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@  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.

@  Rattieroos : (18 January 2018 - 09:16 PM)

@Lolly, thanks re Thunder. Winstons last moments were with his mommy. So sad :(

@  lollyh : (03 January 2018 - 08:21 AM)

Ok cool.thanks carny.i will check the link on my pc today.

@  lollyh : (03 January 2018 - 08:19 AM)

Oh no.i am sorry to hear that tails was talking about closing it down. :ratsad: I've made so many friends from here.

@  Caryn : (01 January 2018 - 05:32 PM)

@lollyh: Have you tried the temp link to access it via your computer? This one works for me now without any "deceptive site" warnings http://forums.internot.co.za/

@  Caryn : (01 January 2018 - 05:32 PM)

I'm not sure Tails is even around anymore :( She was talking about closing RN down altogether when they couldn't resolve the issue.

@  lollyh : (31 December 2017 - 09:11 AM)

Or can't tails start up a whole new forum &stake across all the email addresses...its a lot of hard work but could it work?

@  lollyh : (31 December 2017 - 09:03 AM)

@ roos & carny.i hope it's not the ending.ive been waiting so long to post stuff but can't on my iPad.i hope the forum gets resolved.totally agree with you caryn,Facebook is boring & soo soo depressing lately.the animal abuse posts arghh it's just awful.what about a ratanooga what's app group for all of us?

@  lollyh : (31 December 2017 - 08:58 AM)

A it late but Merry Christmas to all. *hugs* :tummykiss: .hope everyone had a blessed Christmas & a safe new year. :clap:

@  lollyh : (31 December 2017 - 08:56 AM)

@roos.i am sorry to hear about thunder :ratsad: he was .such a special boy.after All you had been through with him.you gave him the best life. *hugs*


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So I know it is usually not advisable to add foods to an already balanced mix, But personally I find the RR lacking in some respects.

 

I find that my boys will devour all the biscuts and leave the whole grains unless I am really mean and leave their food bowel untouched until they eat everything.

 

To counter this problem I ended up adding a 'soup' mix of dry grains to their food and they seam to enjoy these grains more. The grains in the mix are: Split Peas, Split lentils, Barely, wheat and I think oats.

 

I also add wholegrain Pasta and a tub of pumpkin seeds as well as a cup of hills dog food and lab blocks. I do this for 2 reasons.

 

1. To add variety

2. To make food stretch further because I do feed dry food ad lib and it gets expensive buying a huge amount of RR every month.

 

My mix works out more or less like this: 12l Tub of food:

 

50 % lab blocks

50 % RR

1 small bag of soup mix

1 bag of wholegrain pasta (usually broken spaghetti, the boys enjoy holding onto it)

1 small tub of pumpkin seeds

1 small cup of hills dog food

1 cup of rolled oats

 

Essentially they get very little of the extras because I make up the bulk of the mix to be lab blocks and RR.

 

They also get fresh veg every day and a bit of whatever Carly and I have (Usually more of Carly's food since I am vegetarian and my food isn't too different from what they get anyway)

 

So they will sometimes get bits of chicken or grilled fish and if we haven't given them meat in a while, I will boil an egg or 2, crack it slightly and let them have at it. I try and do this in the morning if I am going to be out all day so that they have something to keep them busy. I also stuff a hollow ball with treats like broken dog biscuits etc just to make being alone more fun.

 

Besides from mixing with the RN mix, does anyone else add items to RR?


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I have a combination of the RR and RN mix plus I add:

Pumpkin seed

Sunflower seads

Cranberries (make sure it's not the ones soaked dried in juice. Way to much sugar.  Rather take the natural dried ones).

Crushed cashews and pecans (just a little)

Spelt flakes

Dried blue berries

 

I've tried goji berries and they hate it as much as I do.

 

Also try a bit of the coloured pasta.  The red and green ones. 



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I don't do the RN or the RR mix. I make my own mixes for variety sake.

 

I know the RN mix is balanced and that is really awesome and I looked at it again last night but I am not keen on it as there is so little to it and most items in there are acid forming.

 

So I do nut mixes and seed mixes which they get every now and then. I base the nuts and seeds I give them based on if they are alkaline.

 

I believe in a diet that is 75% alkaline and the rest acid

 

Organic Sunflower seeds. 

Pecan nuts (Acid)

Almonds (Alkaline)

Brazil Nuts (Alkaline)

Pine nuts (Alkaline)

pumpkin seeds (Alkaline)

Linseed (Alklaine)

dried Cranberries (Acid)

Coconut flakes

 

My rats get fresh veg in the evening sometimes with some fruit. Mornings is whatever I eat or I make the coconut porridge for them or Maltabella which is a safer form of wheat as it's less processed and not so many bad side effects on a huge scale.

 

 

 

So I guess the above can be safely added but it will throw the RN balance out I guess.



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We feed Reggie Rat but add some brown puffed rice, gogi berries, rolled whole oats and occasionally pumpkin or sunflower seeds, bran flakes, corn wafers (like rice cakes) etc. 

 

We then also feed fresh veg and fruit every day. 

 

I worry that many of the grains and nuts have too much protein and are very fattening so don't give much. 


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I bought a big bag of RR in December & am battling to get my boys to finish it, they MUCH prefer the RN mix (I mix it without dog cubes though & I do make sure I use the correct ingredients - I can never seem to find the brown & white puffed rice (the Thea's one from Dischem) so I get the wholewheat one from Dischem & everything else is as recommended). I give a handful of Lab blocks a day but throw away probably half of it because I scatter it around the cage & if I see it wet then it's got wee on it so I chuck it out. I sometimes buy that Popcorn stuff as a treat & add it now & then to their food bowl. I'm waiting for the new RN mix prepacks to come available, then will be buying that.

 

They eat fresh food every night & cereal in the morning.

 

So I don't feed RR as a base food, they eat all the big pieces & leave the little seeds, so I end up throwing a lot of it away. I haven't got the heart to leave it as their only food bowl. I have a food bowl in each level, the bottom one has had RR in it for days now & they would much rather eat the top level bowl with RN mix.



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I also got the RR, but was hoping to get some lab blocks too. I do give them fresh fruits and veggies too.  I'm still new in the game can anyone perhaps tell me where to get lab blocks?! I live in PE and can't ream to find them anywhere. My two also seem to only pick out the bits they like out of the RR mix.


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You can order the lab blocks from Pet Mania, I think they post their orders? It's a 2kg bag if I'm not mistaken, so a fair size to order (for about R25 or so).



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Thanks for the tip. I'm hoping to go to Cape Town at the end of the month, perhaps I can just stock up then. I'm thinking I can maybe freeze some or vacuum pack them so they say nice and fresh.


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My boys are not fond of Reggie Rat at all and I find the mix needs some tweaking too. I feed mine Rat Nature or else Crispy Muesli for Hamsters & Co. which is by the same company as RN


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My Ratties are being picky about some of the parts of RR, is there any way to stop them from being fussy? 

I do give them a variety of fresh food every day as well so they do get different flavours. 


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You force them to finish what is in the bowl before you refill. Adult rats can/should have lean periods anyway.


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Okay so I am not being cruel if I force them to eat everything left before giving them new stuff? Even if it seems like they don't eat for a day?  


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