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by [cub]
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New female rattie biting
Replies: 3
Views: 218

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: 144

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: 246

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: 204

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: 204

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: 84

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 ...
by [cub]
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Not eating and unusual behaviour
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Not eating and unusual behaviour

It could be the heat, but given that it's just him and not his cagemates acting subdued, and also given that he's not eating, I'd get him to the vets sooner rather than later.
by [cub]
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Venturer v srs and similar
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: Venturer v srs and similar

cyber ratty wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:53 am
link to a seller
There's apparently a discount code currently at that shop as well, should you decide to go for that cage: AFFVB10WS
by [cub]
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: Three Buck Kittens wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: Three Buck Kittens wanted

As mentioned on your other thread, the NFRS list is a good starting point for breeder rats. Note that most (though not all) breeders have waiting lists that are often months long, so that may not work with your proposed timescale. If you want rats as soon as you move in then rescue is the more likel...
by [cub]
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: The Crazy Rat Trip
Replies: 36
Views: 2381

Re: The Crazy Rat Trip

:lol: Oh I do hope a fine buck gets to be Spotted Dick!
by [cub]
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Preparing for first experience of euthanasia :(
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: Preparing for first experience of euthanasia :(

If you're planning on stopping keeping rats, then I'd suggest talking to your breeder now; they'd probably appreciate the heads-up, especially as most breeders ought to be happy to take back any of their animals for whatever reason. Also, they may be willing to foster out some rats to you to keep yo...
by [cub]
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Ear Infection or Pituitary Tumour?!
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: Ear Infection or Pituitary Tumour?!

Wow, that's an amazing change (and probably a huge relief!). Now I guess I know why so many vets are so reluctant to prescribe steroids. :lol: :oops: (To be fair they mostly cause no issues in short-term use, and are often indicated especially for things like ear infections, but evidently with some ...
by [cub]
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: The Crazy Rat Trip
Replies: 36
Views: 2381

Re: The Crazy Rat Trip

That sounds wonderful! Congratulations to Lexi and Cosima, and everything crossed for Raimy and Maze. :luck: :dumbobaby: :baby:
by [cub]
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Preparing for first experience of euthanasia :(
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: Preparing for first experience of euthanasia :(

Do take some companions with her; I always make sure anyone going to the vet has a friend or three along as I find it helps them stay calmer during the journey. You may or may not wish to show them the body afterward: some people do, but some don't after a euthanasia in case the surviving rats can s...
by [cub]
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cages with 80cm width
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Cages with 80cm width

I'm pretty sure you can just build it without the middle, as I've seen photos of it built like that. :luck:

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