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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?
Rat Care Corner / Re: Lump, Scab, Abscess, Tumour?
« Last post by madcow_87 on January 03, 2018, 01:41:46 PM »
Remy has since been back to the vets and it isn’t an abscess... they have attempted to drain it but nothing came out. Next step is removal (which will include taking her eye) if it doesn’t decrease in size  :(
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Thank you for a great 2017!
« Last post by ratluver372 on January 01, 2018, 08:52:04 PM »
The Travelin' Rat wants to thank ALL of their amazing fans for a fabulous year! During 2017, $18,301 was raised by 19 rescues that have registered with us ( WOW!

The Travelin' Rat's Rescue of the Month program will resume in February. We'll also be hosting the World Rat Day Auction in the spring, so please keep an eye out to see how you can help the rescues by donating, bidding, or sharing the information about the event. And the Rattie Giving Tree is planned for the end of the year again. If you have any other suggestions about how to help rescues in 2018, please contact The Travelin' Rat (, as we are always open to new ways to help.

There are numerous ways that you can help the rescues throughout the year outside of The Travelin' Rat's events. Please take a look at all the ways to help and see what you can do!
Some of these are very easy and don't require any money from you (ResQ Walk and GoodSearch), while other fundraisers donate a portion of each sale to a specified charity (Amazon Smile, Bissell,, GoodShop, iGive, Rescue Chocolate, Small Pet Select, VegeCyber). You can also help your favorite charity by buying or selling on eBay! We have noted which of the rescues that have registered with The Travelin' Rat participate in each of the fundraisers, along with any special codes or links you may need to help them.

The following rescues have benefitted from the efforts of The Travelin' Rat and all their generous supporters in 2017:
Any Rat Rescue, Scottsdale, AZ
Best Friend Rodent Rescue, Everett, WA
Central Texas Rat Rescue, Austin, TX
Charming Rat Rescue, Regina, SK CANADA
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary, German Valley, IL
Exotic Animal Rescue and Pet Sanctuary, Brownsburg, IN
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
Our Little Rat Rescue, Oklahoma City, OK
Philly Rat Rescue, Philadelphia, PA
Rattie Ratz, Clayton, CA
Rescued Rat Adoptions, La Porte, IN
Rifugio Jill Phipps, Albugnano (Asti), ITALY
Saint Nicholas Mouse Rescue, Virginia Beach, VA
Small Angels Rescue, Inc., Frederick, MD
Star's Rat Rescue, Winner, SD
Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

If you are part of a rescue or have a favorite rescue that takes in rats and is not listed here, please be sure to register or ask them to register with The Travelin' Rat in 2018! *Please note that the application forms on the site do need to be updated as The Travelin' Rat no longer takes in or gives out money.

Baltimore peeps: Come out and see The Travelin' Rat at the World of Pets Expo on January 28 & 29th at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD again this year! (We will not be able to attend on Friday.) Trek, The Travelin' Rat's traveling rat doll will be on display, along with all his souvenirs from his travels!

Thank you all for an amazing 2017! Looking forward to an even better 2018!
Rat Care Corner / Lump, Scab, Abscess, Tumour?
« Last post by madcow_87 on December 31, 2017, 04:42:57 AM »
History: Remy came to us in December 2016. We were told she had ‘stress-eye’ and has always had excess porphyrin around her left eye. In July, she developed a small lump under her right eye. This turned in to a scab and has had its own lifecycle - it scabs, the scab falls off, it heals, it lumps...
In the last two-three weeks this lump/scab has got much worse. She has also put on a lot of weight recently...

Has anyone had any experience with this or know what it could be?

She is currently seeing a vet regularly and is on antibiotics to see if an infection is the cause.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Injecting Baytril into Rats *URGENT*
« Last post by BigBen on December 31, 2017, 12:53:41 AM »
I'm so sorry for your loss.  Saying goodbye is the hardest part of loving rats. :heart:
Rat Care Corner / Re: What to feed temporarily?
« Last post by BigBen on December 31, 2017, 12:50:36 AM »
Broccoli is good as well, because it contains a lot of protein.  The babies can still drink some milk, though mama, being an adult, is probably lactose-intolerant.  A small amount of meat is fine, as long as it's not the majority of their diet.  If you were going to keep them for any length of time, it would be good to give them Oxbow rat food, which can be found in most pet supply stores, as the bulk of their diet.  (Harlan Teklad or Mazuri blocks would also be fine, but are hard to find in stores.)  Good luck!
Rat Care Corner / Re: What to feed temporarily?
« Last post by Vibrissa on December 30, 2017, 07:10:50 PM »
Thank you.  I will go to MO Rats and see if anyone will answer.  This used to be a large group here  years ago. 
Rat Care Corner / Re: What to feed temporarily?
« Last post by purple rat on December 30, 2017, 06:19:20 PM »
22% is the amount of protein found in lab blocks for babies and nursing mothers. I've heard that eggs are a good source. Hopefully someone with more experience with babies will chime in with additional ideas.  Good luck :)
Rat Care Corner / What to feed temporarily?
« Last post by Vibrissa on December 29, 2017, 11:56:36 PM »
Okay, so I was great and expert at ratties years ago.  Now at 66 find myself rescuing dumbos and rexes that must have been let go when a guy was kicked out of a house.  Probably in the house.  Then 1 1/2 months later when people started cleaning it out (relatives of the guy we think) to move in, we started catching rats--some 6-9 months old (5 of those so far) and babies 4-5 weeks (19 so far) over a period of weeks.  I know basically what to put in the shelter/trap (a soft-side carrier inside a larger bird cage with fishing line holding the drop-door open into the house)  ::) and have found great homes for most so far.  But last night we caught the mama (a Siamese) and 8 babies (eventually throughout the day).  I have homes for them but not until Monday if I would foster them.  Another member of the MO Rat Assoc. loaned me a cage big enough for all of them to play and run and hide with a ramp and hammocks (I remember all that).  But some are saying not to give them much protein like meats (which used to be good to give them).  I know things change and research reveals things.  Last night and today they have gotten a little bit of raw carrot, a baby food of banana with several kinds of grains, cooked steel-cut oats with cashew milk, some shelled almonds (plain, no salt or flavoring or oils), a few pecans, apple, banana, Cheerios.  I don't need to buy stuff like the rat biscuits bc I won't have them long.  I can go to the store tomorrow and get more variety if I know what.  I know they love avocado (but not the part close to the skin nor the skin), maybe Kale--but past that I don't remember.  I think they can have cooked brown rice (right?), so I can make that.  Suggestions are appreciated to give them nutrition and variety.  They all started on  antibiotics tonight.  (I have the mama and 8 babies).  Thank you!  Sherry
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Meet Zucchini and Rutabaga!!!
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on December 29, 2017, 04:03:24 PM »
I heard one small scuffle in one of the big boxes, but that was it.
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