Help! panicking new owner. ETA blazed rats

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Help! panicking new owner. ETA blazed rats

Post by cazaline » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:08 pm

I was idly, looking through the different posts and started reading about megacolon. I think my new 8 week old babies might be blazes, does that meen they are going to get megacolon. I had no idea there were any problems with different types of rat.
We have only had the girls 3 days and they are so friendly and adorable plus they are my daughters 9th birthday present.

Here are some photos of them are they blazes?
Do I have to steal myself and prepare my daughter for the possibility of the worst?

They have both changed since we chose them so I have included photos of now and then.

Rosie:

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Rainbow:

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Re: Help! panicking new owner.

Post by Mayamy » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:20 pm

Your girls look like roans to me. Don't know any more than I've read about it so instead just going to link to this post: http://www.fancyratsforum.co.uk/viewtop ... 0&p=264523

Also if you homed your rats from a breeder then they should be able to tell you about their lines far better than anyone else can :)
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Re: Help! panicking new owner.

Post by NellyNoodle » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:31 pm

Are you in the UK? Megacolon isn't common here.

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Re: Help! panicking new owner.

Post by Jemma » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:36 pm

Yep you've definitely got Roans there. assuming your in the uk where Roans are common (v rare in the states) then you should be at no higher risk than any other rat.

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Re: Help! panicking new owner.

Post by Mayamy » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:38 pm

Aw man, I checked who was online before I posted, specifically for both of your names and neither were there :P :lol:
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Re: Help! panicking new owner.

Post by Jemma » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:23 am

we are like stealthy ninjas. you don't know we are there and then we mystically appear (and agree with you lol)

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Re: Help! panicking new owner. ETA blazed rats

Post by cazaline » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:13 am

Thank you all,
I promise I will calm down and stop panicking over every little thing soon. Everything is just so new and a little overwhelming at the moment.
Thanks again
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Caroline

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Re: Help! panicking new owner. ETA blazed rats

Post by cazaline » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:22 am

Yes we are in the UK.
The lady we got them from wasn't really a "breeder" as such. I think She had let two of her family pets get together.
Not knowing about rats beforehand I didn't consider things like bloodlines or genetics I just chose the same way I would a cat or a dog. A family home where they were clearly loved and cared for and well socialized. The lady also had a nine year old daughter too so the rats were also used to children too.
This has worked quite well for us as 4 days in they are already running to the door of their cage when we come to see them and climbing all over us and sleeping in pockets.
Though it would have been disastrous if it also meant that they had some hidden genetic condition due to uneducated breeding.
Thanks again
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Caroline

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