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@  DiscoMoose : (21 November 2018 - 06:48 PM)

hello *hugs*

@  Caryn : (21 November 2018 - 07:32 AM)

:wave: Hello! :D

@  lollyh : (20 November 2018 - 01:57 PM)

hello all. :wave: :ggmr:

@  Caryn : (09 November 2018 - 07:49 AM)

Me too! :)

@  lollyh : (08 November 2018 - 08:28 PM)

I see that. :ratgiggle: .Yes it is.i loved all the interaction on here but i will keep checking in weekly. :ggmr:

@  Caryn : (07 November 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Everybody is missing in action! lol Such a pity, these forums used to be so fantastic when everyone was still around :(

@  lollyh : (05 November 2018 - 08:52 PM)

so how is everybody doing? :ggmr:

@  DiscoMoose : (24 October 2018 - 06:11 PM)

thanks Lolly and Caryn... I miss him, he was a small boy with a big presence :thud:

@  Caryn : (19 October 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Oh no :ratsad: So sorry to both of you Lollyh and Discomoose for your losses :cry: I'm sure they're playing hard :ratangel:

@  lollyh : (17 October 2018 - 10:32 PM)

Big hugs moosie.i can just imagine what a hard Decision it was for you to make today.you fought so hard for him & gave him a wonderful life.a baby boy tobi & a brave momma. *hugs*

@  lollyh : (17 October 2018 - 10:29 PM)

Oh moosie!!. :bigeyecry: :bigeyecry: I am so so so very sorry my dear friend. Sweet precious tobi.play hard up their big boy. We will miss you.:ratangel: :ratangel:

@  DiscoMoose : (17 October 2018 - 03:40 PM)

We had to let Tobi go today :bigeyecry: I'll do a tribute post later. Rest well my boy, you were such a good and brave boy.

@  lollyh : (15 October 2018 - 09:55 AM)

well maybe put a post up caryn & hey if its only us 3,well i will at least get two xmas cards still. :clap: :happydance:

@  lollyh : (15 October 2018 - 09:54 AM)

Thanks moosie. *hugs* .he was 2yrs & 4 months.sadly my smokey is all by himself now.although smokey is jumping around the cage now.darn un-caring,non grieving cage mate. :ratgiggle:

@  Caryn : (15 October 2018 - 07:31 AM)

Don't think we have anyone around to do it :( I basically did my own via Facebook last year

@  DiscoMoose : (14 October 2018 - 07:55 PM)

does y'all think we might do a greeting card exchange this year? Who is up for that...?

@  DiscoMoose : (14 October 2018 - 07:09 PM)

I'm so sorry Lolly :bigeyecry: *hugs*

@  lollyh : (13 October 2018 - 07:53 PM)

Sadly this morning i woke up & found my sweet old man milo had passed away. :bigeyecry: :bigeyecry: .Rip my sweet boy.

@  lollyh : (13 October 2018 - 07:51 PM)

glad to hear hes still ok moosie.i know what you mean,*beep* tumor was huge & not nice to look at but you know him best.when it is time you will know. *hugs* :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

@  DiscoMoose : (11 October 2018 - 08:04 AM)

Thanks Caryn *hugs*


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KatD

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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:

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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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