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@  lollyh : (20 April 2018 - 10:48 AM)

Yes ronel & roos.you need to come in more often.we need to get our old regulars back on here. :clap: :happydance:

@  Rattieroos : (13 April 2018 - 11:23 AM)

Cool I must come check more often now again. :)

@  Caryn : (12 April 2018 - 07:11 AM)

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@  ronelrat : (10 April 2018 - 05:34 PM)

Oh wow! the first time in MONTHS i managed to sign in!!

@  Caryn : (03 April 2018 - 07:31 AM)

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@  lollyh : (02 April 2018 - 07:54 PM)

Thank you Caryn. *hugs* hope you are had a Great Easter weekend too swty.

@  Caryn : (02 April 2018 - 07:43 AM)

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Easter weekend :D

@  lollyh : (30 March 2018 - 06:07 PM)

Happy good Friday everyone. *hugs* :clap: :tummykiss:

@  lollyh : (08 March 2018 - 06:51 PM)

How is everyone doing? *hugs*

@  Caryn : (15 February 2018 - 09:36 PM)

That's terrible, so very sorry Rattieroos :cry:

@  lollyh : (15 February 2018 - 07:18 AM)

Oh Roos.i am so very sorry about dove & peaches. :bigeyecry: awful to loss 2 ratties so close together & sweet peaches.i know you had such a soft spot for her. :bigeyecry: :ratsad:

@  lollyh : (15 February 2018 - 07:14 AM)

Oh cluna.i am sorry.sweet baggs.how is Baer doing?. *hugs*

@  Rattieroos : (14 February 2018 - 11:42 PM)

Recently lost Dove and Peaches as well. Dove had an ovarian tumor that even the vet was shocked at the size. I let him do a necropsy and he let me stay. Then Peaches had 3 lumps removed but somewhere within the 1st or 2nd day recovery from the surgery, she must have had a stroke or a blood clot :bigeyecry:

@  Rattieroos : (14 February 2018 - 11:38 PM)

So sorry about Baggs Cluna :ratsad:

@  Caryn : (12 February 2018 - 07:43 AM)

I'm so very sorry Cluna :ratsad:

@  Cluna : (09 February 2018 - 12:09 PM)

Thanks Lolly. It would probably be worse for me, but better for her as she loved us so much. She always wanted out of the cage and to be with us. When I found her, she even looked like she was trying to get out the cage. I can only hope that her best friend Bear was there for her at least. Man, we miss her so much. :ratsad:

@  lollyh : (05 February 2018 - 07:43 PM)

Oh cluna.i am so so sorry to hear about baggs. :ratsad: she went the best way.its not easy when they pass in your hands but maybe I've just had to many goodbyes like that.i hope your heartache eases soon.she will always be in your heart. *hugs* .we are all hear from you.

@  Cluna : (05 February 2018 - 12:58 PM)

Hi guys. I haven't been around in a while, and I don't know if you remember me or my ratties, Baggs and Bear. Sadly Baggs (nearly 3) passed on Friday. She was incredibly thin and her breathing was so heavy. Unfortunately, I found her in her cage in the morning and didn't have her die in my hands like I'd wished. She was my heart rat and I am still absolutely devastated. :bigeyecry:

@  Caryn : (19 January 2018 - 06:37 PM)

Thanks. Yeah, she was nearing 2,5yrs and had been on heart meds for CHF for close to 8mths. I got way more time with her than I expected to be honest, but it's never enough time :ratsad:

@  Rattieroos : (18 January 2018 - 09:17 PM)

@ Caryn.. Im so so sorry about Buttons!!!!! Only saw your post now when I checked to see if the forums worked.


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What fresh food did your ratties get today?


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You'll find it amazing that ( if they end up eating that is ) every last bit of flesh is eaten from a grape or a cherry tomato but they leave the skins. As thin as the skins are they manage to eat and leave the skins behind.

