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Been a while since I posted here, but here are some order pics! I'm always easiest to contact via email at tysratshack@gmail.com










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Rat Care Corner / Re: Old Man Question
« Last post by RooRat on Today at 08:39:45 AM »
I couldn't view the video so I can't comment on what it might look like to me, but I have found in my rats that balance issues were more likely to be PT. A flatter rat dragging the rear possibly with legs out to the side and not moving well is more likely to be HED.

The thinning fur could also be a sign of PT - theory being that it is related to Cushings syndrome from the PT. I have had two rats with PT with thinning fur. Both were poor Rexes, though, so the thinning fur could just be the poor rex expression getting worse.

That said, most of the rats I have had with PT were between 18 months and 2 years. At 2 years and 4 months, HED might be more likely. Of course, PT can strike at any age.

Good luck - hope it is HED and not PT.

The balance issues started a few months back - they've been progressing sort of slowly. He's not allowed shoulder rides anymore as he makes mommy too nervous :yelcutelaugh: I no longer give him opportunities to hurt himself, and now he's only allowed either in my lap, securely in my hands, or on the floor without obstacles.

That's interesting about the thinning fur - I'll have to read up on that. My vet is great, and she loves rats, but she's not a rattie vet and whenever I bring him in, she'll tell me what she thinks might be going on, then go check a book, then come back to confirm. She knows the basics, obviously, but for anything more involved she does research. There really aren't reasonably priced rat vets around here - the only one I found was insanely pricey, and they insisted on x-rays when his leg swelled up even though I told them (and they agreed) that there was nothing to do for a broken leg other than pain meds, which is what we were there for anyway as this wasn't the first time he'd sprained something.
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Luxury Rat Home
« Last post by purple rat on Today at 07:47:17 AM »
I've always had big squishy males and I love them -- congRATulations  on adopting yours  :thumbsup2:.  The All Living Things cage worked well for me while I only had two males, but when I added a third it seemed to be too cramped.  I bought the Martins 695 and it's been great.
Good luck with the ratties!
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Luxury Rat Home
« Last post by Michael C on Today at 02:12:50 AM »
I've heard varying opinions on cage size regarding males v. females. Some say that males need bigger cages because they're physically larger than ladies but others say that females need bigger cages because they're more active than lazy boys. I think that determining the appropriate cage size comes down to how well the space is utilized mixed with a little bit of intuition.

Cage calculators will tell you that three is fine given the dimensions of the cage. You should get a sense of whether or not it works in practice after seeing the boys living in the space. If it seems like they're tripping over each other, you might be able to find ways to better use the cubic footage. If the cage layout has been exhausted but it still seems a bit crammed, maybe a bigger cage is in order.

I don't have any experience with this cage but it looks very nice. I'm sure that those who have experience with this cage will have better advice but I guess I'm just suggesting that you trust your gut.
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Rat Care Corner / Allergies
« Last post by RattyRodent on Yesterday at 09:27:15 PM »
Mrs. Ratty and I have adopted three very large boys recently - two that are 1 year old and one that is 8 months. Before this we had small females. We've only had them a few days so far but I'm a little worried because whenever I let them out for playtime my breathing allergies act up and I always feel like I need my inhaler. With the females it seemed like I only had that problem when cleaning their cage. Although we like them and they're gradually getting used to us, I want to be careful not to endanger my health. Anyone else deal with this?
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Luxury Rat Home
« Last post by RattyRodent on Yesterday at 08:26:14 PM »
Measurements - 28.5"L x 17.5"W x 31.5"H
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Home Squeak Home / Luxury Rat Home
« Last post by RattyRodent on Yesterday at 08:16:49 PM »
The wife and I just adopted three large male rats (two are one year old, the third eight months). We put them in the All Living Things Luxury Rat Home which our much smaller female rats were quite comfortable in. Do you think this model is acceptable for three large males? - Unfortunately the image won't upload.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Old Man Question
« Last post by Vonda Z on Yesterday at 06:36:03 PM »
I couldn't view the video so I can't comment on what it might look like to me, but I have found in my rats that balance issues were more likely to be PT. A flatter rat dragging the rear possibly with legs out to the side and not moving well is more likely to be HED.

The thinning fur could also be a sign of PT - theory being that it is related to Cushings syndrome from the PT. I have had two rats with PT with thinning fur. Both were poor Rexes, though, so the thinning fur could just be the poor rex expression getting worse.

That said, most of the rats I have had with PT were between 18 months and 2 years. At 2 years and 4 months, HED might be more likely. Of course, PT can strike at any age.

Good luck - hope it is HED and not PT.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Old Man Question
« Last post by RooRat on Yesterday at 11:35:27 AM »
I just read the rat guide entry for PT and hadn't thought about the behavior changes, but he's gotten a lot mouthier recently. He nips at my neck and ears, and will use his teeth on skin without hesitation - not aggressively, but willingly.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Old Man Question
« Last post by BigBen on May 20, 2017, 11:45:15 PM »
You're right; he is adorable.  He looks really happy in the second video.

All I could tell from the first video is that there is definitely something wrong with his rear gait; you're not imagining it.  I couldn't get a good feel for what the problem was; I'm sorry.  However, your description of his butt falling over and the need to put a hand down while eating do sound like incipient PT, I'm afraid.  If you want to see if dexamethasone helps, I have had luck giving injections to rats that hated the oral syringe.  They hardly seemed to feel a sub-cutaneous injection at all.  That might be one way of getting a steroid into him as a test for PT.

Pyp's breathing does look a bit effortful, but as the vet said, it could just be the way he is.  If you really think it's a breathing problem, you could try administering a medication by nebulizer, but he might find that even more stressful than a syringe, I don't know.  My only experience with nebulizing was with my beautiful sweet Michael, and it traumatized him so much that it just wasn't worth it in the end.  (There might also have been a less stressful way to do it than the way I tried it; I've read descriptions on GM of how people nebulize their rats that sounded as though they might have worked better for poor Michael.)  But if Pyp's lungs sound clear, it might just be allergies, and you might be able to sneak some Benadryl or Sudafed into his food somehow--although if he's as smart as he looks, he'll probably catch on quickly to whatever ruse you try, lol!  Ratties! :doh:

In any case, he looks happy and cheerful, so whatever you decide to do, spoil him rotten and enjoy your time with him.
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