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by [cub]
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best way to acclimatise rats
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: Best way to acclimatise rats

Presumably they'll be coming home with you at the weekends and during the school holidays, in which case I would have a cage at home as well as at school, and settle them in at home first.
by [cub]
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Female Rat is unwell
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Female Rat is unwell

If she's well enough in herself that euthanasia doesn't seem immediately necessary, then I would definitely get that discharge investigated and treated, assuming it's not something that requires a spay. If it does require a spay, then I would consider whether or not going for surgery is in her best ...
by [cub]
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Female Rat is unwell
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Female Rat is unwell

Hard to determine what a discharge is based just on a description, but it might be a sign of a vaginal infection, which would require antibiotics, or possibly some weird kind of uterine infection, which would require a spay. Both require veterinary attention. Is the tumour operable? If not, I would ...
by [cub]
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 8 month rat always sick
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: 8 month rat always sick

Does the vet think there's a huge risk with her going under anaesthetic, or is it just you that's worried? If the vet is worried, I'd find another vet. If it's just you that's worried, I wouldn't worry. An animal only needs to be anaesthetised briefly and not particularly deeply for most diagnostic ...
by [cub]
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rats fighting
Replies: 1
Views: 913

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: 903

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: 903

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: 903

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: 782

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: 431

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: 237

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: 136

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: 155

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: 155

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: 136

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...

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