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by squeakrat
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Euthanasia methods?
Replies: 34
Views: 1037

Re: Euthanasia methods?

I've had two rats pts by an injection into the abdomen with no prior sedation, and both were very straightforward with no distress caused. I think one may have squeaked when injected, but this was just a minor protest (which I took to indicate discomfort/brief pain rather than severe pain). I was al...
by squeakrat
Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Will she be ok on her own??
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Will she be ok on her own??

You could either try and find a lone girl somewhere to pair with her and then rehome her after Autumn passes, or take on a pair, who could then be rehomed together when the time comes. If she's only 18 months, she could have quite a long time left, so I don't think it would be fair to her to keep he...
by squeakrat
Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: The big taste test..
Replies: 139
Views: 3298

Re: The big taste test..

Jessalina wrote:You're all mad.

Now I dare one of you to try Butcher's Tripe.
But would you feed it to your rats? Otherwise there is no need for anyone to try it 8)
by squeakrat
Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: All in together!!
Replies: 17
Views: 402

Re: All in together!!

It's weird though, my two more dominant boys have been fine with them, don't seem bothered at all. Boo has always been a quiet boy and is being horrible to the new boys. The more dominant boys are probably more confident in their position, but Boo might feel like he needs to try and establish his p...
by squeakrat
Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: All in together!!
Replies: 17
Views: 402

Re: All in together!!

Just leave him in there unless there's actual fighting - taking him out could mean taking a step backwards in him getting used to the others. Hopefully he'll soon stop being a drama queen! :luck:
by squeakrat
Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: The big taste test..
Replies: 139
Views: 3298

Re: The big taste test..

*emigrates to Australia* I suspect there are many more creepy crawly things in Australia than the UK - so probably a higher chance of one accidently ending up in your food.... I can't say I've tasted rat food (other than stuff which is also "human" food), but I have tasted baytril :sickrat: and met...
by squeakrat
Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Long Lived Ratties
Replies: 26
Views: 1095

Re: Long Lived Ratties

A bit of both there - they get fresh fruit salad now and again, but they routinely get some veg or fruit or part of whatever I'm eating that day, give or take a few exceptions. However I'm always keen to improve their diets, are you suggesting that fresh vegetables daily is a good idea for them as ...
by squeakrat
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Transport question
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Transport question

Travelling together in the carrier should help them bond, so I think its a good idea :luck:
by squeakrat
Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Bitten Off More Than I Can Chew!?
Replies: 14
Views: 522

Re: Bitten Off More Than I Can Chew!?

I'm glad you're not going to give up on them ... I mainly posted about rehoming them being an option, because this would not make you a rubbish owner - if it was the best option for them, rehoming them would be the right thing to do. Do they only nip when you try to pick them up? Putting them in a s...
by squeakrat
Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Violent 'grooming'
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Violent 'grooming'

If his fur is thin to start with, it is probably making it easier for you to see the scabs, so I would check the other boy carefully as well. Mites only tend to be a problem when the rat is unwell or run down, so keep an eye on him.
by squeakrat
Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Bitten Off More Than I Can Chew!?
Replies: 14
Views: 522

Re: Bitten Off More Than I Can Chew!?

You haven't mentioned it, so I don't know if you are thinking about it at all - but if you and your partner are both nervous about handling the boys and you don't have the time to invest in socialising them, you could always consider rehoming them. I'm not sure what your reasons were for getting bot...
by squeakrat
Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Catching rats after free range.
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Catching rats after free range.

I would try blocking off access to their hiding places, or restricting them to a smaller area until they get easier to catch. As well as free range, it will help them get used to you if you spend some forced one-on-one contact time with them as well - pop them in your dressing gown and carry them ar...
by squeakrat
Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: What an eart do you give them instead of newspaper?
Replies: 16
Views: 410

Re: What an eart do you give them instead of newspaper?

Some of my girls most favourite thing ever was ripping up newspaper - I used to put a layer under the substrate as well, which they used to love digging up and ripping pieces off :lol: I don't think they ever really ate any, so they wouldn't have been ingesting the ink in any case. I would imagine t...
by squeakrat
Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: How much mix do you feed your rats?
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: How much mix do you feed your rats?

I think as a general rule they should be getting enough dry mix every 24 hours to last them about 20 hours. This makes sure that they eat all the different parts of the mix. Can you tell how quickly they're getting through their bowl? If you have ratties who hide food, it can be difficult to tell! O...
by squeakrat
Sat May 28, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Whats the Metacam dose please?
Replies: 7
Views: 140

Re: Whats the Metacam dose please?

I would have thought a low dose would be fine for now, at least until you can check with the vet, so I'm sure they'll be fine with what they're on. :luck: Not very helpful of the vet not to tell you what the dosage was though, especially as vets normally give you the dog version, therefore adding to...