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by Mayamy
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What is a suitable age to introduce babies
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

Re: What is a suitable age to introduce babies

Nothing useful to add as I imagine it'd come down to size/weight and bucks are still a mystery to me (although I tend to make sure they're ~200g first). But I love the names and hope they settle in well with the adults in the long run!
by Mayamy
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Where to find new rats (Sheffield)
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: Where to find new rats (Sheffield)

The inability of so many pet stores to correctly sex rats does sadly mean there tend to be a lot of babies out there in rescues or homes who have often been much better socialised than those in pet stores and hopefully had a better start diet-wise too. The comments on how well rats travel are worth ...
by Mayamy
Sat May 20, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Paddy - URI
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: Paddy - URI

Not really got enough experience to be all that sure about anything, but have you tried a combo of ABs at any point, or is it always just one at a time? I know people sometimes try an AB to target myco (which I think baytril, ronaxan and veraflox all do) with something like co-amox to hit other poss...
by Mayamy
Sat May 20, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Which is better Reggie Rat or Burgess Rat Royale?
Replies: 7
Views: 1442

Re: Which is better Reggie Rat or Burgess Rat Royale?

If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick the Reggie Rat hands down. Nuggets are rather boring for rats, but if I was going to feed any pellet easily available in the UK it would be Science Selective as I prefer the ingredients (no poor quality meat protein). There are a couple of articles on fee...
by Mayamy
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rat Proofing a room with a few tricky problem areas?!
Replies: 8
Views: 1702

Re: Rat Proofing a room with a few tricky problem areas?!

Rather than worry about letting them out in a whole room, do you have a bed or sofa (although you need to be careful about escapees down the back) you could get them out on? If they're nervous, a large space is probably just going to freak them out to start. What I tend to do with newbies, scared or...
by Mayamy
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rat collar??
Replies: 4
Views: 2053

Re: Rat collar??

Even if you did manage to attach something, I doubt it would stay on for long :lol: If it did, it probably wouldn't be very comfortable. I know breeders will sometimes use marker pen on the tail to tell kittens apart (making sure to use a non-toxic brand, I think sharpies are okay, but no personal e...
by Mayamy
Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: It's All Gone a Bit Wrong...(Biting)
Replies: 6
Views: 1324

Re: It's All Gone a Bit Wrong...(Biting)

If the previous owner couldn't get one rat out of the cage then it sounds like the poor girl probably hasn't had very many positive experiences with humans. That said, dragging her teeth along your hand doesn't sound like a normal "bite" I agree. Is it possible that if she got used to food appearing...
by Mayamy
Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Dealing with the loss of cagemate
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

Re: Dealing with the loss of cagemate

If she's in good health, at under 2 years old, if there is any way for her to have ratty company - be it trying to foster or something else, then I'd strongly recommend at least looking into all possible options as I assume otherwise she has to spend a significant amount of time alone. As far as toy...
by Mayamy
Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help - wounded rat
Replies: 3
Views: 1063

Re: Help - wounded rat

I've seen similar before and it healed up just fine by itself. I left my girl with her sister overnight and by the next morning I initially wasn't sure I'd picked up the right rat, it sealed up so quickly. I'd keep half an eye on the group though, as if the fighting's significant enough it could be ...
by Mayamy
Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Alspan (Alder wood) toxic for rats????
Replies: 1
Views: 675

Re: Alspan (Alder wood) toxic for rats????

I'm afraid I don't have any specific knowledge about alder wood outside of anything I google. However, if you've noticed the sneezing start since you used the bedding, then switching to another one, as you're doing, seems sensible - even if it's not due to the wood, there could be some dust involved...
by Mayamy
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Cocoa butter
Replies: 2
Views: 626

Re: Cocoa butter

Lip balm doesn't seem to have done any lasting damage to whichever brats of mine have found some (nor does eating candle :sick: ). However, I can confirm that lip balms are super exciting, yummy and must always be ratnapped, so be careful :lol:
by Mayamy
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Help needed with introductions please ASAP!
Replies: 24
Views: 3123

Re: Help needed with introductions please ASAP!

Sounds like things are going well :) If you're really happy with how settled they are, moving to the half SRS is definitely an option, but if they're still in the "small" version of the Freddy 2, you could give them the entire Freddy and furnish that (limited/not enclosed) for them as another interm...
by Mayamy
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Should I introduce a new (old) rat to an old boy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1363

Re: Should I introduce a new (old) rat to an old boy?

Sorry to hear about Bertie, sounds like you've had a tough rat year :( Fingers crossed things work out for you and Oskar.
by Mayamy
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Should I introduce a new (old) rat to an old boy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1363

Re: Should I introduce a new (old) rat to an old boy?

No buck experience but my intros with older does have been some of my easiest - the older does have tended to sniff everyone, thought "yay, new pillows" and gone to sleep :lol: They've always seemed to enjoy the company. That said, if you get one old rat to introduce, you may still end up with a lon...
by Mayamy
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Savic royal suite for young rats
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Savic royal suite for young rats

The bar spacing for the SRS should be fine for does - just make sure you push the right panel on the top, as the bottom and middle mesh are wider (but have a tray sitting over them, so the rats don't come into contact with them). I know lots of people who keep does in them, including me. I'm pretty ...

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