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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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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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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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