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by yuuki_forever
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rats in heat?
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Rats in heat?

I've never had humpers, personally. Mine just chase and sniff each others bits! But I wouldn't worry about it unless there is a serious fight and blood is drawn
by yuuki_forever
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Joey, I will never kiss you again :(
Replies: 12
Views: 1129

Re: Joey, I will never kiss you again :(

My Merrick used to do this. Amazing moth hunter, really slim and agile. Maybe why I fell for ratties in the first place (my berkie boys loooved spiders). I have a special hatred for moths, a huge one tried to fly in my mouth once in a packed bus station. Scream, stamp! Weird looks :o
by yuuki_forever
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Pregnancy weight gain
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Pregnancy weight gain

They tend to groom each other a lot, or she might just be more conscious of her messiness. Some does don't show nesting behaviour til the night before, or hours before giving birth, but your doe seems a normal-ish weight. Don't panic, if she does surprise you with eepers there's plenty of help on he...
by yuuki_forever
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Need help picking out new cage (old one was bitten through)
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: Need help picking out new cage (old one was bitten through)

The only criticism I have to offer here are the shelves and ladders. Rats do not do very well on wire/mesh flooring, as they can get their little feet stuck and injure themselves, and it's also been linked to bumblefoot (very painful swelling on foot). You could buy plastic to go over the top, thoug...
by yuuki_forever
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: whats safe??
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: whats safe??

Enamel Plastikote, the child-safe one. It comes in pots or spray cans, people on here use it to refurbish cages and I've used it on wooden shelves, they have no interest in chewing it. You can buy it at wilko's for about £3 a can.
by yuuki_forever
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Pregnancy weight gain
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Pregnancy weight gain

One of my girls put on 30g in one week once, so it's certainly possible that it's just her new home and diet causing the weight gain. The normal gestation for a rat is 23 days, I know you say you've had her almost three weeks, so she should be ready to pop soon if she was pregnant. Has she displayed...
by yuuki_forever
Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: "free ranging" down your jumper!!
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: "free ranging" down your jumper!!

I find voyages down the top go down wonderfully at the vet. I had Rukia in after her choking episode and resp issues, and in the middle of the exam she jumped up and like a shot, straight between the boobies. Vet (male!) couldn't do owt for laughing, while I turned away to fetch her out. High-necked...
by yuuki_forever
Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Im a grandmother
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Im a grandmother

Where are you based? I'm sure someone on this forum would be willing to foster the mums for you. Please don't give them back to the shop, it just means they make more money from that error and probably make the same mistake again. Demand supplies off them to help raise the kittens. Also, I don't mea...
by yuuki_forever
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Curled up tail
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Curled up tail

Yeah, she's always used the tail as a fifth leg when she's standing upright, feels very odd on my arm. She's building up her shoulders on the wheel, though, ever since the Eximius girl showed her how to use it.
by yuuki_forever
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Which aviary as a rat cage??
Replies: 14
Views: 393

Re: Which aviary as a rat cage??

I have the Tall Chinchilla, and it is honestly the bane of my life. It rattles, the wheels stick, I've had to plasti-cote the shelves (they seriously pong!) and fix the bars as they bend so so easily. Also, the bottom tray is shallow and corrodes too easily and the flap lets all your substrate out, ...
by yuuki_forever
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Curled up tail
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Curled up tail

My Rukia holds her tail up (like a meerkat), but it's more of a balance thing as she's missing half her tail. She never even saw a wheel until a month ago and is now running like a pro, and I've never seen such a muscular tail on a rat. I wouldn't worry about it, as long as they're getting exercise ...
by yuuki_forever
Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bleeding from Lady parts - Please help!
Replies: 44
Views: 399

Re: Bleeding from Lady parts - Please help!

Sadly I've had this recently. It was very sudden, a terrific amount of blood, and we couldn't save her. The vet took samples and scanned her, but her uterus was empty and there was no sign of bacteria/pus in the blood. Up until the bleeding started she was fine, just prone to phantom pregnancies. Th...
by yuuki_forever
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: spot on for small rats?
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: spot on for small rats?

Thanks Beri, I've only heard of olive oil for ticks on dogs, but assumed since mites can move it won't be as effective. I thought about buying the bigger thing, but since I only have the three rats it doesn't seem to be very cost-effective. Didn't realise you could by a smaller pack, will be orderin...
by yuuki_forever
Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Infested!
Replies: 47
Views: 1148

Re: Infested!

Shove the food in a sealable plastic tub first, if there's no moisture there it can't go soggy. I'd say give it a good 12 hours, maybe 24 if you're worried, but generally the rats don't care about a few bugs. Mine have always been excellent moth-hunters (secretly why I love them so much.)
by yuuki_forever
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Not For the faint hearted!!
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Not For the faint hearted!!

Rats see mice as competition and, unfortunately, dinner. You shouldn't worry about introducing new babies, as long as you take time, do watch out though as some wild rodents carry nasties which could pass on to your rats. Invest in humane traps for the rest of the house, mice don't usually go anywhe...