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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: R.I.P. Peter (8/25/167/7/18)
« Last post by purple rat on July 08, 2018, 08:14:54 PM »
oh no, I'm sorry for the loss of Peter, especially so soon after losing Bartholomew :'(. How kind you were to give him and his brothers a loving home and accept them just as they were. Play hard at the bridge Peter
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / R.I.P. Peter (8/25/167/7/18)
« Last post by BigBen on July 08, 2018, 07:09:13 PM »
I'm in shock at losing yet another rat, my boy Peter, whom I found dead in the cage last night when I went to bed.  He was less than two years old, so this is completely unexpected.  He was part of a trio of brothers whom I adopted last year from Mainely Rat Rescue.  His brother Matthew was a biter, so they were not popular candidates for adoption, which is why I took them.  Peter was hard to get to know, so I don't really have any stories to tell.  The three brothers have never been happy outside of the cage, so I have never really bonded all that well with them.  I am just happy to have been able to give them a home.  Matt, the biter, is a bit more outgoing, and he and I have something of a relationship; Peter was the shyest of the three and was always a bit of a loner, often preferring to be by himself while the others cuddled.  Peter and David, the third brother, were identical twins, so I could really only tell who was who by Peter's shyness and by marks on their tails.  The brothers are a lovely light-brown-sugar color that I just love, and they have/had the softest coats.  Matt is the only rex of the three, but the rex gene must have found some expression in the other two, as well, because of the silkiness of their coats.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Summer heat
« Last post by BigBen on July 07, 2018, 09:40:55 AM »
The Rest Guide says they need to be between 65 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit, or 18 to 28 degrees Celsius.  There are ways to keep your rats cool, such as giving them cool water to dip their tails in.  If you have a fan in the room, the breeze should not blow directly on the cage.
Rat Care Corner / Re: tumor options?
« Last post by kerri.howard on July 05, 2018, 08:16:52 PM »

Yeah, vet didn't think cabergoline or bromowhatsit would do anything. I have cut her carbs (most of the cage needed to go on a diet, anyway) and am giving her some CLA, flaxseed oil, and CBD oil (without THC) every day (all the things I could get my hands on that some studies have shown slow/shrink tumors). Who knows if it will help, but it at least doesn't seem to be growing fast or anything, and she is still acting her perky self.
Rat Care Corner / Re: question about babies born this morning!
« Last post by kerri.howard on July 05, 2018, 08:12:06 PM »
They are PRECIOUS. If I didn't already have a full house I would keep them all.  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Rat Care Corner / Summer heat
« Last post by RattyRodent on July 05, 2018, 07:19:14 PM »
I always worry about the rats this time of year, because the Central Air Unit in our apartment is often undependable. It's bad enough for us trying to tolerate the heat in our apartment when the A/C conks out, but I always worry that the rats will suffer. Anyone else have this problem? How much summer heat can rats take?
Rat Care Corner / Re: tumor options?
« Last post by BigBen on July 04, 2018, 05:19:57 PM »
I don't know if bromocriptine or cabergoline would work on that type of tumor, since they work by disrupting a tumor's lactate production, as I recall.  I just don't know anything about that type of tumor.

If it's a glucose-dependent tumor, you could try to starve it by giving Phoebe a diet very low in or free of carbohydrate, keeping protein at 14 or 15% of total calories, and the rest of her calories as fat.  I've been learning a lot about human nutrition lately, and a low-carb ketogenic diet is being looked at as part of cancer treatment in human beings.  One oncologist recommends such a diet as an adjuvant to chemo or radiation; however, she's not certain whether it would have enough of an effect on its own.

From my experience with PT, I know that a steroid can shrink some tumors, so that might be something else to try.  Dexamethasone is fast-acting but short-lived, and prednisolone slower to act but longer-lasting in effect.
Rat Care Corner / Re: question about babies born this morning!
« Last post by BigBen on July 04, 2018, 05:03:03 PM »
My, my!  Aren't they adorable!  I wish I lived closer and had more room in my cage so I could take some.
Rat Care Corner / Re: question about babies born this morning!
« Last post by mamarat2 on July 02, 2018, 11:01:57 AM »
Give Mom time, it's hormones.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Dry tail?
« Last post by kerri.howard on June 28, 2018, 10:19:58 PM »
I have had two rats who were bad tail cleaners... the current one is a girl, though!

One thing that maybe helps (my girl at least) is rubbing some coconut oil on her tail. It is apparently tasty, so it moisturizes AND inspires her to clean it at least a little. :)
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