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Pack Rat Swap Meet - Classifieds / Single CN for Sale Baltimore
« Last post by Ezzierat on January 13, 2018, 08:09:44 PM »
Hello everyone!

I have a single Critter Nation for sale. It is used, in good condition. See photos below. I used it for only about a year, from October 2014 - October 2015. It has been in storage for 2 years and as I just emptied my storage unit, I have to face the reality that I will not have any ratties anytime in the foreseeable future, so I would rather somebody else get use out of this great cage rather than it sitting in my basement.
I kept it clean while it was in use and also wiped down the spots I missed while disassembling, but it definitely smells like rats have lived in it and could use additional cleaning. It is otherwise in great condition except for a couple chewed spots on the trays.
I will include everything seen in the pictures: 2 ceramic food bowls, 2 glass water bottles, a plastic house thing, as well as (if you want them) the least-chewed liners and hammocks, all of which I made myself. Liners are only for the top shelf, as my rats went to town on the bottom shelf ones and they weren't worth saving. I also have a bag full of unused fleece, plus some used u-haul furniture pads which I used underneath the fleece liners because they are absorbent. I'm holding on to them for now but will toss them if the buyer isn't interested.

I am asking $50 OBO. I live in downtown Baltimore. The cage is disassembled and you would have to come pick it up but it would probably fit in the backseat or trunk of a car. I'd be happy to measure it if someone needs me to.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested, as my boyfriend says I have 3 months to get rid of it before he does  ::)

Rat Care Corner / Re: Lump, Scab, Abscess, Tumour?
« Last post by BigBen on January 13, 2018, 11:06:15 AM »
If you'd like to post pictures, they first have to be posted somewhere on the Net.  I use Flickr, myself.  Then, once you have the URL, you insert it in your post by using the image tag, as follows:  [ img ] URL [ /img ]

The spaces are there to make the code visible and must not appear in an actual post.  Please do not include more than ten images in a single post.  If you have more than ten pics, that's fine, just don't put more than ten per post.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Lump, Scab, Abscess, Tumour?
« Last post by madcow_87 on January 09, 2018, 04:41:51 PM »
Unfortunately the lump continued to grow... she had a successful lumpectomy and eye removal last Friday and is recovering well with an open approach (as she managed to open the site). Other than gut stasis (and the mild panic from me when she opened up the wound) she is coping very well 😊
The vet has advised that she wasn’t able to get as clear a margin as she would have like but Remy will certainly be more comfortable without the giant lump in her way.

We made the decision to go ahead as it was started to trouble her eye from where the lump was pushing up on the eyelid into her eye.
I’d post pictures but I can’t figure out how to on here! 😂

We are also lucky enough that we have someone in the family who can do some testing and provide us with a histology report on the lump. I’ll update as soon as we’ve had it back.
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / The Girls Got Their First Bathes Today~
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on January 08, 2018, 05:44:16 PM »
So I was hanging out with the girls, giving them some love. I then noticed how brown Rutabaga's tail was. It was pretty gross. So I decided it was bath time. Rutabaga was up first. At first she just wanted out of the water, but after I have rubbed the oatmeal shampoo in she decided it was a better idea to wash her face and shake the water off. Didn't like being rinsed off. Her favorite part was definitely being dried off. She was very calm as I gave her a little massage with the towel. She didn't even care when I was getting rid of old tail scales. She just sat there and cleaned her face.

Then there was Zucchini. She was talking the whole time. She had no desire to be in the water. She didn't want to be wet. She hated the shampoo. Zucchini squeaked as I first got the shampoo on her. While I was rubbing it in, she would take breaks from talking to squeak. Once in the towel, she was still not happy. Her little talking sounded so mad. My ruff translation would be something like "How dare you do this to me. I am not happy with you! No, I will not take that yogie! I can't believe you got me so wet. Fine, I'll take the yogie, but that doesn't mean I forgive you!"  :rattysmiley:
Rat Care Corner / Re: Lump, Scab, Abscess, Tumour?
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on January 08, 2018, 03:47:56 PM »
I've never heard of anything like this. Please keep us informed on what the vet says! I'm curious now.

