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by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 31, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Is this cage suitable for rats?
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Is this cage suitable for rats?

Hi, welcome to the forum! :D Yes, the cage would just about be okay in terms of overall volume, however I'd suggest removing at least one of the trays so that the rats have room to climb vertically. The bars are too wide for young rats or small does, so it would have to remain meshed, and the floor ...
by cyber ratty
Sun Oct 31, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: making a mix for old age/mixed age group
Replies: 3
Views: 835

Re: making a mix for old age/mixed age group

Hi - sorry for the delayed reply, I've been rather busy during October, haven't been on the forum much, and missed your post completely. Your mix ingredients look fine, and so long as you are combining the sections in the right proportions (as per the shunamite diet) then that'll be great for all yo...
by cyber ratty
Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Health
Topic: How long does Harkametcin take to kick in?
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Re: How long does Harkametcin take to kick in?

I would think they die within a few hours, and any more will die as soon as they hatch. In a few days you'll find scratches healing up well.

Lice are species specific, so no risk to humans. :)
by cyber ratty
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Severe ear infection?
Replies: 3
Views: 679

Re: Severe ear infection?

No, a PT usually presents with a sort of hunched posture, spiky coat, a sense of not really being with it, and an inability to hold food with hands crossing over each other.
by cyber ratty
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Severe ear infection?
Replies: 3
Views: 679

Re: Severe ear infection?

Ear infections need prompt treatment, but they shouldn't cause a rat to become immobile, it's more usual for them to be corkscrewing when the infection is at its worst.
by cyber ratty
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Please help baby rat worry
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Re: Please help baby rat worry

Some rats suffer from audiogenic epilepsy - could they have been having a fit when you hoovered? I'm sure he'll eat when he's hungry, but for taming, it's best to get them out of the cage and into your clothing in a different room anyway, so do that, don't let him avoid contact with you. They should...
by cyber ratty
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece
Replies: 2
Views: 853

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Fleece isn't absorpbant, so doesn't make good bedding.

If you're worried about costs, try shredding the paper packing that comes in delivery boxes.
by cyber ratty
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: ongoing respiratory problems
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: ongoing respiratory problems

The doxy may not have helped when they were young if they actually had pasteurella or parasitic bronchitis, so it's still worth trying it alongside some baytril (give them at separate times). Vets seem very keen on nebulising these days but I'm not convinced it helps, rats tend to get very stressed ...
by cyber ratty
Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Health
Topic: ongoing respiratory problems
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: ongoing respiratory problems

Firstly, welcome to the forum. :D Sneezing isn't always a sign of respiratory infection - when rats are very young it could be that they have parasitic bronchitis caused by bladder worms migrating to their lungs, so can be treated with ivermectin, If it is an infection, at that age it's likely to be...
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat vet around Teddington?
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: Rat vet around Teddington?

I don't know any personally, but if you get in touch with Alison at Valiance Rats, she will know.
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Soft food for a senior lady rat
Replies: 1
Views: 886

Re: Soft food for a senior lady rat

Rat Rations sells a mix which can be fed wet, #10, and if you need to build her up a bit, then moo mix is useful. Both found here.
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: older age problems
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: older age problems

If it's linked to his kidney function, then giving Ipakitine may help. On the strips you'll be looking for raised protein levels (compare with one of your other rats).
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Wires
Replies: 1
Views: 453

Re: Wires

It's tricky if you have a lot of wires - if they are mostly down one end of the room, you could use songmics panels to wall that end off.

If you have cables going along the bottom of one wall, you could encase them in a big conduit.
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: question about supplementing
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: question about supplementing

The frequency of supplementing seems fine, but I don't know anything about easy mover (or bioplus) - is that like senior aid?

I can't help you with the antibiotic time interval either I'm afraid.
by cyber ratty
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Second tumour in fancy rat
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: Second tumour in fancy rat

It's most likely that these are benign mammary tumours, and they can be linked to hormones which a spay would drastically reduce, so if a rat has a tumour removed it can be a good idea to spay at the same time. However, that's normally advised for rats who are younger when they get their first lump....

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