What to have on hand for your ratties...
Bathing your Rat
The good,the bad and the ugly food for your rats!
Need Baytril, can't run out to your vet? Try here.
What others do with their sick rat, suggestions, alternative medicines (page is dedicated to it)
A variety of info from medications, care and other helpful advice (A must read)
Rat Health notes
Rat Care books and others
What would you do in an emergency?
Rat Cage Calculator
Rat Toy Ideas
Toy ideas and preventing rattie boredum
Rat Care Articles by Sarah Skilling of Aristorats Rattery Examples: What would you do if your rat got lost? Keeping your rats
cool in the summer. Body language. Just browse for many interesting info. Thanks Sarah!
Pet Rat information sheet and lots of great info
Got mites? This is an effective solution. This spray is 2% less than the bird mite spray.
Color Distinction of Rats
Very neat photos of rat development (in Dutch but still neat)
Thank you to Cyzahhe from the Ratlist for that very neat find!
If you have a rat who doesn’t like to be held, remember that baby rats and females tend to be very active and often
don’t want to hold still to be held. Instead they want to run around and play and explore. See if your rat wants to
play a game with you instead of being held. Then, wait until she is feeling sleepy to hold her. When rats are feeling sleepy,
they are more willing to be held.
If a rat still doesn’t like being held, acts scared of people, or doesn’t want to come out of her cage, it’s
probably because she hasn’t been properly socialized. Some rats just naturally have a more fearful personality too.
You can help her learn to trust you by using food. It works best to use soft foods, such as baby foods and yogurt, because
you can offer them on a spoon and the rat can’t grab the food and run away. Try different foods to see what she likes.
You may need to let her try a food several times in the cage before she decides she likes it.
Use the food on a spoon to reward the behavior you want. For instance, use the food to lead her out of the cage and onto
your hand, arm, or lap. Then reward her with the food. You have to do it little by little, just small steps at a time. Just
give her a little taste each time and gradually make her come out farther and farther each time. As she learns that she gets
good treats for being with you, she will be more willing to come out, be with you, and be held.
How much time do you spend with your rat? A single rat needs about 4 hours
of human attention a day. If you can’t provide that I highly recommend
you get another rat as a companion for her. Single rats often feel very insecure. With another rat friend, your rat will be
more likely to trust you.
This information was from the Rat Fan club site. I did have a link to it directly http://www.ratfanclub.org/trust.html for others to read but the story below it was talking about withholding food from their pet for a few days to MAKE the
rat like them. The rat was starved and of course take the food anyone gave it regardless because it was starved.
That I don't like and I thank a rattie friend for pointing this out. I never read the story I liked the top half.
But now I understand the point of proofreading thoroughly!