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by SuzyN
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Could it be hayfever or resp probs?
Replies: 8
Views: 1535

Re: Could it be hayfever or resp probs?

It is nowhere near enough, you definitely need 14 days for it to be effective, and whilst you may see an improvement after 4 days you really need to complete the course. :luck:
by SuzyN
Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Will 2 more ratties make smell worse?
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: Will 2 more ratties make smell worse?

I agree, whilst it might be better for you, the ratties will be wondering where their familiar smells have gone each day :lol: I do a full cage and hammock clean weekly, and with close to 40 rats I find it easier to space out cleaning throughout the week. :luck:
by SuzyN
Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: URGENT advice needed! Potential introduction coming up!
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: URGENT advice needed! Potential introduction coming up!

Doe intros are generally easier and what we have done is to get the new owners to bring their existing rats when collecting babies, and introduce them here, and generally by the time they have all travelled home together in a carrier the intros. are pretty much done. Avoid putting them into a large ...
by SuzyN
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Classroom pets?
Replies: 42
Views: 1728

Re: Classroom pets?

We have homed a pair of rats to a teacher as classroom pets for primary aged school children, although they were his pets they were invaluable to to the children for learning about the caring and responsibility of having pets. The children kept us updated with drawings etc., and really loved the rat...
by SuzyN
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: worried about my girls sleeping patterns..
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: worried about my girls sleeping patterns..

Rats are not truly nocturnal, they are crepsicular which means they are most active at dawn and dusk, although if you could hear the noise ours make through the night you would have to wonder :lol:
by SuzyN
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: pregnancy question
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: pregnancy question

Yes, I would definitely take her our, once Mum has given birth she may be very protective of her babies and will want to concentrate totally on them :luck:
by SuzyN
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Suddenly lethargic rat? Help :/
Replies: 18
Views: 438

Re: Suddenly lethargic rat? Help :/

I must admit to being a bit confused, I thought you worked at a vets, so would they not be your vets of choice :-? If it is respy then hopefully she will respond to baytril but it has to be at the right dose, best split into morning and evening, and I would advise 14 days minimum. :luck:
by SuzyN
Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Any Essex Breeders?
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: Any Essex Breeders?

by SuzyN
Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: Health
Topic: albino rat going bald
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: albino rat going bald

Is her cagemate barbering her :???:
by SuzyN
Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Any tips to get babies to eat their protein?
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: Any tips to get babies to eat their protein?

I would contact the breeder :wink: most breeders are more than happy to give follow up advice and support if new owners have any concerns. :luck:
by SuzyN
Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Lost rattie found me...
Replies: 35
Views: 1799

Re: Lost rattie found me...

I am sure Jackie will be successful, she does seem to have a 'way' with difficult rats and has immense patience and experience, hope they will both be back with you very soon :hearts:
by SuzyN
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:30 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Help! our little girl hates to be handled?!
Replies: 14
Views: 443

Re: Help! our little girl hates to be handled?!

I agree with what has already been said regarding getting her a cagemate asap. You also say that she is in a very large cage, this might be rather overwhelming for her and causing her to feel insecure, it might be better to try and get a smaller cage for her, which could double as a hospital cage if...
by SuzyN
Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Decisions Dilemma - Another Substrate Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Decisions Dilemma - Another Substrate Thread

We use Ecopet and find it very good, virtually dust free and certainly doesn't seem to cause any breathing issues :wink:
by SuzyN
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat personalities
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Re: Rat personalities

I think it is a little of both, certainly we see definite traits in our babies, which generally continues as they grow, but also I believe that you can nurture, for example, an extremely shy and introvert ratty into a rat that is confident and assured. :D It always surprises me that in a litter of s...
by SuzyN
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pine shavings = sneezy babies
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Pine shavings = sneezy babies

I am amazed that you have babies of only 4 weeks old, that is way too young to home out babies unless there were very exceptional circumstances :o I would certainly let them settle for a few days and see how they are :luck: