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by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:40 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece
Replies: 12
Views: 1302

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

I'm not sure about that, I would worry about bringing in an infection. A bag of 'clean' topsoil only costs about £5.
by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:36 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: shelves
Replies: 6
Views: 57

Re: shelves

Not in Wales, but Kaiju Stud is in Wigan, they'd be worth contacting. Don't forget that rats travel very well on public transport, so if you don't drive, anyone on a suitable train line would be worth considering.
by cyber ratty
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:03 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece
Replies: 12
Views: 1302

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Topsoil adds bacteria - so don't get sterilised or there won't be any, but make sure it has no added fertiliser.
by cyber ratty
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:00 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: shelves
Replies: 6
Views: 57

Re: shelves

Rebel Rattery in Swansea are still breeding - contact details can be found on the NFRS list.
by cyber ratty
Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:58 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Wood branches from outside for the cage?
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Wood branches from outside for the cage?

Fruit trees (apples, pears) are good too, sadly I don't have any of those.
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece
Replies: 12
Views: 1302

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Yes Zoe's article is great - I used that to help me get mine set up. The only difference I think is that I mixed topsoil (25%) in with the coco fibre (75%). :luck:
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: The Shunamite diet
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: The Shunamite diet

The general principles are definitely still valid, but some of the specific ingredients or suppliers may have changed or no longer be available. I had a quick scan through and spotted that PAH nuggets were listed as a suitable base food :o which they absolutely are not (I think their recipe changed,...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: shelves
Replies: 6
Views: 57

Re: shelves

You may find this article very helpful too. The way I view shelves is that while an area of flat floor is beneficial, too much at the expense of other furnishings is a waste. Also, a flat shelf will just get weeed and pooed on, and do nothing for the rats. If you adapt a shelf with a deep tray and f...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:10 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Swollen side of face...
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: Swollen side of face...

See my reply to your other post - the behaviour changes and this swelling could be linked. It's possible that he has an abscess, which could be resulting from an injury sustained during a scrap, but the fact that he had porphyrin (the red discharge) first, suggests that it's more likely he already h...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Can I seperate my Bucks?
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: Can I seperate my Bucks?

A change in behaviour like that could be caused by a medical issue, so it would be worth getting him checked over. It might also be that the hierarchy is changing, and putting the group through an introduction using the carrier method should help them sort things out quickly and safely. It's never o...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:58 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Wood branches from outside for the cage?
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Wood branches from outside for the cage?

I've used branches cut from trees in my garden (so I know they haven't been sprayed with anything nasty), and I let them dry out for 6 months outside, then just gave them a scrub (boiling water is a fab idea) and put them in the cage. Silver birch and Maple are good because they don't have any sharp...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jan 04, 2022 9:00 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece
Replies: 12
Views: 1302

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Strips of material will have the same issues - lack of absorbancy, and with towelling you'd also need to watch out for nails getting caught in loops. If you want to virtually eliminate waste, but also want to provide the digging and foraging enrichment they ought to have, you might want to consider ...
by cyber ratty
Fri Dec 03, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Ratty questions
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Ratty questions

I echo what tumbleweed has said, but will add that a coco 100 cage is just as good as the mamble, has a bigger door and stronger bars, and may be easier to buy atm. You can get 10% off using the code FANCYRATS here https://www.littlepetwarehouse.co.uk/products/coco-rat-hamster-cage-with-platforms-la...
by cyber ratty
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Is this cage suitable for rats?
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Is this cage suitable for rats?

I hope you're enjoying having your rats, and that you've not had trouble interacting with them, but if you have, then adding a pair of tame well raised kittens from a good breeder asap will be a real help. (Young rats need some same age company, so you won't find a good breeder willing to home one o...
by cyber ratty
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How much did I mess up buying this cage?
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Re: How much did I mess up buying this cage?

See if you can lay the cage on its side (create a temporary base using cardboard or correx) - although 50cm height is also rather restrictive so long term you will need a better cage.

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