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by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Ohh I am dreading "that" time again.
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Ohh I am dreading "that" time again.

BasilTheRat wrote: Eye drops are the most fun... :lol:
I don't have any problems with Frost when she needs eye drops. Mum sits Frost on her knee and holds her arms, and I put the drops in. Afterwards she gets treats and snuggles.
by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Recurring facial abcesses
Replies: 16
Views: 213

Re: Recurring facial abcesses

It wouldn't hurt to try :)
by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Recurring facial abcesses
Replies: 16
Views: 213

Re: Recurring facial abcesses

It could just be that her age is catching up with her, and her immune system isn't as good as it used to be.
by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: vegan rat food
Replies: 127
Views: 1858

Re: vegan rat food

But they're not getting everything they need. That's going to cause some sort of issue, even if it's not one that's visable.
by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: vegan rat food
Replies: 127
Views: 1858

Re: vegan rat food

Off topic, but why feed cats a vegan diet? I'm pretty sure that can't be good for them.
by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:30 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: culling - common practice among breeders?
Replies: 156
Views: 3810

Re: culling - common practice among breeders?

lovinratz wrote:that they would take the rat to the emergency vet at 2am and have no concerns about the cost..............i dont believe you lol.
What's not to belive? Just because people don't write about it every time it happens, doesn't mean that it doesn't happen :wink:
by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: culling - common practice among breeders?
Replies: 156
Views: 3810

Re: culling - common practice among breeders?

In Finland most breeders cull their litters (all official breeders and most of the others too). It's actually considered more humane than not culling. We have seen a lot of skinny, starving little rittens from un-culled litters and it's as sad a sight as over-exhausted mothers. I also think it's ho...
by Snippet
Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rate That Layout!
Replies: 332
Views: 7667

Re: Rate That Layout!

8/10

I like this layout. I think it would be better if you took some hammocks out and replaced them with other things to climb on. Also, maybe a wheel would go down well with your rats?
by Snippet
Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rate That Layout!
Replies: 332
Views: 7667

Re: Rate That Layout!

Firstly- Shame on you for giving those boys pink stuff! :lol:

I mostly like your layout. I do think a few more climbing toys such as a few ropes or a wobbley ladder would be good. I would also use a loose substrate so you can scatter feed, and so the boys can dig.
by Snippet
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Ways to make cage nice for new boy?
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Ways to make cage nice for new boy?

Maybe have a look through the set up threads for ideas?
by Snippet
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: sand sheets in rat cage
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: sand sheets in rat cage

Personally I wouldn't use wood litter, even wood pellets. I have tried soooo many different paper litters now and always come back to Biocatolet. It's made from paper, is in pellet form and is nice and hard. And it doesn't smell! I would now swear by it and regularly get distraught when I can't get...
by Snippet
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: sand sheets in rat cage
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: sand sheets in rat cage

Tanya82 wrote:What about that cardboard stuff I cant remember what its called or fleece is another 1 mine ate thiers but looked good while it lasted lol
Ecobed :) It's not bad, but hemp is much better at odour control. I wouldn't use fleece as one of a rats natural behaviours is to dig.
by Snippet
Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Tumours
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Tumours

Snippet's didn't regrow, but she died 4 months after it was removed. I don't know if that's enough time for them to grow back though? Frost had hers removed at the begining of December and it hasn't grown back yet. Thank you about Snippet :) I miss her a lot There have been a lot of rats that have d...
by Snippet
Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Tumours
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Tumours

I've had a couple of rats that have had lump removals. The first was Snippet. Her lump was in her groin, and it felt like a soft disc under her skin. She was 22 months old when her lump was removed. She came through her operation, but she was very sleepy for a couple of days. I kept her away from th...
by Snippet
Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: sand sheets in rat cage
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: sand sheets in rat cage

Don't change to shavings. The release chemicals that cause respiratory and liver damage.

If you can't to change to something that has better odour control then I'd suggest changing to a hemp based substrate like Auboise. I've used it before, and my girls never got smelly when they where on it.