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by Mcfluff
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Changing rat's name?
Replies: 34
Views: 858

Re: Changing rat's name?

Until recently, rats who have come to live with me have either been youngsters with no names yet, or adult rats whose previous names were not known to the rescue, so I've had to name them anyway. My newest arrival, a neutered boy, came to me as an adult from a local breeder. He was already named Mr ...
by Mcfluff
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: what was the strangest thing you`ve found your rat eating?
Replies: 53
Views: 1518

Re: what was the strangest thing you`ve found your rat eating?

Jeera (RIP) ate a live woodlouse once - the poor thing was innocently walking across the floor when it got nommed. Amber (RIP) used to eat the hard dead skin off my feet. Apologies to anyone who finds this a bit :sickrat: . I recently saw a poster advertising spa treatments where fish give you a ped...
by Mcfluff
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Help with my rats?
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Help with my rats?

Hand-feeding tasty foods is a good way to win a rat's heart! Try letting the rats lick yoghurt off your fingers - if you're nervous they might nip you, use a spoon to start with, then progress to fingers - that way they'll soon learn that your hands are good things, and not be scared.
by Mcfluff
Sat May 21, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Surveys & Petitions
Topic: Please oppose these rabbit breeding farms
Replies: 10
Views: 318

Re: Please oppose these rabbit breeding farms

While I don't agree with the intensive farming of any animal, for any purpose - and I don't eat meat nor buy leather/fur products - the welfare standards of a British rabbit farm are probably 1000 times higher than those in places like China, where a lot of rabbit sold in this country comes from.
by Mcfluff
Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Where the rat things live
Replies: 68
Views: 1972

Re: Where the rat things live

My girls say "please can we go there on our holidays?"
by Mcfluff
Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: random biting... but friendly normally?
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: random biting... but friendly normally?

My girl Bella occasionally takes random, unprovoked bites out of earlobe, nose, chin (never fingers!). I have no idea why! When she does it, I pick her up firmly, turn her on her back and "foof" in her face (on the advice of a very experienced ratty friend!). This makes absolutely no difference to B...
by Mcfluff
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Aubiose
Replies: 31
Views: 494

Re: Aubiose

LisaLQ wrote:
Hate, hate, HATE the stuff. And bare feet doesn't stop you finding it in your pants...
:o :lol:
by Mcfluff
Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Aubiose
Replies: 31
Views: 494

Re: Aubiose

I have what might be a silly question about aubiose and equisorb. Does anyone know if either would affect a hayfever sufferer? Hayfever is an allergy to grass pollens. Aubiose and equisorb are hemp and flax based, respectively, so strictly speaking, they shouldn't set off true hayfever. BU-U-U-UT, ...
by Mcfluff
Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Forum Admin and Help
Topic: Admin Aides pilot scheme
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Admin Aides pilot scheme

I think this is a great idea, and thank you to those people who have volunteered to take on the new tasks.
by Mcfluff
Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dropped
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: Dropped

I'm glad to hear Oli is fine. I've had rats take the odd tumble - usually when over-optimistic climbing or jumping maneouvres go wrong - and they are usually fine, and just look a bit confused, as if they can't work out why they're suddenly on the floor when they were supposed to be on the windowsil...
by Mcfluff
Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help please - surgery while on steroids
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Help please - surgery while on steroids

Thank you so much for your reply. I've no experience using Galastop... I presume it has to come from the vet - I'll make an appointment for next week and ask her about it. ETA: I've just looked it up - it's for suppressing lactation and phantom pregnancy in bitches - so what sort of dosage is usuall...
by Mcfluff
Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Help please - surgery while on steroids
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Help please - surgery while on steroids

Does anyone have experience of a rat undergoing surgery when already on cortico-sterids? My little black berkie girl, Ziggy, developed neurological-type symptoms back in September - poor co-ordination, unable to walk, sit up or hold food in her paws. The vet put her on Prednisolone, and instantly he...
by Mcfluff
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: More fancy rats in the park :(
Replies: 720
Views: 4716

Re: More fancy rats in the park :(

:hearts: Congratulations you guys! Why Parker? 'Coz he lived in the Park, perhaps? I've been on a narrowboat holiday and hence no access to t'internet for a week, so I've only just caught up with this thread. Well done to all concerned. I've lost the plot a bit - exactly how many rats have now been...
by Mcfluff
Sat May 29, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Furet tower
Replies: 11
Views: 249

Re: Furet tower

I used a spare corner shelf, placed tight up underneath the hole in the upper base, and then put a litter tray on top of the hole. Worked a treat.

You *could* buy a new Furet XL base... bit pricey though, I think they're about £50.
by Mcfluff
Sat May 29, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rat using jenNy shelf for weeing
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Rat using jenNy shelf for weeing

When I first had Dhana and Jeera, they lived in a Tom cage which has corner shelves, and I laboriously made lovely towelling covers for the shelves to absorb the wee. The towels were invariably gnawed to bits and sodden with wee in the morning, and I spent hours laundering and repairing them... We'v...