Rat Rescuer and Hospice
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Toronto, Canada
Babies can be handled from day 1 of birth...I like to give mom and them 24 hours before any serious handling (after checking to make sure they are okay). Pups that have been handled/socialized earlier have a better chance at being happy, confident and friendly adults, especially if Mom is a good happy mom. IF mom is a biter (some get very defensive due to their hormones) she will have to be removed carefully before handling the babies. She will need out every day for 20 mins or so at a time, say twice a day, then after a week, you can make it longer durations away from her babies.
Mom needs nesting material, LOTS of good food, her normal rat lab blocks (quality), veggies, a little fruit, baby cereal, Ensure/Boost meal replacements is a good supplement, extra proteins like egg, fish or chicken helps her and her bubs.
To the world you are only one person, to your rat you are the World
- anonymous -
The Rat Shack
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