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by KatieJ
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Urgent advice needed.
Replies: 20
Views: 802

Re: Urgent advice needed.

Glad it's going well for you and your pair of ratties :)
by KatieJ
Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: how much blood = foul?
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: how much blood = foul?

^^ This is a good point, we went right down to a hamster cage (bad mummy) and then 1/4th of the duetto after that. Then they went to visit a friend with rats and the two boys I had been thinking about castrating went mad hormonal and confirmed all of my thoughts! Small cage is a good first step. Goo...
by KatieJ
Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: how much blood = foul?
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: how much blood = foul?

A similar thing happened in my male group. Nothing, then some cuts and abcesses, then nothing, then more. I observed really closely and selected two of them for neutering. It seems to have stopped it. I think it was two of my boys hitting their hormones at the same time and winding each other up wit...
by KatieJ
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Urgent advice needed.
Replies: 20
Views: 802

Re: Urgent advice needed.

Baby rats develop best with "same age" company, so if you were to keep company for each rat then you would need to keep two males and two females taking you to six rats total, which is a reasonable number. Adult baby intros often do go well. If you choose to castrate prices can range from £30 - £80 ...
by KatieJ
Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rattie bully?!?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Rattie bully?!?

I have had two rats with baldy bellies. Number one was stressed by the other hormonal rats in the cage and made his own belly bald barbering it. This could be what has happened to your girl if there is upset in the cage, have you actually seen them bullying or becoming more stroppy with one another?...
by KatieJ
Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Coat quality has become poor
Replies: 17
Views: 653

Re: Coat quality has become poor

Coat condition is often a good indication of whether the rat is getting enough nutrients. Copper deficiency is thought to cause rusting and also pale circles around the eyes. Could that be the cause do you think? What's her diet like? Has it been changed recently? That's as far as my knowledge exten...
by KatieJ
Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Which is your favourite hammock maker?
Replies: 91
Views: 3025

Re: Which is your favourite hammock maker?

I voted for Fuzzbutt because I love their cute designs and fabrics. I would also very much like to vote for TRW, can it be added on? And although she doesn't sell them NickyE's too, she was kind enough to send some with ratty Jacob (before the possessed sewing machine episode :lol: ) and my boys LOV...
by KatieJ
Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Cleaning wounds
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: Cleaning wounds

I love hibi too, I get mine from the vet - available without an appointment. If he's had his toes in there I'd be tempted to get a short course of AB's too though. Possibly overkill but we know what those feet walk over :sickrat: and there's a chance it might have been itching due to the beginnings ...
by KatieJ
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: The importance of staggering ages
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: The importance of staggering ages

I absolutely agree with Amy on keeping the vet fund, it's all very well expecting to lose certain rats through age or long term illness - but their cage mates don't expect it and the knock on grief and adjusting to the new social situation can cause even young rats to become poorly with the stress a...
by KatieJ
Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Big hole in rats back....
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: Big hole in rats back....

How is the wound looking this afternoon?
by KatieJ
Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: new ratty sneezing allot... help!
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: new ratty sneezing allot... help!

I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with Hermione. I hope she will get better where she is.

Where abouts are you based? Maybe we can help you find Echo a companion or two?
by KatieJ
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Big hole in rats back....
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: Big hole in rats back....

Definitely give it a quick wash out and then I'd probably just leave it for now and check it again in the morning. If it is no better then go to the vets, but I really think it will be. They look horrific but tend to heal quite quickly :luck:
by KatieJ
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Big hole in rats back....
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: Big hole in rats back....

You'd be suprised how well and quickly rat wounds heal. If it's a normal bite wound (before neuters I was seeing wounds that looked a bit gaping and were 1cm - 1.5cm long) then you'll find it's probably knitted together by later this evening with a straight line scab. What I always do before it seal...
by KatieJ
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: help.. poorly girly!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: help.. poorly girly!!!!

And you did totally the right thing by going to the vets by the way. If you go to PAH you might be able to get them to contribute to the cost as they should not have let you have such a poorly ratty - even if she was in the rescue section.
by KatieJ
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: help.. poorly girly!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: help.. poorly girly!!!!

Also, and I really don't mean to worry you as it's probably just a respitory problem, but if the lethargy and spikiness came on very quickly as if from nowhere and if she's side-sucking then you might want to have a quick look at this thread because it's going around at the moment. It's totally not ...