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@  Caryn : (14 August 2018 - 07:24 AM)

Thank you Discomoose :) Lollyh, so very sorry about Rascal :ratsad:

@  DiscoMoose : (12 August 2018 - 07:48 PM)

congratz on your promotions Caryn and Settican (:

@  DiscoMoose : (12 August 2018 - 07:48 PM)

I'm sorry about Rascal Lolly :( RIP sweet girl...

@  lollyh : (03 August 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Rip my beautiful rascal. :bigeyecry: my last girl. :ratsad: .play hard up their sweetheart.you made it to 2yrs & 8 months despite 2 tumors..i am gonna miss you so much. :Kiss: :wub:

@  Settican : (03 August 2018 - 12:32 PM)

Woohoo promotion! Thanks Tails :D

@  Caryn : (03 August 2018 - 12:28 PM)

Thank you :D I got a promotion :yay: lol

@  Tails : (02 August 2018 - 01:25 PM)

@caryn and @settican, welcome to the Admin Team!

@  Caryn : (11 July 2018 - 07:25 AM)

She says she has had the captcha disabled, so the problem should be solved now. Hopefully people are able to join up without hassle if they try again.

@  Caryn : (08 July 2018 - 10:57 AM)

Ah geez, I'll see if I can reach Tails about it

@  ronelrat : (08 July 2018 - 10:02 AM)

There are people wanting to join the forum who says they received a message asking for a security code?

@  Caryn : (07 July 2018 - 05:49 PM)

Two of my girls over the years have had strokes. Both were still alive when I found them but suffering side effects ie: paralysis, loss of cognitive function. Sadly there is not much that can be done if they are very far gone, smaller strokes can be treated and rats can recover. Seizures are horrible. Mavdb had a couple of boys with issues, you may be able to find posts here on the forum.

@  lollyh : (07 July 2018 - 01:56 PM)

Thank you caryn.im so heartsore.i went out for dinner last night & he was fine,came back home 1 hour later & found him at the bottom of the cage like he was didnt know where he was . :puppy_dog_eyes: .do you have any knowledge on seizures or strokes?

@  Caryn : (07 July 2018 - 12:23 PM)

So very sorry :ratsad:

@  lollyh : (07 July 2018 - 05:11 AM)

Lost my moo lastnight. :ratsad: I'm still in shock.

@  lollyh : (29 June 2018 - 12:04 AM)

Thank you caryn sway. *hugs* *hugs*

@  Caryn : (27 June 2018 - 08:53 AM)

You're not mad at all for wanting to help her :ratsad:

@  lollyh : (25 June 2018 - 04:33 PM)

Thank you caryn.yes i know you would.:-).i love her so much.i dont care about the cost.really i dont.even though everyone around me says im mad & just put her down. :bigeyecry: .no unfortunately i don't have an edgars account.

@  Caryn : (25 June 2018 - 11:43 AM)

Sorry you're going through that with your girl. You know I'd opt for the surgery, Dr O says he can do it and I trust him completely. I realise cost is an issue though. Do you have an Edgars acct you can pay with or can you sign a debit order with them? That's what I usually do for larger surgery costs.

@  lollyh : (25 June 2018 - 09:34 AM)

i have such a hard decision to make. :bigeyerat:

@  Caryn : (18 June 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Hopefully we can get more old members back and some new ones :D


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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:

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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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