Square tails in rescue rats.

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Square tails in rescue rats.

Post by ancient-crone » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:28 am

Good morning.
I am looking after some rescue ratties at the moment, and I have noticed at the bases of their tails, the tail is squared. I cannot for the life of me remember what this means but having said that I am fairly sure it is a dietary thing. Can it be corrected by a better diet? Is it an indicator of deficiency that can be remedied?
Thank you
Me, Ronnie, Reggie and Ralph. Sooty, Smudge, Fritz and Red.

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Re: Square tails in rescue rats.

Post by cyber ratty » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:32 am

It is a sign of poor nutrition in early life. If they are kittens still, then you might be able to improve it by giving them good quality high protein foods, but a lot of adults with a square tail will stay the same no matter what food you give them now.

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Re: Square tails in rescue rats.

Post by ancient-crone » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:40 pm

They are all older rats, 2 of them codgers!! I wondered if that might be the case. I will feed them up as best I can, maybe if I get them really podgy .......!!!
Thank you for replying.
Whilst I am here, I noticed that one of the older boys has lost the use of his little fingers. His hands grip but his little fingers stick out, like a posh person drinking tea. I have never seen the like in my ratty owning years. :D
thank you again.
Me, Ronnie, Reggie and Ralph. Sooty, Smudge, Fritz and Red.

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