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Offline La Merwaffle

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3 boys need homes in Rockford, IL! Semi-urgent! (Martin's r-695)
« Reply #250 on: June 16, 2011, 06:33:16 PM »
My 3 boys are in need of homes. They need someone who is experienced with rats for sure, as I haven't been able to give them the attention they deserve. They also aren't in the best of health. Nothing horrible, but they've been in an apartment that has mold problems. No visible problems them. All of three of them are visible healthy. I got these boys last November as babies, but at the time my life was much different. Over the last months I've learned that my apartment has mold problems (we didn't know when we got them, or I wouldn't have), rats are definitely not the pet for me (hence the lack of attention), and I had been working 2 jobs which was about full time and going to school full time until just a few weeks ago. These guys need someone to build their trust, but I just don't know how. I have no where I can bring them out at as I thought my bathroom would be sufficient when I got them, but they proved that wrong and I just am horrible with small animals. I don't want this life for them. They deserve better.

At this point, I'm just desperate to find them a home. I'll take any rehoming fee people would be willing to offer. I would like some for the cage, as it was expensive, but honestly, I'd rather give them a good home than anything else. They have a Martin's r-695 with them.

Please, please, if anyone is able/willing to take them, I want to get them out of here as quick as possible. My lease is up at the end of July and I need a new home for them before that.

Rebecca
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Offline PVTNate

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Leaving for vacation
« Reply #251 on: June 21, 2011, 03:17:25 PM »
Hello, so i own 4 rats and in a couple of weeks i will be leaving for vacation. We will be gone for 11 days and i will have someone feeding and watering them for me. I have a few questions though. When i get back will they remember me and still treat me the same. Also, will they be mean and try to bite the person who will be feeding them when I'm gone? Please answer soon, thanks!!:)  :thumbsup2:
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Offline RatAddict194

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Hairless Rat wanted in Northern suburbs of IL (Gurnee area)
« Reply #252 on: July 17, 2011, 03:29:37 PM »
My friend is looking for a hairless rat, she has a rattie already that needs a buddy. He's a neutered male, his name is Trey. So a male or female would work. :) kthxbaii4@aol.com Please email if you have a hairless baby looking for a home! Thanks!
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Offline TheDml

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Crochet cat toys and beds!
« Reply #253 on: July 20, 2011, 09:05:23 PM »
I'm currently crocheting some toys for my local cat/dog shelter and thought  to share with you guys! Make some either for your cats (or a shelter)!

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80063AD.html?noImages=0&r=1Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy. I'm making these right now, but with shorter hanger and "squiggle" so it fits in the shelter cages a bit better.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80062AD.html Fortune cookie

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80061AD.html?noImages=0 Amigurumi Sardines

And a good cushy pet pad for snoozing after the playing! http://www.allcrafts.net/fjs.htm?url=www.piece-by-piece.net/Crochet/cushy_pet_pad.htm

If you have any good crochet patterns for shelter use (more toys or beds) please share!

Offline Ratchilla

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URI?
« Reply #254 on: July 20, 2011, 09:07:06 PM »
Sat. night I walked into Zara's and Roo's bedroom and I hear her breathing weird. Almost like she had a lot of mucus in there and it was being blocked. I sat with her for an hour, watched her and decided she couldn't wait until the next day. I took her to an e-vet and all they were able to do was give her a shot of baytril. I bring her home and take her to my normal vet the next morning. The exotic specialist is out so I get a normal vet. He does what he can and we both think it's a URI (she had one just 3 months ago and I guess it flared up again). Lungs sound clear, she isn't dehydrated, she's still active but at the same time lethargic. He gives me baytril and doxy to be mixed with apple sauce and sends me on my way. I have a follow up appt with the exotic vet 2 weeks later.

