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Rat Care Corner / Re: Hairless Rat Care Advice, Please
« Last post by RattieEnthusiast on October 30, 2019, 10:49:33 PM »
I would say, try and get them used to having their nails trimmed just so Solas' haired friend doesn't hurt his delicate skin if they scuffle.

Welcome back. People do still buy Martin's cages, though I would say the most popular rat cage now is the Critter Nation. Oxbow is a common rat food that people feed, I don't hear of people feeding Suebee's at all these days.

I am saddened at how quiet the GM community is now. Most people use FB, reddit, etc which is fine but somehow doesn't feel as personal. I miss all the regulars on here and catching up with people.

We lost our last crew about a year ago and then went on a hiatus. We ended up chucking our DCN because we were so torn up by the deaths of our last boys that we thought we would be taking a very long break. Well, now we are contemplating adopting some more rats so here I am again.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Hairless Rat Care Advice, Please
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on October 27, 2019, 03:32:01 PM »
Thank you for the advice, purple!  :BlueDumboSmile: :heart:
Rat Care Corner / Re: Back after over a decade... what's new in rat care? Cages? Food?
« Last post by Yummy on October 26, 2019, 09:54:39 PM »
I used to love forums such as this, and I wish they were still as active as they used to be, but they have noticeably become quieter and quieter over the years.  I think a lot of people now join rat groups and such on Facebook, or there may be other platforms out there that I am unaware of... (?)

That said, welcome back Brandy!  Rats are so much fun, as I'm sure you know. ;D  So sorry to hear about the passing of your Bassets.  :heart:

To answer some of your questions, I personally feed Oxbow adult rat blocks, along with healthy fresh foods (fruit, veggies, etc).  Some people make their own mixes.  One example that you might check out (that I myself have used off and on) would be the homemade mixes that Camarattery shares (one wet, one dry).

Regarding cages, Critter Nations are always popular, but if you have used Martin cages before and liked them, then I don't see anything wrong with using those.  Proper size and good ventilation are the two keys, no matter what type of cage you choose, IMO.  Good luck if you decide to get more ratties!
Rat Care Corner / Re: Hairless Rat Care Advice, Please
« Last post by purple rat on October 26, 2019, 07:47:35 PM »
The only thing I did differently for my hairless guy was to add fleece scraps inside the hammocks and igloos so he'd have additional warmth. Enjoy your new baby! :BlueDumboSmile:
Rat Care Corner / Hairless Rat Care Advice, Please
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on October 26, 2019, 06:40:14 PM »
Hello, everyone! I recently got my first hairless rat. His name is Solas. I know they require slightly different care, so I wanted to get some advice. I've read some things online, but I'm never sure what to trust.

I have a space heater to keep my room nice and warm. He does have a haired friend, named Ser Cullen Ratford, to cuddle up with and they get along great. (I had gotten Cullen a couple weeks earlier, because he was all alone and my housemate convinced me it was a good idea.) I have both a water bowl and a water bottle, crinkle paper bedding, two fleece hammocks that get rotated, so they're not curled up in a urine soaked hammock all the time. They have a wheel, a space pod hide, and many sticks and a lava block to chew on.

Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated!  :BlueDumboSmile: :rattysmiley: :heart:
Hi Brandy!

Unfortunately, not many come to GM anymore. I do still come here to see if anyone has posted anything new, though. Big Ben MIGHT still come around, Been To The Mountaintop comes around occasionally. It isn't at all like it used to be. I'm sad about that, because back then this forum was a lot of fun! We could meet new people and chat about lots of different things, and keep each other up to date on our ratties and such. If someone's rat needed to see a vet, recommendations were made, and condolences were given when someone lost a rat to illness.

But, as far as I know, nothing has changed much in rat care. I believe people are still buying Martin's cages, and still feeding Suebee's mix.

I have 3 rats now. Recently adopted an intact boy, who I've named Barbossa, and promptly had him neutered! I also have two little girls named Swann and Sparrow. I guess I should go into Rat Tales and Mug Shots and introduce them!

Please post here if you do get ratties! Your son will LOVE them!
Rat Care Corner / Back after over a decade... what's new in rat care? Cages? Food?
« Last post by brandy on October 06, 2019, 06:31:06 PM »
I owned eleven rats between 2001-2006, and was a regular poster here. But after my last rattie was gone, I got two basset hounds and definitely didn't have time/money for both dogs and rats.

The second of the two dogs passed away last summer, and we're considering getting rats again. I now have an 8-year-old who is very excited to get rats! I just wanted to see what the state of the art in rat care is these days.

Are people still buying Martin's cages? Feeding Suebee's mix? Or are there better alternatives available nowadays?

Unfortunately, the forum search seems to only want to give results from 2002-2003, which makes it hard to look for recent info.
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Please vote daily through 9/23/19 to help a rescue!
« Last post by ratluver372 on September 14, 2019, 05:10:39 PM »
Please vote DAILY through 9/23/19!  Both Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary and Mainely Rat Rescue are in the running!

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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Year of the Rat 2020: Vegas!
« Last post by ratluver372 on September 14, 2019, 04:43:01 PM »
Year of the Rat celebrations will be starting in Las Vegas on January 25, 2020. There is a group of rat-lovers who will be attending the festivities. If this is something that you would like to do, hotel and transportation would be on your own but you can email TheTravelinRat(at)gmail(dot)com (*replace at and dot with respective symbols) and we can put you in touch with the group that is going. You can then plan to meet up with other rat-lovers at the various events.  :BlueDumboSmile:
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