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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Through 3/25- win rabbit or guinea pig food!
« Last post by ratluver372 on March 23, 2018, 09:49:41 PM »
via Tractor Supply Co:
We’re excited to announce an expanded line of Oxbow Animal Health small animal products, including new Simple Harvest feed, hay, treats, and supplements! To celebrate, Oxbow is giving away 5 prize packages, valued at $25 each, to rabbit and guinea pig owners. Thru 11:59pm PST Sunday, 3/25, post photos of your rabbits and guinea pigs in the comments below to enter! Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, 3/26. Check out your small animal’s new favorite snacks @ http://bit.ly/2pzvTlH
https://www.facebook.com/TractorSupplyCo/posts/1628847727165024
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Announcing the Bmore Humane Heroes Writing Contest!
Change the World for Homeless Pets and Pets in Need Writing
Contest In partnership with Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office Animal Abuse Unit & Baltimore’s Child Magazine
Children ages 6-16 are invited to demonstrate their amazing originality and technical skill by use of prose, poems, and rap, to change the world for pets in need!
In 250 words or fewer children can express their feelings about how to help pets and possibly influence others to treat pets with kindness, tolerance, and compassion.
Submissions can be made for the “Change the World For Homeless Pets and Pets in Need Writing Contest” online through this link or mail to: Baltimore Humane Society 1601 Nicodemus Road Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.
Prizes: Children will receive a certificate of participation.First prize winners in each category will receive a $50 prize and an opportunity to read their entries at the announcement ceremony.
https://bmorehumane.org/change-the-world-writing-contest
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Announcing the Bmore Humane Heroes Writing Contest!
Change the World for Homeless Pets and Pets in Need Writing
Contest In partnership with Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office Animal Abuse Unit & Baltimore’s Child Magazine
Children ages 6-16 are invited to demonstrate their amazing originality and technical skill by use of prose, poems, and rap, to change the world for pets in need!
In 250 words or fewer children can express their feelings about how to help pets and possibly influence others to treat pets with kindness, tolerance, and compassion.
Submissions can be made for the “Change the World For Homeless Pets and Pets in Need Writing Contest” online through this link or mail to: Baltimore Humane Society 1601 Nicodemus Road Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.
Prizes: Children will receive a certificate of participation.First prize winners in each category will receive a $50 prize and an opportunity to read their entries at the announcement ceremony.
https://bmorehumane.org/change-the-world-writing-contest
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Liners and Fabrics
« Last post by BigBen on March 21, 2018, 07:07:36 PM »
You need to be very careful with woven fabrics--it's a safety issue.  Rats have lost toes and broken legs from getting feet trapped in loops of thread; rats have also strangled when they got their heads through a hole and couldn't get back out again.  Fleece is non-woven, so it has no loose threads to cause injuries, and it is also stretchy, so a rat can't get trapped in a hole.  This is why we recommend it.

BTW, regarding Michael's point, fleece is often treated by the manufacturer to repel liquid; be sure to wash it several times before use, so that it will pass liquid through into an absorbent layer.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: TTR's 2018 Multi-Rescue World Rat Day FB Auction
« Last post by ratluver372 on March 21, 2018, 03:50:44 PM »
We now have 14 rescues participating!
​Best Friend Rodent Rescue, Everett, WA
Central Texas Rat Rescue, Pflugerville, TX
Charming Rat Rescue, Regina, SK CANADA
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary, German Valley, IL
For the LOVE of Rats Rescue, Walker, LA
Mainely Rat Rescue, Falmouth, ME
​MN Pocket Pet Rescue, St. Paul, MN​​
North Star Rescue, Pacifica, CA
Philly Rat Rescue, Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club & Rescue, Pittsburgh, PA
Rattie Ratz, Clayton, CA
​Rifugio Jill Phipps, Albugnano (Asti), ITALY
​Star's Rat Rescue, Winner, SD
Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
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Rat Care Corner / Re: *NEW* Vet Directory PLEASE HELP!
« Last post by MaatAset on March 19, 2018, 07:54:08 PM »
Breathing life into an old thread.. there's a bunch of vet threads, so I'm sorry if this isn't the most current or best one.

I'm getting ready to move and looking for recommendation for vets in the southern New Mexico area.
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Double Rat Manor
« Last post by RooRat on March 16, 2018, 01:16:59 PM »
My guy would gnaw through literally everything but left the zip ties and pipe cleaners alone  :yelcutelaugh:

Looks great! If you end up deciding to go with another cage, the Martin's 695 or 685 are both great options.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Meet Happy Jack :)
« Last post by lilspaz68 on March 15, 2018, 01:36:21 PM »
I read a story once about how rats are angels who aren't allowed to stay on Earth very long (which is why their lives are so short), and when they have to go back to heaven they tell the new angels coming down which people to look for.  That's why I'm so sure Pele had a hand in Jack's arrival.

I love this :)

Dark pic but it was hard to catch my goofy boy on my cell.  He now initiates play, then throws himself on his back for tummy rubs LOLOL

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Home Squeak Home / Re: Liners and Fabrics
« Last post by Michael C on March 14, 2018, 09:42:54 PM »
I think polyester fleece is popular for liners for a couple reasons. Cut edges (or chewed edges) don't ravel. Loose strings can potentially cause a tangle hazard. Also, being synthetic, fleece doesn't retain moisture. Pee should pass through it, leaving the liner surface dry. Natural fibers like cotton absorb and retain moisture, keeping the pee on the surface where your rats are walking.

I think cotton or flannel would also be okay but they have different properties. Like with cotton hammocks, you'd want to keep your eye on them and clip any loose, fraying threads as they appear. You could look into DIY cloth diapers or pads to see what types of wicking and absorbent fabrics are used in that realm. I'm sure there'd be a good degree of cross-pollination of ideas that could occur.

I make reversible mats with UHaul padding sandwiched between layers of fleece. The three layers altogether can get a little thick so I don't actually sew all three layers together at the outer seam. The fleece outer layers are sewed together along the outside edge and the UHaul padding is cut just a little bit smaller. The stitched fleece gets turned inside out (or outside out?) with the padding "free floating" inside, the hole is sewed closed, and then the padding is held in place with top stitching.

When I used a Critter Nation, I didn't bother to clip the mats to the pan. Now that I use a Martin's style cage, I put grommets in the corners and zip-tie them to the levels. Clips would also work but my cage is difficult to move to reach behind.

Here's my Oliver Reynolds (RIP) munchin' away on his army-man camo fleece liner mat.

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Rat Care Corner / Re: Tobi's a picky eater now...
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on March 14, 2018, 09:35:02 PM »
Thanks. I took the girls in for a wellness visit and while I was there I asked my vet for advice. He suggested 2 dark chocolate chips a day, because it has a bronchodilator in it. It’s getting him to eat that’s the trick.
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