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by [cub]
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat shows need to escape
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Re: Rat shows need to escape

Wanting to run off and explore is 100% normal behaviour for a rat, particularly for youngsters. Make a high-walled playpen (you may need it to be as much as 1m high) and sit in it with them, or rat-proof a small room (bathrooms often work well, just make sure there's no way to e.g. get under the bat...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do - advice/help on my boy please!
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: What do I do - advice/help on my boy please!

Unfortunately the lack of forelimb coordination rather suggests a brain tumour, a pituitary tumour being the most common type. General lack of coordination, inability to eat, and staring all corroborate that. If you want to attempt to treat, you can try putting him on steroids; if the painkiller he'...
by [cub]
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: I think I made my new rats hate me
Replies: 1
Views: 917

Re: I think I made my new rats hate me

I mean, I'm not sure what you expect from rats that: (i) are probably not from a good background, given how skittish they are; (ii) you've only had 5 days. :P Additionally, if you cleaned everything in their cage when you cleaned them out, it will have smelled significantly different afterwards, so ...
by [cub]
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Good rat cage?
Replies: 1
Views: 770

Re: Good rat cage?

I'd say it's a decent cage, but the access is poor, you'd need to add a base tray yourself to allow for substrate, and it's also not as big as it appears since the stated dimensions include the height of the stand, which obviously the rats can't use. I'd say if you can get one cheaply secondhand and...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best cage layout
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Best cage layout

Here's my current cage layout, to give you some idea of what I'm talking about. Other than the litter tray in the top right corner at the back, there's no other large expanse of horizontal surface until you get down to ground level. The largest ledges are the two on the right hand side of the top of...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best cage layout
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Best cage layout

I dunno, Edgeworth quite likes ledges as a place to sleep when it's hot. ;) https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/8HKpTP_T_T50pxHLOQPRQUFjzVk8JAO5rYbB08VHcE6U6pkBuco6llCwlZKLKiNd0bTJs19kQMXh0ZlVyaiKsk4Cuvg7uHP6m7UE3x2h88CaHxaaoosJIDBDhp3dCNt6M4xc4e68FcBEPswWCtvOaxZq1Q7_9-Jq3QqBx48-ttaw5NnLM3k8d9uysblp6J...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Introducing a new rat to current rat... Help!
Replies: 2
Views: 1263

Re: Introducing a new rat to current rat... Help!

She is quite aggressive toward my while she’s in her cage, but fine with him when they’re both together out of the cage. Aggressive towards your what? Inter-species interaction is generally not recommended as neither side usually gets anything out of it so it's just an unnecessary risk for both. Th...
by [cub]
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best cage layout
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Best cage layout

There's a whole subforum of cage setup threads that you can look through. They're arranged by type of cage so you can look at the ones that are most like the cage you have/want: http://www.fancyratsforum.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=42 Unless you're getting older or disabled rats with significant mobility ...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Handling my rats
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Re: Handling my rats

In addition to intensive bonding like Mary suggested, you can try very briefly picking them up and then immediately putting them down again. Do it when they know you're there and are already interacting with you, so that it's not completely out of the blue, but don't hesitate or be too polite about ...
by [cub]
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Double rex
Replies: 3
Views: 2284

Re: Double rex

If she's not too underweight and otherwise well in herself, then just enough of a good quality, nutritionally balanced dry mix should do it. If the others don't need to put any weight on then she may need to be fed extra meals separately, so they don't nick it off her. Otherwise they can all get ext...
by [cub]
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Double rex
Replies: 3
Views: 2284

Re: Double rex

She'll probably need to eat a bit more than the others as she doesn't have fur to keep warm. Just weigh them all regularly and keep an eye on their condition; you don't want her getting skinny but you don't want her (or her friends) getting spherical either. I've heard some people do moisturise thei...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How to attach rope
Replies: 3
Views: 1908

Re: How to attach rope

Not sure it's possible without leaving the electrical tape inside the cage, or unravelling the rope. I guess you could see if they chew the tape and remove the rope if they do.
by [cub]
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 6
Views: 1899

Re: Sneezing

I am probably the last person you want advising you on food as I tend to overcomplicate things, but I'll have a go. :lol: My main issue with feeding nuggets to rats in general is that it's a monocomponent diet being fed to a highly omnivorous species. Every mouthful is the same, and since rats have ...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 6
Views: 1899

Re: Sneezing

"I used to love science selective. It was the only block food suitable for rats. Unfortunately it has now changed to “rat and mouse food” and has now got too high a wheat content which is harmful for rats kidneys! Any food aimed at two animals is usually useless for both as they have different nutr...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 6
Views: 1899

Re: Sneezing

I've googled it and it says rats shouldnt sneeze. Well whichever site said that is spouting complete nonsense. Anything with nasal passages is going to get detritus stuck in those nasal passages from time to time, and sneezing is a good way of dealing with that. Just as in humans, the odd sneeze is...

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