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by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions - the carrier method
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Views: 15171

Introductions - the carrier method

Introducing rats using the carrier method This is a guide to the “Carrier” method of introductions. Before it start its worth saying that this isn’t the only method of introducing rats that works, but in my (and many other owners) experience it is the most reliable and works in the broadest range o...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Sexing rats
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Views: 5666

Sexing rats

Sexing rats The visible differences between male (buck) and female (doe) rats becomes more obvious as they mature. However, the distance between the anus and the genital is always much greater in males compared to females. See photos below. Two week old buck http://www.fancyratsforum.co.uk/images/i...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Buying and adopting pet rats
Topic: Choosing a Breeder
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Views: 5201

Choosing a Breeder

Choosing a beeder So, you want to get some rats, perhaps your first rats, perhaps more rats to join those you already own. You've considered pet shops and rescues, but you've decided on going directly to a breeder. Your reasons for making that choice will strongly influence what you are looking for...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: First aid for rats
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Views: 4809

First aid for rats

First aid for rats From time to time all of us will experience rattie emergencies. The following article will help you to administer appropriate first aid to your rat, which should then be followed by veterinary assessment. According to Dictionary.com first aid is: “emergency aid or treatment given...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Diabetes in rats
Replies: 0
Views: 5222

Diabetes in rats

Diabetes in rats What is diabetes? Diabetes (or diabetes mellitus to give it it’s full title) refers to a disorder of metabolism that is characterized by chronic high blood sugar levels. Carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism (processing) are all affected. This is due to problems with the secreti...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Corynebacterium kutscheri (CK)
Replies: 0
Views: 6045

Corynebacterium kutscheri (CK)

Corynebacterium kutscheri – a silent killer Occurrence Despite being endemic in the pet rat population Corynebacterium kutscheri (CK) is a bacterial infection that rarely gets talked or written about, and I personally, had owned rats for a number of years before even hearing mention of it. Many bre...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Choosing a vet
Replies: 0
Views: 4840

Choosing a vet

Choosing a vet The ideal time to research vets is before you get your rats. However, if you do not do this you should certainly make sure you find a vet before you need one. Rats are prey animals that instinctively conceal symptoms of illness as long as possible, because this would make them vulner...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Baytril
Replies: 0
Views: 5083

Baytril

Baytril (chemical name enrofloxacin), is normally dispensed as a 2.27% concentration liquid. Baytril is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It is the most commonly used antibiotic for a wide range of rat ailments, including respiratory problems, cystisis and abscesses (though it is not the most appropriate...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Anabolic steroids
Replies: 0
Views: 4774

Anabolic steroids

Anabolic steroids – do they have a place in the treatment of rats? What are anabolic steroids? Anabolic steroids are a group of natural and synthetic hormones that are closely related to the male hormone, testosterone. They promote the growth and division of cells and the formation of new proteins....
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:58 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Why rats need company
Replies: 0
Views: 5954

Why rats need company

Why rats need company Social living in the natural environment The brown rat (rattus norvegicus) is by nature a social animal and colony dweller. Living in the wild, a rat might find itself as one of a great many rats living in a relatively small area. Even at high population densities, female grou...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training your rats
Replies: 0
Views: 5153

Training your rats

Training your rats Why train your rats? Rats are intelligent animals that enjoy interacting with their owners. In the wild, rats are problem solvers - they learn quickly and this is one of the features that has made them so successful. Domestic rats need to use their brains to be truly happy - trai...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Taming your rats
Replies: 0
Views: 6296

Taming your rats

Taming your rats Rats are intelligent pets that can bond very closely to their owners. They enjoy human contact and interaction and should have at least an hour of attention and/or out of cage time every day. When you first get your rats you need to set aside at least 20 minutes per rat per day to ...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rats That Bite
Replies: 0
Views: 5316

Rats That Bite

Rats that bite In general, pet rats don’t bite but those who do deserve a loving home as much as any other, and in many cases with the right approach, handling and an understanding of their body language and triggers, the biting can be much reduced or stopped altogether. As owners we first need to ...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rhythms of Rats
Replies: 0
Views: 4940

Rhythms of Rats

The rhythms of rats For quite a while now I have been letting my rats out twice a day for exercise, once in the morning, once in the evening. I have really noticed a big difference in their activity levels since doing this! At one point I used to feed them early evening and then let them out later ...
by Fancy Rats Admin
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Play
Replies: 0
Views: 5034

Play

Rats at play There are many different games you can play with your rats, depending on the individual. Be inventive, but make sure your rats are safe from injuries and can't escape at all times and never tease or torment your rats thinking it's funny. Only play games your rats enjoy. Rats are very i...

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