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tips for newbie rat fan!

Post by the demon12 » Mon, 14 May 2001 04:03:40



hi! i got my first pet rat today. any one now of any tips or things a will
need to know.
 
 
 

tips for newbie rat fan!

Post by Dark Sta » Mon, 14 May 2001 04:44:25


Quote:
> hi! i got my first pet rat today. any one now of any tips or things a will
> need to know.

Food, water, care and attention and don't pick him/her up by the tail. :)

I usually have my cage with food on the top level and the house on the
bottom. About 1-2 cm of sawdust, SOFT toilet roll for bedding they like but
not fabric for some reason. 2 water bottles, one for each level.

It's usualy bagged ratfood (I insist on Reggie brand, just as they like it
and it gives them some variety, and I daren't change it incase they break
their bars, run at me growling them unmercifully and viciously*** my toes
off. ;)  ), changed every 3 days for freshness (the remains at the bottom
that is) water changed 2 dayes even if they haven't finished it.

Environment should be about room temprature, humidity should be resonably OK
just like us I suppose, and also not too loud. They do have sensitive ears
you know.

I put them on the veranda every day for some fresh air for about 10-30 mins
depending on how long they like it and the temprature (in their cage of
cause).

Also fresh fruit or veg every 2-3 days, just about enough to feed them for a
day so it doesn't go off nor give them the runs I think it is that happens
(read it in a "first pet rat" book) and change them every 5-7 days. Also
when I change their sawdust ect they can have a run around.
LOOK FOR ANY HOLES ANYWHWERE AS THEY *CAN* ESCAPE DOWN THEM!
If you find them make sure they are 1 cm big or less, or s***it or fill it
with wood. No I am not kidding, they CAN squeeze though if it's just big
enough as they are natural born explorers.

Other than that have a good time. I think the above is accurate, but I'm not
too sure as I'm tired plus having a quiet drink in. Maybee my rats would
like a drink of my oringe juice for the morning. ;)

Take care

Jason
--
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Post by cryma » Mon, 14 May 2001 06:30:42


Quote:

> I put them on the veranda every day for some fresh air for about 10-30 mins
> depending on how long they like it and the temprature (in their cage of
> cause).

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I've been putting our two rats
with their open cage out on the veranda pretty much all day.  We are
well above ground, and so I'm confident they can't venture away.  We
leave the screen door to the apartment open a little so they can come
back in if they like.  I've been wondering about predators, though.  Do
you think there is any risk of some wild bird swooping down on them and
carrying them off?  We live in a large city, Portland, Oregon, but in a
suburb with much wilderness nearby.  In fact, raccoons occasionally make
their way up to our veranda looking for food.

--crymad

 
 
 

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Post by Dark Sta » Mon, 14 May 2001 06:54:20


Quote:
> Now that the weather is getting warmer, I've been putting our two rats
> with their open cage out on the veranda pretty much all day.  We are
> well above ground, and so I'm confident they can't venture away.  We
> leave the screen door to the apartment open a little so they can come
> back in if they like.  I've been wondering about predators, though.  Do
> you think there is any risk of some wild bird swooping down on them and
> carrying them off?  We live in a large city, Portland, Oregon, but in a
> suburb with much wilderness nearby.  In fact, raccoons occasionally make
> their way up to our veranda looking for food.

Not sure about the US, but here in the UK I find that I prefer to have them
in their cage. For the fact of Misty deciding to jump 8 floors to see what
happens...

Here where I live there are no *real* predators I can think of to be honest
(that can get this high without oxygen mask :)  ) bar pidgeons who have les
feathers than braincells let alone IQ number...

When I had 2 rats, Misty and Patch a bit ago, they were on the Veranda and
happy as anything. Pidgeon came down on the half-built wall there
(renovating then and now...) and both, I swear, must have had rocket packs.
A few minuites later they peep out, the pidgeon is immobile. Then Misty
jumps up the cage making a racket as ever...

Pidgeon coos, Rat's fly MK2, pidgeon wing's it.

