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by Mulberry (Jane)
Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Old age?
Replies: 11
Views: 550

Re: Old age?

I wanted my Little Jon who had a PT to die at home, but she didn't, and eventually I decided that the only kind thing was PTS. She had enjoyed being nursed, and fed, and I was around to give her 24 hour care, but eventually I felt all quality of life had gone. I think only you will know when the tim...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions after cagemate's death...
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: Introductions after cagemate's death...

I'd go for it, if Rufy can relax enough to go to sleep with the youngsters, and they are allowing him to be alpha, I'd leave them together (initially minus furniture) I'm glad you've found a way to sort company out for Rufus.
by Mulberry (Jane)
Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: At my wits end!
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: At my wits end!

What about reintroducing one boy to the kittens and keeping them as a group of 3 until the kittens seem settled with their new companion (hopefully only a few days), then adding another boy, & repeating until you have all of the original group back together, plus the kittens. If you know who is alph...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions after cagemate's death...
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: Introductions after cagemate's death...

Don't assume Rufus would be alpha with 2 girls.... my (biggish) male was, in the prime of his life, totally dominated by his much smaller sister, now after her death (he is now elderly) he is dominated by one of his 2 new female companions.
by Mulberry (Jane)
Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions after cagemate's death...
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: Introductions after cagemate's death...

Sorry to hear about George, RIP. You've got several options, any of which should give Rufus the company he seems to crave. Rats do grieve if they are bonded with their companion and your description movingly illustrates this. It does seem to help if the lone rat has company as soon as it is feasible...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: free ranging
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: free ranging

Have you got any toys/interesting things to explore like boxes/food that they don't often have outside the cage? If you give them interesting things to do rather than just running about, this should encourage them to enjoy freeranging.
by Mulberry (Jane)
Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New Ratty Mummy Concerns
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: New Ratty Mummy Concerns

Welcome to you & your ratties. Sneezing is quite common for rats stressed by a major upheaval in their lives, as you say, don't worry for a couple of weeks if Tokyo seems well in other respects and is still eating & drinking. As well as getting used to their new environment, your boys will be gettin...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bit of an awkward one ( Skin tag on privates )
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Bit of an awkward one ( Skin tag on privates )

One of my boys has exactly the same, it appeared suddenly a few months ago but has stayed exactly the same since. My vet said it is a wart, no treatment necessary.
by Mulberry (Jane)
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Changing groups/moving rat(s)from one to another??
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Changing groups/moving rat(s)from one to another??

If this group has only recently come together you may just be seeing hierachy still being established. If there is no blood being shed I would not hurry to change the group. If Smudge is physically bigger than Badger he could sit on her, if he chooses to! It sounds like Badger may be number 2 in the...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Old age?
Replies: 11
Views: 550

Re: Old age?

I don't want to panic you, but I would go along with your gut feeling that something is wrong with Loki. I would take him to see a vet. A urine test would show if he has kidney problems which can show up as hind leg mobility problems and general malaise. If Loki has a problem like this he can be tre...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: First time rat owner seeking help
Replies: 10
Views: 1005

Re: First time rat owner seeking help

Hi, welcome to the forum. Your girls' behaviour sounds quite normal for mischievious, intelligent young rat teenagers! Once they have discovered a chink in your armour (a place under your bed, under a book shelf, behind the computer etc that is virtually or actually inaccessible to you) this will be...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What percentage of bucks need castrating?
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: What percentage of bucks need castrating?

Out of 13 bucks I've had, one (Tuck) has been castrated. At the time I didn't have any buck kittens to introduce him to. Tuck is perfectly happy living with ladies, and his quality of life post castration has seemed better than before, but in hindsight I would have tried him with young rats before c...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: 2 lone adults and intros?
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: 2 lone adults and intros?

brilliant!
by Mulberry (Jane)
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What have I done wrong??? :(
Replies: 14
Views: 986

Re: What have I done wrong??? :(

If you have ruled out that Bear is unwell & in pain (which isn't always easy to tell), then having more rats may be a good idea. It may be better to get kittens as introductions will be easier and young rats will accept one of yours as alpha. My first 2 unrelated pair of bucks ended up so unhappy to...
by Mulberry (Jane)
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bleeding from Lady parts - Please help!
Replies: 44
Views: 432

Re: Bleeding from Lady parts - Please help!

It doesn't always appear to be particularly sinister. I have a doe, Excaliber, who is 23 months now. She has had 2 episodes of bleeding from her lady bits, one 7 months ago, one last month. In both cases whatever she had (saw a different vet on each occasion and neither was sure) she responded to a ...