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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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Using food bowl as a toilet


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Claire

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Hi there. I have recently become the guardian of two lovely rattie girls around 6 or 7 weeks according to the lady who hand reared them when their mum died while birthing them.
I have found that they are using their food bowl as their toilet instead of the lovely toilet I have for them.
Any suggestions on how to correct this?
The person I got them from used and ice cream container with a rock in the middle which they apparently climbed on to do their business. I tried putting a rock on the toilet but they are avoiding it altogether.
Appreciate your help, please.
Thanks, Claire

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Bubs that age can be full of nonsense lol   Using a "pee rock" does usually help.  Maybe try that again?  Otherwise, the only other thing would be to scoop up all the droppings and keep putting them in the correct litter area.  Sometimes this does help redirect them and teach them that that's a toilet area.


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Thanks, I'll persevere 🙈

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I know it's tough to get them litter trained in the beginning but if it's any consolation once they are then you'll never have to do it again.  If you get new bubs later on they will learn from the older girls and then they'll teach any newbies after that and so on.  They also pick up other little habits too from their elders.  It's very sweet to see it happen as they settle in :)  


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It is a good idea to persevere and what Caryn said about picking up the little poops and popping them in the actual toilet really does work. When i clean the cage while still potty training, i leave a couple in there. I had baby rescues that were about 10 days old when i got them.. i started out doing that right from the start, so everyday i was picking up their teeny droppings ( babies poops are so teeny) and popping them in the corner toilet. They learnt fairly quickly where the toilet was. They will wee in the cage and not always do that in the toilet but no poos anywhere but the toilet. I used to talk to them when i was doing it as well saying "this is your toilet, this is where you poo" but i do talk to my babies.
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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