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by squeakrat
Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Does anyone have pics of these?
Replies: 15
Views: 517

Re: Does anyone have pics of these?

Here's some of my champagne fosters. They may have been berkshires, I can't really remember.

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by squeakrat
Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: knitting
Replies: 62
Views: 1060

Re: knitting

I knit, but I've never thought about knitting anything for the rats as I thought they would get their feet caught. However I've just thought about felting, and wondered if anyone had tried that?
by squeakrat
Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:52 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: A little holiday or a lot of food?
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: A little holiday or a lot of food?

I wouldn't leave them for that long without someone coming in to check on them. Rats can suddenly get ill and deteriorate quite quickly, and there is always the possibility of accidents or injury. I would either leave them at your grandparents or see if anyone you know could pop in once a day to che...
by squeakrat
Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Finding it suddenly difficult to get hold of value cereal
Replies: 13
Views: 349

Re: Finding it suddenly difficult to get hold of value cereal

I got some Good Grain Co "sugar puffs" in Tesco a couple of weeks ago .... it really annoys me when they stop stocking things suddenly!
by squeakrat
Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Skinny old girl with HLD
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Skinny old girl with HLD

Nutrical is high calorie as well, so will help keep the weight on her. You can get it online from the Rat Warehouse, I don't know where you can buy it in shops. I have a girl who is similar, and I've had to try and set the cage up so there are only very short drops into hammocks, and make it easy fo...
by squeakrat
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:25 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Will they be okay?
Replies: 12
Views: 561

Re: Will they be okay?

I thought you were a student in Newcastle and going home to Herts, but sounds like it is the other way around! Could you try asking on here for anyone who can rat sit near to where you are at the moment? If not, I think from what you have said that I (personally) would be happier leaving them home a...
by squeakrat
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Fat rat!
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Fat rat!

Thanks for your reply :D I do scatter feed, although this does make it difficult to judge how much I should be giving them and how quickly they're eating it. I'm aware I probably feed too much! I can't really make the cage more difficult to get around because of Squeak who has HLD and needs easy acc...
by squeakrat
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Nervous rats?
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Nervous rats?

You might be right about them being mum and daughter, I just hadn't heard about any of the younger ones being pregnant. Tigger can get a bit territorial in the cage, especially if I have wipes in there trying to clean up! So I try not to clean too close to her, otherwise I get a nip for my trouble :...
by squeakrat
Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Nervous rats?
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Nervous rats?

Yes, mine are from Duracell, so they're all related! Kammi - I'm not sure if you're mistaken, or I am - but I definitely have the original mum, who came into rescue with 2 litters, who were 1-2 months apart in age. I didn't think any of the kittens were pregnant, so I suspect your two might be siste...
by squeakrat
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Nervous rats?
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Nervous rats?

13 and 15 months - both rescues. I might be remembering completely wrong - but are they agouti hooded and came from a rescue in Newcastle? If so, I think I have their mother here :D If that's right, I have their mother and sister, both of who are not particularly "people" rats, but I just stick my ...
by squeakrat
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Will they be okay?
Replies: 12
Views: 561

Re: Will they be okay?

I have only ever left mine approx 36 hours without someone coming in to check on them (and it would depend on their age - now I have an oldy, I wouldn't leave her for that long without someone coming to check on her, because I know how quickly they can deteriorate). If you are worried about them sta...
by squeakrat
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: pea fishing
Replies: 7
Views: 265

Re: pea fishing

Hi guys, Everywhere I see the game pea-fishing described, it states to use frozen peas...Now, sorry if this sounds like a stupid question..but do they mean to actually give the ratties peas that are still frozen?! I always have frozen peas (and other veg) in my freezer to give the rats in case I ru...
by squeakrat
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Fat rat!
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Fat rat!

OK, I find it difficult to judge exactly how overweight Tigger is, but she is definitely on the large size! I haven't wanted to alter their general diet very much up until now, because Squeak is nearly 38 months and I'm finding it difficult to keep the weight on her. She does get extra food and Nutr...
by squeakrat
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Stashing
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Stashing

My girls do this as well. I think it most likely to be an instinct rats have developed over many years of evolution - if you think about it, if wild rats come across a plentiful source of food, their immediate response must be to hoarde it somewhere no one else can find it, so they stock up on food ...
by squeakrat
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Any insight much appreciated asap - PT? Stroke? HLD?
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: Any insight much appreciated asap - PT? Stroke? HLD?

From your description, and particularly that he can't hold food with his front paws, it sounds to me like PT. You might want to read this article There is no cure for PT, but it can be treated to give short term improvements. I would suggest taking him to the vets for a steroid injection as a starti...