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by yoshimi
Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:03 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Where to get *this* type of hammock clip?
Replies: 15
Views: 612

Re: Where to get *this* type of hammock clip?

you can get a black plastic version of the shower curtain ones from Ikea, about 99p for a pack of 12. I prefer the plastic ones, as they have a better fastener, but they are also more likely to break if anyone is stupid enough to get their head stuck in one (it has happened, though not to me).
by yoshimi
Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Oh my god! My poor babies!
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: Oh my god! My poor babies!

Even if you get an exterminator in now, if the reasons the rats are breeding to these sorts of numbers persist, you will have just as many in a matter of months if not weeks anyway. In order to restrict the wild rat population, you need to cut off their supplies in and around your home. There are a ...
by yoshimi
Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: GMR....
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: GMR....

I'm so happy to hear that you and the boys are now getting on so well that you want more ratties in your life.

I agree that it's probably best to wait until you get the new cage, it also gives you time to find some scrummy babies in rescue or from a breeder.
by yoshimi
Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 'Normal' rat noises!
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: 'Normal' rat noises!

some rats do chunter a little, we have one who always does when she's excited or stressed, but it's best to take them to the vets anyway to put your mind at rest. we end up taking bullet to the vets and have them check her chest every time one of the others goes, as it would be harder to spot resp i...
by yoshimi
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Lone rat
Replies: 19
Views: 760

Re: Lone rat

It sounds like re-homing him would be the best option, preferably to someone you really trust who's perhaps local to you so you can visit? He's still very young and could have another year or more of life, so it wouldn't be fair to make him spend half his life alone :(
by yoshimi
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...
Replies: 157
Views: 4807

Re: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...

McRat, I'm glad to hear that Saffy is getting better. While I understand some of the points that have been made on the thread regarding medications (if not the way they have been made, as even I was offended at times, and that doesn't happen often or easily) I think they were made in the wrong place...
by yoshimi
Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...
Replies: 157
Views: 4807

Re: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...

MistressSadako I think the problem is that while steroids might be an option, the risk of compromising the imune system further through use of steroid may mean that while you give respite in the short term you reduce the chance of long term recovery with some conditions. If there is an alternative a...
by yoshimi
Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Anything else needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 497

Re: Anything else needed?

I think you have more stuff then I do, and I've been keeping rats for a couple of years :lol:
by yoshimi
Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...
Replies: 157
Views: 4807

Re: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...

Just to give a different perspective I have never had a vet who would give a steriod injection for respiratory problems, and I have seen the full spectrum of vets from good to bad. The vet I have at the moment is an exotics expert at a specialist practice (and is the referal point for many other vet...
by yoshimi
Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:11 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: What variety?
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: What variety?

I second what Gilly said :)
by yoshimi
Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Rat as a pet for me and my 1 year old son, is it good idea?
Replies: 35
Views: 1401

Re: Rat as a pet for me and my 1 year old son, is it good idea?

I think you find when you speak to breeders, you can ask if their rats are bomb proof. a rat bread in a house with small children, or lots of other animals are a lot less likely to be bothered by it, then say my rats who live in an adult only house and the only scary noise/interaction is the sound o...
by yoshimi
Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...
Replies: 157
Views: 4807

Re: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...

Just remember it is your decision to make, not the vets. I have had a rat pts when the vet would never have suggested it, because I knew the rat and knew she was ready to give up even if her body wasn't, Let Saffy tell you what she wants to do. If you think she is a fighter then let her fight. Fight...
by yoshimi
Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rats don't want to be caught and bite
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: Rats don't want to be caught and bite

Where abouts are you? There may be someone locally who can help you to make the first steps with your new boys. Other then that the best thing I can suggest is that you follow the advice in this article on taming your rats. At 8 weeks old the biting is purely a fear response and chances are you have...
by yoshimi
Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...
Replies: 157
Views: 4807

Re: Help please laboured crackly breathing drenched in urine...

The fact that she is still hanging on suggsts that with the right treatment there may still be hope. If I were you I would make it clear to the vet that despite their misgivings you still think your pet has a chance and that if they aren't willing to work with you to find suitable alternative treatm...
by yoshimi
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hi - need a little advice on socialisation...
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Hi - need a little advice on socialisation...

It sounds like a good candidate for forced socialisation. this is where you take the rat out for long periods of time where they are only aloud to be around you, anything over 20 minutes is recommended as this is how long it takes the fear to "burn out" but I think an hour or more is better as they ...