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Rat Care Corner / Re: The One White Tooth
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on August 14, 2017, 07:07:07 PM »
Yay Pasquale! P.S. what ever became of the footsteps on the roof? [Now you know the answer to how do you keep a turkey in suspense?]

lol It was just a maintenance guy walking on the roof. It definitely freaked me out until I saw the crane thing outside my window.
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Cat Care Corner / Re: OMG FLEAS!!!! 2 questions
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on August 14, 2017, 04:24:40 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.
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Cat Care Corner / Re: Kidney Disease in Senior Cat
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on August 14, 2017, 04:20:54 PM »
BARFAPALOOZA  :shocked2: :shocked2: :shocked2:

Free choice Purina Beyond dry chow (low grain no additives) continues available to Murphy and Mei-Mei.

Day one of kidney diet--gave him maybe a third of a tiny can of Science Diet Kidney Care (KD with chicken) INSTEAD of his daily weight-building treat of a plastic tin of Purely Fancy Feast and usual dry. He LOVED it and no problems.

Day two gave him the rest of the 5.5 oz can of KD  and usual dry. Loved it. No barf, so hours later gave him his usual treat. No barf.

Day three half can KD plus Fancy Feast (and free choice dry). No barf. He seems happier and feeling a bit heavier and I'm like, "Cool--this is totally working."  :thumbsup2:

Day four half can KD plus Fancy Feast (and free choice dry). THEN he got into my daughter's cheeseburger, ate a bunch of cheese and was licking grease off the meat. Held breath, no barf.

The middle of the night after day four, BARFAPALOOZA! At least six barf spots with food, the first of which he didn't make it to the floor which is unusual (hitting her bedding and favorite jeans, of course), and some with just liquid.

I backed off the regular food and got out the Petromalt, and gave him several licks each over a couple of days.

Yesterday he barfed hard and it was only froth.

Physical factors: too much too fast? The people food, which always makes him barf?

Environmental factors? His usual owner, my 19-year old, has been home from college. The day after she got home we took him to the vet which is only once a year. She likes to haul him around and cuddle him and poke at him to play and while he usually purrs and plays, he will occasionally swat her when he's had enough (I read him better). He's actually grumbled and spit at her and even mouthed a few times, which is new and leads me to intervene. She had also been having boyfriend drama and some tense discussions with us and a couple of brief raised voice arguments with her sister.  We have a huge apt with lots of places to hide, but of course cats have great ears and great radar.

Do we dare try the KD again?
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Rat Care Corner / Re: The One White Tooth
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on August 14, 2017, 03:35:32 PM »
Yay Pasquale! P.S. what ever became of the footsteps on the roof? [Now you know the answer to how do you keep a turkey in suspense?]
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Question
« Last post by Maggie2700 on August 13, 2017, 07:54:11 PM »
Okay  :thumbsup2: Thank you bigben
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Critter Nation pics! Everybody post your CNs here!
« Last post by Kitsch Slapped on August 12, 2017, 07:46:32 PM »
Beautiful cage set ups! And I LOVE the pink wheel! Can I ask where you got it/what brand it is?  :rattysmiley:
Thanks! It's a Carolina Storm Express wheel. I always used Carolina Storm wheels with my hedgehogs and they are so nice. They started making CSE's for pets like rats, short tailed opposums, syrian hamsters etc. But it doesn't look like they have any in stock anymore.

Thanks for the reply! I'll have to keep an eye out and maybe they will stock them again. Thanks!
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Critter Nation pics! Everybody post your CNs here!
« Last post by NoDivision on August 12, 2017, 11:56:16 AM »
Beautiful cage set ups! And I LOVE the pink wheel! Can I ask where you got it/what brand it is?  :rattysmiley:
Thanks! It's a Carolina Storm Express wheel. I always used Carolina Storm wheels with my hedgehogs and they are so nice. They started making CSE's for pets like rats, short tailed opposums, syrian hamsters etc. But it doesn't look like they have any in stock anymore.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Question
« Last post by BigBen on August 11, 2017, 08:44:50 PM »
While it's not likely that rats that young will reproduce, it is certainly possible, so you want to keep your girl separated from any intact males until you can get her spayed.  If she is pregnant already, perhaps your veterinarian would consider an emergency spay, since to give birth at such a young age would not be not healthy for her.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: The One White Tooth
« Last post by BigBen on August 11, 2017, 08:40:36 PM »
Yay! :thumbsup2:
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Critter Nation pics! Everybody post your CNs here!
« Last post by Kitsch Slapped on August 11, 2017, 04:47:30 PM »
Beautiful cage set ups! And I LOVE the pink wheel! Can I ask where you got it/what brand it is?  :rattysmiley:
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