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  1. Oct 7, 2018 #1

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    Forum Rules and a message from Jorats, the founder of this forum
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/please-read.29217/

    Recommended sites:

    www.ratguide.com (a vet approved medical site for rat owners),
    www.joinrats.com
    Real Rat Lovers Want To Know
    is a facebook group where rat owners can ask for medical advice. Some people have found this group to be helpful.

    If no one responds to important Questions / Sending Messages
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...t-questions-send-individuals-a-message.36331/

    Thinking of getting a rat? Things to consider
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/thinking-of-getting-a-rat-things-to-consider.32306/

    Quarantine
    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/quarantine.php
    … how I learned the hard way
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/quarantine-how-i-learned-the-hard-way.1948/page-3

    Breeding Rats
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/breeding-rats.4886/


    Introducing new rats
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/introducing-new-rats.34842/#post-491257
    www.joinrats.com
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/intros.315/

    Rats need to live with at least one other same sex rat
    Rats are social animals and must live with at least one other rat. Lone rats can become depressed, withdrawn, less friendly, frightened, stressed & ill, stop eating etc. Unfamiliar rats need to be gradually introduced.


    Rehoming Rats

    Rehoming a rat or accidental litter? Things to Consider.
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rehoming-a-rat-or-accidental-litter-things-to-consider.22990/

    Caring for Rats


    Bedding to use in the cage
    http://ratguide.com/care/environment/cage_bedding_litter.php
    http://ratguide.com/health/integumentary_skin/ringtail.php
    the use of pine and cedar http://www.ratfanclub.org/odynets.html and http://www.ratfanclub.org/litters.html

    Play areas
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/playpen-ideas.32723/#post-474972
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/play-pen-recommendations.24491/#post-368974
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/ideas-for-a-contained-play-area.9742/#post-141348
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/pics-of-your-rat-play-room-free-rome-area.9626/

    Enrichment
    https://www.joinrats.com/Enrichment

    - PVC piping/tubes https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/pvc-piping.13815/#post-206630

    Toys

    http://www.dapper.com.au/toys.htm
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/toy-ideas.33174/
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/best-toys.35527/
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/homemade-rat-toy.27774/


    Homemade bin carrier and temporary bin cage
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/homemade-bin-carrier-and-temporary-bin-cage.35893/


    Fixed up rabbit cages
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/fixed-up-rabbit-cages.23588/#post-355655

    Critter Nation cage pictures
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/critter-nation-pictures.29745/

    Show Your Cage - pictures of various cages over the years
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/show-your-cage.1637/

    Taking Rats Outdoors
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/taking-rats-outdoors.34675/
    https://www.joinrats.com/Enrichment/Outdoors/
    - Ermines https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...etc-predators-that-can-enter-your-home.36757/
     
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    Pregnancy, Birth, Orphans, Babies

    Pregnant?
    http://ratguide.com/breeding/pregnancy/determining_pregnancy.php

    Labour and Birth http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth/labor_and_birth.php

    Labour Emergencies http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth/labor_emergencies.php

    Lactation and Milk http://ratguide.com/breeding/postpartum/lactation_and_milk.php

    Maternal Behaviours http://ratguide.com/breeding/postpartum/maternal_behaviors.php

    Birth Trauma http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth_abnormalities/birth_trauma.php

    Birth Abnormalities http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth_abnormalities/

    Orphans: Aspiration pneumonia and important care information for orphans, including Rescue Formula 2018
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/infant-rat-uri-clicking.35697/#post-496055

    AFRMA article on caring for orphans, 1998
    http://www.afrma.org/orphanrm.htm

    Rat & Mouse Gazette article on Caring for Orphaned Baby Rats or Mice, 1997
    http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm

    Joinrats section on Raising Rat Orphans
    https://www.joinrats.com/RatHealth/OOPS/Orphans/

    Baby Development: Birth to 8 weeks
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/baby-development-birth-to-8-weeks.22236/

    Baby Development: Birth to 4 weeks
    http://ratguide.com/breeding/baby_development/

    Sexing Rats - 5 week old girl and 5 week old boy
    sexing girl 5 weeks old.jpg sexing boy 5 weeks old.jpg

    Wild Orphaned Baby Rat
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/wild-baby-rat-suggestions-wanted.23994/#post-361415

    Rhydian-- wild baby rat growing up
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rhydian-wild-baby-rat-growing-up-new-update-8-20-13.23622/

