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by Inner Chorus
Wed May 11, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Decent vet in cardiff
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Decent vet in cardiff

Seconding Valley Vets - they were incredible with my rats, confident and experienced and certainly knew their stuff. The Companion Care is about 5 mins away from me (it's in a Pets at Home store) but the only time I have been there was when my last rat passed away overnight, I took him to be cremated.
by Inner Chorus
Tue May 03, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Severe respiratory issues/ pneumonia - treatment options?
Replies: 40
Views: 2103

Re: URGENT severe respiratory issues/ not eating/ unhelpful vet

Oh wow, that second vet sounds so much better than the first you saw! I hope she continues to improve now.
by Inner Chorus
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Stunned, shocked - distressing details
Replies: 11
Views: 1000

Re: Stunned, shocked - distressing details

Sorry to hear this, what a horrific shock it must have been. :( I doubt there's any way to know for sure, but I do wonder whether the size might have been a factor? I know rats will attack mice and have heard that regular-sized fancy rats shouldn't be kept with dwarfs, so all I can think of is that ...
by Inner Chorus
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: The word 'bad' when use to describe markings?
Replies: 139
Views: 7566

Re: The word 'bad' when use to describe markings?

I have to admit that I'm quite baffled by the concept of rats being somehow negatively impacted by someone referring to the way they compare to a standard as "bad." I would agree that animals can sense tone/emotions but as far as I'm aware rats do not have the capacity to understand language to the ...
by Inner Chorus
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Martens and silver agoutis
Replies: 83
Views: 4729

Re: Martens and silver agoutis

It looks like it has a dilution effect (so the regular martens are black + marten, and the silver agoutis are agouti + marten...so the presence of the marten gene lifts/lightens the coat and eye colour) but I would also love to hear more about them from those with actual knowledge of the genetics in...
by Inner Chorus
Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Tea
Replies: 16
Views: 971

Re: Tea

Oh, that's interesting - perhaps you are right then, and it is just one of those facts that get passed around. I don't have anything here to back it up with (and after a quick Google search the only thing that seems to come up with regards to pet rats is that it's a "suspected neurotoxin"...that phr...
by Inner Chorus
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Tea
Replies: 16
Views: 971

Re: Tea

Just thought I'd mention, be careful to check that there's no liquorice in the ingredients (it's used in some herbal teas).
by Inner Chorus
Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Rat help/helper
Replies: 64
Views: 3399

Re: Rat help/helper

The fresh food I gave my rats mostly came from whatever I was eating - I'd either put aside some chopped veg before cooking or if it's something like rice then they'd have some cooked. I don't think it's a good idea for them to have dairy products though, as I'm pretty sure rats are lactose intolera...
by Inner Chorus
Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Martens and silver agoutis
Replies: 83
Views: 4729

Re: Martens and silver agoutis

I keep coming back here to drool over Debaser; that is one gorgeous rat!

I look forward to seeing how these new varieties progress. :)
by Inner Chorus
Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Martens and silver agoutis
Replies: 83
Views: 4729

Re: Martens and silver agoutis

Martens are simply stunning. I saw pictures of these on a (Dutch, I think?) forum a while back and fell in love with them then, they're definitely on my mental "want list". I agree with the decision to alter the variety name - much better to have it reflect the appearance of the rat. I like the silv...
by Inner Chorus
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Missy - Very poorly!!
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Missy - Very poorly!!

Aw, poor girl, I hope it's something that can be sorted. I wonder if there's a possibility it could be a prolapse rather than a tumour (although if that's the case then there's still the question of what might have caused it to happen). The vaginal bleeding can be a sign of pyometra (for which a str...
by Inner Chorus
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: She bites, what's the right approach?
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: She bites, what's the right approach?

Totally agree, although I'd go with a pair of confident friends :) Three is more fun than two! So yes, multiple friends is certainly a good option. (I had three and I think it's a good number to go for as if something happens and you lose one the remaining rat will not be alone). :D I also forgot t...
by Inner Chorus
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sick old boys & vet visit
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: Sick old boys & vet visit

I'd be a bit concerned about your vet giving Baytril by injection as it has been known to cause burns around the injection site. The one boy I had with HLD coped with it very well but I am sure some rats adapt better than others do - I found that feeding mainly wet/cooked food helped as did lining t...
by Inner Chorus
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Ear Biting
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: Ear Biting

Perhaps it's over-enthusiastic ear cleaning? My rats used to pin each other and force-groom their faces/ears in particular. If there's no damage being done (no blood/cuts) then it's likely to be nothing more than normal rat interaction despite the vocalisations they're making.
by Inner Chorus
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: She bites, what's the right approach?
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: She bites, what's the right approach?

It sounds like she is nervous/fearful and so I'm sure she'll come round in time with patience and gentle handling - however what would really help her is a friend of the same sex and similar age. It's really very important for rats to have company as they are such social animals and shouldn't be kep...