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by icklepinkrat
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Sleeping and toileting habits
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Sleeping and toileting habits

Hi there. Do you have an igloo/box for your boys to sleep in? Most of my rats like to sleep under cover or in their hammock, although I do occasionally find someone sleeping somewhere odd, such as in the corner or litter tray. Do your boys go in the hammock when they're awake? It may be that they've...
by icklepinkrat
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Worried about Bob
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Worried about Bob

Bob seems to be doing a little better today. I saw him eating some egg Mayo that I left out for him, rather than only eating from the spoon I offer him. I've been tempting him with mashed potato and cat food! His breathing sounds a bit wet today, but we have an appointment with the vet tomorrow so I...
by icklepinkrat
Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Worried about Bob
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Worried about Bob

Thanks for the reply. The vet and I did consider a PT, but we thought that the very sudden onset probably excluded that. I'm more concerned by the fact that bob went downhill very suddenly after seeing the vet. I've been syringing him water and have managed to get him to eat a tiny amount of strawbe...
by icklepinkrat
Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Worried about Bob
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Worried about Bob

Apologies in advance for the long post! On Thursday night I found Bob flopped out in the bottom of his cage, unable to support his own body. At first I thought he may have fallen and hurt his back, but he is only kept in a Freddy 2, so wouldn't have fallen very far. He stilll seemed bright and alert...
by icklepinkrat
Tue May 31, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Rats on a budget
Replies: 42
Views: 1909

Re: Rats on a budget

I make hammocks out of Wilkos flannels. They do a pack of 3 for about 89p and come in loads of colours so you can co-ordinate! Plus they absorb wee quite well, as my girls are lazy so & sos who won't get out of bed to pee! :rollred:
by icklepinkrat
Tue May 31, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Nail clipping!!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Nail clipping!!!!

I find that it takes 2 people to do most of mine. A couple just sit still and let me get on with it, but a couple shriek and squeal as if i'm killing them! I always get my hubby to hold as i've got better aim! Don't be afraid to hold them firmly, as this will help you to avaoid removing a whole toe!!
by icklepinkrat
Tue May 31, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Costs for lump removals
Replies: 23
Views: 377

Re: Costs for lump removals

It seems to me that prices vary by area rather than by individual vets! :roll: My vet charges about £100 for a lump removal. That usually includes theatre time, anesthetic and pain relief for afterwards. My vet doesn't usually reccomend a check-up after the op, as he doesn't see the point in stressi...
by icklepinkrat
Mon May 30, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Red urine
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: Red urine

Thanks for the reply. I'm pretty confident it's not pyo as I've had 2 girls in the past with that. The blood is defiantly coming from her urethra. My vet is usually willing to try alternative treatments, but is it best to start with baytril or to try something different to hit it hard?
by icklepinkrat
Sun May 29, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Excessive Weight Gain *pics*
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Excessive Weight Gain *pics*

I had a similar thing with one of my girls, which turned out to be an ovarian cyst. We had her spayed at 2 years and she lived to be 3 so it was defiantly worth doing.
by icklepinkrat
Sun May 29, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Red urine
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Red urine

This evening I noticed that Tilly (approx 10 months) is passing red urine. Is this likely to be a bladder infection? I will be booking a vet appointment for her, but is the vet likely to prescribe the usual baytril or something different?

Thanks in advance!
by icklepinkrat
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Hemcore
Replies: 17
Views: 399

Re: Hemcore

I trird hemcore when I ran out on finacard (my mum uses it for her horse so she gave me some) and within a day all of my rats had started wheezing. It does smell quite strong, so I'm not suprised it upset them. I had to empty it all out and use newspaper until my finacard order arrived :roll:
by icklepinkrat
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Wagging Ears
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Re: Wagging Ears

If I forget to wash my hands after handling the boys and then stroke Bella when she's in season her ears vibrate so fast you can barely see them! :P I thinks its hilarious!
by icklepinkrat
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: lump - strange location
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: lump - strange location

I've just been through the same thing with my girl Peanut. She developed a lump in the same place that you describe, just to the right of her spine, but quite far back, at sort of hip level. Hers popped up pretty much over night, but continued to grow quite quickly. We decided to have it removed las...
by icklepinkrat
Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump- odd position
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: Lump- odd position

Update- Managed to get a cancelation appointment at the vets today. The vet thought it might be an abcess or cyst, so he attempted a fine needle aspiration. There was no fluid within the lump and he said it was quite hard, so I guess that rules those out. He said we could either remove it now, or ju...
by icklepinkrat
Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Abode correx skirting question
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Abode correx skirting question

I have a tower cage and I use mini bull dog clips to attach the correx to the black plastic base (on the front only), as my little terrors kept sliding the correx up and throwing their bedding underneath it when I used cable ties.