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by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Deciding to breed
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Views: 4775

Deciding to breed

Deciding to breed One of the most common reasons people decide to breed their rats is because they have a lovely buck or doe and they would like to have some of this particular rat's kittens. However, breeding healthy, well-tempered pets (which should be the first and foremost aims of any breeder) ...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Forum rules and ethical statements
Topic: Fancy Rats ethical statement - breeding
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Views: 4005

Fancy Rats ethical statement - breeding

Fancy Rats ethical statement - breeding The following represents the ethical stance and vision of Fancy Rats with regard to breeding rats. This vision is upheld by the members of the admin team who breed their rats, and is the standard that we would seek to encourage members to aim for. Please take...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Size matters
Replies: 0
Views: 8444

Size matters

Size matters When choosing a home for your rats you should think carefully about how big it needs to be. You should allow at least 2 cubic feet (approximately 0.06 cubic metres) per rat. However, this approximate guide only works well for larger colonies. If you are keeping only a pair of rats they...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making rat toys from junk
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Views: 5360

Making rat toys from junk

Rattie toys from junk Rats are highly intelligent animals, and one way of enhancing their environment and providing stimulation is to create rattie toys out of ordinary household waste objects. These toys are designed to be chewed and are disposable. New toys can be added with each cage clean. All ...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage litter/substrate
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Views: 5512

Cage litter/substrate

Substrate (litter) for the base of the cage/litter trays There are several options when deciding which litter to use in the base of your rats’ cage, and what you use will probably be determined not only by what you prefer but also by what you have available to you in your area. Any litter should be...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Domestic duties
Replies: 0
Views: 4964

Domestic duties

Domestic duties Most rat housing needs 'spot cleaning' at least every other day, if not daily. This basically means removing droppings from the litter and replacing wet bedding with fresh. If you have lino or plastic shelving then these should also be wiped down daily. Many people find baby wipes v...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Build your own rat cage
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Views: 6067

Build your own rat cage

Build your own rat cage What you need http://www.fancy-rats.co.uk/information/guides/images/diy_1.gif Materials * B&Q Kitchen Larder Unit * Shelf supports and central cross-beam- 2" x 1" batons - cut from hardwood or any other low emission non-pine based composite * Shelving - made from melamine of...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Bedding
Replies: 0
Views: 4910

Bedding

Bedding Whether or not you choose to use bedding for your rats may depend on other factors such as: * The environmental temperature of the area where they live. * The substrate you have chosen for the cage. * Whether your rats enjoy nest building. * What materials you have available to you at any g...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: A home for your rats
Replies: 0
Views: 5197

A home for your rats

A home for your rats Many cages (including some sold for birds, ferrets, chinchillas and rabbits) can be successfully used to house rats depending on their size, age, gender and how many you have. Each cage has its unique advantages and disadvantages so it is wise to read reviews and recommendation...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage accessories
Replies: 0
Views: 5060

Cage accessories

Cage accessories Rats are intelligent animals and their environment should reflect this. Cage furniture should go beyond simply meeting their basic needs for food/water and warmth. There are many things (both shop-bought and home made) that you can add to your rats’ housing to enrich it. You will f...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: General principles of feeding rats
Replies: 0
Views: 5973

General principles of feeding rats

Rat diet - general principles All mammalian diet is made up of certain constituents, which are needed by different species in varying amounts. Roughly broken down these are protein, fat, carbohydrate, fibre, vitamins and mineral. Protein i. Introduction Protein is required for the health, growth an...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What should I feed my rats?
Replies: 0
Views: 6207

What should I feed my rats?

Feeding your rats Rats are opportunistic omivores and as such are willing to eat just about anything, however, not all foods are suitable if we aim to maintain long term health and condition. There are many successful ways of feeding a rat, and all rats are individuals with specific needs depending...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: The Shunamite diet
Replies: 0
Views: 10395

The Shunamite diet

The Shunamite diet The Shunamite diet is a living, evolving diet which works according to the following principles: 1. Take a suitable base food. 2. Add a source of protein if required. 3. Add carefully chosen human cereal. 4. Add seeds, vegetables and herbs for nutrition, variation and interest. 5...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Suggested diet for rats with kidney disease
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Views: 5673

Suggested diet for rats with kidney disease

Suggested diet for rats with kidney disease Kidney disease is not uncommon in older rats especially males and is thought to be the third most common cause of death after respiratory illness and tumours. It accounts for many deaths where the rats just gradually decline and die for no apparent reason...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding to support the immune system
Replies: 0
Views: 5045

Feeding to support the immune system

Short term diet to help boost immune system health Sometimes when our rats are fighting infection, stressed or feeling generally below par it makes sense to look to their nutrition to give then that extra boost that their immune system might need. This mix is useful to feed to any rat having antibi...

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