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by [cub]
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 15
Views: 191

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

I'm so sorry. It does sound like you and the vet did everything you could, but there was probably something more severe than just heart issues going on, and those sorts of ailments can be difficult if not impossible to treat in a rat. :(
by [cub]
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 15
Views: 191

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

Hm, those symptoms are a bit worrying. Lack of coordination and being a bit out of it are both suggestive of neurological issues, not so much heart issues. I'd take him to the vet again if those symptoms don't improve soon; he may need a steroid injection. If he's drinking very little, check he's no...
by [cub]
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 15
Views: 191

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

Glad it's something more treatable than an internal mass; hopefully the medication will help him feel better.
by [cub]
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

Have you spoken to the breeder at all about these issues? I have to say, this kind of nervousness and/or aggression in well-bred rats is quite unusual. This is all sounding more like the sort of behaviour I might expect to see from pet shop or poorly socialised rescue rats. If I were their breeder I...
by [cub]
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How to build op the group
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: How to build op the group

You could also consider adding a pair of older rats, if a suitable kitten can't be found; they won't provide age-appropriate play in the same way, but they can still help spread the social load a bit, and also produce a more mixed-age group. I have to warn you, a group of 4 is unlikely to be viable ...
by [cub]
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: scatter feeding material
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: scatter feeding material

If it is literally just for scatter feeding and the cage base uses something else (e.g. fleece) then you can use anything diggable. If you have a paper shredder, shredded paper is cheap and easy to make yourself just from your scrap paper. If it needs to actually help control cage smell though, you'...
by [cub]
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Fresh foods suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Fresh foods suggestions

I mostly haven't given my rats fresh meals as such. They do get fresh food every day, but it's usually just trimmings of whatever vegetables we're having, or some mixed frozen veg. I give the same weight in fresh as they get in dry mix, though apparently that's a lot compared to most people. Once a ...
by [cub]
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 15
Views: 191

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

I'm very sorry; that was absolutely the right decision. I was fearing it might be something like an internal tumour given the symptoms. :( I hope The Governor doesn't take it too hard, and if he doesn't have any other rat company, it'd be a good idea to start seeking out friends for him now. I hope ...
by [cub]
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Quality of Life Advice Please
Replies: 15
Views: 191

Re: Quality of Life Advice Please

I would definitely want more diagnostics at this point as it's pretty clear that there's something serious going on, and previous treatment has not resolved it. I haven't dealt with severe respiratory illness myself so I don't know if an x-ray would be most useful, but that's something that the vet ...
by [cub]
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

You don't often get lap rats until they're old and grey (and frequently male and neutered as well :lol: ) so leaping around is expected in rats this young. In-cage biting from an otherwise handleable rat is territorial aggression, and not uncommon. I have heard reports of some rats being trained out...
by [cub]
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: feeding + supplementing
Replies: 20
Views: 678

Re: feeding + supplementing

I use DR3, with occasional Daily Essentials. DR3 is what I rely on for calcium, vitamin D, and copper (the three micronutrients it provides). Daily Essentials is there just as an all-round top-up for everything else, though it doesn't actually state how much it contains of most of the micronutrients...
by [cub]
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: [HELP] Rat wont leave stitches alone

2 weeks??? What precisely did she have? I can't off the top of my head think of anything that lasts for that long in a rat; they tend to metabolise drugs extremely quickly.
by [cub]
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hormonal Implant for rats
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Hormonal Implant for rats

I've heard good things about Ashleigh so I'm a bit surprised they're so reluctant to spay tbh.
by [cub]
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hormonal Implant for rats
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Hormonal Implant for rats

I have no experience with it myself; I've only read about others' experiences. First thing to note is that it absolutely should not be relied on for contraception in rats; I think that's because there's no data on its reliability for this purpose. Of course, you could contribute the first data point...
by [cub]
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Different bonding techniques for different rats?
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Different bonding techniques for different rats?

A fit and healthy rat, especially a young one, is going to want to go exploring, so trying to escape from you is fairly normal. It's generally recommended that if you want to do the forced bonding method, you do it in a room that isn't the one their cage is in. The room will smell different to what ...

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