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Orphan rats!!!

Post by Jenni2317 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:29 am

I have 17 baby rats that are 11 days old that have lost there mother. I've been feeding them kitten lactol with earbuds as this only happened last night, I need to find a better way to feed them, will the lactol bottles work, my vet has put some syringes aside for me which I am picking up in a moment. Is there anything else I can use to feed them or anyone that can help with foster moms or experienced hand rearers that could take all or some, I'm a new driver so can't really drive far but any help at all would be appreciated, also don't know if this is in the right section so please move if not. Thanks

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Re: Orphan rats!!!

Post by cyber ratty » Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:27 pm

As lactol bottles are designed for cat-kittens and puppies they are likely to be far too big. Depending on how big your babies are (10 day old kittens could vary a lot depending on their background), they might feed better from folded muslin or 'scooby' tubes if you've got any, either of which can be attached to a syringe for easier milk delivery.

You will have your work cut out though, especially with so many, and I'm afraid they may not all survive.

What happened to the mum? If she had a transmissible illness then that's another worry regarding the babies.

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Post by Gem_xxx » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:10 pm

I would post on the MRC forum too if you can. More likely to be people closer to help out.
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Re: Orphan rats!!!

Post by lilladysez » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:26 pm

What happened to the mother? I have three nursing does here in Uttoxeter, with babies 12-14 days old.
Missing those who have left.

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Re: Orphan rats!!!

Post by Jenni2317 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:01 pm

I'm not sure what happened to the mom, she looked healthy, was a good size, I think maybe the sun mixed with having so many little ones?

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Re: Orphan rats!!!

Post by Jenni2317 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:39 am

Update

All the baby's are doing well, they are 17 days old and have started to drink mild from a little lid and toilet themselves, I also gave them some emp this morning and that went down well aswell,although they did get abit grubby and they jumped in in while eating.

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Re: Orphan rats!!!

Post by Jenni2317 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:30 pm

19 days old and doing well. Took some pics

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Re: Orphan rats!!!

Post by cyber ratty » Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:43 am

Glad to see they are doing well. :)

Could I ask you please to restrict this thread to asking for advice and discussing any useful details of your experience. If you wish to share further cute pictures, then it's more appropriate to start a thread in the Your Rats section for those.

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