I don't really bother her a whole lot. I only move her a little to give her the meds (which she takes willingly) and some water in a syringe to ensure she's getting fluids. I'm not wanting to stress her out more. Late Monday night I can't get her to take the medicine. At all. I mix it with something even stronger and she finally finishes it. At this point I'm even more worried. I pinch her skin and she seems a little dehydrated since it isn't going back down right away. I've come in and seen her taking water regularly, so I don't know why. I take her out of her hut and put her on the floor. She's wobbling when she walks. Either like she has an inner ear problem or just completely off balance. She sways side to side. She doesn't turn in a circle, no head tilt. I didn't want to take her back to the e-vet since he said he previously told me they couldn't do anything except give her a shot. It's only 5 hours till the vet opens, so I wait.

I dropped her off Tuesday morning before work (7 am) and told them I'd pick her up after work. At 4:30pm, I drive over and the doctor wants to discuss more options. She hasn't responded to the shots and he wants to keep her overnight and do the nebulization as well. I agree. At this point, it's almost a welcome relief. Having her home and worrying about her nonstop is exhausting. It's even worse when you feel helpless because you can't do anything for them or that any second that breath may be her last. I felt like she was in pain but I didn't have any meds for her so was glad that if she needed it they could provide it.

I get a phone call this morning at work (7:45 am) she died about 2 am, nebulization didn't do anything for her. I'm having them do a necropsy since I want to know what did it to her and if my other rat Roo is in danger.

Have you guys experienced anything like this? Does it seem like a common URI that perhaps went downhill really fast? I miss her. I'm so frustrated and upset that at 15 months she's gone. I didn't get enough time with her.

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WARNING: Cutest picture ever!
« Reply #255 on: July 28, 2011, 09:07:22 PM »


My one year old nephew, Charlie, with Little Harry on his shoulder. :)
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Offline Eternal Dream

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Anal Gland Removal Surgery?
« Reply #256 on: July 31, 2011, 08:07:35 AM »
My chihuahua mix once he turned about 2.5 years old has been having chronic anal gland abscesses. The first one we had taken him into the e-vet to get it lanced, and that was a nightmare. They told me the other side was good, they completely expressed that side. Then within a week, bam, the other side abscessed. As soon as that one healed, bam, the first side abscesses again. Just non-stop back and forth.

I can't express at home since he screams bloody murder and won't let anyone near his rear anymore. And it's not like the signs are there. They are good. I can check that without him completely going a-wall. But these abscesses pop up literally within days. This one he has right now, I noticed it weds night that they were slightly enlarged. Enough that they need to be expressed. Thursday noon it already started to bulge out to the point I could not get them expressed, it would have to be lanced again. And frankly, $300 a vet visit for the same thing over and over and over again is getting old. He's in pain, and it's just not worth it. He gets fed dry food only. I've made him Pumpkin and flax seed treats, lots of fiber, nothing. His stools are nice, not soft to where normally it wouldn't be expressing them on it's own.


So my question is has anyone here had it done, or seen it done in a clinic that maybe someone can give me some ideas of what to expect. Is it worth it? Price wise what was it like? Pain, care, ect?

Offline calpolyrtrh

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Grrreat Wall for sale Sacramento area
« Reply #257 on: July 31, 2011, 11:07:50 AM »
I have a barely used Grrreat Wall for sale $35 or best offer. Great pen to let the rat kiddos play, though they still need supervision :) I am in the Sacramento area and it would be for local pick-up only. Thanks!

Offline Quixotica

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Found hairless ratties being used for feeders :(
« Reply #258 on: July 31, 2011, 11:10:54 AM »
I found a guy in the town next to me who is advertising his hairless ratties for rehoming.  I shot him an email, and found out that he 'breeds' for feeders (he keeps snakes)....he's asking 5 dollars each for them and has a litter who will be ready to be weaned in 2 weeks.  He even sent me pics, and they look like they're relatively well cared for (clean cages, etc....) for feeder ratties. 

My question - I've always wanted hairless ratties, but how do you guys feel about adopting from 'feeder stock'?  I know that hairless rats aren't necessarily the healthiest little things, and I'm just concerned. 

