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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 everybody :)

 

I have been making my own dry mix, but after much reading I have decided to also include Reggie Rat in there.  This may be a silly question: is Reggie Rat & Mimi Mouse the same thing as Reggie Rat?  I thought that rat and mice diets were different as mice are not omnivores...?  I found Reggie Rat & Mimi Mouse in the shop and I just want to check that it is ok before I feed it to my babies tonight.

 

Next question: I cannot find puffed wheat without sugar, salt, etc. anywhere!  So I include some broken up weetbix (the one with no sugar, salt, etc.), but weetbix is fortified with iron, so I am worried about that being bad for my rattie babies.  I have done heaps of reading and I can't seem to find out how much iron rats should have in their "perfect" diet.  Anybody have any info on this?

 

I have also been giving my babies a few hemp seeds here and there and they love them!  Do you think I can include these in their dry mix or should I just keep these as treats?  I don't see a problem with feeding these to them regularly in their dry mix, but there isn't a lot of good info out there about this so I thought I would run it past the Ratanooga experts.  I put in a little bit of sunflower seeds in the dry mix (just a few for some difference), as I know that too much protein is bad.  What other seeds are good to include?

 

Their dry mix also features barley, basmati rice, brown lentils and red lentils, but they don't seem too keen on those suprisingly.  So I want to include some other options in there for them.  I tried bulgur wheat, but that wasn't popular - I think as it is too small.  I think they will love split peas, but I am hesitant to put those in as I feed (among other things) thawed frozen peas most nights (a firm favourite) - and again my concern is that too much protein is bad - or will this be ok?  What other dried grains do your ratties like?  

 

Dried pasta that is coloured/flavoured with veggies like butternut goes into the dry mix as well each time (first to get completely picked out).  And a few chunks of 2min noodles (with no msg etc.) as a treat here and there because they freaking love those!

 

Obviously cooked rice and pasta are adored, and they have that whenever we eat it.  In fact, I make a little bit specially for them each week even if we don't eat it.  Back to dry mix though: I also include rolled oats, which they eat like the rest of the dry mix (because they have to - haha).  I try to leave their dry mix out until they have had a good assortment of the grains to help ensure a more balanced diet, but I always end up throwing some stale mix away.  I am sure that this is normal, but I worry that they are not getting the proper nutrition if they just eat the stuff that they like. 

 

Anyway enough questions from me (for now).  Any ideas of other grains to include in my babies' diet would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 



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Yep, the Reggie and Mouse bags are the same as the old plain Reggie Rat :)

 

Ronelrat may be able to assist with the dry mix questions.  I personally do not mix my own dry feed.  There are just too many variations to get the vitamins and minerals balanced properly and this can change just by changing one ingredient.  I feed Pretoria Rattery's homemade mix because I know Ronelrat has put a lot of research into it and uses only the best grade ingredients.  I mix around 3 to 4 bags of the Pretoria Rattery feed with one bag of Reggie Rat before storing as my girls love the biscuits in Reggie Rat and I felt awful removing those from their diet otherwise :)


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I use the PTA mix, but I add to stretch it out a bit.

 

Puffed spelt 

Rolled oats and rolled barley flakes

Coconut flakes

All bran flakes or the sticks (The PTA mix has it in now)

Crushed up roasted cashews.  Not the salted ones. I take the peanuts out of the mix and only give to them as a treat.

Flax seeds

 

There was something else, but can't remember now.

 

My boys eat everything.  It might best to get some of the PTA mix in the end and this is so far the best mix for rats. Reggie rat has changed so much and I just don't trust it anymore.

 

As cooked, you can try some Bulgar wheat and buckwheat cooked with barley and rice.  I cook a pot and freeze for whenever I need.  It's really good.



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Awesome thank you Cindy and Caryn!  

Cindy I will definitely add those in to liven up their mix :)  Ooh puffed spelt (googling now as I have no idea what that looks like)!  On a side note, I love that Google has now become a verb!  haha!  Don't mind me, I'm just a language nerd over here.



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I feed our boys the Pretoria Rattery mix that Ronel makes. She has done reasearch and worked hard to get a balanced mix. I would be careful making my own as rats need the right quantities of the various nutrients etc. You can also buy the Scuttling Gourmet book that has well researched rat food mixes.
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Thank you Mav!  I will definitely look into the book - that sounds awesome!







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