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by Sara_C
Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: getting my boys nurted
Replies: 22
Views: 383

Re: getting my boys nurted

One of my boys pulled out a stitch post-neuter, it was a tiny hole and I just kept an eye on it, and it healed by itself pretty quickly. If you're worried pop him back to the vets just to be on the safe side. Rats heal really quickly, with all my boys it's been about 2 days maximum before they're ba...
by Sara_C
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Blind rats
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: Blind rats

Honestly, he'll be fine in a large cage, it really doesn't seem to bother them too much at all! My first rat ever was blind (literally, he had no eyes), and he coped really well. Introducing him wasn't any more difficult then introducing 'normal' rats. I did adapt his cage a bit to make sure it was ...
by Sara_C
Sun May 23, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: First time "mum-to-be"
Replies: 23
Views: 486

Re: First time "mum-to-be"

siberiankiss wrote:

I don't know why these two are still advertised, but I'm picking them up in a couple of weeks so they shouldn't be!! ;)

Whoops! I completely forgot to ask the admins to take this down lol!

But yes, those boys are belonging to siberiankiss!
by Sara_C
Fri May 21, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Urgent- Baby damaged hind leg
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Urgent- Baby damaged hind leg

I've just emailed you back and then spotted this, I haven't seen him but I don't think it's a lost cause yet. Broken or bitten legs should heal and even if the worst came to the worst and he had to have it amputated, being on 3 legs shouldn't impair his quality of life too much!
by Sara_C
Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: How many neutered boys in one group?
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: How many neutered boys in one group?

All my boys are neutered and I've had varied numbers of each sex living in a cage together and it's always worked out! At the moment there's two boys and five girls and all is still well :)
by Sara_C
Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Killed during introduction (verying upseting story)
Replies: 14
Views: 593

Re: Killed during introduction (verying upseting story)

I had a very similar thing happen to me a few years ago. Like you I've done dozens of rat intros and like you had never had anything more than the odd scratch or at most a little bite. I was introducing an 8wk old buck to a group of older males (6-12mths). My oldest buck at first did the usual sniff...
by Sara_C
Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pros and Cons of nuetering....
Replies: 57
Views: 751

Re: Pros and Cons of nuetering....

collars are not a good idea cause more trouble than their worth on rats normally -thry will lick etc but just keep an eye on wound sites and as long as no extreme swelling or anything really abnormal should be fine -they heal very quickly -some purplness might appear this is bruising and wll go . I...
by Sara_C
Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pros and Cons of nuetering....
Replies: 57
Views: 751

Re: Pros and Cons of nuetering....

I would definitely neuter if I were you. I have started to neuter all my boys now and I think there's a huge difference in their temperament and all-round health. I initially did it for aggression, and then it was just easier as it meant I could keep them with my girls. The risks in surgery are mini...
by Sara_C
Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: PAH adoption/rescue system
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: PAH adoption/rescue system

But I guess that even for those stores like yours (that from the previous comments seems unusual), all you have to go on is the persons word for what their home conditions are like? To be fair though I have adopted rats from rescues on here and all they have gone on is my word and their impression ...
by Sara_C
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: PAH adoption/rescue system
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: PAH adoption/rescue system

I don't think my store's necessarily better than others - trust me, it's far from perfect! I think when it comes to rats staff are just a little uneducated. They might see a rat fighting with it's cagemate and separate them without knowing that with neutering/careful intros they might get on with ea...
by Sara_C
Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: PAH adoption/rescue system
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: PAH adoption/rescue system

I would imagine that they find homes much quicker than those in rescue centres, as people would see them whilst out shopping rather than specifically thinking of adopting a rat and contacting a rescue. and theres no homecheck etc so its easier/quicker, also lots of people feel more sorry for them a...
by Sara_C
Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: PAH adoption/rescue system
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: PAH adoption/rescue system

Normally they stay there however long is necessary for them to get rehomed. If they're in a smaller store that doesn't have a lot of 'people traffic' they will get transferred to a larger store where they will have a better chance of being rehomed. I work in the biggest PAH up North so we usually ge...
by Sara_C
Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: URGENT: Hand feeding 2 babies or foster mum needed.
Replies: 13
Views: 365

Re: URGENT: Hand feeding 2 babies or foster mum needed.

I think it would be great for Harry to have some playmates if Stacey is willing to take them when they are weaned From the description I've got of them I think they are two of the boys, but I am in on Thursday so will be able to have a look and say for definite then. If you don't want to take on two...
by Sara_C
Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: URGENT: Hand feeding 2 babies or foster mum needed.
Replies: 13
Views: 365

Re: URGENT: Hand feeding 2 babies or foster mum needed.

Apparently they are feeding well from their foster mum, so fingers crossed they will make it. I think they will be coming home to live with me if they do :love: Lucky little guys.
by Sara_C
Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: URGENT: Hand feeding 2 babies or foster mum needed.
Replies: 13
Views: 365

Re: URGENT: Hand feeding 2 babies or foster mum needed.

Managed to convince him to put the two babies on the other mum - they are feeding well, so panic over! They are going to Staceys tomorrow to her doe that has only had one baby - he is a similar age too, so it's perfect!

Thanks for your help everyone :)