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by BasilTheRat
Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Forum Admin and Help
Topic: An overview of the new forum
Replies: 235
Views: 7970

Re: An overview of the new forum

I'll definitely be getting the expanded PM space, forever having to delete messages, and I'm far to lazy to actually copy-and-paste stuff :roll:
by BasilTheRat
Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Flat Packable cages
Replies: 12
Views: 653

Re: Flat Packable cages

Just to point out I think the Abode would be a poor choice for Ruby, I'm certain she could squeeze herself out of the bars. Its also really heavy, and not a quick task to reassemble (requires tools, like the explorer).
by BasilTheRat
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What do you buy from rat rations?
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: What do you buy from rat rations?

If you don't want all the hassle of making your own mix, there are some pre-made mixes you can order, which have everything that adult rats will need for healthy eating. This one is a good looking mix, and its designed by one of the moderators on the forum (Cyber_Ratty): http://www.ratrations.com/no...
by BasilTheRat
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 2 of mine are being spayed today
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: 2 of mine are being spayed today

Looks like the vet has done a wonderful job with them! Are they on baytril and metacam? Here's hoping for a speedy recovery :D
by BasilTheRat
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 2 of mine are being spayed today
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: 2 of mine are being spayed today

I'm properly copying you, because my next rats will be bucks, and they're going to be castrated when they're old enough too :lol: Wow you are copying me! However I was never intending to get my bucks castrated, but was done for aggression and hormonal problems ;) I do love having a mixed sex group,...
by BasilTheRat
Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 2 of mine are being spayed today
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: 2 of mine are being spayed today

Glad they are fine, it looks like you have come to the same conclusion I reached about a year ago! Preemptive spaying makes sense when you have had a lot of case histories of pyometras, lumps and other hormonal related doe problems. I'm glad they have come through the surgery okay!

:D
by BasilTheRat
Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Changing rat's name?
Replies: 34
Views: 1070

Re: Changing rat's name?

I have always changed names, though two of my rescues didn't come with a name (they had borg designation codes ;)) :lol:
by BasilTheRat
Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Contraceptive Pill
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: Contraceptive Pill

There have been a few instances of this in the past, reported in the health forum. I don't think any one has had a problem in the past with their rats eating a contraceptive pill. I'm sure she will be fine.
by BasilTheRat
Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Age of elective spays
Replies: 18
Views: 727

Re: Age of elective spays

I've not spayed as routine yet but we've decided to routinely spay any young healthy rescues we get from now on. I didn't know you had come to that decision! I think its a good idea, none of my girls have developed any lumps or anything, so I think the spaying early has really improved their health...
by BasilTheRat
Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Age of elective spays
Replies: 18
Views: 727

Re: Age of elective spays

I'm sure I've read that it's done by some vets between 3 and 6 months. I have heard that range before as well. 6 months was the recommended age I was given, if I remember correctly. It was rather a long time ago now when I had all the girls done! I wouldn't want to put a 3 month rat through surgery...
by BasilTheRat
Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Age of elective spays
Replies: 18
Views: 727

Re: Age of elective spays

According to research done by my vet, the 'optimal' age for routinely spaying a doe is between the ages of 6 and 9 months. The research indicates that does spayed within this age range will have their incidents of mammary tumours cut to only 4%. Unspayed does are at a 50% risk of mammary tumours (*)...
by BasilTheRat
Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:08 pm
Forum: Show Your Setup
Topic: Explorer/Ferret Nation/High Rise Mammal
Replies: 120
Views: 7071

Re: Explorer/Ferret Nation/High Rise Mammal

This weeks layout...
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by BasilTheRat
Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: best website?
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: best website?

I tend to buy all my ratty stuff from either Equine Canine Feline or The Rat Warehouse. The rat warehouse is cheaper, though they don't have quite so much stuff to choose from! Rat Rations also do some toys and stuff, which is handy if you are putting in a food order at the same time, since you save...
by BasilTheRat
Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Which is your favourite hammock maker?
Replies: 91
Views: 3034

Re: Which is your favourite hammock maker?

Rat@2E wrote:The only time we (Mrs R) buys hammocks is at rat shows. She'd buy them from a door-to-door hammock sales rep too, if there was such a thing.
The look on your face at the last Meldreth show was priceless, when Mrs R was buying more hammocks from a stall!....... :lol:
by BasilTheRat
Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Which is your favourite hammock maker?
Replies: 91
Views: 3034

Re: Which is your favourite hammock maker?

Ratty_Rhian wrote:
BasilTheRat wrote:For the record I voted Betty's Beds. I love the triangular box house hammock things! I have two of them :)
Hey! Surely I'm your favourite hammock maker as they are always free (or exchanged for rat sitting) :lol:
:lol: But that wasn't an option on the list ;)