    Orphaned wild rats and mice can not be released into the wild
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...-be-released-into-the-wild.35656/#post-495767

    A few Baby threads:
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/mouse-the-rat-babies-continuing-the-rescue-story.30977/
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/theyre-here-mama-and-now-only-2-growing-babies.16879/
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/nancy-lila-and-their-26-babies.33571/
     
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    Medical Issues

    Clinical Signs/Symptoms Guide
    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/clinical_signs_symptoms_guide.php

    Rat Medical Cheat Sheet
    http://www.rmca.org/Articles/dchart.htm

    Back Legs/Hind End Weakness/Paralysis
    https://www.joinrats.com/RatHealth/HindEndWeakness/i-TBWwhTt
    - link contains three videos by a vet (slides 31, 32, & 33)
    - possible causes include: spinal damage, nerve degeneration, pinched nerves, kidney disease, often caused by a Pituitary Tumour

    Rat Biology (etc)
    http://ratbehavior.org/rats.html

    Breathing Issues (a few possible causes)
    * Mycoplasmosis http://ratguide.com/health/bacteria/mycoplasma_mycoplasmosis.php
    https://www.2ndchance.info/ratlover...mFRd9iu9zt_nKAP0wx0QHkpW13TVqSKRtQ8efhU69MRP8
    * Pneumonia http://ratguide.com/health/lower_respiratory/pneumonia.php
    * Cardiomyopathy http://ratguide.com/health/cardiovascular/cardiomyopathy.php
    * Congestive Heart failure http://ratguide.com/health/cardiovascular/congestive_heart_failure.php

    Bumble Foot
    http://ratguide.com/health/integumentary_skin/ulcerative_pododermatitis.php

    First Aid Supplies for Rats
    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/first_aid_supplies.php

    Health Check:
    Basic Health Check (weekly) http://ratguide.com/health/basics/basic_health_check.php
    Advanced Health Check http://ratguide.com/health/basics/advanced_health_check.php

    Care of Hairless Rats
    http://ratguide.com/health/figures/congenital_hereditary_alopecia_figure_3.php

    Cataracts
    http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/cataracts.php

    Choking
    Choking .jpg


    Kidney Problems and prevention
    http://ratguide.com/health/urinary_renal/chronic_progressive_nephropathy.php

    Dehydrated Rats
    1. Oral Rehydration Formula
    - Quote from Lilspaz68: "Homemade rehydrating formula: 10 oz warm water, 1 tsp sugar, 1/3 tsp salt. Mix well, refrigerate extra, warm up to feed."
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/please-read-my-toby-keeps-losing-weight.7499/#post-110368
    2. Intravenous or subcutaneous (sub-Q) fluids
    - Your vet can do this. Your vet can also teach you how to do it and sell you the necessary supplies (25 or 27 gauge butterfly needles, single use large syringes with detachable single use needles, & a bag of fluid) http://ratguide.com/meds/fluid_therapy/

    3. How to give sub-Q fluids
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/subq-a-dehydrated-rat.5076/#post-76759

    Diarrhea
    …… the BRAT diet - Banana, (brown is best) Rice, Applesauce and Toast
    …… canned pureed pumpkin (Not canned pumpkin pie filling)
    …… probiotics but not within 2 hours of giving antibiotics

    Things to discuss before Surgery
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/things-to-discuss-before-surgery.7691/

    How to give medication
    - by syringe https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/video-of-how-i-syringe-meds-into-my-rats.19819/

    Megancolon / High White
    http://ratguide.com/health/digestive/megacolon.php

    Medication

    Rat & Mouse Gazette: Medication Usage Chart (July 2000)
    - if you search the name of a particular medication on ratguide.com you will get more detailed & up to date information on that particular medication as it relates to rats
    http://www.rmca.org/Articles/dchart.htm

    Baytril / Enrofloxacin http://ratguide.com/meds/antimicrobial_agents/enrofloxacin_baytril.php

    Doxycycline http://ratguide.com/meds/antimicrobial_agents/doxycycline.php
    Doxy.jpg
    Pain Medication
    - Metacam - from a vet is the best choice http://ratguide.com/meds/nsaids/meloxicam.php

    - Ibuprofen (Infant Advil) http://ratguide.com/meds/nsaids/ibuprofen.php
    - Acetaminophen (Infant Tylenol) http://ratguide.com/meds/analgesics/acetaminophen.php
    - Both ADMINS Jorats and Lilspaz68 recommend infant Advil over infant Tylenol
    Revolution/ Stronghold/ Selamectin http://ratguide.com/meds/anti-infectives/selamectin_revolution.php

    Why Spay or Neuter Rats?

