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@  lollyh : (20 April 2018 - 10:48 AM)

Yes ronel & 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)


@  ronelrat : (10 April 2018 - 05:34 PM)

Oh wow! the first time in MONTHS i managed to sign in!!

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@  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 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.


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Hi everyone,


I'm super keen to try the Ratanooga rat mix food, however, I see that there are puffed rice, oats, pronutro flakes in it and I'm a bit wary as it is similar to what I gave Cleo and she started choking.  Both my brother and I gave our rats Weetbix flakes and both rats have choked on it (badly), I also gave Cleo a bit of toast and she also choked on that. So now I'm a bit wary of foods that can get soggy and maybe stick in their throats.


Can someone ease my mind please as I'm really keen on getting this new mix?


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Hi Cluna.


Sorry to hear about the choking. Not nice.  :(


I can't really say why your ratties are choking on it sorry. 

I have however been giving all my rats the RN mix for most of their lives with fresh fruit and veggies as a supplement and they are doing very well on it. 

I do however give the spar brand bran flakes and the spar brand puffed rice as they are very low in salt and sugar which is good.


I would use caution with bread as the bread can expand in their throats and cause them to choke.


Sorry I can't give more valuable input. 

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Shame man :( it sounds like Cleo could pe prone to choking. The problem might be with her and not necessarily the food. I've only ever seeing one of my rats choke and it's horrible to witness but they shouldn't be choking on normal rat mixes. Hope things come right. Sure someone will give some more info soon. Sometimes the sight is quiet on weekends.
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Rats can choke on anything really and I actually think it also happens more often than we think.
I even had rats choke on veggies before.
Luckily true choking is rare. As long as your rat sits still with its mouth open and / or drooling its fine. Its busy working the object out or down. Dont move or bother it. Just keep an eye on him / her until its out. Usually the moment the object it out they run back to the food bowl to continue eating.
If they cant breathe they will look more panicked and restless. Take your rat around its body and fling it in a circle movement head down 2-3 times. If it does not work rush it to your nearest vet.
Im not changing my diet if one rat chocked once on something. I had a report of a rat that choked on cous cous. I have 30 rats that eat cous cous 2-3 times a week and never had an incident.
Maybe scatter feed your dry food in the litter. My large groups of rats used to hog the food bowl at feeding time trying to get to the tasty bits as fast as possible. Now they "kreepy krauly" through the litter calmly throughout the day and eat less hasted. Everyone has an equal chance to get to the tasty bits.



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Take your rat around its body and fling it in a circle movement head down 2-3 times.


Can I just mention that, whilst often touted as a saving method, for MOST choking cases, this method actually worsens the problem, especially if done incorrectly. I would also suggest making sure you have the body and neck area secure in your hands before any flinging. You do not want to accidentally let go, nor do you want any whiplash problems or broken necks.


Please, please use caution when trying this method.


I would sooner rush the rat to the vet, as most often we cannot get the force required for a centrifuge reaction with whatever is lodged in their throat anyway.

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I hear you and realise if done incorrectly can do harm. The fling need not be forceful. With my one case of actual chocking the rat was going crazy and really couldn't breathe. There was no time to get it to an emergency vet that late at night. One circle movement and it was fine.
My 5 or so other cases were just food stuck they worked out themselves and I left them to do the work themselves.
Debbie advises to do the heimlich by pressing sharply in and up under ribcage but I wont advise that as you can easily do more harm and even break ribs.

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