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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2008 6:36pm (Dec 17th 2008)
     
    I want some too! They are so adorable. ;)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2008 5:02am (Dec 18th 2008)
     
    Wow..what cute babies, Kate. They are all darling, but the 2 new ones are fabulous. I'd love to have one, but my Donald would have a fit..rats are the only animal on earth that he hates...I'm just going to be happy that he loves chickens and I'll have to be satisfied to look at the pictures of your little darlings.:rat:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2008 11:01pm (Dec 18th 2008)
     
    Perhaps they can be your surrogate rats then! Lots of men don't like rats - I've come across very few men on the various rat forums, but there are lots of ladies. Usually a bit 'strange' but aren't we all in one way or another!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 19th, 2008 11:45pm (Dec 19th 2008)
     
    Hmmm. I've never noticed that before - a gender bias in regard to rats. Interesting.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2008 6:13am (Dec 20th 2008)
     
    My Donald's fear and hate for rats came from 2 tours of Vietnam, waking up with them crawling all over him..they weren't "clean" rats. My late first husband Jerry also hated them for the same reason. Never having a bad experience with a rat, I find them darling little critters. :rat:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2008 6:22pm (Dec 20th 2008)
     
    OMG poor Donald. Well, that makes a lot of sense then. Intense. And, two tours in Vietnam. Wow.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2008 5:06pm (Dec 21st 2008)
     
    I tried first intro's between Patrick and Molly, and the twins yesterday. It didn't go well. Molly wasn't too bad, but Patrick lunged at them without a 2nd thought. No warning either - all the guidance says "watch for fluffing of fur, standing sideways on, hunching, all done to make them look bigger". She didn't bother with any of that. Luckily I had a leather glove on and could intervene. Its ok though, no blood was drawn.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2008 6:31pm (Dec 21st 2008)
     
    Are they in adjacent cages?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2008 7:44pm (Dec 21st 2008)
     
    Wow - Patrick came right from her reptilian brain. LOL. I'm glad you were able to avert disaster, Kate. I have the same question CC does.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2008 11:20pm (Dec 21st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad likes rats, mum doesn't... :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2008 12:03am (Dec 22nd 2008)
     
    Patrick and Molly are in the mansion (as hubby calls it) and the blue twins are in the old cage (the jenny). For the first 2 weeks they were opposite sides of the room to try to quarentine them a bit, but now they are closer - the distance between them is a rat's tail plus a few inches!!!

    The intros were done in the bath (neutral territory). I think it's going to take a while ...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2008 12:05am (Dec 22nd 2008)
     
    Wow seems like it. What about just one twin and Molly to start?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2008 12:08am (Dec 22nd 2008)
     
    Yes exactly. It'll have to be one, then the other, then Molly out and Patrick in and try her with one then the other. I'll have to follow her closely with the glove and try and keep it between her and the babies. I'm just really scared that she'll do something really bad!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2008 12:26pm (Dec 22nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Reminds me of introducing Dom and Cynth...had to sit in my bedroom with 'em for several hours, watching them with a spray bottle at the ready for when they fought...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2008 5:02pm (Dec 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'd never seen rabbits properly box each other until then...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2008 5:04pm (Dec 29th 2008)
     
    I've been lucky; my rabbits seemed to follow eachother like bridesmaids, then have a dust-up, then bridesmaids again, then a dustup...then everlasting love!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2008 9:46pm (Dec 30th 2008)
     
    Well, it all went wrong last night. Molly and Sapphire had only been in the (empty) bath for about 30 secs. Molly bit Saffy and left her with a half inch cut. Thankfully it wasn't too deep and rats heal quickly, but I won't be trying to introduce them again - they will be living separate lives from now on.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2008 9:49pm (Dec 30th 2008)
     
    Good idea Kate. Keep them in their own space. Bit like us really.
    I'd hate to be made to live with my next door!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2008 12:46pm (Dec 31st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow! See we have always been luvky with rat introductions...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2009 8:05pm (Jan 9th 2009)
     
    Does anyone like horror movies? There is a new film out - My Bloody Valentine 3D. There is a rat in it - it belongs to a lady I know from another forum. His name is Jumbolaya and he's a sweetie! He was so well behaved they gave him extra scenes apparently - that's if they've been included in the final cut. If I can find the picture she sent me I'll post it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2009 8:09pm (Jan 9th 2009) edited
     
    Found it! This is his promo picture - honest!!

    Photobucket
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2009 8:47pm (Jan 9th 2009)
     
    Ah, he's lovely! Fancy our Kate knowing a film star...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2009 9:09pm (Jan 9th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    oh yeah, we're gonna go see that film at uni :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2009 6:07pm (Jan 10th 2009)
     
    His owner thinks he might be projected 3D over the whole audience - not sure how it works. Suppose there's no real projection, its all in the eyes. She also said a whole bunch of them from the local rat society are going to go watch the film and when he appears they're going to stand up and cheer!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2009 6:11pm (Jan 10th 2009)
     
    Splendid...and the rest of the audience will think they're insane...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2009 7:10pm (Jan 11th 2009)
     
    They're american - its probably expected!

