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by StormySkye
Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Litter training... Eating litter?!
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Litter training... Eating litter?!

Hmm, I don't think it's pica, because they just started eating it as soon as I put it in. I think it's more likely that it was something new and they were checking it out. But how do I teach them that it's not for eating?
by StormySkye
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Litter training... Eating litter?!
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Litter training... Eating litter?!

I've just started trying to litter train my two little girls. I put the tray in the spot where they usually poo the most, and I put some of their poo in it. They dived straight in and started digging through the litter, kicking it about the place, and then they started eating it!!! It's 100% recycle...
by StormySkye
Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Cataracts? With photos.
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: Cataracts? With photos.

Poor girl. As Rhi01 said, there isn't much that can be done, but I know someone who had a blind rat that coped really well, so that's a positive. This article might help, at least with finding out the cause etc. http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/cataracts.php I'd also phone your vet and just ask over ...
by StormySkye
Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Intro to new cage?
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Intro to new cage?

Hey everyone. My girls have been living in a converted ex-birdcage, but now that they're 10 weeks old they are growing so fast and I know they'll run out of room soon. So, they now have a massive cage awaiting them, converted from an old cabinet into a three storey mansion :lol: My only problem is, ...
by StormySkye
Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: oops!
Replies: 47
Views: 1406

Re: oops!

Well the average litter size is usually between 8 and 12 babies, so I'd be a bit worried. Sometimes they might only have a few, but it's fairly uncommon (in my limited experience). You should be able to feel if there are more to come but just gently feeling her stomach area. Personally I'd call the ...
by StormySkye
Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: fun ratty toys to make at home?
Replies: 29
Views: 984

Re: fun ratty toys to make at home?

Everytime I finish a rectangle box of tissues I get excited because I have a new toy for my girls :lol: I remove the plastic stuff in the hole where you pull tissues out, because I don't want them eating it. Next thing I steal my brother's pocket knife (other sharp tools are fine) and cut a square o...
by StormySkye
Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Possible hind leg amputation
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Possible hind leg amputation

Generally animals cope pretty well after amputations, but I guess what's worrying you is how she'll balance and climb? I know a cat who had her hind leg amputated after being hit by a car. It was amazing how quickly her strength increased in the front part of her body - she was able to jump onto wal...
by StormySkye
Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: bleeding wee, please help :(
Replies: 11
Views: 325

Re: bleeding wee, please help :(

Sending positive thoughts your way - let us know how they go :luck:
by StormySkye
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:38 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Harness and lead?
Replies: 9
Views: 451

Re: Harness and lead?

Broganss, I never thought of an outdoor play pen! I must say, I wasn't too keen on the whole harness thing but I want them to have the chance to go outside... I didn't even think of a pen, how daft of me :lol: Thanks guys :)
by StormySkye
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:36 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Eye problem, please help?!
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Eye problem, please help?!

Thanks everyone, all really helpful :) :hearts:
by StormySkye
Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: female + male
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: female + male

Definitely don't keep her alone, she needs a friend.
Males can become "productive" shall we say, very early on, so not a good idea. Even if he was castrated, she might get frustrated when she's in heat.
I think a female friend would be best.
by StormySkye
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Eye problem, please help?!
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Eye problem, please help?!

Hey, thanks for the responses! Yeah she's a PEW, and it was just the one eye. She cleaned it off pretty quickly, and she'd just been asleep when I checked on them. She seems to be fine, I've just had them out for free-range and she was being her mental self. I'll definitely keep an eye on her and if...
by StormySkye
Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Eye problem, please help?!
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Eye problem, please help?!

Hey everyone, I'm panicking right now. I know a little bit of porphryn (sp?) is fairly normal, but I just went to check on my girls and Lily's eye is surrounded by it! This has only happened in the past hour, because she was fine earlier. Is this cause for panic? I don't know what to do, I can't eve...
by StormySkye
Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:09 am
Forum: Health
Topic: poor gorgeous george
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: poor gorgeous george

Thinking positive thoughts :luck:
by StormySkye
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Harness and lead?
Replies: 9
Views: 451

Harness and lead?

The other day my friend mentioned she wanted to get a harness and lead for her ratties. I began laughing hysterically, until I recalled reading something along those lines in one of my rat training books. I looked it up and, sure enough, it mentions taking ratties for walks on harnesses and leads. I...