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by squeakrat
Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Bonding Advice Needed
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Bonding Advice Needed

I have heard of other people keeping a speyed female with entire males without problems. I would give it a go at introductions and just see how they get on! One thing to think about though, is that you only seem to have two other girls (is that right?). If you don't reintroduce Nelly to the girls, t...
by squeakrat
Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: can anyone comment on the vets advice?
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: can anyone comment on the vets advice?

Last time I took Tigger in to see Judith, she said I could have just rang up to ask for more antibiotics and she wouldn't necessarily need to see her (I guess because she has treated her for similar in the past). You could maybe try just ringing up to see if you can get more antibiotics prescribed o...
by squeakrat
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: mastitis?
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: mastitis?

I don't know anything about mastitis in rats, but it is possible for non-lactating females to get it (although uncommon). The main signs are usually heat and swelling.
by squeakrat
Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: constant wet behind
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: constant wet behind

I think UTI can cause leaking urine, but I don't know if there are other possibilities. It sounds like the red on the tissue is porph - is it just little droplet stains? I would have thought if there was blood in the urine, you would see bigger stains.
by squeakrat
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Surveys & Petitions
Topic: protection of rats during experiments
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: protection of rats during experiments

This is a US petition, so I'm not sure any signatures from the UK will be taken into account. However people might still want to go ahead and sign just in case. As far as I'm aware, there are no differences between how mice/rats/birds are treated in the UK compared to other animals in terms of regul...
by squeakrat
Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: personality gene ?
Replies: 24
Views: 609

Re: personality gene ?

I think most animals respond to confidence when being handled. It wasn't something I had particularly thought about, but a few years ago now, I was out with a friend when we came across a random dog. I went straight up to it, stroked it, rubbed its ears etc and it was perfectly friendly to me. My fr...
by squeakrat
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: personality gene ?
Replies: 24
Views: 609

Re: personality gene ?

I find this all quite fascinating :) considering that being caught in a trap, slipped into a carrier and picked up by a big hand to go into a strange cage is probably the most traumatic thing that has happened in her short life and all inflicted upon by human (me) she still seems to trust me and wa...
by squeakrat
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: personality gene ?
Replies: 24
Views: 609

Re: personality gene ?

It's not as straightforward as there being a "gene" for personality, however these kind of traits can be passed down to offspring. I'm sure some breeders will be along to comment, but I would imagine one of the things they select for is personality-type traits. When you're breeding, if you continual...
by squeakrat
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Rats and cats
Replies: 24
Views: 790

Re: Rats and cats

Do you think it's definitely the cats which have made them change their behaviour? It sounds a bit like it could be the combination of all the other changes they've had going on, in which case they might settle down fairly quickly. My rats were never bothered when I had my cat in the house. They wer...
by squeakrat
Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Cheese?
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Cheese?

Small amounts as a treat would be OK, but it is very high in fat, so not too often.

I've tried my girls with little bits of cheddar before, but they're not really bothered about it.
by squeakrat
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introing 2 groups of girls - not going well. Please help!
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Introing 2 groups of girls - not going well. Please help!

I know some people use the method of sticking them all in a carrier together, taking them for a drive around (which will hopefully distract them from fighting) and then just leaving them together in the carrier until they have no choice but to all go to sleep together. Is it anyone in particular who...
by squeakrat
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Recommended Vets in Newcastle?
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Recommended Vets in Newcastle?

Everyone I know with rats in Newcastle uses Judith at First Vets. I think the Chillingham Road branch is only 5-10 mins walk from Chillingham Road Metro, so it might be worth giving them a call to ask if she'll be working there anytime soon. Otherwise you could get the metro to Forest Hall, but you'...
by squeakrat
Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introing 2 groups - advice please?
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Introing 2 groups - advice please?

I would put them in a smaller cage to start with, and only once they've sorted themselves out and are all sleeping together happily would move them into a bigger cage. When I've into'd girls before, they have sometimes got territorial over hammocks, so I would add these gradually and take them away ...
by squeakrat
Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Two unhandleable rats - please help!
Replies: 23
Views: 458

Re: Two unhandleable rats - please help!

Or get one of them out with one of the more confident rats, then they might copy them instead?

If you don't have a pouch, you could try wearing a big fleece or something that they will be able to burrow into and hide inside. I also recommend long sleeves to prevent getting scratched!
by squeakrat
Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Treats to feed rats
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Treats to feed rats

There is a list of safe fruit and veg here - you should be giving them some fresh food most days as part of their main diet. Fruit tends to be higher in sugar than veggies, so I would give them this less often, as a treat.

ETA - didn't post quick enough!