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by cyber ratty
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Multiple choking episodes
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Multiple choking episodes

I've known of other rats who had a habit of choking occasionally, never worked out the reason though. It sounds like he's choking every time? If so, maybe the first choke hurt his throat and once it heals he'll be able to eat normally, but equally there's presumably a risk of a growth that's getting...
by cyber ratty
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bar chewing, causing rust on newish cage :(
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Bar chewing, causing rust on newish cage :(

I don't consider rust to be a problem for the rats, it's just extra iron if they were to lick it.

Obviously it will eventually shorten the life of your cage, but that's years away.
by cyber ratty
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Daily essentials/calcivet
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Daily essentials/calcivet

I don't think so - although you may be able to mix it into water and use that water to make porridge perhaps? If they don't like the taste though, they won't eat the porridge.
by cyber ratty
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Scared Girl
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Scared Girl

Remember that the babies won't be old enough to introduce in 5 weeks, so it will be longer. I think the best solution is to keep looking for company sooner, maybe there's another single adult girl needing a friend asap and then you can still introduce the babies when they are old enough. I've recomm...
by cyber ratty
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden illness
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: Sudden illness

Have you tried looking on the facebook group Rat Rescue Network UK? You can put a wanted post up there too.
by cyber ratty
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden illness
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: Sudden illness

7 weeks or more is a long time for her to be on her own, keep an eye on her appetite and mood because rats can get very depressed on their own and just give up. When the kittens are old enough (generally at least 8 weeks old and over 200g in weight for does) introduce them using the carrier method, ...
by cyber ratty
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden illness
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: Sudden illness

I'm very sorry, what a distressing situation. :( It's hard to know what happened to Daisy, but sudden extreme symptoms are more likely to be due to choking, or an epileptic fit, possibly even an insect sting in the ear. Ear infections are treatable but come on gradually, and a brain tumour would als...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: scatter feeding/diet question
Replies: 16
Views: 2136

Re: scatter feeding/diet question

i have mixed DE1 and calcivet in a small 75ml bottle, at first i tried the recommended dosage and after that i have tried it less and more diluted. If you've still got some in the cupboard, then I'd make it stronger - i.e. the right dosage, but only using about 25 - 30ml given that you only have 2 ...
by cyber ratty
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: what cage am i looking for?
Replies: 6
Views: 1316

Re: what cage am i looking for?

I don't use one, but I could put one together if needed (e.g. for a holiday cage). The problem there is that the floorspace is still quite small, especially for a group of adult bucks - it would be fine for your 3, but not once you've added younger rats.
by cyber ratty
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Intro question
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: Intro question

Can you tell me why 3 days in the hamstercage is needed? Even if everything is going very well? I personally find 3 days is the minimum necessary to cement a new set of circumstances (e.g. I don't sleep well on holiday until I've been there 3 nights), and I think it is also required to help the rat...
by cyber ratty
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: scatter feeding/diet question
Replies: 16
Views: 2136

Re: scatter feeding/diet question

How did you mix the liquid supplements? How much of each, in how much water, and how did you present it? How long did you leave it for? Did you leave a bottle of plain water as well?
by cyber ratty
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: scatter feeding/diet question
Replies: 16
Views: 2136

Re: scatter feeding/diet question

Yes that will probably work okay - although the greenmile will be good at absorption and odour control anyway so you don't really need to shell out for the extra B2N.
by cyber ratty
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: fresh food/DR3
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: fresh food/DR3

For 3 rats it will be one scoop of DR3, and I would give it 4 times a week.

Be careful not to give too much fresh veg - it is full of water, and may fill the rats up without providing a lot of calories, which the youngsters will need. The veg you listed is all fine.
by cyber ratty
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Intro question
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: Intro question

I would give them at least 3 days and nights in the hamster cage, even if you can't put a hammock in. Then move them into the empty furat on Tuesday, and add a flat hammock on Wednesday if all is well.
by cyber ratty
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: New Rat advice
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: New Rat advice

I normally advise people collecting kittens from me to expect their rats to want to come out and meet them as soon as they've explored their new cage - but at the moment, I'd advise leaving them for 24 hours due to the risk of there being active covid-19 virus on their coats. If you decide to handle...

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