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by Kitkat
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Stacking Abodes?
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Stacking Abodes?

I'm pondering yet another shuffle round in my rodent room in the hope of squidging in a small desk so I can work up there and have beasties free ranging at the same time. One possible option would be to put my two abodes one on top of the other (obviously no wheels on the top one) so I wondered whet...
by Kitkat
Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: high whites
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: high whites

There were some instances of megacolon and related disorders in some high white rescue rats a couple of years ago. What do you know about their histories? Are they showing any signs of digestive problems?
by Kitkat
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: anyone heard of the risk of using one of kaytees products??
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: anyone heard of the risk of using one of kaytees products??

I agree, any scented products are potentially hazardous. There is a tendency to assume that as lavender is natural it's safe but in fact the oils in lavender are very strong and well known to cause reactions.
by Kitkat
Wed May 26, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: John Hopewell cages
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: John Hopewell cages

I've not had a JH cage but I did start off using thickets cages which are basically the same for rats. I second what Hannah says, they're not easy to keep clean for rats at all. I do like all metal cages for them though and would recommend an abode with a replacement tray made by John personally.
by Kitkat
Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Experienced rat vet in Croydon
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: Experienced rat vet in Croydon

I would definitely recommend seeing Emily at The Village Animal Hospital in Caterham(01883 348 483). She keeps small furries herself so is very compassionate and does all the vet work for two local rodent rescues so has loads of experience. The surgery is also very reasonably priced (I think it's £1...
by Kitkat
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Has anyone had Hopewell trays made for an explorer?
Replies: 42
Views: 787

Re: Has anyone had Hopewell trays made for an explorer?

Thank you I will check out that ebay seller :D

Karly that's a great suggestion too, I'll look into that thanks :D
by Kitkat
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Just back from the vets: Allergies/Asthma
Replies: 10
Views: 134

Re: Just back from the vets: Allergies/Asthma

Yes I would definitely ditch the biocatelet, it is very heavily perfumed these days. And as Clare says, try to avoid using other scented products such as detergent, fabric conditioner and air fresheners. I don't use any detergents on my animal (or human) laundry now and just use eco balls which work...
by Kitkat
Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Has anyone had Hopewell trays made for an explorer?
Replies: 42
Views: 787

Re: Has anyone had Hopewell trays made for an explorer?

I wondered that Han but I have quite a specific plan for my cage which houses my chins and goos. Hans won't live with Astro but the goos can mix around the two chin pairings. So my plan was to make a degu sized chute between the two halves (which I did before successfully when they were in the tommy...
by Kitkat
Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Has anyone had Hopewell trays made for an explorer?
Replies: 42
Views: 787

Re: Has anyone had Hopewell trays made for an explorer?

Well I've finally gotten round to emailing about this and John has said he won't make them with the cut out which is a major blow as I really want to keep the cage opened out. Has anyone found someone who'll make them with the cut out?
by Kitkat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden Blindness
Replies: 24
Views: 284

Re: Sudden Blindness

It's a very tough call and I think at the end of the day only you can know when the time is right. Personally, I tend to feel that if they're not eating then they're not enjoying life anymore and in general it's better to let them go sooner rather than later. As I say, the decision has to be yours b...
by Kitkat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden Blindness
Replies: 24
Views: 284

Re: Sudden Blindness

It really does sound like you have done all that you can then The portsmouth ratties are all such characters, I know what you mean. I still have Eva who was the extra one who joined Kimberly's litter, as well as two others. I'm amazed and incredibly grateful that they have lasted this long although ...
by Kitkat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: How to dispose of bedding in environmentally friendly way?
Replies: 20
Views: 240

Re: How to dispose of bedding in environmentally friendly way?

You can compost the poo of any animal fed on a vegetarian diet. In fact, it's beneficial to the compost and helps it break down quicker.
by Kitkat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden Blindness
Replies: 24
Views: 284

Re: Sudden Blindness

So sorry, but as you say she has done well. What dose of galastop is she on? I recall from my discussions with Vic about it that one should essentially keep increasing the dose until it helps (within reason). I *think* she said to me she had had a rat on about 0.4ml twice a day so if it's less than ...
by Kitkat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lice and treatment - a few questions
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Lice and treatment - a few questions

As above basically although I would say I usually give three doses a week apart for lice as they can be a bit harder to shift than mites and can also live off host.
by Kitkat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Facing rat & life dilemas :(
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Facing rat & life dilemas :(

I think I would start with a reorg; I sometimes find that moving their cage around can really perk up a group who are a bit in a rut. But otherwise I don't think it would be unreasonable to move them to something more manageable like a freddy for their retirement (assuming Molly is a similar age to ...