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by Jird
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:51 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: rice - dry - can they have this?
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: rice - dry - can they have this?

Yep, it's perfectly safe :) I think the explodey thing is a bit of an urban myth?
by Jird
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: URGENT INFO RE: Steroids for daisy... very ill :(
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: URGENT INFO RE: Steroids for daisy... very ill :(

I think dexamethasone is the strongest steroid - it's definitely a bit stronger than prednicare anyway :) If you ask for a quick-acting dex injection, the vet should know what you're on about. I have no idea of dose I'm afraid, but I expect a good vet will be able to figure out something appropriate...
by Jird
Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Urgent advice needed.
Replies: 20
Views: 596

Re: Urgent advice needed.

To present a differing view, I don't think castrating the male is irresponsible at all :) With an excellent vet and a healthy rat the anaesthetic risk is minimal, and the benefits I feel are quite significant - IME neutered males are more active and much less stressy and concerned about hierarchy, s...
by Jird
Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Joey, I will never kiss you again :(
Replies: 12
Views: 1407

Re: Joey, I will never kiss you again :(

Spiders are apparently a very tasty treat too - Tumnus hopped onto my (bare) legs to crunch one up during free range the other week, then ambled off again leaving the legs behind :sickrat: I still kiss him though, he's irresistible even with wiggly little leggies dangling from his chops :hearts:
by Jird
Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

A splodge of red food colouring on the end of the tail is a really easy way to mark a rat, and lasts for ages :) I found that applying it to the fur is useless, as one day passes and they've groomed it off! Clipping a patch of fur works quite well though, if you would prefer to mark a non-tail bit.
by Jird
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What have I done wrong??? :(
Replies: 14
Views: 996

Re: What have I done wrong??? :(

I expect you'd already considered this, but just in case, you haven't been stroking a neighbour's cat have you? My boys behave in exactly the same way if I have even the faintest whiff of cat on my hands or clothes.
by Jird
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Euthanasia methods?
Replies: 34
Views: 798

Re: Euthanasia methods?

I was wondering whether a small pawprint type carrier could be 'modded' into a gas chamber. So they could be put into a small and familiar carrier with a familiar hammock in it which would stress them less and then if all the holes were sealed apart from one where you could feed the gas tube in hop...
by Jird
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Bleeding from Lady parts - Please help!
Replies: 44
Views: 458

Re: Bleeding from Lady parts - Please help!

I'm so sorry for your loss :( Vaginal bleeding isn't uncommon in rats unfortunately, and I think is often a sign of uterine infection - I don't know much about it as I keep boys, but if you do a search for pyometra you'll probably find quite a lot of threads about the condition.
by Jird
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Classroom pets?
Replies: 42
Views: 999

Re: Classroom pets?

IF (note the "if" please) I was to leave them at school they would be left for 14 hours as opposed to 8 hours while I was sleeping and if a rat was showing any signs of illness at 6pm I could take them home to monitor the situation but it's not like I can rock up at the vets at 9pm anyway really so...
by Jird
Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Calorie requirements - elderly rat on babyfood
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: Calorie requirements - elderly rat on babyfood

Nutrical is really good - it's a high calorie paste you can buy in tubes that rats love. The Rat Warehouse sells it :) For her general diet, I think what you mainly want is to be feeding her things that are high in calories and easy to digest - processed carbs (and fats?). Protein isn't something th...
by Jird
Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What my rats ate today.....
Replies: 1302
Views: 22999

Re: What my rats ate today.....

acapae_wolf wrote:The Zephyrs are liking the skin best, the brain is being left till last, and Orbit and dridh are feeling pleased with themselves for getting the eyes. I can hear little fish bone and gristle munching now
:sickrat:
I just had to read this while eating my breakfast didn't I... :sickrat:
by Jird
Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: what was the strangest thing you`ve found your rat eating?
Replies: 53
Views: 1270

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

I had to prise a half-chewed pen ink cartridge out of Finn's mouth last week. He and I are still stained :oops:
by Jird
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Red tail? Help first health issue for new owner.
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: Red tail? Help first health issue for new owner.

Possibly a slightly stupid question, but you haven't fed beetroot/strawberries/raspberries/anything like that lately have you? Rats have an upsetting tendency to cover themselves in any red-coloured foods they're given, probably just so they can point and laugh as we have fear-induced heart attacks ...
by Jird
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: can rats eat chocolate n cakes n stuff
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: can rats eat chocolate n cakes n stuff

It's not a good idea to feed them unhealthy foods, no. Rats are much smaller and shorter-lived than humans, and unhealthy food that might have barely any measurable effect on a human can pretty serious (and expensive!) consequences for rats. High fat diets lead to obesity, which massively increases ...
by Jird
Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Methinks Serenity might have pneumonia
Replies: 12
Views: 226

Re: Methinks Serenity might have pneumonia

There's a lot of info about treating heart failure in old threads, which should turn up with a search :) I remember Vic posted some really helpful advice on a thread I made last year about my George and his heart trouble - I think he was on something like a quarter of an Enacard tablet and a quarter...