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@  Caryn : (16 May 2018 - 11:01 AM)

How strange :blink: I get to the usual full site :/

@  DiscoMoose : (15 May 2018 - 01:36 PM)

Ah... makes sense about the warning page. So glad she found a workaround, so as not to scare of potential new forum peeps... still, if I visit ratanooga.co.za I get only a 'hello' on the page *blush*

@  Caryn : (13 May 2018 - 05:48 PM)

Tails created the alternative forum address to get around that big red warning page, hence the redirection. No idea what's going on in general though, haven't heard from Tails in ages :( The main Ratanooga.co.za website though is still up and running as per normal.

@  DiscoMoose : (11 May 2018 - 03:24 PM)

I was also not so down with the big red virus warning the forum was making (i knew it was safe, but it disturbed my sense of loving things that are orderly) - so i'm happy that's gone. Some other observations: why is the forum redirecting to internot.co.za? what is happening to ratanooga.co.za? the page source over there is just a single 'hello'...? hmm curiouser and curiouser... ;)

@  DiscoMoose : (09 May 2018 - 12:00 PM)

I've been missing in action *blush* happy to be back though :boogie: once a regular always a regular I guess :Kiss:

@  lollyh : (05 May 2018 - 04:22 PM)

moosie!!!! where you been swty? :clap:

@  DiscoMoose : (04 May 2018 - 01:19 AM)

Hai guys :wave:

@  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)

:clap:

@  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)

:D

@  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:


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Hi All   :wave:

 

Just wondering if it is safe to give my boys Chamomile tea with Rooibos and honey bush? It is Caffeine free and to sweeten just a little I plan on adding a little bit of honey to it, I will alternate this with normal rooibos and honey (I plan on giving them tea 3 times per week, so I'll alternate it to only giving them Chamomile once a week) - chamomile is also really good for bunnies, gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs :ratyumm: it soothes them and also aids in digestion

 

Also, Primrose is said to aid digestion and also keep the respiratory tract healthy, can I use the Primrose oil capsules and sprinkle this once or twice a week over their veggies, as I would do with my Omega3 and 6 oil capsules?

 

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I know rooibos is fine but not sure about the others, sorry not much help :huh:
My current Ratties: Dove, Marybelle, Rosy, Ivy, Peaches, Plum and Duff (girls) Thunder, Doodle and Wallee (neutered boys) then my intact boys: Rodger and Dodger :ratlol: :tummykiss: :Kiss:

Always remembered, always in my heart, RIP my children: Sandy (our first ratty love) Pepper, Mickey, Snowy, Cloudy, Kellogs, Snoekie, Thing 1, Wotnot, Thing 2, Mischief, Monty, Barney, Seamus, Dolores aka Dilly, Jerry, Brian, Alfred, Patches, Stewie, Squeak, Bubble, Treble, Hayley, Onyx, Milo, Roxie, baby Bailey, FiFi, Bass, Bangerang, Emo, Nibbs and Roo :bigeyecry: :ratangel:

RIP my doggy loves: Andy and Toffee, loved and missed forever :cry:

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I've been reading up on it a bit...seems that as long as it is caffeine free it should be fine, they actually use Chamomile tea before new rats are introduced to a mischief and then obviously with aggressive rats to calm them. So I figure it's safe, there are a host of natural teas you can give them, from Jasmine to mint it seems, golden rule is the caffeine part :drool: 

 

I can't find much information on Evening Primrose but the plant itself is seems to be harmless to rats, they encourage you to sprinkle the seeds on the greens of your small animal (bunnies, rats etc.), the oil comes from the seeds so I don't see why it should be a problem if I give it maybe once a week to them.


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To add....there is so many conflicting information on the web!! :banghead:

 

Apparently, the following foods should be avoided completely

- raisins

- grapes

- onion

 

Even the RSPCA's website says to avoid raisins, which I thought was just fine to give as I wanted to mix a small amount in with their dry mix

 

HELP!! *blush*


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:loveyoueyes: My beautiful boys :loveyoueyes:

Moe & Mishca

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Max & Micah

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I've always fed grapes and raisins.  For dogs and cats these are very toxic, but never heard of them being an issue for rats and never ever had an issue feeding them.  They're not on the common list of dangerous foods that is found online on various rat sites and some info recommends grapes for cancer fighting properties, hydration during car trips, etc

 

In terms of the tea, it should all be fine as long as it's caffeine free.  However, if you're ever giving antibiotics or pharmaceutical meds at a later point then try to limit their intake as there is some evidence that rooibos affects drug absorptions.


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I've also always fed grapes, the rats peel them and all my rats have all loved grapes whereas not all of them like raisins but I've never heard or read that they're bad or toxic. I know raw onion is a no-no. Didn't know about rooibos tea and antibiotic.
My current Ratties: Dove, Marybelle, Rosy, Ivy, Peaches, Plum and Duff (girls) Thunder, Doodle and Wallee (neutered boys) then my intact boys: Rodger and Dodger :ratlol: :tummykiss: :Kiss:

Always remembered, always in my heart, RIP my children: Sandy (our first ratty love) Pepper, Mickey, Snowy, Cloudy, Kellogs, Snoekie, Thing 1, Wotnot, Thing 2, Mischief, Monty, Barney, Seamus, Dolores aka Dilly, Jerry, Brian, Alfred, Patches, Stewie, Squeak, Bubble, Treble, Hayley, Onyx, Milo, Roxie, baby Bailey, FiFi, Bass, Bangerang, Emo, Nibbs and Roo :bigeyecry: :ratangel:

RIP my doggy loves: Andy and Toffee, loved and missed forever :cry:

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I just don't feed raisins, because some can be high in sodium, so I generally just stay away from it. Tea is fine, just as Caryn says. With regards to the evening primrose, I'm not sure, but I don't see any harm in using it. I myself use flaxseed oil that I toss over their food three times a week. Anything to keep our kids healthy.
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