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by little_rat_lover
Tue May 24, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What would happen if all my boys were neutered?
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: What would happen if all my boys were neutered?

I have a few neutered boys, who live with my girls - 5 currently and 2 previous boys. Now obviously the group dynamics are a bit different being mixed genders, but my boys have no trouble sortif out a hierarchy between themselves :) My neutered boys are all reasonably docile - more like your average...
by little_rat_lover
Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Can a dog live with rats?
Replies: 47
Views: 1900

Re: Can a dog live with rats?

My dog sleeps in the same room as my rats and for feeding etc he's in the room, or if I need to medicate one etc - but for playtimes or freerange, I keep them separate. My view is, even a small dog could hurt or kill a rat so easily by accident, or simply if over excited - remembering dogs often mou...
by little_rat_lover
Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: SDAV raises its ugly head again :(
Replies: 80
Views: 3196

Re: SDAV raises its ugly head again :(

So sorry Raz, fingers crossed that's it for your losses now :( So unfair to someone who spends so much time helping rats.
by little_rat_lover
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: when is it time?? - quality of life...
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: when is it time?? - quality of life...

I don't think it's ever an easy choice - I have one I keep wondering myself currently, however I find they get to a point where they start giving up, as long as they're in the fight with me I'll usually let them enjoy their life (I may end earlier if I knew they could be in pain etc any moment, but ...
by little_rat_lover
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: nail trimming
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Re: nail trimming

If you look you should be able to see a quick - the vein - in the nail, try to go just below - sometimes just taking the tip off can do wonders! You can get something called trimmex which is specifically to stop it, I've also heard of using cornflour or even standard flour - it just helps it to clot...
by little_rat_lover
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Care after castration
Replies: 13
Views: 333

Re: Care after castration

My boys are going to the vets on thursday to be castrated and it suddenly dawned on me that I have no idea how to care for my boys after their op! I have some particular questions but if I could have some general advice that would be great! Qu 1. How should I set up their cage? As normal or all one...
by little_rat_lover
Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: A mammary diet?
Replies: 5
Views: 228

Re: A mammary diet?

Did read that about turmeric somewhere after, will have to see where I can get all this with ease!

Mine already have a soya-free diet as I've never liked the amount of hormones in.
by little_rat_lover
Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:31 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Help Pregnant Boy Rats
Replies: 142
Views: 5450

Re: Help Pregnant Boy Rats

Oh my... can't believe I somehow missed this entire thread :o

Well.. looks like you're doing well :D Congrats on your little uns! *ambles off to picture thread*
by little_rat_lover
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: A mammary diet?
Replies: 5
Views: 228

Re: A mammary diet?

Ahh thanks Jird, I never thought of searching for a mix - I just knew it was something meant to help, thanks!
by little_rat_lover
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: A mammary diet?
Replies: 5
Views: 228

A mammary diet?

I could be imagining things... but I'm sure a while ago there was something I read about a diet for rats with mammary lumps, however some searching and I cannot find... am I imagining things or does such thing exist, and if so, can someone please link me to it?

Thanks!
by little_rat_lover
Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Holiday cage - 14 rats, 2 weeks
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Holiday cage - 14 rats, 2 weeks

Ok just want opinions on size.. As my new cage won't be finished for christmas my only option is a tower cage - now the easy option is my Jenny with the lid removed or modified for access up, with another cage a similar size (it's not actually a Jenny but.. similarish!) - cage calc says 10 (or pos 9...
by little_rat_lover
Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: If you could have any cage...?
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: If you could have any cage...?

Uhhh, hard to say.. I do love my explorer and if it weren't for usage of space it'd probably be what I keep, although I think now if you can stretch to it an SRS is perhaps a better cage due to a few things like horizontal bars over vertical and the metal to stop stuff being kicked out so much. Main...
by little_rat_lover
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Open wound/cut, what to do?
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: Open wound/cut, what to do?

I had a girl earlier this year with a wound about thats size and (after consulting my Dad who's more experienced with animal wounds) decided to see how she went overnight, next morning it was healing beautifully - had sealed together on it's own, but that said it's hard to judge depth from a photo s...
by little_rat_lover
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Ideal cages for carrier method intros
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Ideal cages for carrier method intros

Good luck with intros :) I used a hamster cage about the same size as above and left 12 adult rats in it for 2 days earlier this year - tricky intros. I like initially, especially with tricky (though not aggressive) rats to simply not have room to be in 2+ piles. Normal trickiness I still don't leav...
by little_rat_lover
Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: rat bedding..help
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: rat bedding..help

It may pay to look at local country store/equestion/farmer stuff type places, I get a 20kg bale of cardboard for around £5.50-£6 (depending exactly which make they've got in, all the same type though), it's actually horse bedding, most horse beddings are dust extracted as horses can have problems wi...