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by [cub]
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Double rex
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Re: Double rex

If she's not too underweight and otherwise well in herself, then just enough of a good quality, nutritionally balanced dry mix should do it. If the others don't need to put any weight on then she may need to be fed extra meals separately, so they don't nick it off her. Otherwise they can all get ext...
by [cub]
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Double rex
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Re: Double rex

She'll probably need to eat a bit more than the others as she doesn't have fur to keep warm. Just weigh them all regularly and keep an eye on their condition; you don't want her getting skinny but you don't want her (or her friends) getting spherical either. I've heard some people do moisturise thei...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How to attach rope
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: How to attach rope

Not sure it's possible without leaving the electrical tape inside the cage, or unravelling the rope. I guess you could see if they chew the tape and remove the rope if they do.
by [cub]
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 6
Views: 892

Re: Sneezing

I am probably the last person you want advising you on food as I tend to overcomplicate things, but I'll have a go. :lol: My main issue with feeding nuggets to rats in general is that it's a monocomponent diet being fed to a highly omnivorous species. Every mouthful is the same, and since rats have ...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 6
Views: 892

Re: Sneezing

"I used to love science selective. It was the only block food suitable for rats. Unfortunately it has now changed to “rat and mouse food” and has now got too high a wheat content which is harmful for rats kidneys! Any food aimed at two animals is usually useless for both as they have different nutr...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 6
Views: 892

Re: Sneezing

I've googled it and it says rats shouldnt sneeze. Well whichever site said that is spouting complete nonsense. Anything with nasal passages is going to get detritus stuck in those nasal passages from time to time, and sneezing is a good way of dealing with that. Just as in humans, the odd sneeze is...
by [cub]
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Substrate and bedding recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Substrate and bedding recommendations

It's worth knowing that Fibrecycle also make a paper-based cat litter called Breeder Celect. It's actually almost exactly the same as Back-2-Nature: same material, but a slightly different shape pellet. (BC pellets are cylindrical, while B2N pellets are slightly flatter.) I order a few 30L bags at a...
by [cub]
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Ear infection or ZGT?
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: Ear infection or ZGT?

I'm not honestly sure how you tell, since I've never had one yet, and as I understand it ZGTs can have abscesses attached. :( I'd want something other than Baytril for an abscess though; co-amox is a leading choice for abscesses in general, and I've heard good things about metronidazole for facial a...
by [cub]
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help, my vet is closed till tomorrow.
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Help, my vet is closed till tomorrow.

If she's very unwell you may need to get her to an emergency vet. If you can manage to collect a urine sample, that may be helpful in checking if it's something like a urinary tract infection. Just pop her in a clean, empty cage or carrier and wait for her to pee. This often stresses them out though...
by [cub]
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Soundproofing rat cages?
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: Soundproofing rat cages?

I don't think most attempts to soundproof the rats, while having them in the same room as you, is going to work without compromising their health. Anything that blocks sound significantly will block airflow significantly, because that's how sound works. A soundproofing curtain might help if it's big...
by [cub]
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Does this stuff work for rats?
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Does this stuff work for rats?

I've never heard of chlortetracycline being used in rodents and I don't know whether it's even safe for them, nevermind effective. 0.2mL doxycycline is meaningless without knowing the concentration of the liquid, or for that matter the weight of the rat. She might need a higher dosage: standard UK d...
by [cub]
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: stress bar chewing
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: stress bar chewing

I don't know much about bar chewing in rats specifically, but sometimes when an animal develops a stereotypical behaviour, nothing you do can deter them thereafter. That certainly happens with over-grooming, where a rat who develops that habit just has bald patches for the rest of their life. I woul...
by [cub]
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Best way to acclimatise rats
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: Best way to acclimatise rats

Presumably they'll be coming home with you at the weekends and during the school holidays, in which case I would have a cage at home as well as at school, and settle them in at home first.
by [cub]
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Female Rat is unwell
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Female Rat is unwell

If she's well enough in herself that euthanasia doesn't seem immediately necessary, then I would definitely get that discharge investigated and treated, assuming it's not something that requires a spay. If it does require a spay, then I would consider whether or not going for surgery is in her best ...
by [cub]
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Female Rat is unwell
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Female Rat is unwell

Hard to determine what a discharge is based just on a description, but it might be a sign of a vaginal infection, which would require antibiotics, or possibly some weird kind of uterine infection, which would require a spay. Both require veterinary attention. Is the tumour operable? If not, I would ...

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