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by cyber ratty
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Baby Rats
Replies: 5
Views: 38

Re: Baby Rats

Fab :luck:
by cyber ratty
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Baby Rats
Replies: 5
Views: 38

Re: Baby Rats

At that age you should be able to see their stomachs filling up - the milk band is visible through the skin. They look as though they can fit about 0.5 - 1ml in. Are they responding when you toilet them? It is very difficult to hand raise rat kittens from that age, I wish you luck, but you maybe sho...
by cyber ratty
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: If I put rocks in the cage will they pee on them?
Replies: 2
Views: 94

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

I wouldn't put rocks in as decoration, I'd think there could be a risk of one getting hurt if the rock rolled (by being undermined), and it's like to get mucky underneath it. For a natural look, fill the cage with branches for navigation, natural looking plant pots for beds, wooden perches, sisal ro...
by cyber ratty
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Can I place my rat cage on the floor?
Replies: 2
Views: 44

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

I've found rats are more relaxed if the cage is raised a bit - even if it's only by 6".
by cyber ratty
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly 14 week old rat
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Poorly 14 week old rat

There is a chance it could be parasitic bronchitis, so it's worth applying some ivermectin.
by cyber ratty
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: New rats and sceptical wife
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: New rats and sceptical wife

That's great. :)

Your best places for in cage furnishings are poundshops, Ikea, charity shops, garden centres, and suchlike :luck:
by cyber ratty
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Red nose crusting after intros
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: Red nose crusting after intros

Yes it can be a sign of stress. Keep an eye on them though in case an opportunistic bug like myco affects them.
by cyber ratty
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: New rats and sceptical wife
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: New rats and sceptical wife

Three is definitely better, and as a breeder, I won't home rats to only live as a pair because it's just not fair on them. Explain to your wife that the main benefits are: A group of three is no more work, and you can have some 1 - 1 time with a particular rat without leaving one behind on their own...
by cyber ratty
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Need advice taming an older rat
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Need advice taming an older rat

If he does have a neurological cause for his behaviour then there isn't likely to be a way round it, however he may improve with some more rat companions. Do you forewarn him when you approach? Could he be deaf or blind, does he respond to sounds or to visual signals? It is possible to pick up an ag...
by cyber ratty
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Possibly Pregnant Rat!
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Possibly Pregnant Rat!

You'll need to put the picture somewhere public (e.g. facebook with public settings), and then use the image tags around the url, or just give the url for us to click on. If she spent 2 weeks on her own, then you've had her for a week, that adds up to 3 weeks not 2, so it sounds like she is due to d...
by cyber ratty
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What is good and what is not
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: What is good and what is not

Yes we have a list - there's a link to it and our other most popular articles in this post :luck:
by cyber ratty
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: New litter
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Re: New litter

You need to sex them urgently, girls can become pregnant from as young as 5 weeks. Litters without background info should be separated at 4.5 weeks. This article has pictures to help you, but if you still aren't sure then post pictures of each here. You should at least be able to divide the group in...
by cyber ratty
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat health
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Re: Rat health

It sounds like she has either a uterine tumour which has ruptured or a pyometra (infection) - either way she needs to be spayed asap, I'd move your appointment forward to today if you can.
by cyber ratty
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Should I introduce a new rat?
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Should I introduce a new rat?

It is great for the rats to live in a mixed age group, and if you want to continue keeping rats the best way to keep a group rolling forward is to add a couple of kittens each year so you end up with a group fluctuating between 4 and 6. Groups work far better than a pair, because rats have evolved t...
by cyber ratty
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New corner rat cage
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Re: New corner rat cage

Most metal cages are lacking a decent depth to their tray, so we usually buy cut to size perspex from sheet plastic companies and stick the panels together ourselves to make a good tray. I would think it will be possible for you to do that, but may be difficult to get the curve right... you could po...

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