I needed oxygen that day, not for the altetude but the funny-factor. :)

Jason
--
In the silence of my mind ...... I hear nothing.

 o?o`o?o,,o?o`o?o,,o?o`o?o`o?o,,o?o`o?o,
,o?o``o?o,
V jvfu gb erfvta sebz gur uhzna enpr.

Uzzz, Cbjre fho-fgngvba, ybns bs oernq. Gbnfg nal-bar? :)

The above is NOT recomended. 33,000+ volts is NOT fun...
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,o?o``o?o,#

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Post by Carol » Mon, 14 May 2001 13:04:03


Quote:

>Do
>you think there is any risk of some wild bird swooping down on them and
>carrying them off?  We live in a large city, Portland, Oregon, but in a
>suburb with much wilderness nearby.

I would myself be very afraid of this. I live in the suburbs of
Columbus, Ohio, and, a few weeks ago, a bunch of pigeons flew by real
fast and one got caught in the neighbor's metal fence. The pigeon was
flopping around on the ground, dying... *LESS than 1 minute later*, a
medium-size bird of prey flew down, grabbed the pigeon quickly and
flew away! I couldn't believe my eyes!

Now, when I take my rats out, I keep my eyes on them at all times, and
check the sky constantly for any sign of a bird looking at my
appetizing little rats... I couldn't imagine the horror of seeing one
of my sweetie rats fly away in the claws of a bird of prey...
--

Carole
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Post by Mat » Mon, 14 May 2001 14:33:09



Quote:

> hi! i got my first pet rat today. any one now of any tips or things a will
> need to know.

Tip #1 - get your second pet rat today. Everyone wins if you have two. The
rats are happier - they're social animals. You'll be happier, because half
of the joy in owning rats is watching them interact with each other.
Nothing cuter than watching them groom one another. Same sex, of course!

Tip #2 - don't skimp on the cage size. They'll be living most of their
lives there, so make it a great home.

Tip #3 - develop a treat noise. I tisk my tongue against the roof of my
mouth to tell them I have a treat. They'll come running at full speed to me
as soon as they hear it, no matter where they are. Just make the noice
every time you give them a treat and they'll figure it out REAL fast. And
never "lie" to them. If you make the noise, they get a treat. This is
especially useful for when they're out of their cage and find a cozy spot
where you can't find them.

Tip #4 - enjoy the hell out of them. They're great. They thrive on
attention. Give them mental challenges to keep them sharp. My Snickers has
learned to open a plastic Easter egg to get treats ... stuff like that.
They're intelligent critters, so let them exercise their brains as well as
their legs. The results are a blast to watch. If you wanted a dumb small
animal, you'd have gotten a hamster. Rats are the geniuses of the small
animal world. Let them prove it.

Tip #5 - keep chewable valuables up off the floor. They're darlings, but
they do occasionally like to chew on treasured sweaters, jackets, etc. If
it's on the floor, they consider it fair game.

Other than that, just hang around here a little. Great people and great
advice to be had here. BTW, what's the new rat's name?

Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Anna » Mon, 14 May 2001 17:39:39


Get your little rattie a friend!! - he'll be lonely without one - they need
the stimulation of company of thier own kind as well as yours!!

Good luck

--
Anna
Hull, England
ICQ - 48147561
and the ratties
Oscar, Florence, Basil & Bailey
Flopsy, Mopsy, Tiggy & Jemima
Plus the new boys - Jenson and Eddie

Quote:
> hi! i got my first pet rat today. any one now of any tips or things a will
> need to know.

 
 
 

tips for newbie rat fan!

Post by Ratt » Tue, 15 May 2001 23:48:57


Quote:
> I usually have my cage with food on the top level and the house on the
> bottom. About 1-2 cm of sawdust, SOFT toilet roll for bedding they like
but
> not fabric for some reason. 2 water bottles, one for each level.

Best not to use sawdust, use Bio-Catolet (paper based cat litter), if you do
use sawdust make sure it is not Pine or Ceder as they can be toxic to rats.
Also get the dust free stuff.

Ratty
http://www.ratware.co.uk