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by squeakrat
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Meshing a critter
Replies: 5
Views: 2430

Re: Meshing a critter

Oh, the top door! I was thinking of the small doors...

Your solution sounds like a good one :)
by squeakrat
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Meshing a critter
Replies: 5
Views: 2430

Re: Meshing a critter

I've not meshed a cage before, but why are critter doors different to any other doors? Would you not just mesh the door separately?
by squeakrat
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introducing two groups of males?
Replies: 5
Views: 5608

Re: Introducing two groups of males?

Have a read of this about the carrier method, which should answer some of your questions! I would just introduce them all at the same time.
by squeakrat
Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Handling new rats - how? Do i just plonk them on my lap?
Replies: 9
Views: 3081

Re: Handling new rats - how? Do i just plonk them on my lap?

That's a good start - you're letting them take it at their own pace by letting them choose to come out of the cage and interact with you. If they're coming in and out of the cage and aren't particularly scared by being held, you can turn it into a bit of a game - quickly pick them up, then put them ...
by squeakrat
Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: When to feed and how to offer fresh food and a cooked meal.
Replies: 4
Views: 5476

Re: When to feed and how to offer fresh food and a cooked me

Also worth bearing in mind that the smaller pieces of the mix will disappear into the substrate, so you might not necessarily be able to see them, but the rats will dig them out. When I first feed mine, they pick the bigger and nicer bits off the top, but then the next morning, they're burrowing alo...
by squeakrat
Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Socialising new rats
Replies: 7
Views: 2851

Re: Socialising new rats

Soy yoghurt will be fine - anything yummy on a spoon basically!
by squeakrat
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Possibility of male/female intros?
Replies: 14
Views: 4186

Re: Possibility of male/female intros?

It does seem to be more common to add a neutered male to a group of girls, but I think I've heard of people keeping one girl with a group of neutered males, and also spayed females with entire males. Someone else might be able to offer some direct experience of this type of group, but I don't see wh...
by squeakrat
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Female rat with aggression issues
Replies: 4
Views: 1982

Re: Female rat with aggression issues

Spaying can help if girls are aggressive because they're hormonal. I can't really tell from what you've said whether that's likely to be the explanation or not, but hormonal aggression is definitely a possibility. When I've experienced this before, the girl in question wasn't particularly picking on...
by squeakrat
Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Female rat with aggression issues
Replies: 4
Views: 1982

Re: Female rat with aggression issues

How long have you had her?

Could you describe the situations when she's bitten you in a bit more detail? Is it when she's playing and gets overexcited, when you put your hand in the cage, does she come up and bite completely unprovoked etc? It's possible she's a bit hormonal.
by squeakrat
Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Socialising new rats
Replies: 7
Views: 2851

Re: Socialising new rats

Sounds like they may have been fed treats by hand and through the bars, which is why their immediate reaction is to grab at fingers. Mary's tip of offering them yoghurt on a spoon is a good one to teach them not to snatch.

Well done for adopting them and have fun making friends with them :luck:
by squeakrat
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Getting confused with bedding, substrate etc
Replies: 7
Views: 2892

Re: Getting confused with bedding, substrate etc

I put a few layers of newspaper under the finacard - it helps when cleaning out and also the rats like to dig it up in the corners of the cage. They rip bits off that and use it for bedding as well as bigger pieces of finacard. They also usually get crumpled up newspaper or tissue paper or kitchen r...
by squeakrat
Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Two sets of kittens - intro together or separately?
Replies: 15
Views: 4850

Re: Two sets of kittens - intro together or separately?

ElizabethW wrote:We've not adopted kittens for nearly two years, so it's all very exciting :D
You forget how little and pingy they are when you haven't had kittens for a while! Have fun :lol:
by squeakrat
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Two sets of kittens - intro together or separately?
Replies: 15
Views: 4850

Re: Two sets of kittens - intro together or separately?

If it was just a couple of weeks, I might wait, but with that length of time inbetween getting the two pairs, I'd just do intros with both lots straight away (assuming the kittens are big enough).
by squeakrat
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: interactions between adolescent rats
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

Re: interactions between adolescent rats

Sounds like entirely normal behaviour for young rats :D It will be mainly play fighting, although there could be an element of establishing who is more dominant. Normal rat interactions can sometimes seem a bit excessive, especially if you have one who is very vocal! As long as they are not drawing ...
by squeakrat
Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New pet rat owner: Rat seems tired/depressed
Replies: 3
Views: 1835

Re: New pet rat owner: Rat seems tired/depressed

If you've only had them a couple of days, it's possible she's just unsettled by the move and new environment and will take a little time to come out of her shell. Does her fur look fluffed up at all? That's a sign they're not feeling well. If not, I'd just keep an eye on her and hopefully she'll soo...

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