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Rat Care Corner / Re: The One White Tooth
« Last post by mamarat2 on Today at 04:16:04 PM »
Vitamin A & E deficiency can cause it:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1257853/pdf/biochemj00975-0120.pdf

I'd definitely talk to your vet further about it.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: New Babies!
« Last post by BigBen on Today at 02:33:01 PM »
Aren't they adorable!  What cuties!  CongRATulations! :thumbsup:


I know what you mean about the empty cage.  When I got back from the hospital last year, I had trouble sleeping at night without the animals rummaging around.  Once the ratties and the chins came home, I started sleeping much better at night.  Here's to happy cages with rambunctious ratties!
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Rat Care Corner / Re: The One White Tooth
« Last post by BigBen on Today at 02:28:30 PM »
I remember reading something about tooth color, where it comes from, and what it means if the teeth whiten, but I can't find it.  There's nothing I could find about tooth color at all on the Rat Guide, and the Rat Behavior and Biology site merely states that the upper incisors are normally yellower and the lower ones normally paler.  I would say that if all the other teeth are looking normal, not to worry just yet.  It may be an effect of the abscess, and it is possible that as the tooth grows out it may return to its proper color.
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Adoption Center / Re: Is a home visit too thorough?
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on Today at 02:23:13 PM »
We were living in Manhattan during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. At a time when unemployment on the island reached 25%  :shocked2: we fell in love with a rescue kitten we met in one of many visits to the rescue's shelter, a brown tabby named Sweet Pea. Cat surrenders were HORRIFIC at that time. Our family had extensive fostering/adopting experience and our kids were great with animals. Similar lengthy process, including getting references from our employer, landlord, neighbors! and then-vet internationally renowned specialist at Manhattan Cat Specialists. They visited our 3BR 2 bath upper west side apartment (those were my executive days) across from Riverside park, and we were REJECTED because the girls were too busy., excitedly talking about how they helped care for the rats, cats and dog.  Unbelievable.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Roswell Upper Res--Questions
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on Today at 02:08:50 PM »
Poor Roswell is near the end of a full month of Baytril/Doxy and I still hear his breathing which is still rapid although he is perkier. :-\  And he still gravitates to Ensure and green beans and pasta and avoids everything hard--even yogies and bits of fortune cookie. Will keep you posted.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: The One White Tooth
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on Today at 02:02:47 PM »
Is he eating crunchy foods ok? If he's eating OK, the tooth is probably OK. I'd consider this one cosmetic for now.
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I'm with Gramma. I'd be more worried about changing litter with a kitty with bladder stones. The kitty may already be reluctant to pee in the box if it was hurting, and coming back from surgery is a big change. Rats are pretty sensible. The only worry I've heard about rats eating litter is if you get the kind made of corn cobs--it can get toxic when it goes bad, I think some kind of corn fungus but I'm not sure.

Can you close the kitty off from the rats during free range, and maybe shorten the free range time since kitty is used to having its own turf? I've heard too many horror stories of interspecies accidents. Especially when kitty first gets home--they can get weird at the tail end of anesthetic. I learned when one sweet kitty was neutered that he was a MEAN drunk.

By the way, decades ago I had a kitty with stone problems. After surgery she was genius at detecting the supposedly undetectable urinary acidifier when I put it in her KD food. We tried all kinds of meds and additives, no luck. An expert at ISU vet college suggested tomato juice to acidify the urinary tract, and would you believe she lapped it right up, straight?  :eek:  It also worked with a very flat-faced black Persian who was a total sweetie but would look up with huge orange eyes and tomato juice dripping from his mouth, looking like a horror movie extra.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: New Babies!
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on Today at 01:41:38 PM »
They are totally adorabubs!  :party: My ratless times haven't lasted very long, either.  :thumbsup2:
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: New Babies!
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on Today at 01:01:46 PM »
How adorable!! ConGRATS!!
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I have no experiences with this. But remember that cats have to be introduced to a different litter, just like changing cat foods. I use a clay litter for Abby, and tried to change her to a different litter. Once. She refused to use it! Of course, at the time I didn't know to introduce her by mixing the two litters until she was using the paper pellets.
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