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by Caza66
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What to do for the best
Replies: 12
Views: 3555

Re: What to do for the best

Hi and welcome. Include jasper in the snuggle bag. It may take him a bit longer but he will benefit more from it. If he is shy at being picked up then try to ‘scoop’ him up. Sit with them all on the sofa or floor of a secure room, let them climb on you and use the snuggle bag as a retreat.
by Caza66
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Health
Topic: HELP! Something stuck in throat?
Replies: 15
Views: 4226

Re: HELP! Something stuck in throat?

Hope she is ok.
by Caza66
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help
Replies: 5
Views: 1970

Re: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help

I know you said you tried tasty treats but I always use a bread and peanut butter or avocado. If it is tablet form, crush up and mix with peanut butter or avocado or if liquid, squeeze into a small piece of bread (half a fingernail size) and already some peanut butter. The only time it fails is if t...
by Caza66
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: back to flat hammock ,perch, rope?
Replies: 4
Views: 1702

Re: back to flat hammock ,perch, rope?

It might be worth going back until he is not hiding. But then some rats will always be a bit shy. See how things go.
by Caza66
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Do I need a vet???
Replies: 2
Views: 4820

Re: Do I need a vet???

Sorry she is feeling unwell. It’s porphyrin, not blood. All rats have this but they usually wipe it off before you see it. When you see it it’s because they are not feeling well enough to groom or whatever is making them unwell is producing porphyrin in excess. When you had her on baytril what dosea...
by Caza66
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: back to flat hammock ,perch, rope?
Replies: 4
Views: 1702

Re: back to flat hammock ,perch, rope?

Are you able to get them all out at once, wear a hoodie/clothes you don’t mind being pooped on, and then sit on the sofa and watch tv for 20 minutes at a time, or sit in the bathroom with them where they can free range and climb on you (so long as there is no where they can get stuck in holes etc).
by Caza66
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 2 y/o buck drooling and lethargic
Replies: 5
Views: 2067

Re: 2 y/o buck drooling and lethargic

Hope he keeps getting better.
by Caza66
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Health
Topic: 2 y/o buck drooling and lethargic
Replies: 5
Views: 2067

Re: 2 y/o buck drooling and lethargic

Poor fella. Hope he is ok today? I don’t think it sounds like pneumonia, I think they breathe heavy from their abdomen with that. It sounds like he had something stuck in his mouth/throat but you said there wasn’t anything. I do hope he is better.
by Caza66
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Getting rats out of the cage
Replies: 2
Views: 1377

Re: Getting rats out of the cage

If they are happy to be picked up then do so. It will only slow their interaction if you wait for them.
by Caza66
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rats and trust
Replies: 1
Views: 1219

Re: New rats and trust

Yes, they sound fine. It is a new home so they have to get used to new sights, sounds and smells. I usually sit on the sofa every night for 20 minutes watching tv whilst they get used to things. Doesn’t sounds like you will have problems.
by Caza66
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cages
Replies: 7
Views: 3280

Re: Cages

You can spend some money and get a metal one made, from places like John hopewell. Or you could buy measured pieces of Perspex and stick them together. I’ve had both, found the Perspex didn’t stick together very well but other people have had more success than me.
by Caza66
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: rat cage
Replies: 2
Views: 1628

Re: rat cage

This look very similar to an explorer (I think). I have an SRS and thought I would struggling to hang things in the bottom level but it isn’t an issue, once you have it you soon work something out. If this cage is like the SRS then I think they are guards rather than deep trays, there may be shallow...
by Caza66
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: Rat homes and interactions
Replies: 2
Views: 4726

Re: Rat homes and interactions

Hi and welcome. I would take the house out, and also take out tubes and just leave in hammocks and ropes and just give them time. But it sounds like they are doing fine.
by Caza66
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introducing 5 Month Olds to 20 Month Old Bucks
Replies: 1
Views: 1149

Re: Introducing 5 Month Olds to 20 Month Old Bucks

Most of my guys have been rescued from one source or another so good to take these guys on. At 5 months old they may be getting to the teenager stage, however, using the carrier method here - http://fancyratsforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=52, should alleviate any potential issues with territory. G...
by Caza66
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Health
Topic: How serious is porphyrin?
Replies: 1
Views: 1121

Re: How serious is porphyrin?

A lot have rats have porphyrin, it’s just that they clean themselves before you see it. It is only when it is in excess because of illness or they are that poorly they cannot clean themselves. It could be sneezing due to a new environment and they will soon adjust. The only time I would suggest a ve...

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