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by ScissorCrow
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Ear infection or ZGT?
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: Ear infection or ZGT?

His abscess opened up over the weekend but the pus was thick and hard to remove. Last night I noticed his bottom teeth seemed pushed to the side so it must be affecting his jaw. Took him to the vets this morning to ask them to anesthetise him and clean the abscess out and see how deep it went and if...
by ScissorCrow
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Substrate and bedding recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Substrate and bedding recommendations

Hi I use Finacard as a substrate I buy it from RatRations . It costs £10.80 for the bale and at least £7.80 for postage so I usually buy food, accessories, treats etc at the same time to make it cost effective. You can buy it direct from the supplier for £17.50 inc postage They were out of stock of ...
by ScissorCrow
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Ear infection or ZGT?
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Ear infection or ZGT?

Arthur is 2 in September. On Friday 5th July I noticed the hair near his ear looked wet and flattened, I couldn't perceive anything leaking out or anything in the ear. He went to the vet Tuesday and the vet looked in his ear and said it was inflamed and prescribed encrocare (baytril) 2.5% 0.1ml twic...
by ScissorCrow
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: If I put rocks in the cage will they pee on them?
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: If I put rocks in the cage will they pee on them?

Yes, they will pee on everything! :P If you notice the cage starts to stink and there a puddles of pee everywhere have a look at your layout and take away the items they have wee'd on - which will most likely be flat shelves - and replace the with things that encourage activities like climbing with ...
by ScissorCrow
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Can I place my rat cage on the floor?
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Can I place my rat cage on the floor?

Hi, welcome to the forum. It depends on the room and cage placement - if the front door opens into a living room for example you wouldn't want the cage on the floor by the door as it would get draughty. Similarly if the cage was in a coldish room like a garage (which isn't really suitable as there i...
by ScissorCrow
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly 14 week old rat
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: Poorly 14 week old rat

Can you copy from the prescription label what he is taking at what dose? Ie "baytril 2.5% 0.2ml twice a day". Would be helpful if you knew his weight too, just to check the dosage. I used to struggle to get mine to take meds then I found this method that hasn't let me down yet :luck: Break a small p...
by ScissorCrow
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Baby Rats Playing
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Re: Baby Rats Playing

Do you have a totally secure room like a bathroom or hallway?

If they're small maybe just playing on the bed would do?
by ScissorCrow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Re: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please

Got another email today! "Hello May I wish you a happy healthy New Year. As you know towards the end of last year we lost our supply of waste cardboard and had to withdraw our pride and joy product Finacard. During our travels looking for a new supplier, we came across material which will make excel...
by ScissorCrow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Re: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please

I can't offer advise on an alternative, but I thought I'd share that I got an email from Finacard on 10th December that read: "Hello I regret to write to you saying that we had to stop supplying Finacard Unfortunately, we are unable to supply Finacard at the moment. Our supplier of waste card is una...
by ScissorCrow
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Newbie!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Re: Newbie!!!!

Hi, at the top of this Habitat forum is a "useful stuff and frequently asked questions" Announcement that contains links to articles such as this one on substrate and litter you might want to read through all the options there. I use Finacard shredded cardboard as a substrate as my rats enjoy spendi...
by ScissorCrow
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

I think it's too soon to worry, give them more time. Sounds like you're doing the right things, you can offer runny food (weetabix, yoghurt, babyfood) on a metal spoon to encourage them to sit and eat in your presence instead of dashing off and so they learn not to bite down too hard. You say baby 4...
by ScissorCrow
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Rat rehoming and rescue help
Topic: How to adopt lab rats?
Replies: 4
Views: 1095

Re: How to adopt lab rats?

Not especially helpful, but information nonetheless: In 2013 I rehomed 4 males through this forum from a uni lab in Durham I contacted them last year about the possibility of rehoming some more and got this response I have spoken to my colleagues about this. The number of rats involved in our resear...
by ScissorCrow
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Thinking about getting rats
Replies: 5
Views: 2563

Re: Thinking about getting rats

Don't worry liaren77, rats don't have different breeds. The different ear types Standard/Top Ear and Dumbo are just to do with genetics.
You might come across rex rats that have fuzzy coats, this is also just genetics.

There are lots of different coat colours of rats, but no different breeds.
by ScissorCrow
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Anywhere to buy large cage doors?
Replies: 2
Views: 712

Re: Anywhere to buy large cage doors?

I've never seen just a door for sale, perhaps you'd have some luck buying a whole cage second hand from gumtree, ebay, carboot, charity shop etc. and just taking the door off.

Sounds like you've done it before, but I remember this useful guide Beri put together on how to add a door.
by ScissorCrow
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New female rattie biting
Replies: 3
Views: 805

Re: New female rattie biting

Hi, sorry no one more experienced has replied yet, here's some advice I found around the forum... I was taught a trick by someone on the forum a few years ago when I had a girl who used to draw blood. Ball your hand into a fist and just nice and casually present the back of your fist to the rat. If ...

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