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by Mcfluff
Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Snivs is missing Skunk?
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Snivs is missing Skunk?

If you have been treating the suspected mites with a "Spot-on" treatment, you may need to repeat the dose every week for up to four weeks, to catch the mites at different stages of the life cycle. The injectable treatment for mites, which the vet can administer, is often more effective for a bad out...
by Mcfluff
Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Special diet for toothless boy
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Special diet for toothless boy

The Scuttling Gourmet book has a helpful section about special diets, including a soft diet for the dentally challenged.
by Mcfluff
Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Keeping white fur white!
Replies: 28
Views: 721

Re: Keeping white fur white!

Here's the proper way to keep rats clean...

http://www.ratbehavior.org/laundry.htm
by Mcfluff
Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Can rats tell when you're upset?
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Can rats tell when you're upset?

I think that rats, being pack animals, are naturally very good at reading each others' body language, (as indeed are dogs) and soon learn to "translate" the body language of the human members of their pack. I'm sure they can interpret when you are happy, or upset, or excited and react accordingly.
by Mcfluff
Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Best foods for skin and fur?
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Best foods for skin and fur?

Cooked pasta with a little olive oil drizzled on always goes down well, and both ingredients are good for their coats, and for boosting weight. Nature:diet dog food is usually highly palatable to rats - the senior/lite one has an appropriate level of fat and protein to be suitable for rats of all ag...
by Mcfluff
Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Sad news and advice
Replies: 25
Views: 788

Re: Sad news and advice

I do love a happy ending
*dabs eyes with hanky*


Seriously, you can't end a story like this without posting piccies of your girls!
by Mcfluff
Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Rats and Catnip?
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Rats and Catnip?

Ages ago I had some cat-nip toys - little balls and such - for my rats, and found they got very excited by them and destroyed them super-quick, which made me think that the scent which excites cats also has the same effect on the rats.
by Mcfluff
Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can rats be mentally disabled?
Replies: 16
Views: 394

Re: Can rats be mentally disabled?

So sorry for your loss.

Goodnight Loti; play at the Bridge :rainbow:
by Mcfluff
Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: HLD
Replies: 9
Views: 182

Re: HLD

AFAIK, older rats can get hind leg degeneration as a result of an arthritic condition of the spine, which causes the nerves from the spine to the legs to become trapped. As such, the supplements for supporting joint health can be helpful to a limited extent, by helping to ease the arthritis. My litt...
by Mcfluff
Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Soft food. Any ideas for seriously screwed up teeth?
Replies: 16
Views: 324

Re: Soft food. Any ideas for seriously screwed up teeth?

I'm glad your little chap is doing well. My girls have been on a soft diet for months now, because Saffy has wonky teeth and a chronic dental abscess and just can't manage crunchy foods, and recently, Opal finds soft food easier because she has HLD and can't sit up to hold hard foods in her hands. I...
by Mcfluff
Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dental abscess - Running out of options?
Replies: 17
Views: 285

Re: Dental abscess - Running out of options?

Oh no, here we go again. Saffy has now developed a swollen eye. She looked a tiny bit lopsided yesterday - bear in mind she has had a head tilt most of her life, so she's a bit lopsided anyway - but today her right eye is noticeably bulging. It's on the same side of her face as the abscess in her ja...
by Mcfluff
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Why a duetto or an explorer?
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Why a duetto or an explorer?

Hate; The cage is so deep I have to get in it to clean it, the clips on the doors are a pain, I got round this negative aspect of the Furet Tower by putting extra doors on - made of cake cooling racks, with split rings as hinges and bulldog clips as catches. You'll find once you don't have to get i...
by Mcfluff
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: things for an adventure playground
Replies: 11
Views: 279

Re: things for an adventure playground

Cardboard mail tubes (my lovely sister gets them for me from her work) and cardboard boxes. I cut the tubes into various lengths, and cut holes, of the same diameter as the tubes, in the sides and top of each cardboard box. I can then use the tubes to join the boxes, in a different layout each eveni...
by Mcfluff
Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:56 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: what are people using for extra doors now?
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: what are people using for extra doors now?

Cake cooling racks, from any hardware/household goods store. Use split rings as hinges, and bulldog clips as catches. Job's a good 'un.

I got mine from the Range, they were about four quid apiece. They're very big, and turned my Furet Tower from a good big cage to an EXcellent big cage!
by Mcfluff
Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:52 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Ultimate rat cage!
Replies: 24
Views: 780

Re: Ultimate rat cage!

The Ferplast Furet Tower, with extra doors added. Huge, versatile, good combination of floor space and height, good bar-spacing, easy to clean... what's not to like? :lol: