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by squeakrat
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introducing nervous neutered boy
Replies: 8
Views: 2980

Re: Introducing nervous neutered boy

Sounds good! Just leave them in the carrier until they're interacting, assuming you can attach a water bottle.
by squeakrat
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 2 yr old Wiffle has another chest infection :(. Please help.
Replies: 12
Views: 3686

Re: 2 yr old Wiffle has another chest infection :(. Please h

That sounds OK to me - I can't judge the dosages but they sound reasonable considering his weight. I'd just see how he does on that combo, if you don't see any improvement after a few days, go back to the vet.
by squeakrat
Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New Female Rat Socialisation
Replies: 11
Views: 3670

Re: New Female Rat Socialisation

Them being in the small cage will restrict the amount of chasing after each other they can do, so it stops things escalating. Sounds like things are going well so far, so don't be tempted to rush it :luck:
by squeakrat
Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Still very thin
Replies: 3
Views: 4865

Re: Still very thin

Some rats are just a small build. It could be influenced by her mum not getting enough nutrients during pregnancy or nursing for example. Plus if she is still young and has been ill, that could have an effect as well. I'd just continue with the extras and see how she gets on.
by squeakrat
Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 3 Sisters - 2 fat, one terribly thin
Replies: 4
Views: 5351

Re: 3 Sisters - 2 fat, one terribly thin

With you describing her as bony, I'd said she's probably too underweight. Can you try and get a look at her teeth? Misaligned teeth can eventually cause them problems in grinding their food down and they start to lose weight. I had a rat who was always on the skinny side, and it wasn't until she rea...
by squeakrat
Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Does anyone reccomend this cage?
Replies: 13
Views: 4643

Re: Does anyone reccomend this cage?

You could always just make some bigger doors for the Jenny to improve access? I've done this with cages before - if you find a cheap second hand cage, you can cut panels from this to turn into a new door for the Jenny. There's a good example here . Unfortunately poor access is a problem with a lot o...
by squeakrat
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Biting Baby's! Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 1932

Re: Biting Baby's! Help!

They might just be "test biting" you, it's one of their ways of investigating something new, but sometimes they can do it a little too hard and it hurts! Make sure your hands don't smell of anything (food, but also soap or hand cream smells can encourage them to bite). Do they have red eyes? Rats wi...
by squeakrat
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introducing nervous neutered boy
Replies: 8
Views: 2980

Re: Introducing nervous neutered boy

Do you know if he's lived with other rats before? (presumably yes if he came in as part of a big rescue!) And do you know why the rescue decided to neuter? The best thing for a nervous rat is to live with confident rats, so once you get him intro'd to your girls, I'm sure you'll see a rapid improvem...
by squeakrat
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New Female Rat Socialisation
Replies: 11
Views: 3670

Re: New Female Rat Socialisation

I've give intros another go, with them spending more time in the hospital cage and moving up cage sizes gradually. Sounds like Delphi might be being a bit dim and not realise how much she is annoying the big rats! You could take Esme and Delphi out of the cage for some separate free range time to le...
by squeakrat
Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Female intro help!
Replies: 4
Views: 1990

Re: Female intro help!

It does sound like she might be hormonal, so spaying could help. I've had one girl spayed for behavioural reasons, she was reacting overly aggressively to the other rats and me, and spaying did help. If the problems started when moving from the carrier to the cage, how big a cage did they go into? I...
by squeakrat
Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Newbie Rat Owner - Need advice on socializing properly.
Replies: 22
Views: 7406

Re: Newbie Rat Owner - Need advice on socializing properly.

Sounds like you're doing really well, you'll just have to keep persevering with the one who's slightly harder work. The other two becoming increasingly more confident around you will help show her that you're actually not that scary!
by squeakrat
Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Need help choosing a cage!
Replies: 6
Views: 2947

Re: Need help choosing a cage!

I think I must have been thinking of the Freddy Max. Confusing!
by squeakrat
Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Need help choosing a cage!
Replies: 6
Views: 2947

Re: Need help choosing a cage!

The Furet XL takes up a lot of floor space, and is bigger than you'd really need for 2-3 rats. As space is a consideration, I wouldn't go for the XL. Personally I think the Furet Plus is a little on the small size for a permanent cage, so I'd go for the Freddy 2 which is slightly bigger. Also, if yo...
by squeakrat
Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Galastop useage
Replies: 9
Views: 7113

Re: Galastop useage

I can't find anything that explains the mechanism by which it triggers abortion. It reduces prolactin levels, so it's likely to be some indirect result of this (hormone interactions are always complicated, and prolactin could impact on lots of things). I would have thought that it's possible that if...
by squeakrat
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Help please!
Replies: 7
Views: 6025

Re: Help please!

Try not to panic, you've got the right rats in the right cages now. Next step is to sit down and have a nice cup of tea (or something stronger) :lol: You will get a lot of good advice and support on here - I don't breed so I can't give you any of the details, but I'm sure someone will be along tomor...

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