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Found Hairless Ratties, need opinions....
« Reply #259 on: July 31, 2011, 11:13:26 AM »
I found a guy in the town next to me who is advertising his hairless ratties for rehoming.  I shot him an email, and found out that he 'breeds' for feeders (he keeps snakes)....he's asking 5 dollars each for them and has a litter who will be ready to be weaned in 2 weeks.  He even sent me pics, and they look like they're relatively well cared for (clean cages, etc....) for feeder ratties. 

My question - I've always wanted hairless ratties, but how do you guys feel about adopting from 'feeder stock'?  I know that hairless rats aren't necessarily the healthiest little things, and I'm just concerned.

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Grrreat Wall for sale Sacramento area
« Reply #260 on: July 31, 2011, 11:14:18 AM »
Hi, I have a barely used Grrreat Wall for sale for $35 obo. It needs to be local pick-up only and I am in the Sacramento area. It is a great pen for supervised play of your rats, because the sides are solid plastic and they can't climb out. Good jumping rats can get over the 2-foot wall, though, so they have to be watched while playing. Let me know if you're interested. Thanks!!

http://www.grrreatwall.com/Rats___Mice.html

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Introducing Max "Butters" Sparks!
« Reply #261 on: July 31, 2011, 11:14:53 AM »
He has seriously changed my view on guinea pigs.  I used to think that guinea pigs were soooo skittish and hated people and would do whatever they could to avoid being picked up and loved on.  A well-socialized guinea pig is sooooo much different than the pet store guinea pigs I had growing up.  Max adores attention and squeaks away happily while sitting in my lap getting a good guinea pig massage!  He is so flipping adorable.  Poops a TON and way messier than the rats, but he is AWESOME and I'm so glad we gave in to Jonah when he wanted to save his hard-earned money for guinea pigs!  Max is sitting on my lap right now talking away and in the other room Jonah is talking to Cloudy who is on his shoulder while he's on the computer.  He loves all of them soooo much.  And so do we.  My family teases me about being a zoo keeper, but I wouldn't have it any other way!  I would much rather be at home with my son and husband and our two small dogs, 4 rats and guinea pig (two guinea pigs when we find a good fit!) than out doing something stupid any day.  Buying new clothes doesn't make me feel loved but my immediate family, animals included, sure does!

Here he is!!!!! Max "Butters" Sparks!!!  He's half abyssinian, half teddy bear and full on cute as a button! 

Offline Quixotica

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hairless ratties found - need your opinions.
« Reply #262 on: July 31, 2011, 11:15:44 AM »
I found a guy in the town next to me who is advertising his hairless ratties for rehoming.  I shot him an email, and found out that he 'breeds' for feeders (he keeps snakes)....he's asking 5 dollars each for them and has a litter who will be ready to be weaned in 2 weeks.  He even sent me pics, and they look like they're relatively well cared for (clean cages, etc....) for feeder ratties. 

My question - I've always wanted hairless ratties, but how do you guys feel about adopting from 'feeder stock'?  I know that hairless rats aren't necessarily the healthiest little things, and I'm just concerned

Offline Reed_Ratties

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Rescues/Breeders in/near Iowa?
« Reply #263 on: August 15, 2011, 05:48:09 PM »
We're new to owning rats (have had our boys and girls for several months) and while we're fine with the amount of rats we have now, we're already seeking out places to get future rats other than petstores. We'd preferably like to rescue, rather than adopt rats from breeders, and I've been searching the web for rescues and/or breeders, but it doesn't seem like there are any rat rescues in Iowa. I've seen the occasional rat at the humane society, but other than that, I've yet to see a rescue that is still active and has up to date contact information. We'd be willing to travel to other states to get rats, and frequently travel to the St. Louis area to see family, so rescues in Illinois and/or the St. Louis area would be great. Any help or info would be appreciated.