Sometimes I bite into the grape or tomato just enough to let the juice out so they can smell it. Sometimes they don't realise what's inside. Worth a try?

Not all rats like fruit, mostly grapes of all colours are favorites though. Just remember citrus fruits aren't good for boys. And baby tomatoes are generally liked. Small sweet apples cut in wedges, they leave those skins as well. Most like olives every now and then.

Do your babies eat the whole pea or do they also shell those? Mine eat the pea or corn and leave the shells. I've only had one baby who ate the whole thing! You can also give cooked rice or noodles, they love that. Mine just got banana oats tonight with honey a blob of butter. They had mielie on the cob last night so lots of cleaning today! I only had porridge for dinner so they did too lol
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Also, rats taste change as they get older. Much like humans that way. Imagine little kids who only want mac & cheese and not a gourmet meal lol So don't give up on a certain food right away. Keep trying it and you'll probably find they enjoy it or at least are more willing to try it later :)


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+1 to Caryn. 

 

I also find when a rat first comes to us it might be very cautious of trying new foods and it can take weeks or even months before they will eat it. Some rats are fussier than others but we've been lucky and our boys eventually eat their fruit and veg. We try not give too much of items that have a lot of sugar (fruits, carrots, corn, peas etc) and also not too much cucumber, lettuce, cauliflower or broccoli (things that can cause an upset tummy). 


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How many times a day do you guys feed your rats? I give them their fresh dry mix every morning, but I find come night time that the bowl is not completely finished, so I either leave it till the next morning or if I feel bad, I throw out what's left and put in fresh dry mix. So my question is, can they be fed one bowl of dry mix a day, or should they be fed twice a day. Keep in mind they are babies, about 5 or 6 weeks old.



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Totally normal Ratlover!  Little bubs grow at an alarming rate and they never seem to stop eating at that age.  You'll find once they get older the food intake will decrease to normal levels.  Until then, they're just little tiny vacuum cleaners lol  And of course  remember to make sure they get extra protein in their diet until they're around 12wks as well to help with their growth :)


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So far chicken and eggs (boiled egg, scrambled eggs or cooked egg??) have been suggested. Anything else that is easy and accessible?



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We fill the dry food bowl once a day and give fresh fruit and veg once a day too. In the morning they get a small amount of porridge just as a snack.

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This weekend I introduced tinned Alaskan pink salmon in water to the boys, I gave them some on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and they loved it. I did add some Omega 6 (I know it contains Omega3) but will abstain from the Omega's for this week seeing as I am giving them some Viralguard again (one week on one week off). They also had some watermelon, which they didn't really like, and I gave them some raspberries and grapes. On tonight's menu is chicken, wild brown rice with lentils with peas and corn :drool: they eat better than I do! I also noticed that they dislike butternut, they'll have it if there is nothing else to pick from left (but won't touch it if it's mashed), they love the dried chicken treats (Woollies dog treats) but don't really like biltong all that much, normal beef sticks.

 

I clearly forgot that almond was a no no but cleared it from their bowls, except Moe got hold of one and refused that I take it back...do I worry? Because I figured if I gave it to them in relatively large amounts over regular intervals will the cyanide content be a problem, whereas a once off accidental morsel wouldn't risk too much? :loopy:

 

Oh and they get their porridge with some honey most mornings, sometimes I'll give them some rooibos tea and honey but they don't really drink it at all, they just tip it over as to say "what the heck are you thinking mom?" I tried the boiled egg thing once.....Moe stashed almost everything away and the smell made me want to throw up so I cleared it, they did have a bite or two though before mum couldn't take it anymore lol


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Saw this article shared on FB (link below) by one of the forum members, I thought it was an interesting read. One of the points they make is to not give too much protein to rats as they don't need it and it can contribute to kidney disease. We almost never give our boys extra protein (meat), they might get a small bite of something every two weeks. 

 

http://www.2ndchance...o/ratkidney.htm


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