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by batty_rat
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Long Lived Ratties
Replies: 26
Views: 1095

Re: Long Lived Ratties

I'm super excited, I get to see Fargo on his third birthday!!! He will be spoilt rotten :P

I've just realised Hekla could be 2 yo now.... :o
by batty_rat
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding live insects?
Replies: 23
Views: 879

Re: Feeding live insects?

Guys, Fargo's three this month and losing alot of weight. And I suddenly thought, is it ok to give him the live insects as his kidneys are probs in a bad way and they are probably very high in rotein. But I also thought well they are pretty fatty, and he could do with a good boosting in healthy fatt...
by batty_rat
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Classroom pets?
Replies: 42
Views: 1279

Re: Classroom pets?

I didn't see your second post when I posted, re. you taking them home on weekends and holidays. My fear was that random children would take them in these time frames,something that never ended well with our science class hamsters. If the rats are coming home with you every night after school, that ...
by batty_rat
Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding live insects?
Replies: 23
Views: 879

Re: Feeding live insects?

Mamahase wrote:My girlies loved mealworms! My only problem with it was that the first time I gave it to Lily, she grabbed the worm, hopped on to her favorite dining spot (my shoulder), and proceeded to drop it down my top :roll:
*squirms*
by batty_rat
Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding live insects?
Replies: 23
Views: 879

Re: Feeding live insects?

Wow, that's a really positive response cheers :) I'll let their dad know right away so he can watch the boys go mad for some bugs :P
by batty_rat
Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding live insects?
Replies: 23
Views: 879

Feeding live insects?

Is this a wise idea?

Can they get worms from eating live crickets? As I was thinking how to enrich meal times for my boys (well get their dad to help enrich their day).

I don't know the risks involved and wanted to know if anybody else does it? Also, are there any benefits?
by batty_rat
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Health
Topic: old male rat with abces
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: old male rat with abces

he is on AB now,i was a bit worried because the hole is so huge,so it is just to be safe. Yes, the ABs should help clear it. :luck: Give him some yummy things after cleaning, I always found they didn't mind being cleaned so much if they knew they were going to get a yummy treat at the end :lol:
by batty_rat
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: old male rat with abces
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: old male rat with abces

Oh wow, that's quite a hole he's got! But Don't worry rats heal so well! It looks nice a clean, although when my old man got a p-gland abscess, it was full of gunk and puss and birght green icky smelly stuff, stunk to high heaven! I suggest bathing it with pre boiled, salt water, left to cool, one t...
by batty_rat
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: Health
Topic: HLD, now problem with front paws
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: HLD, now problem with front paws

Have you tried Metacam? That is an anti infammatory/pain relief, and I use it for my 31 month oldie who has arthritic hips. Has done him WONDERS. He now loves to free range again :) Although I should stress Metacam is quite hard on the kidneys, so I'd advise giving Ipakitine along side the metacam, ...
by batty_rat
Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: URGENT LINK TO RAT SWING PLEASE
Replies: 30
Views: 773

Re: URGENT LINK TO RAT SWING PLEASE

So sorry for your loss :(

Sending hugs x
by batty_rat
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: HLD, now problem with front paws
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: HLD, now problem with front paws

others just fizzle out within days I have to disagree with that. Usually the case is that it is the weight loss or loss of motor function that is a result of the PT that causes most rats to be PTS. And I've never known a rat to lose so much weight in three days....it usually takes alot longer than ...
by batty_rat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: HLD, now problem with front paws
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: HLD, now problem with front paws

Normally when rats have problems holding things like small (or big) bits of food it's normally a tell tale sign of a Pituitary Tumour. If you think this is the case, he needs galastop asap, as the sooner you treat, the better the chances are of a recovery. Although I don't think it's a permanent sol...
by batty_rat
Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Long Lived Ratties
Replies: 26
Views: 1095

Re: Long Lived Ratties

I.e. what I'm trying to say is don't worry yourself assuming you'll be losing them at 18-24 months just because you've lost one boy young - young deaths can be as much an anomaly as really old rats :wink: . Well we lost our young boy to an ear infection because we started new enrichment ideas and w...
by batty_rat
Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Long Lived Ratties
Replies: 26
Views: 1095

Re: Long Lived Ratties

To be honest I'm not really sure what to think, whether it's the luck of the draw or there is something to do with genes or environment, as we have a 31 month old who was from p@h. He was fed on nuggets for the majority of his life, and has never been to see a vet apart from regualr check ups and a ...
by batty_rat
Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: long distance train journey for an old girly - will she cope
Replies: 9
Views: 281

Re: long distance train journey for an old girly - will she cope

My boys LOVE the train, they poke their noses out and gather quite the crowd and revel in it, although they have not taken a three hour train ride before :lol: They have had journey which I thought might have stressed them out, such as to and from the vets in a car and also a train ride the same day...