Author Topic: Back after over a decade... what's new in rat care? Cages? Food?  (Read 346 times)

Offline brandy

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I owned eleven rats between 2001-2006, and was a regular poster here. But after my last rattie was gone, I got two basset hounds and definitely didn't have time/money for both dogs and rats.

The second of the two dogs passed away last summer, and we're considering getting rats again. I now have an 8-year-old who is very excited to get rats! I just wanted to see what the state of the art in rat care is these days.

Are people still buying Martin's cages? Feeding Suebee's mix? Or are there better alternatives available nowadays?

Unfortunately, the forum search seems to only want to give results from 2002-2003, which makes it hard to look for recent info.
Zero rats currently.
RIP: Snickers, Twizzler, Nestle, Valrhona, Cadbury, Elizabeth, Victoria, Artemis, Cassie, Lucy, and Chica.

Offline gramma2jaakk

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Re: Back after over a decade... what's new in rat care? Cages? Food?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 10:16:41 AM »
Hi Brandy!

Unfortunately, not many come to GM anymore. I do still come here to see if anyone has posted anything new, though. Big Ben MIGHT still come around, Been To The Mountaintop comes around occasionally. It isn't at all like it used to be. I'm sad about that, because back then this forum was a lot of fun! We could meet new people and chat about lots of different things, and keep each other up to date on our ratties and such. If someone's rat needed to see a vet, recommendations were made, and condolences were given when someone lost a rat to illness.

But, as far as I know, nothing has changed much in rat care. I believe people are still buying Martin's cages, and still feeding Suebee's mix.

I have 3 rats now. Recently adopted an intact boy, who I've named Barbossa, and promptly had him neutered! I also have two little girls named Swann and Sparrow. I guess I should go into Rat Tales and Mug Shots and introduce them!

Please post here if you do get ratties! Your son will LOVE them!

Offline Yummy

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Re: Back after over a decade... what's new in rat care? Cages? Food?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2019, 09:54:39 PM »
I used to love forums such as this, and I wish they were still as active as they used to be, but they have noticeably become quieter and quieter over the years.  I think a lot of people now join rat groups and such on Facebook, or there may be other platforms out there that I am unaware of... (?)

That said, welcome back Brandy!  Rats are so much fun, as I'm sure you know. ;D  So sorry to hear about the passing of your Bassets.  :heart:

To answer some of your questions, I personally feed Oxbow adult rat blocks, along with healthy fresh foods (fruit, veggies, etc).  Some people make their own mixes.  One example that you might check out (that I myself have used off and on) would be the homemade mixes that Camarattery shares (one wet, one dry).

Regarding cages, Critter Nations are always popular, but if you have used Martin cages before and liked them, then I don't see anything wrong with using those.  Proper size and good ventilation are the two keys, no matter what type of cage you choose, IMO.  Good luck if you decide to get more ratties!

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Re: Back after over a decade... what's new in rat care? Cages? Food?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2019, 10:46:47 PM »
Hey!

Welcome back. People do still buy Martin's cages, though I would say the most popular rat cage now is the Critter Nation. Oxbow is a common rat food that people feed, I don't hear of people feeding Suebee's at all these days.

I am saddened at how quiet the GM community is now. Most people use FB, reddit, etc which is fine but somehow doesn't feel as personal. I miss all the regulars on here and catching up with people.

We lost our last crew about a year ago and then went on a hiatus. We ended up chucking our DCN because we were so torn up by the deaths of our last boys that we thought we would be taking a very long break. Well, now we are contemplating adopting some more rats so here I am again.