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by [cub]
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Older rat problem
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: Older rat problem

If only some of them need soft foods then you can feed them those separately, either by putting them in a spare cage or carrier with the soft foods, or leaving them in the main cage with their extras and taking out the fatty for some exercise in the meantime.
by [cub]
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Ivermectin can be taken orally, and while it is easier to overdose on it orally, if you adhere to the correct dosage for the weight of the rat, a medicated rat grooming it off themselves should be fine. I do generally separate medicated rats out until they've dried off or at least mostly dried off s...
by [cub]
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: help my rat is making weird noises
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: help my rat is making weird noises

At that age, it's likely to be parasitic bronchitis. See the advice in this recent thread: viewtopic.php?f=138&t=44734
by [cub]
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Another new sneezing rat topic
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Another new sneezing rat topic

Yes you can treat at home - the spot on sold in petshops (Beaphar?) tends to be a pipette with a dose for an adult, so only use a portion of it. It's also quite dilute so the rat ends up quite wet, I prefer to use harkamectin or pharmaq which you can get in a 5ml bottle and only 1 drop is needed, b...
by [cub]
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Commercial Base Mix?
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Commercial Base Mix?

PAH's rat muesli is not awful (unlike their own brand nuggets, which should be binned) but the first ingredient listed is alfalfa, so it'll be quite wasteful. If I had run completely out of food and desperately needed something right now to tide me over in the short term, I would be happy enough to ...
by [cub]
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training food shy rat
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Training food shy rat

Even when he did eat a load as a kitten he'd take a bite outs something, go to something else, bite, repeat. He'd eventually go back and finish but it's like his brain is as zoomy as his little pattering feet lol. I think he just knows that I'll feed him regardless and I've tried delaying the meal ...
by [cub]
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training food shy rat
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Training food shy rat

It might just be that food taken directly from you while outside the cage isn't an incentive. A lot of rats find eating outside of the cage unacceptable, and particularly nervous rats may not be keen on taking food from a human. However food inside the cage may still be an incentive. A lot of people...
by [cub]
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Bedding
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Bedding

If suitably heat treated pine should be fine. However, the product page for the 'Classic' range says it's available in small bags branded 'Fiberfunny', which optionally comes in lemon or apple scented options. Those scented options are not ideal, but the unscented version should be fine. As for dust...
by [cub]
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Free roam space advice
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Free roam space advice

When I used opaque materials for playpen walls, my boys were obsessed with finding a way out/over the playpen walls. After switching to clear acrylic, they seem barely aware that they're being held captive. It's like magic. My clear playpen walls are as short as 50 cm (20") in spots and I've never ...
by [cub]
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Freerange ? Happy without?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Freerange ? Happy without?

I'm honestly not sure about this one. I've never had rats who seemed to completely enjoy being out of the cage; mine approach it with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation, with some rats more curious and others more nervous, but nobody being entirely comfortable. They'll usually spend only about 1...
by [cub]
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Random black spot on fur?
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Random black spot on fur?

If it's from e.g. a coloured wooden toy in the cage, that might not have to be new. A lot of them are dyed with water-soluble dyes, so it's plausible that someone might have urinated on it or a water bottle might have dripped on it and then she brushed up against it. If you're certain the skin under...
by [cub]
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Random black spot on fur?
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Random black spot on fur?

Looks like some kind of dye has gotten onto her fur. Do you have any coloured wooden toys in the cage, or have you fed them any staining fruits/vegetables lately (e.g. blueberries)?
by [cub]
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Complete diet without supplements?
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Complete diet without supplements?

It's definitely doable, but non-trivial. I remember seeing a post by Neotoma on this forum (or possibly in the previous iteration of this forum) where they described how they feed without supplements, and as I recall, it involved a lot of fresh food. Unfortunately I can't find the post now, so perha...
by [cub]
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 31
Views: 3715

Re: How to build op the group

They sound absolutely tiny, bless them. :o I've only had 7 week olds once, and even the smallest was over 180g when I took them home, so your new boys will definitely benefit from plenty of extra food while they're separated (and still even after they're reintroduced).
by [cub]
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 31
Views: 3715

Re: Intro advice needed -young rats-

I've never had rats that young so I'm not actually sure. One important thing to remember is that injuries need not be intentional; there's plenty of scope for accidental injury when playing, especially if the older kittens are getting to the age where their play is more rough. Everything I've heard ...

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