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Home needed for 2 rats in the Tampa, Fl area! [May. 28th, 2009|04:19 am]
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_awful
My roommate had to move out of state with very little notice, and she didn't have time to find a new home for her 2 rats Loki and Muffin before she left. I've had rats many, many times, so I don't have a problem taking care of them until I can find them a good home, but I also just plain don't have the time or money to give them the attention and care they deserve.

I've tried to find homes for them with no luck whatsoever. The humane society doesn't take rats because they don't adopt out quickly. Nobody I know can take them. I tried posting them on sites like craigslist, saying there was a $15 adoption fee so I could be sure they wouldn't be used as feeders, no luck there either. I've even tried to find some sort of family-run pet shop that would sell them as pets only, but couldn't find one.

They're both approx. 6-7 months old, brown&white males, and very, very sweet. They've been with my roommate and me since they were babies. They are well socialized, both a bit timid when being taken out of the cage, but are completely fine and content once they've been out for a minute or two. They have never had any health issues, and they're quite energetic.

I really could use some help, they're such little sweethearts, I just wouldn't have it in me to give them to a home where they might be mistreated or used as feeders. I was completely out of ideas until I remembered all the communities I was still in from back when I still had ratties of my own, so this is sort of my last option.

I live in Clearwater, FL, about 20 minutes outside of Tampa. I could drive up to about an hour/hour & a half to meet someone halfway, if needed. The cage can go with them, although the one they are in now is not really big enough for them. The cage they were in was nice and roomy but it was just falling apart so they had to transfer over into one of our spare cages.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!
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oh baby.... [Jan. 26th, 2007|10:58 am]
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a8a4
So i woke up (in horror) to see my little chaplin (less than a 1 year old female hooded blue) covered in blood. Im not sure what happened. but it looks like she broke of her toe nail on her right foot. The bleeding had stopped by the time i woke up and the blood had all dried. So i washed the wound and the blood off her cage. She didn't even squeak or squirm even thought it was her first time with water. (she didn't like me drying her though)

how can i promote healing?
what do i have to do to avoid infection?
should i clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide?
should i just leave her alone?
the bleeding has stopped (awhile ago) and now i have claimed down a little. so i think i am just going to give her some extra food (i spoil her with food), and a little TLC. what else should i do.

j-dawg
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the crusty rat [Jan. 7th, 2007|04:04 pm]
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luhluh
My girl, Dikey, has some serious skin issues going on. She's always been an excessive groomer, but now she has some big, big scabs on her sides and back. I've been bathing her in vet-prescribed shampoo and conditioner and cutting out possible allergenic and high protein foods. No mites either. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Any ideas on how to get her to stop scratching? She's getting so crusty and bald and I just want the poor thing to get better. Thank you!
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bath time? [Dec. 16th, 2006|04:39 pm]
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a8a4
This is my first haired rat. So, how often should i give her a bath? does she need baths? my old hairless used to get rubbed down with a wet paper towel like once every two weeks. how often should a i bath my hairy little rat?

and

I know some rats like water some don't. how do you introduce a rat to water so not to totally freak them out? any idea or suggestion?

(x posted)
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Sniffles? [Nov. 30th, 2006|09:03 pm]
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beow11
Hello all, I hope youve all had a great Thanksgiving (and spoiled your fuzzy friends)! My boys are happy, they looove turkey. ;-)

Its coming up on winter, otherwise known at my vet as "Sniffly Season", and I thought I would post a tip. When my boys need to take medication they hate taking it straight. So what I do (when its liquid or powder medication) is to mix the dose in with a tablespoon of fruit yogurt and add granola if I have it. Another good trick is to put it in with bread or a little piece of cookie.

So theres that. Have a good day all!
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Give to a good cause! [Nov. 18th, 2006|11:54 pm]
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nimrodjess
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pre vet visit [Oct. 19th, 2006|03:46 pm]
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a8a4
I am a poor college boy,
so when my rat got sick (only has happened once so far.) i was prepared to take her to the vet, (and not eat that week (okay maybe that that drastic but you get the picture.)) Before i went to the vet i went to a pet store. since we bought ours at petsmart. (i don't know if it is pet's mart. or pet smart) either way they knew a ton!! about raties. the ladie i talked too had two herself. she was super insightful and gave really good advise. I was told that in order to work in that department they had to be trained on noticing and treating common diseases. so, when my baby gets sick i just go to petsmart first, you can bring your ratty right in with you. (like i do every time i go) and they will take a look at her.

but. don't think they are vets. they are not doctors and have limited knowledge. so you still might have go to the vet. but i would at least try a pet store first. no matter what they know or don't you will be better off than when you started.

and because of how nice they have been and helpful i alonly shop there. yeah i have store loyality when it comes to my baby. sorry about the plug for petsmart. they just helped me with my little luna once.
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help Strudel! [Oct. 19th, 2006|01:50 am]
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luhluh
My little Strudel is leaking an abnormally large amount of porphyrin through her right eye. She is acting just as energetic and cuddly as she always has. She'll clean herself up and then after some time goes by, its back. Its more porphyrin than I have ever seen come out of a rat before. Her breathing and eating seem fine and do her activity levels. The excessive leakage has been going on for 2 days without sign of improvment. What do you think? Myco flare up? Stress? If/When should I break out the antibiotics?

Any insights? suggestions? Please help!
Thank you so much
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(no subject) [Aug. 25th, 2006|07:23 pm]
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luhluh
[Current Mood |depresseddepressed]

Can anyone tell me more about the effects of second hand smoke on adult rats? My rat has a respiratory infection and my roomate, despite constant requests not to, smoked in our apartment for months. He stopped (for the most part) about 2 weeks ago when I threatened to move out, and now my little Shirley is wheezing and is clearly sick. We started the Bayril and nutrient paste today after a visit to the vet, but I'm just wondering if its just me or is there a clear connection between the infection and his indoor smoking even though he stopped 2 weeks ago. If there is, I kinda feel like the asshole should pay half the vet bills. Any ideas?
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health issue [Aug. 24th, 2006|01:11 am]
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luhluh
One of my girls, Shirley, is breathing a little funny. She doesn't seem to be having a hard time, but she sounds a little wet or squeaky sometimes (its hard to describe, but its not her normal little squeaks). She's acting exactly the same as she always has - lots of energy and curiosity, no head tilt or anything like that - but she has never sounded like this. I'm guessing/dreading that it could be the beginnings of an upper respiratory infection. I've been giving her vitamins and have enough money for a vet, but I was hoping someone might have an idea, suggestion of what this might be, knowledge about this - anything - before we go see the doc. Please help. Thank you so much.
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