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by [cub]
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: feeding + supplementing
Replies: 24
Views: 874

Re: feeding + supplementing

Interesting you mention cuttlefish. It's something I always have in as I also own terrapins, but heard very mixed things about feeding rats cuttlefish. Everything from it's too low to dangerously high or not absorbed well by the body to it's the best thing ever. Made me very confused at if it was s...
by [cub]
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: favorit toys
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: favorit toys

I think the only 'toy' that my rats have consistently liked is their wheel. (16" Tictac, big enough even for my big buck.) Otherwise they mostly only interact with things if there's a pressing reason to do so, usually food related. :P So I keep them entertained by making getting around the cage and ...
by [cub]
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

Hopefully this trend will continue! Rats use their teeth in lots of ways. Sometimes it's exploratory, sometimes it's actually part of grooming, sometimes it's a warning. I've had rats who never bit me but did give me little nips when they got annoyed with what I was doing. For the most part I try to...
by [cub]
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Dog vaccination and rats
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Dog vaccination and rats

As far as I'm aware, it's only the bordetella vaccination that may pose a risk to rats. All the other vaccinations are fine. I'd speak with your vet first and ask what vaccines are required/recommended for your dog; in the UK, not all dogs need the bordetella vaccination.
by [cub]
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dog vaccination and rats
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Dog vaccination and rats

As I understand it, if your dog is having the bordetella vaccine, then you need to keep him out of the rats' room for a couple weeks afterwards, preferably with a change of clothes for you as well. This is because the bordetella vaccine is live and shed by the dog, and shed virus particles can then ...
by [cub]
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

I'm so sorry. It does sound like you and the vet did everything you could, but there was probably something more severe than just heart issues going on, and those sorts of ailments can be difficult if not impossible to treat in a rat. :(
by [cub]
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

Hm, those symptoms are a bit worrying. Lack of coordination and being a bit out of it are both suggestive of neurological issues, not so much heart issues. I'd take him to the vet again if those symptoms don't improve soon; he may need a steroid injection. If he's drinking very little, check he's no...
by [cub]
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

Glad it's something more treatable than an internal mass; hopefully the medication will help him feel better.
by [cub]
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

Have you spoken to the breeder at all about these issues? I have to say, this kind of nervousness and/or aggression in well-bred rats is quite unusual. This is all sounding more like the sort of behaviour I might expect to see from pet shop or poorly socialised rescue rats. If I were their breeder I...
by [cub]
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: How to build op the group

You could also consider adding a pair of older rats, if a suitable kitten can't be found; they won't provide age-appropriate play in the same way, but they can still help spread the social load a bit, and also produce a more mixed-age group. I have to warn you, a group of 4 is unlikely to be viable ...
by [cub]
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: scatter feeding material
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: scatter feeding material

If it is literally just for scatter feeding and the cage base uses something else (e.g. fleece) then you can use anything diggable. If you have a paper shredder, shredded paper is cheap and easy to make yourself just from your scrap paper. If it needs to actually help control cage smell though, you'...
by [cub]
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Fresh foods suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Fresh foods suggestions

I mostly haven't given my rats fresh meals as such. They do get fresh food every day, but it's usually just trimmings of whatever vegetables we're having, or some mixed frozen veg. I give the same weight in fresh as they get in dry mix, though apparently that's a lot compared to most people. Once a ...
by [cub]
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

I'm very sorry; that was absolutely the right decision. I was fearing it might be something like an internal tumour given the symptoms. :( I hope The Governor doesn't take it too hard, and if he doesn't have any other rat company, it'd be a good idea to start seeking out friends for him now. I hope ...
by [cub]
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

I would definitely want more diagnostics at this point as it's pretty clear that there's something serious going on, and previous treatment has not resolved it. I haven't dealt with severe respiratory illness myself so I don't know if an x-ray would be most useful, but that's something that the vet ...
by [cub]
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

You don't often get lap rats until they're old and grey (and frequently male and neutered as well :lol: ) so leaping around is expected in rats this young. In-cage biting from an otherwise handleable rat is territorial aggression, and not uncommon. I have heard reports of some rats being trained out...

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