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by beetroot
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Best Probiotic
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Re: Best Probiotic

I know the yoghurt ones are rubbish. The ones I take in a pill are amazing. If it's combined with prebiotics, which really can just be good prebiotic food like onions and leeks the evidence is that the good bacteria lasts.

I might try the Protexin. This one looks quite good though.
by beetroot
Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Best Probiotic
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Best Probiotic

Having recently discovered the huge benefits of taking them myself, I thought it would be good to get some for the rats. I've done a search but can't find any recommended brands. Is there a particularly good one?
by beetroot
Tue May 31, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Dosage of ivermectin
Replies: 6
Views: 604

Re: Dosage of ivermectin

Personally, I'd just give it to them. You're smallest rat isn't that small. The stuff in the individual pipettes is in a gel. Rub it in a bit. It doesn't matter if others groom it off. It's all going into the rats bloodstream and will deal with lice or mites. Have you added anything to the cage? I'v...
by beetroot
Sat May 07, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Rat rations complete mix - which one?
Replies: 13
Views: 1428

Re: Rat rations complete mix - which one?

On the ratRations page with No.7 on it,it says 'Rats fed on just the straights with no attempt to give vitamin D/calcium could become quite ill over time. The easiest way to supplement has to be with a Calcivet/Calciform type of liquid that goes into the water.' so is that needed with No.7 then?
by beetroot
Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage from hell
Replies: 13
Views: 2506

Re: Cage from hell

When I bought a critter new it didn't have any instructions. They should tell you that you have to pull those springs far enough to have a secure fastening. It is a safe cage if this is done.
by beetroot
Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Neutering confusion and horrible prolapse???
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: Neutering confusion and horrible prolapse???

Personally I think it's too soon but others more experienced with castrations may know better.
I think RattyRenton is right about the steps. Don't put them in the same cage too soon.
by beetroot
Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Funny noise?
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Funny noise?

Bruxing can be a happy or a nervous noise. its like a low squeak crossed with teeth clattering. From that description I'm tempted to say it might be a respiratory prob. No need to be alarmed and it's obviously very difficult to know by any description in words but it might be an idea to get him chec...
by beetroot
Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: rice and pasta?
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: rice and pasta?

also, the bird one is a myth.
by beetroot
Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: half - Wild babies... please advise
Replies: 14
Views: 1372

Re: half - Wild babies... please advise

I've had four half-wild does before from the same litter, and I currently have a completely wild doe. The completely wild one, Bandit, is totally tame and I don't think she could ever bite. The half-wild ones were very very bitey and nervous. I don't regret having them but they were not easy. They h...
by beetroot
Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: A strange habit my old lady has developed..
Replies: 7
Views: 649

Re: A strange habit my old lady has developed..

Ask the vet about asthma too.
by beetroot
Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Pinball Ratty
Replies: 7
Views: 460

Re: Pinball Ratty

Did he behave the same way when he was at your friends? I mean even if they didn't free-range him did he pinball round the cage and freeze?

What's he like when you hold him?

Whereabouts are you? You might be lucky and someone may be near enough to help you.
by beetroot
Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Alpha female viciously attacking
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Alpha female viciously attacking

I basically agree with the aboves. I wouldn't let them in each other's cages nor would I let them free-range anywhere Ruby may have decided is her territory, which is anywhere she's normally allowed to go. I always do intros on the bathroom floor. It's a room where rats don't normally go. If necessa...
by beetroot
Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Gross..but..
Replies: 10
Views: 571

Re: Gross..but..

Yep. Watch out for marked remote controls too :D
by beetroot
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Jenny for 7 for a week?
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Jenny for 7 for a week?

I think it would be ok but I think rather than be not too crowded, I'd put as many tubes as I possibly could in there. Try to see the wasted space- the space they can't pass through, and put a tube through it. I'd even put four tubes together in parallel or two above two to create isolated spaces. T...
by beetroot
Tue May 25, 2010 9:32 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My First post - its a hi and a sad story
Replies: 15
Views: 834

Re: My First post - its a hi and a sad story

Hi Nikoli

I agree with Helzie. He was 'cleaning up'. Very important to not attract predators and to prevent disease from a rotting body. He is not bad or nasty at all. Give him lots of cuddles. I know it can seem shocking to us but it's the right thing in nature. He's a good rat.