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  1. General Rodent Chat
    Hi there, Hoping for some advice on what more I can do for my little guy. He was making weird noises and curled in a ball earlier so I naturally checked on him. Once I got him outta his cage though he started screaming and wailing. I thought he was getting a respiratory infection. After I...
  2. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    New Rat! Lots of questions!! Please help :) Hiya guys! I got a new pet rat, and I have a few questions for all you experienced rat owners out there. First things first what is the best thins to feed your rat? What are some good ways to train your rat? What makes good rat treats? How about what...
  3. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    HELP HELP!!! I really really want to get a rat and have been doing tons of research but the one thing I still have a question about is food. I see plenty of people making their own food from grains etc.. But I am just a college student and don't have the time or money to get each of those...
  4. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I'm finally moving from an apt. into a house, but I have 10 cages and 37 rats to move as well. Has anyone on here ever moved with their rats? What's the best way to approach this?! I'm so stressed!!!
  5. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    So far it's been easy to add rats to my "teenage" doe colony, but I wanted to add 2 more girls to finish it off and it's been SO difficult. I am slowly doing it...having them play every day for 25 minutes together. It's just not going well though. How do I get them to get along? The 2 girls that...
  6. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I've heard of/seen vitamin products that you put in your small mammals water. I've never tried- I just do lots of fresh fruit/veggies and Total/cheerios. Are there any pro's/con's to using them?
  7. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    What does your staple diet consist of? I feed a tweaked version of the 'Sue Bee's rat diet" Does anyone add a seed mix? What lite dog food kibble do you use?
  8. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    My rat remmy is scared of ALL rats (even babies) The poor thing is super stand offish and within 35 seconds of meeting the new rat (even if the new guy is super sweet) he TAKES OFF running for cover. He used to be picked on a lot, and was an abuse case (at the abusive home he was housed ALONE...
  9. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I recently went on craigslist to see if I could buy a cheap shopvac and while I was on I saw an ad for an adorable black dumbo boy less than 25 minutes from me! I answered the add right away because they said they were going to try and "give it back to the pet store or release him!" When I...
  10. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I got Spike when he was a little lad from the humane society so no one ever officially told me his color/showed me his pedigree. Any ideas on the color on his head/upper back? Also, what is that pattern on his face called? Any help would be awesome...
  11. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    Yesterday I adopted a young female rat from a local shelter. She's about 5 weeks old and is the sweetest thing! She has the classic Himalayan points, but her color is sort of a "creamy," light fawn color. I've never seen anything like this. Now, she is still young so maybe she will molt into...
  12. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I am looking for a new cage for 8-10 rats online. I'm not sure what the exact measurements should be. I have a ton of 4-6 rat cages, but I need to consolidate. Does anyone know a link to a cage that would fit 8-10 rats???
  13. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    20 minutes after doing a bed change (we are using paper towel) we noticed an inch and a half streak of "watered down" blood. Lyla is a little over 3 weeks pregnant and her ever growing belly feels hard in places. Is this normal??? Should I expect a liter and if so how long?
  14. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    One of my smaller rats really likes to tunnel even though we provide tons of pvc pipes, bedding, etc. I want to make sure that while she is doing so none of the bedding "fragments" or "dust" get into her little nose. Is Carefresh good? Pellet brands just do not look very comfy? Any advice would...
  15. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I have 3 dumbo's..2 girls and 1 boy. One of the boys, Spike, really stands out for breeding. We have had them play together on the couch and around the living room. He chases her with her nose between her legs and then if he tries to mount she quietly squeaks and kicks him with her high leg...
  16. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I have two boys, Sebastian and Simon. I've had Sebastian for a little over a year, and Simon since April. Seeing as they weren't intended to be pets, I don't know exactly how old they are, but I'm guessing Sebby is a little over a year old, and Simon is probably about six months. When I...
  17. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    One of my mothers friends rat had a liter of (13!) babies. It was overwhelming to her and it was clear the level of care was going down :( One of the babies was the runt of the litter and her 7 yr old daughter broke it's tail by accident!!! I become overwhelmed with worry about his environment...
  18. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I woke up this morning and somehow my boys, Spike & Emmitt, had dragged a towel half-into to their cage so they could go to town shredding it. I was worried because I didn't want them swallowing any part of it and I really thought the towel was far enough away! When rats chew things do...
  19. Vet Recommendations
    SEAVS (Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services) 4105 Rust Road Fairfax, VA 22030 Phone: 703-281-3750 Fax: 703-281-3730 Email: [email protected] Personally MY FAVORITE doctor is: Dr. David A Crum, DVM. He has a lot of experience with rats and owns a few himself. None the less, they are...
  20. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    I reallly want to start making my rats own food, but I'm having some trouble with some of the ingredients. One thing I'm having trouble with is dried fruit. What brand should I buy--everything seems to have such sugar in it. I know I need dried cranberries and bananas. Also, what kind of...
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