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by cub
Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Pet shop rats?
Replies: 41
Views: 1094

Re: Pet shop rats?

Pet shops are notoriously bad at sexing their animals, and even if you can confirm the sexing yourself, it's still possible that e.g. the females you've adopted have been previously housed with males and are pregnant at time of purchase. So unless you only get males (and can confirm yourself that th...
by cub
Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: petshop in london ?
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: petshop in london ?

If you get a return from the edge of zone 6 to Hersham (a couple stops beyond zone 6 on the train), you could visit Surrey Pet Supplies . They're a warehouse store, so the place won't be as pretty as a high street pet shop, but they have a pretty good selection of products, and their prices are the ...
by cub
Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pet rats and pesky mice
Replies: 16
Views: 207

Re: Pet rats and pesky mice

AlienRat wrote:Then you can take them away somewhere and release them far enough from your home because we all know that mice have little GPS systems in their pockets and they will come back! :D

Yep, I think 5 miles is the working minimum, more if you can manage it.
by cub
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Visit to a rodent farm (with pics!)
Replies: 601
Views: 24716

Re: Visit to a rodent farm (with pics!)

How do they do it??How do they even sleep at night? If you work with animals under those conditions every day, you probably become desensitised to it. And not everyone places the same values on animals as we do: my grandmother, for example, would probably not bat an eyelid at those photos. She's no...
by cub
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Health
Topic: nail clipping
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: nail clipping

LadyBarbican wrote:Also a house brick in the cage for them to jump on and off tends to naturally file them down.

And if you put it, say, under their water bottle (and position the bottle so they can only reach it by standing on the brick), it forces them to climb onto it every day. :)
by cub
Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Newspaper
Replies: 6
Views: 118

Re: Newspaper

Newspapers in the UK are legally required to be printed with non-toxic ink these days, so they're all safe for animal bedding. The only exception is the the Financial Times - something to do with the pink dye they use. Your OH probably read some out-of-date information, or information from other cou...
by cub
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Warfarin and Rats?
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Warfarin and Rats?

Hmm, that does make sense. I mean, if the amount a rat gets by biting you is enough to kill it, then surely the amount you'd have to have in you for that to happen would be really quite large...
by cub
Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Neutering?
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Ok sorry guys I didnt know so just wanted to check because I have only kept animals before that are generally spayed and neutered That's okay. With animals like cats and dogs, neutering is standard because they're kept fairly free-range and coming into contact with members of the opposite sex is a ...
by cub
Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Previously very friendly rat, biting me - very deep
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Perhaps it's hormonal? (Although 18 months sounds a bit on the old side for hormones...)
by cub
Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Surrey pet supplies
Replies: 7
Views: 274

When I went to check them out a couple months ago, they didn't have any animals that I could see. I asked to see their education centre, but apparently it was closed as it was still the school holidays - I guess it's primarily aimed at school groups.

So I think they're okay. :)
by cub
Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Please help me with odour control
Replies: 42
Views: 730

You mean this eBay courier? 'Cause they look like they'd charge a heck of a lot less than £60. Blimey.
by cub
Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:08 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Unexpected gift
Replies: 10
Views: 391

It's probably worth specifying that you'll want to get a male friend for Oliver, otherwise you'll end up with a lot of baby rats in very little time. ;)

If you're new to rats, this online guide is a good place to start. If you'd like, I can PM you my entire ratty bookmarks list. :D
by cub
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Switching two mother's babies
Replies: 98
Views: 1918

I am sorry to turn this board posting this way but so to tell you, you don't know who I am, what I know, my finances, my knowlegde. You don't know you are judging That's just it, though. Nobody here knew anything about your financial and living situation and experience, so of course people would wo...
by cub
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Switching two mother's babies
Replies: 98
Views: 1918

I like this idea to. so I could not just change all variables just to see the best combination of evironment difference and the development in the rtas>? Well, you could, but the results you'd get from that sort of experiment wouldn't be very useful. (See my above post. ) Let's say you find that th...
by cub
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Switching two mother's babies
Replies: 98
Views: 1918

So you are saying have the rats with the same mom and then separate them for further study by putting them in separate groups obviously by this point a group of guys and a group of girls. Correct me if I am wrong. No, if you could only have 2 test groups, you would either have to have 2 groups of g...