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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2004 08:08:22 PM »

it helps the respiratory system if you use Aspen for shavings, and not cedar or pine. (it'd be like sleeping on a eucalyptusmenthol pillow all the time!)

I miss my ratties so much. Sad
I made them hammocks all the time... crocheted bags and hung them from the cage roof... pringles cans, tubing... with rats, anything goes (unless it's toxic, cuz they WILL chew).

One fun thing for them to do in the summer when it's hot (and even when it's not, and you jsut want them to DRINK something).. get a shallow pan, fill it with water.  Now, pour frozen or thawed peas and/or rice crispies into the water.  (floaty yummy things). Now watch'em go at it!  They're like little raccoons! 

if you are worried about the rats getting enough liquid, it's a fun trick.  They have to lick themselves clean after.. adn they'll get water that comes from what the krispies soak up.

Anyway, back to crafting:  I couldn't stop thinking about knickknacks and dollar store things when i had my rats. Smiley  I still do, to this day-"Ohhhh. she'd have LOVED that..."
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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2004 07:21:27 AM »

Yep we switched over to Aspen - we also keep snakes (and mice, and a hamster, and an anole, and two cats lol) so they have to have Aspen too.  And Aspen makes the cage smell better I find too. Jimmy Bean isn't too much of a chewer he has always been lazy by nature (he was FAT before he got sick).  I bought him a ladder - alot of the toys in the bird section are awesome for rats.  I am trying to think of some other things I can make him - esp. if the vet gives the okay to move Mathius (the other rat) back in with him.  Rat playground  Cheesy  But thanks for the tip with the water and frozen peas/krispies.  I will try that today - its hot and humid here.  Now I have to learn to crochet so I can make them a little bag too!
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2004 02:09:01 PM »

aww!  that's so cute!  i heart your rat.  i want a rat soo bad, but my dad for some reason has an issue w/rats.   Cry
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2004 02:38:40 PM »

Sorry about your rat.
My friend has a rat that has cancer, the tumor is almost as big as the rat himself and he drags it around like a little friend. His name is Bubo (like the Bubonic Plague)  Hope your rat gets better. Maybe I'll make my friend a rat hammock
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2004 03:16:20 PM »

Poor Jimmy! I think it's great that he sits in that hammock. My pets don't ever seem to use the things I give them, or they use them for something completely different.
I hope that Jimmy gets better!
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2004 07:20:22 PM »

if hes losing wieght they do have some products meant for rats that will help them gain wieght- i know its a green goo, but i cant think of what its called atm Smiley.my rats loce echineachea (?SP)- they have articles about it if you search for it.  in theory it can help to increase the immune system.

and as a general note (not to kitty, since i know her other rat passed away?) its better to have more than one rat because they are social Smiley my rats sure do appreciate each otherse company.

i do usually bother to make a "fancy" hammock (unless i have a bunch of yarn ends hanging around)- i ussually just punch some holes in the fabric and use paperclips to hold it in place.
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2004 11:34:55 PM »

aww that's so cute! I made my guinea pig a hammock (which she always jumps off of) and, a cage, which was so cheap so if you ever feel courageous you should check out cavycages.com  that's where i learned how to. Such a smart idea!
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2004 04:13:16 PM »

and as a general note (not to kitty, since i know her other rat passed away?) its better to have more than one rat because they are social Smiley my rats sure do appreciate each otherse company.

Very true!  We did buy another rat - thats how we noticed Jimmy's breathing was "off".  So I am not sure if we can move Mathius into the cage with him yet.
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2004 11:43:29 PM »

i woiuld keep him in another area of the house (or even another air space) in possible for 3 wks b4 u put himin with the other rat or he may be at risk of spreading a disease to the rat u have now. gl
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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2004 05:45:17 PM »

Thats my fiances worry too, the chewing/eating factor - but they sell fabric ones in the pet store and hes been more known to try to drag fabric (blankets, towels) left near his cage into it to curl up in.  And rats are actually very smart so I doubt he'll decide that it is lunch. Cheesy

Spoiled? I must spoil my 2 rats rotten then! They usually have a hammock or two. Mine DO chew them a bit on the edges though. Yours looks a lot better made then mine though, so I doubt it'll be a problem. Very cute rattie though.

I don't mean to nag...but even aspen isn't great for rats. Especially one with a respiratory infection. The aspen can actually cause respiratory infections. I'd recommend Carefresh.  And quarentining Jimmy while he's sick is VERY important.
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