    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/why-spay-or-neuter-rats.35402/


    What is an Olive Oil bath?
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/what-is-an-olive-oil-bath.35370/


    What's ON my rat?
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/whats-on-my-rat.22409/

    http://lilspazrathospice.blogspot.com/2016/11/whats-on-my-rat-ectoparasites.html?m=1

    Signs of Pain in Rats

    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/signs_of_pain_in_rats.php


    Parasites - Ectoparasites (mites, lice, fleas)
    http://ratguide.com/health/integumentary_skin/ectoparasites.php

    Parasites - Endoparasites (worms etc)
    http://ratguide.com/health/digestive/endoparasites.php

    Porphyrin (red tears, red staining around the eye)
    http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/porphyrin_secretions_red_tears.php

    Moulting - a change in the rat's coat
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/moulting.36097/

    Vital Statistics for Rats (Physiologic Data, Environmental Requirements, Blood, etc)
    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/v...14TaJTjPAuF9dueXAHkUzUDK0ioLm0jUTHpNmVoGfD__A
     
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    End of Life

    Euthanizing a pet rat-A Veterinarians advice on deciding if and when

    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...narians-advice-on-deciding-if-and-when.35579/

    Message from a vet re being present when your pet is put to sleep
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...-present-when-your-pet-is-put-to-sleep.36096/

    B.C. vet urges owners to consider quality of life when pet is nearing death
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...lity-of-life-when-pet-is-nearing-death.37105/
    https://www.abbynews.com/news/b-c-v...PtnQcGeZO1iM8AEhBns9rgNZ0doqAzaPn6-WM86vwDr2g

    The Rainbow Bridge
    Reunions at the Bridge https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/reunions-at-the-bridge-poem.7307/#post-296484


    Lend me a Rat
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/lend-me-a-rat.37046/

    Debbie D. - She had a lasting influence, particularly in the USA. While she did have some good info, other information was wrong, outdated, or abusive. The standards she promoted for rat care are far below the accepted standards of care promoted on this forum and among experienced rat owners. https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/urgent-calling-all-rat-lovers.33713/
     
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    Rat Rescue:

    This is a Rat Rescue forum
    - where the adoption of rats from shelters, rat rescues and rats being rehomed is supported and encouraged. Many of the members of this forum are or have been involved in rat rescue. We do not support purchasing rats from stores or from breeders or the breeding of rats.
    - Breeding rats https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/breeding-rats.4886/
    - Rat Mills https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rat-mills.1749/
    - Mill Seizure https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/warning-graphic-heartbreaking-content-mill-seizure.25190/

    Rescue Explained:
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rescue-explained.36095/

    Rescuing Rats found Outdoors?
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rescuing-rats-found-outdoors.35954/


    2008 Moncton Rat Train by the Rat Shack ...Never say Never...
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/2008-moncton-rat-train-never-say-never.22708/


    Rat Shack members purchase CN and supplies for SPCA rats 2012
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rat-shack-members-purchase-cn-and-supplies-for-spca-rats.22466/


    Reviving the ratshack member's donated CN 2015

    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/reviving-the-ratshack-members-donated-cn.33573/#post-482844


    Rescue Effort 2013

    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rescue-effort-feb-2013.25742/


    Meet MY Teeny Tiny Hamilton Rescue Babies 2009
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/meet-my-teeny-tiny-hamilton-rescue-babies.12061/

    Frozen Alive and survived
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/frozen-rats.37013/#post-503861

    Abandoned outside in the winter
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...ives-winter-conditions-montreal-canada.37188/

    SQs Rescue trip and logistics 2012
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rescue-trip-and-logistics.23125/


    Rats rescued by SQ 2018 - 2019
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/sqs-rats-rescued-2018-2019.36753/
     
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    Behaviour

    Rat Behaviour Cheat Sheet
    http://ratguide.com/reference/ratbehave.pdf

    Changing Behaviour
    (Aggressive Rats, Clicker Training, Litter Box Training, Trust Training)
    https://www.joinrats.com/ModifyBehavior

    Rat Behaviour
    http://ratbehavior.org/RatBehaviorMain.htm

    Earning Trust
    https://www.joinrats.com/EarnTrust

    Normal Rat Behaviours (including body language and fear)
    https://www.joinrats.com/RatBehaviors

     
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