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by [cub]
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat

Were the rats known to each other before you bought them (i.e. were they from the same litter at the same breeder, or in the same tank at the same pet shop) or were they meeting for the first time after you bought them? Rats that don't know each other generally need to go through a process of introd...
by [cub]
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Claws splitting
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: Claws splitting

Is the split across the claw or along the length of the claw? If it's across the claw then hopefully a good quality diet will sort it out.

On an unrelated note, you mentioned just one rat... is she on her own?
by [cub]
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: desiccated coconut a choking hazard?
Replies: 2
Views: 1854

Re: desiccated coconut a choking hazard?

I wouldn't have thought the size would be a particular problem. Either it's big enough for them to chew, in which case they'll chew it until it's small enough to swallow, or it's small enough to swallow to begin with. As I understand it, it's mostly texture that affects choking risk: sticky or clagg...
by [cub]
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Needing help with my rescue rats!
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: Needing help with my rescue rats!

Is she biting you all the time, or only under certain conditions? (For example, I had a rat who was territorially aggressive: mostly fine out of the cage, but a real danger to hands that dared to venture inside the cage.) If you can work out what situations set her off, then you develop strategies t...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Slow rat at 22 months
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Re: Slow rat at 22 months

Her age and the lethargy make me think maybe heart failure? If so, the standard medications to try would be benazepril (or any other ACE inhibitor, to ease the load on the heart) and furosemide (or any other diuretic, to get fluid out of the lungs). The latter helps with the laboured breathing that ...
by [cub]
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Possible PT... Help ASAP.
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: Possible PT... Help ASAP.

She really needs to see a vet; I'm not sure what the possibilities are and armchair diagnosis is difficult at the best of times, but if in doubt, try dexamethasone? Good luck.
by [cub]
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lone baby rat dilemma
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: Lone baby rat dilemma

Usual caveat: I'm not a vet, not even really an expert, I just keep rats and read things. Normally, mild respiratory symptoms would not preclude adopting more rats, since they are usually due to flare-ups of bacteria in the upper respiratory tract which are endemic in the pet rat population anyway. ...
by [cub]
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Thinking about getting rats
Replies: 5
Views: 1210

Re: Thinking about getting rats

Yeah, a dumbo rat is just a rat with slightly differently positioned ears. They can (and often do) appear in the same litters as top eared rats. They can be introduced to top eared rats just as easily, and need same-species company just as much as top eared rats do. Some people try to present them a...
by [cub]
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat vet recommendation required Lincolnshire Yorkshire
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: Rat vet recommendation required Lincolnshire Yorkshire

If you're on Facebook (ugh), try this group for rat vet recommendations: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1849856665043534/
by [cub]
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New female rattie biting
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: New female rattie biting

I would have guessed territorial aggression, except for the fact that she's biting out of the cage as well? Spaying can help with aggressive females; it's not quite the same night and day difference that you get with neutering aggressive males, but it can help them chill out. It's no guarantee thoug...
by [cub]
Wed May 02, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rat sitting/feeding
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: Rat sitting/feeding

If you've been feeding them on a particular schedule then they'll have learned to expect that, but other than a bit of confusion and consternation it won't hurt them at all to be fed at slightly different times for a week.

Enjoy your holiday! 8-)
by [cub]
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden death
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Sudden death

I'm very sorry for your loss. :( Sudden deaths like this are usually due to a cardiovascular issue, often a heart attack or stroke. It's uncommon but not unheard of in young rats, particularly if they're from a poor genetic background (e.g. petshop). He may well have had an undiagnosed heart problem...
by [cub]
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing Rats
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Sneezing Rats

I agree. If it's the odd bit of sneezing, and not even happening every day, and they're otherwise well in themselves — alert, active, eating and drinking well, breathing easily — then I wouldn't treat. That low a dose of antibiotics is probably doing more harm than good anyway. (I'd definitely start...
by [cub]
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing Rats
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Sneezing Rats

I'm definitely not an expert so don't necessarily do what I do, but I generally don't bother treating the odd bit of respyness. Everyone is allowed to sneeze from time to time, after all, and I figure letting rats deal with the odd sneeze or snort themselves is better than overusing antibiotics. How...
by [cub]
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Blues cagemate...
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Re: Blues cagemate...

I'm very sorry for your loss. Blue will definitely benefit from a new friend as soon as possible. Introducing babies is usually the most straightforward, but if you do go for more baby rats, then you will need to introduce at least two, since the new youngsters will be quite a bit younger than Blue ...

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