(I would have responded sooner but was taking some time with my family)
Rat Care Corner / Re: What Did Irish Do?
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on January 08, 2018, 02:18:04 PM »
Gave Irish his last dose of Loxicom last night. It seemed to help. Everyday he was less painful. But! He seems to be eating less and (for a lack of a better word) “chewing” his tail. The tip of his tail looks brused and indented. It wasn’t like that Wednesday.
Rat Care Corner / Re: What Did Irish Do?
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on January 04, 2018, 07:00:02 PM »
Thanks for the tips, guys. I just gave Irish today's dose. I brought him out to the living room and sat on the couch with him. I waited for him to calm down before I attempted anything. He wasn't happy about it, but I helb him in my lap, with his butt against my stomach and got it in him about a fourth at a time. I gave him brakes in between, so he could relax again. After that he got a yogie and we hung out for a bit, before he went back to snooze with Tobi.  :BlueDumboSmile:

He did seem less painful, so I'm thinking he just pulled a muscle.
Rat Care Corner / Re: What Did Irish Do?
« Last post by BigBen on January 04, 2018, 02:56:03 PM »
I've had good luck with maple syrup.  Load the dose into the syringe first, and then a couple of tenths of a cc of the syrup, so that the sweetness is the first thing that hits his tongue.  For times when you have a day to get a medicine compounded, beef flavor and peanut butter flavor generally make medicines palatable.  If a rat can make the connection between the bad taste and feeling better, sometimes the resistance to being medicated decreases--but not always; we're talking about ratties, after all!

In the case of Meloxicam, you can get it in injectable form.  Ask your vet--they can either give you syringes preloaded with the dose, or show you how to load a syringe.  I have found that my rats who reacted so violently to the oral syringe hardly even noticed the prick of a sub-cutaneous injection.

When giving a rat an oral medication, I've found it helpful to poke the tip of the syringe through the diastema--the gap between the incisors and the molars.  I also try to get the syringe aimed at the back of the rat's throat before plunging, because if you aim it right, it triggers a swallowing reflex left over from babyhood and the rat can handle a greater quantity faster (one of our GM-ers called it the "power suck" reflex).  If you hold the rat in your lap, facing your belly, with your thumb and forefinger circling the neck and your other fingers holding on below the paws, you have the most control and can overcome resistance most easily.

Good luck with Irish!  I hope he feels better soon.
Rat Care Corner / Re: What Did Irish Do?
« Last post by purple rat on January 03, 2018, 10:03:40 PM »
I've always mixed meds in with baby food. The one time I had a rat that refused it, I dipped my finger in the baby food/med mixture and he licked it off -- it took a while, but he got the full dose. Good luck
Rat Care Corner / What Did Irish Do?
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on January 03, 2018, 03:48:15 PM »
So I was attempting to trim Irish's nails. He's the most cooperative rat for that. But today he seemed off. He then started squeaking. A lot. Even after I let him go and he retreated to my hoodie. He sounded like he was in pain. After I looked him over I came to the conclusion that it was the right ventral side of his chest that was the painful part. Worried, I called the vet and got an appointment for this afternoon. Brought him in. Irish tried to hide from the vet. He managed to grab the carrier and lift it slightly while the vet was examining him. Because of adrenaline, he didn't squeak. Vet's hoping he just caught his hand while climbing in the cage and just pulled something. Other thought is that it could be something with his spine. Vet prescribed honey flavored Loxicom for pain.

Got home. Put Irish back in the cage and gave him a treat. Then got the meds out. Tried just offering it to him. Nope. Tried putting it a treat, like how I gave him his pain meds after his neuter. Rejected. Tried holding him while trying to put the syringe in his mouth. Mostly got on his face, but some in his mouth. Put him back in the cage and watched as he wiped his face on the bedding, two different boxes, and the bass pan. Irish then retreated to the waffle box and, from the sounds I heard, wiped his face on the inside of the box.

It strange to sit on the bed and just hear him squeaking in that box, because he's in pain. He doesn't seem to trust me much now. I don't know what to do with this chunk of a rat. (He's 681 grams.) I can't get him to take the pain meds, so we can find out if he just pulled something or if it's something worse.

What are you guy's best ways to give a rat oral medication?
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