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by Helzie
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: how much blood = foul?
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: how much blood = foul?

Glad to hear your two finally made friends! I always laughed that my two minky boys were always together - one American and one English mink, and completely unrelated, but always tucked up in the same hammock. Hope they can sort it out. One of them needs to get over himself so they can go back to be...
by Helzie
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: how much blood = foul?
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: how much blood = foul?

They're kicking off again... :angry: Watching them, they're each as bad as each other. Malin is throwing his weight about and Faeroe is following him around and prompting it. My lads have had a few long weekends away with my lovely ratsitting friend- maybe that's unsettled them and they'll settle on...
by Helzie
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: how much blood = foul?
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: how much blood = foul?

Well, they've been confined to just one half of the SRS, and will put them in the Critter if there's any more nonsense! Sure enough, they were all snuggled up harmoniously together this morning. There were a few squabbles on free range last night, but really nothing at all serious. *sigh* From what ...
by Helzie
Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: how much blood = foul?
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: how much blood = foul?

Thanks for your experience. I agree, I really don't want them split up for long, so I'm off home now to put them back in together, where I can watch them. Today would be the day when our landlady makes her annual inspection, and the thought of my quiet, clean, really-nothing-to-object-about-honestly...
by Helzie
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: how much blood = foul?
Replies: 11
Views: 949

how much blood = foul?

We have two older boys of about 2 (Lundy and Malin), and two younger lads who are coming up to 1 (Faeroe and Hebridy), all living fairly harmoniously in an SRS. Until recently there had been little friction, the odd squabble, boys being boys, but nothing serious. Recently, there has been some tensio...
by Helzie
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Hat ears
Replies: 16
Views: 1360

Re: Hat ears

actually, i don't know what hat ears are supposed to look like? :-? are Zazie's? her ears are always positioned like this, as opposes to my Siamese Zima's ears are facing the front and upright. http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/ayalafillette/IMGP0535.jpg those are a fine example of hat ears! :lol:
by Helzie
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Black Spot Appearing On Skin
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Black Spot Appearing On Skin

Stubbly rat! Hee! :lol:
by Helzie
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Curled up tail
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Curled up tail

Not worrying at all - it's very common in rats who love wheelrunning (hence I've never seen it in any of mine! :-? ) It just means the muscles in her tail that hold it up out of the way are a bit overdeveloped, and that she's got used to holding it out of the way when she runs. Let her enjoy her whe...
by Helzie
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rat is aggresive... Help!
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: My rat is aggresive... Help!

:D

so glad he's found a friend and is much happier!
by Helzie
Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lumps
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: Lumps

Not necessarily- it could be a tumour, but much more likely an abscess (will come to a head and burst) or a sebaceous cyst (ditto), neither of which are terribly serious. It probably isn't serious, but keep an eye on how quickly it grows ( or not) and show it to a vet if you're at all worried.
by Helzie
Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rat pulling up cover during freerange..
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: Rat pulling up cover during freerange..

Lostgirl08 wrote:What about a party table cloth? X
I often use one of those thick plastic-y tablecloths too - works quite well and wipes clean!
by Helzie
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Calorie requirements - elderly rat on babyfood
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Calorie requirements - elderly rat on babyfood

Baby food is quite high in water, I would imagine - how about bulking it up with some couscous or EMP?
by Helzie
Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Plastic Corner Shelves - Design Flaws & Suggestions
Replies: 69
Views: 2283

Re: Plastic Corner Shelves - Design Flaws & Suggestions

I voted for the green option on the poll, but meaning dark green. There's no way I'd buy lime green. I feel it's a little unfair sticking the two opposites in the same poll option when for other colours dark and light have been seperated :) . This^^^ Dark green, definitely. this sounds exciting! I ...
by Helzie
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Red reflection
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: Red reflection

Yes, it means they are ruby eyed, not black. Ruby can be visibly reddish, or darker so that it looks like black and only shows up under a flash. What varieties are they? It goes with certain colours. I have an American mink and American cinnamon with ruby eyes.
by Helzie
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: are ice pods safe for rats?
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: are ice pods safe for rats?

If it's hot weather, I'd think they'd benefit from getting a bit wet- it would help them to cool off. If you're worried, I think hammocky hammocks make covers for them, or you could wrap it in a tea towel.