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by Ziggy
Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: At my wits end!
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: At my wits end!

They sound very much like my boy, Dominic. He did the same thing: would stand on his hind legs and scream at any rat that came anywhere near him, even when they meant him no harm. Due to him kicking off in such a way, it would put the other boys on edge, and scuffles would erupt that would otherwise...
by Ziggy
Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: Health
Topic: My hairless rat doesnt seem to be growing.
Replies: 21
Views: 686

Re: My hairless rat doesnt seem to be growing.

In addition to the good points everyone else has added, some rats just grow slowly. When I rescued my boy, Agent Strahm, he was tiny. He fit in the palm of my hand. He remained really small for a long time, to the point where I thought he was possibly even a dwarf because I'd never had a rat stay th...
by Ziggy
Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Caring for oldies
Replies: 8
Views: 457

Re: Caring for oldies

With my oldies, I don't tend to notice real signs of old age until they're 2 or so. One thing I think is important is hygeine of old lads. If they're old and a bit frail, they can have issues washing themselves quite as thoroughly, particularly around the naughty bits! When I have old doddery boys, ...
by Ziggy
Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What could my mix use?/whats missing?
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: What could my mix use?/whats missing?

Seeds, particularly flax/ linseed (but a mix is better than a single one) :) Also with the couscous/ fresh meal I'd switch to olive oil or the above flax/ linseed oil rather than sunflower oil. Both are better for skin/ coat condition than sunflower/ veggie oil, and flax is also most suitable for o...
by Ziggy
Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What could my mix use?/whats missing?
Replies: 2
Views: 172

What could my mix use?/whats missing?

I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on what I feed my rats and what, if anything, could do with being added. I've noticed that of my 39 rats, a chunk of the boys don't have great coats. My girls are all shiny and nice, and some of my boys are too, but several have quite 'dull' coats. N...
by Ziggy
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: can rats eat chocolate n cakes n stuff
Replies: 11
Views: 524

Re: can rats eat chocolate n cakes n stuff

In tiny amounts, as a treat, only occasionally, its fine. But as you yourself hopefully wouldn't eat chocolate or cake every day, neither should rats. I probably give my group something naughty like that once a month or so, if that. Chocolate is technically toxic to rats, but the amounts that would ...
by Ziggy
Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Whats involved in running a rescue?
Replies: 18
Views: 919

Re: Whats involved in running a rescue?

Obviously its important to have funds available before hand for vet trips etc so what sort of amount would be ideal? I get paid weekly, so I live week to week, but always make sure I have at least £60 to spare for vet's bills each week, as that will easily cover a routine vet visit like for baytril...
by Ziggy
Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Aother horrific incident - can I trust them?
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: Aother horrific incident - can I trust them?

This may sound grusome, but what state was her body in? I've experienced both bodies being eaten after death, and a rat actually killed by another rat and the wound to the body were quite different. With the rats that eat already deceased cage mates, they tend to bore large deep holes into the body ...
by Ziggy
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: 'pedigree' names
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

Re: 'pedigree' names

Heya
Thanks for clearing this all up for me! All makes sense!
by Ziggy
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What do you do with a rat like this?
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: What do you do with a rat like this?

It is decided then, poor little Dom is going to become nadless :o
by Ziggy
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What do you do with a rat like this?
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: What do you do with a rat like this?

Perhaps he's a rat who will never cope in a large group? If you don't want to risk castration for him is it worth trying to rehome him to someone who perhaps just wants him & 2 kittens, where he'd get plenty of human interaction & not too much stress from companions? Ohhh, he'll never be rehomed. I...
by Ziggy
Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What do you do with a rat like this?
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: What do you do with a rat like this?

Yes I have had an identical rat to this in every way. I neutered him and he lived with two nice girls as a three. He was such a happy happy boy. I rehomed them as a three with strict instructions not to ever separate them and then find out she gave away the buck and put the two girls in with her gr...
by Ziggy
Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: 'pedigree' names
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

'pedigree' names

Forgive me if this is a stupid question. I've never bred, rarely shown (and definately not to any 'serious' level) and aside from getting the occasional lovely breeder rat to 'treat' myself, I don't have much to do with the world of pedigree rats; I mainly rescue. But something I've always wondered ...
by Ziggy
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What do you do with a rat like this?
Replies: 12
Views: 523

What do you do with a rat like this?

I took on a young rescue boy, Dominic, about a month ago. He was around 16 weeks. He came with his cage mate, Tarantino. When it came time to introduce them both to the main group, Tarantino had absolutely no problems; everyone accepted him without question and he was cuddled up within minutes. But ...
by Ziggy
Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Avoiding 'favourites'
Replies: 18
Views: 961

Re: Avoiding 'favourites'

I have 42, and honestly, you just come to accept that some will push themselves forward to be cuddled and gotten out, others have little to no interest in me. I am happy with this. I just go by what they want. I don't force any rats to be social if they don't want to be. All of them are friendly, ha...