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by cyber ratty
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes
Replies: 9
Views: 234

Re: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes

Sorry to hear that. :(

If it is a PT then steroids can help in the short term. You should probably start making plans for Ash in terms of future companions.
by cyber ratty
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Pituitary dwarfism
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Re: Pituitary dwarfism

I've never heard of that. Very interesting though, could you post some pictures of him please?
by cyber ratty
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes
Replies: 9
Views: 234

Re: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes

Supplements aren't needed daily, for a #11 diet give them 3 times a week, for an isamix version give them twice a week. Veggies don't need to be daily either, 3 - 5 times a week is fine. Either give DR3, or give both calcivet and Dr. Squiggles. If you opt for Dr. Squiggles, make it up separately in ...
by cyber ratty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes
Replies: 9
Views: 234

Re: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes

The 'dust' you recall seeing will have been made up of seaweed, garlic, and dried herbs - I would still recommend #11, but when you get it, mix up the bag thoroughly so the finer ingredients get distributed more evenly, or alternatively you could use the 'dust' to make small cookies for the rats to ...
by cyber ratty
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Spotty ears
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Spotty ears

That's good. Had you already treated her? Did you get a 'before' picture?
by cyber ratty
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Spotty ears
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Spotty ears

'Cauliflower ear' is something rugby players suffer from due to repeated trauma when their ears get mauled in a game. I can't imagine why she thinks there is a link between ear spots and the rat being so depressed they aren't eating or drinking, which in itself is obviously an emergency situation an...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Spotty ears
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Spotty ears

It will be mange mites, a quick application of ivermectin will sort it out. Poor girl, quite apart from leaving her alone, how could they not have treated her! She will be so uncomfortable. :x
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New companions or not?
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: New companions or not?

He should definitely have rat companions asap, no rat should live on their own. All rats have myco, so don't worry about him infecting them. Since he is neutered, you have the option of introducing rats of either sex which should speed up your search. You could look for a couple of kittens, but intr...
by cyber ratty
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

I have to say, if I want to pick a nervous rat up then I just use my thumb and fingers around their chest and under their armpits ('backpack' method), but I am confident and quick in doing so, so they have no choice in the matter! I don't have time for tentative and cautious scooping in that sort of...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

Rats can only be terrified for 20 minutes maximum, they 'thaw' after that, and will start to realise nothing dreadful happens to them. :) He may be still nervous after the first couple of sessions, but he should improve. When he's content in your hood, speak gently or sing to him, pop your hand up i...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Baby Rats Playing
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Baby Rats Playing

Establish a bond with your youngsters, especially teaching them their names, and to come to you on command (e.g. for a small treat). Then start free ranging in a safe area without any hidey holes or wires - a hallway is often a good option, or a bed/table/sofa. Sit in the bare space with them, and o...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Male Rat Help
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: Male Rat Help

It can be done, and will work in many cases, but if it doesn't, then neutering the newcomer will help. Introduce them using the carrier method (detailed here ), but give them a week to calm down by moving their cages into separate rooms, and don't switch bedding around, it'll just frustrate them bec...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New babies - reassurance needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: New babies - reassurance needed!

I would definitely advise the '20 minutes in your clothing' method - it's no good letting them get away with avoiding being handled. You really do need to take control and they will be much more relaxed once they know that you are in charge. Browse recent threads for details on how the sessions work...
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owner a little worried
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Re: New owner a little worried

It may seem counter intuitive, but you need to remove all places where they can hide, just let them have flat hammocks and open baskets as well as perches and ropes. Spend as much time near the cage as you can, and sing or talk to them a lot. Are you handling them? Have a browse through the various ...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Health
Topic: PT support
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: PT support

Yes, I would get him on steroids asap, and I'm afraid that although they should help for a while (maybe a month?), it's not going to be long enough to worry about long term side effects.

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