diet question
Replies: 16
Views: 3722

Re: scatter feeding/diet question

-Microwaved scrambled egg with DR3 in it (is heating the DR3 that way ok and safe?) I am not a dietitian or food scientist, but the conclusion I came to is that it's almost certainly fine. Most minerals are pretty stable when heated, and while some vitamins do degrade under heat (particularly C and...
by [cub]
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: what cage am i looking for?
Replies: 6
Views: 2384

Re: what cage am i looking for?

If you can manage a few cm deeper in the footprint, I've heard good things about the Coco large. Apparently you do need to secure the top a bit to make it fully stable but I've heard that's quite easy and the cage is otherwise good. The wooden accessories it comes with are pee magnets so most people...
by [cub]
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Advice about housing male babies.
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: Advice about housing male babies.

I have a Savic Royal Suite 95, with a custom metal tray since the trays it comes with are pretty flimsy plastic. Unfortunately metal trays are hard to come by these days (the company I bought mine from has since closed); most people order sheets of perspex cut to size and then glue them together at ...
by [cub]
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: fresh food/DR3
Replies: 6
Views: 919

Re: fresh food/DR3

If they're old enough to be homed out, they're old enough for scatter feeding. I do a fixed amount per day (though I usually split it into morning and evening meals for various reasons) and while they're settling in I check the substrate regularly to see if they're eating it all and adjust the amoun...

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