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by cyber ratty
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Diy rat toys
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: Diy rat toys

I think if the paint is declared to be child safe, or the blocks are sold for parrots, then they will be okay.
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: How to build op the group

It should be very straightforward, but that depends on the maturity of your older kittens and how big the younger ones are. Use the carrier method, but it may be possible to skip most of it and just go straight into the main cage after spending a few hours in the carrier. If the younger ones are 200...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: How to build op the group

Rats do do better in groups of 3 or more for that very reason - I would get another 8 week old now (can you get a sibling from the same place?), and then add 2 more in a year's time, and then again once your numbers drop to 3. Your group will therefore fluctuate between 3 and 5, but most of the time...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: scatter feeding material
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: scatter feeding material

You can buy substrate in smaller packs from Rat Rations, or club together with other owners who could share the bale with you?
by cyber ratty
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: feeding + supplementing
Replies: 20
Views: 678

Re: feeding + supplementing

Growing rats need lots of cooked carbs - and protein fed in isolation won't be utilised by the body effectively (hence why the atkins diet works). I would mix the protein in with the carbs. What sort of dishes have you been serving? Giving supplements in a little bottle (don't add it to their main w...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do about rat urine?
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: What do I do about rat urine?

It's impossible to know what improvements could be made without seeing how you have set the rest of the cage up, but rats don't need shelves to run about on - give them lots of ropes/branches/beams to climb around on and baskets/perches to sit in/on, and a couple of hammocks instead, and ideally a l...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do about rat urine?
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: What do I do about rat urine?

The problem with ease of access to information online is working out which is good vs which is bad... if you like youtube, then you can trust the Isamu channel. :luck: ... I have heard that rats can be prone to respiratory infections if the cage isn't cleaned enough. It is true that if ammonia build...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

They are too young to be hormonal, so I'm sure you'll get there. Have you discussed their behaviour with the breeder? They may have better tips for you. Forced bonding isn't about trying to hold them for as long as possible, no kitten is going to put up with that, life is far too exciting to stay st...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do about rat urine?
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: What do I do about rat urine?

I have washed their wooden gnaw toys before but it ruined them, they began to soften and crumble to bits, so I threw some out. They need wood to gnaw on though. Ah!! In that case the toys you have are the type made from compressed sawdust and sugary starch, and not suitable for any animals. Buy som...
by cyber ratty
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Female biting
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Female biting

Spaying girls definitely makes a difference to them - not always for the best... I had a pet home who adored the temperament of my girls, but they liked to routinely spay for health benefits, and found that after spaying my girls lost their 'spark' which was what they'd loved so much. Of course, if ...
by cyber ratty
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do about rat urine?
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: What do I do about rat urine?

I can honestly say that in 19 years of keeping rats I've never been sprayed with urine - I think you must have been extremely unlucky! Urine from any source will have bacteria in it, and eyes don't have a lot of protection, so that would explain your infection, but it's not a high risk on normal ski...
by cyber ratty
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

I'm in favour of forced bonding in nearly all cases, so yes, I'd go back to that. I wouldn't put up with him thinking he can dictate where or when you handle him, I feel it's important to establish how you expect to interact from the start. Some breeders handle their rats (and kittens) in a more dom...
by cyber ratty
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone

I'd leave her be now, just keep an eye on it.
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone

That should heal up okay if you choose to manage it open. :luck:
by cyber ratty
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone

I would ask the vet for some pain meds then - usually metacam or loxicom.

If you want to try bandaging again, then vetwrap (which sticks to itself) would work better than a sock, but make sure it's not too tight.

Where is the wound and what was the op for?

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