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Rat Care Corner / Re: Possible PT
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on Today at 07:23:58 AM »
Thank you.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Possible PT
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on Today at 05:10:21 AM »
You've had it rough lately! Thoughts and prayers.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Possible PT
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on Yesterday at 10:44:35 PM »
He has been a bit awkward. Usually he has no problem staying on my shoulders, but he kept slidding backwards off me. Luckily I was sitting on the couch. At one point I lifted a box he was sleeping in and ended up with him on his side. He seemed to be trying to right himself, but he was only moving one hind leg. He doesn't seem as wiggly as he used to be when I would hold him on his back, so I could look at his face and teeth. I just scruffed him and he didn't care. He would always wriggle and scream.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Possible PT
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on Yesterday at 09:38:45 PM »
Sorry you and Pasquale are going through this. Check his feet for redness, swelling or overlong nails, which I've heard can affect the grip, and any of which we may be able to offer cheap/free suggestions. If none of those? Don't give up after one day of oddness. But, sadly, in my experience, grip problems tend to go with PT. And others may disagree with me, but I am not one of the people who has had luck with extremely expensive courses of treatment buying any time. Others, however, have seen temporary reversals buying severall weeks of life.

Anything else other than the grip? Is he awkward/falling/tipping sideways? Obsessively grooming his face? Turning in circles? Walking blindly and bumping into things? Personality change and a lost expression in the eyes? The Rat Health Guide has other symptoms, but these are the ones I've seen most.
Rat Care Corner / Possible PT
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on Yesterday at 05:13:01 PM »
A while ago I had noticed that Pasquale would hold his treat in his hands, but keep his hands on my hand as he ate. Today I was giving him a little bit of melon as a treat and he wouldn't hold it. I tried with a yogi and he was holding it against my hand. I then grabbed a cheerio and he did the same thing. I don't know what to do. I don't have money to take him to the vet.
Cat Care Corner / Re: Science Diet Food Costs
« Last post by Marybelle on August 21, 2017, 10:12:30 PM »
I'm sorry!  It's been a crazy couple months...

Personally, I think SD is overrated.  Greatly so.    You're honestly better off with a cheaper alternative high protein food. 
Cat Care Corner / Re: OMG FLEAS!!!! 2 questions
« Last post by Marybelle on August 21, 2017, 10:10:48 PM »
We now know why we found just a few live fleas on our cat one time, and one a second time. My eldest's boyfriend's grandma has terrible fleas in her house, and when they'd visit grandma on the way out of town to bring her home for break, they'd have a few hitchhikers on their clothes. Crazy. So we're just treating monthly like we did in San Fran.

Aha!  Mystery solved!  LOL
Cat Care Corner / Re: Kidney Disease in Senior Cat
« Last post by Marybelle on August 21, 2017, 10:09:57 PM »
Honestly, I wouldn't even go with K/D.  It's ridiculously expensive for what it is.  Regular canned is fine, IMO.  Science Diet isn't all it's cracked up to be.  :P 

As far as dry being better for teeth?  Have you ever watched a cat throw up dry?  And how little of it is actually chewed?  LOL
Congrats and good luck!
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Rest in peace Tesla 4/23/2015 - 06/05/2017
« Last post by TheDml on August 18, 2017, 08:51:14 PM »
Update: I finally got off my @r$e and contacted Best Friend Rat Rescue in WA, about getting Nye a friend his age. I sent the adoption application yesterday and Ihope to hear from them soon!
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