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by Feolthanos
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Commercial Base Mix?
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: Commercial Base Mix?

I always thought reggie rat was awful and recommend to avoid? Unless it’s changed in recent years that is. I’m guessing it’s the better one to use over Pah or wilkos muesli? I fed Reggie rat to my young boys over Xmas until rat rations reopened. I'd considered feeding it to them in between orders, ...
by Feolthanos
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training food shy rat
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Training food shy rat

Even when he did eat a load as a kitten he'd take a bite outs something, go to something else, bite, repeat. He'd eventually go back and finish but it's like his brain is as zoomy as his little pattering feet lol. I think he just knows that I'll feed him regardless and I've tried delaying the meal ...
by Feolthanos
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training food shy rat
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Training food shy rat

It might just be that food taken directly from you while outside the cage isn't an incentive. A lot of rats find eating outside of the cage unacceptable, and particularly nervous rats may not be keen on taking food from a human. However food inside the cage may still be an incentive. A lot of peopl...
by Feolthanos
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training food shy rat
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Training food shy rat

Hiya, had my rats for almost 3 months now. They're still pretty skatty and not keen on being handled, but making some slow progress. What I really need from them however if to come back when called. One of my rats did beautifully this morning, I made a soft clapping sound, called his name and within...
by Feolthanos
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Intro - time frame and quarantine?
Replies: 2
Views: 780

Re: Intro - time frame and quarantine?

The best window for introducing kittens is between 9 and 12 weeks, and I would expect them to be over 200g by then. I generally introduce at 9 - 10 weeks and mine will be over 250g. No, if they are from a responsible breeder then there shouldn't be any quarantine worries, but you can ask them if th...
by Feolthanos
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Free roam space advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Re: Free roam space advice

Firecat wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:53 am
I'm Sheffield/Barnsley (with scope to travel).
I'm Barnsley based too.

You have Lilliput, Renegade (limited breeding atm), Endeavour, Gallifrey and Bazzzinga all within the Sheffield/Leeds area. Probably some others too.
by Feolthanos
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Intro - time frame and quarantine?
Replies: 2
Views: 780

Intro - time frame and quarantine?

In two weeks I'll be adding two 7 week old rats to my 4 month old boys. I've read a whole load on intro'ing and feel pretty confident on carrier method of carrier, small cage, step up to half my big cage and then full cage with limited free range space then fully bonded. What is less clear however i...
by Feolthanos
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat behaviour
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Re: Rat behaviour

Were they two months old when you got them exactly or were they edging more towards 3? As this would make them around 5 months old now and it's not unheard of for some lines of rats to get hormonal early. If they are only 4 months though then this is probably unlikely. Do you let the rats go anywher...
by Feolthanos
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Freerange ? Happy without?
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Freerange ? Happy without?

I'd say it's a nessicity to be honest of having rats to free range. It's not so much for exercise, they should get that from climbing up and down the cage, but more for enrichment value. Now do I think it's okay if they don't get out for the odd day or too, yes absolutely, don't beat yourself up abo...
by Feolthanos
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Free roam space advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Re: Free roam space advice

CorbinDallasMyMan wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:36 am
so they just treat them like some sort of invisible forcefield that rises to the heavens.
:lol:
This is quite possibly my favourite rat related comment
by Feolthanos
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Free roam space advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Re: Free roam space advice

First off, they can get up and over and reach over to things that you wouldn't believe. They are incredibly agile, so whatever you do, make it bigger then you think :roll: The clip together plastic boards are a go to. Since my set up is temporarily however (I just have it up for newbies before they ...
by Feolthanos
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Critter nation scatter guard
Replies: 3
Views: 1101

Re: Critter nation scatter guard

I don't know about the scatter guards for the CN but if you learn it's not the best then consider putting a cat litter tray inside the cage. Ones designed for cats rather than the cheap kitten trays (that some people attach to the sides of the cage) are quite deep. Otherwise you can get custom trays...
by Feolthanos
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rats are new and nervous?
Replies: 1
Views: 1044

Re: My rats are new and nervous?

Take out the house and anywhere even remotely enclosed. You gotta be a little mean ;) Your rats should be handled often throughout the day (baring in mind there natural cycle meaning there likely to be asleep most of the day time). Forced bonding is often a great techquine, with the often quoted adv...
by Feolthanos
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rewarding Moments
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: Rewarding Moments

Thank you for this post, it's so lovely and heart warming :hearts:
by Feolthanos
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Potential owner looking for advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Re: Potential owner looking for advice

Look into boarding facilities near you. Some people will board in there own homes and whilst they may not give out of cage time, they should provide daily handlering rather then just throwing food in there. The cost of this sorts of services will vary wildly from a couple quid a day to much more exp...

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