    I found a lump the size of a grape on Patrick last night. I am hoping its a benign mammory tumour which are quite common in rats, but it means I've got to take her to a vet I've never met before (I don't trust my normal vet with her) and deal with something I know nothing about. I was OK yesterday and trying not to worry, but I'm really stressing today.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2009 10:03am (Jan 12th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, where is the tumour? We have had tumours successfully removed from our rats many a time with no ill effects, and the tumours never came back either! Never have i lost a rat to the removal of a tumour.

    Hope the vet appt goes okay - have you booked one yet?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2009 2:20pm (Jan 12th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I want to go see the horror film too - will keep a special watch out for him!

    You have to laugh - our rats cost £6 when we got them, and the operation to remove his tumour was £120... :p

    But he recovered and they were the sweetest rats (fat lazy boys :) )

    Hope it's nothing too serious and can be treated Kate... it's awful seeing your pets ill.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2009 3:35pm (Jan 12th 2009)
     
    Yes, we're thinking of Patrick. Though it has to be said that I was initially v. confused until I remembered that Patrick is a shemale!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2009 5:38pm (Jan 12th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yes those two boys were sweeties...my dad stood up once with a rat on his shoulder at our old house, and in my bedroom (the loft) there was a low beam going across the roof. Well my dad accidentally crushed the rat against the roof, and bless him he didn't bite or anything just squeaked really loudly (the rat not my dad ;) )!!

    We made a right fuss of him afterwards, thankfully he was unharmed :)
    • CommentAuthorKatydid
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2009 6:20pm (Jan 12th 2009)
     
    :rat: Good Luck Kate with Patrick. I hope all is well, keep us informed
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2009 9:24pm (Jan 12th 2009)
     
    Saw the vet tonight - the lump is going to be removed but not til next Wed (a week and a day away). She has some sneezing and noises in her one lung so that needs addressing first. Thing is, I don't think they've given her the right dosage of meds. The vet said to put it in the water, and a weak dose - I don't think that'll help her lung. I've posted on a rat site for some advice.

    Rats can collapse their rib cage which is how they get through tiny gaps, so he probably wasn't too concerned, just telling your dad to mind him!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2009 1:23am (Jan 13th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hope the meds are okay - have you asked the vet about it? :confused: I hope the surgery next wednesday goes well too - ask if you can keep Pat's stitches, we got to keep ours! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2009 12:12am (Jan 15th 2009)
     
    I took her to another vet yesterday - he was soooo much better. Has given her proper meds etc. Can't explain in detail now, but she's having lump removed on Tuesday instead at this 2nd vets.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2009 11:32am (Jan 15th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm glad you found a vet that you have more faith in, that will help you feel more comfortable about the operation i imagine :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2009 12:44pm (Jan 15th 2009)
     
    Yes, that's excellent news, Kate. I'm sure the op will go well!
    • CommentAuthorKatydid
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2009 9:47pm (Jan 15th 2009)
     
    Ditto CC
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2009 11:12pm (Jan 15th 2009)
     
    Thanks! Molly is also sneezing now so am giving her the same meds as Patrick. Its all go in our house!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2009 5:36am (Feb 4th 2009) edited
     
    Kate I have finally caught up with this thread and I am wondering how everything is going with Patrick and Molly and how those dear little babies are doing too?
    I have always been fascinated by rats and think they would be such an interesting pet to have. :rat:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 12:22am (Feb 5th 2009)
     
    Hi Julie and welcome to 'my' pet thread!! Rats are a great pet - closest comparison would be a tiny dog! They're intelligent and affectionate and clean. Most people who don't like them have never actually met one close up!

    Patrick still hasn't had her operation - can't seem to get her lungs clear. Another trip to the vet this Friday to see how she's doing but I think it'll be another postponement and more medicine! Molly has stopped sneezing and is putting weight on, despite me cutting their portions back. Seems the less I give her the fatter she gets!

    The twins are wonderful. Their fur is so soft, they are happy to be picked up, and are just the sweetest little things.

    I adore my rats. However, they don't live long (about 2.5 years), suffer with lung/breathing conditions, and tumours are commonplace. I get so attached to my pets I know I have a lot of heartache stored up for the next couple of years! Thanks for asking about them.

    I'm on a rat forum and there are a few people from Australia on there - they're having trouble keeping the rats cool at the moment with all the heat you're getting.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 12:32am (Feb 5th 2009) edited
     
    Cute overload - says it all!

    http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2009/02/the-adventures.html

    (er, can someone URL it please!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 12:59am (Feb 5th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 1:01am (Feb 5th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh Kate, i meant to say me and my dad went to see the 3D My Bloody Valentine, and we watched the whole film on tenterhooks for Jumbolaya - we saw him! :cool:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 1:58am (Feb 5th 2009)
     
    Excellent! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 8:12pm (Feb 5th 2009)
     
    Fantastic! Its a shame they cut his scenes down, but at least they left a little bit in. What a star!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2009 9:17am (Feb 7th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He had a great role - sat eating choccies from a valentines choccy box!

    Looked like he was enjoying himself, he must be a good actor :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2009 12:07pm (Feb 7th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, he was a lovely fat ratty with a nice shiny coat :heartsabove:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2009 9:39pm (Feb 7th 2009)
     
    Just like his promo picture then (scroll back up - its there!)

    His owner said they were special rat chocolates as she didn't want him to eat too much human chocolate if they did a few takes. He is a very well-behaved rat and always comes when called!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2009 10:13am (Feb 8th 2009)
     
    Hi Kate what is the latest with dear little Patrick?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2009 11:44pm (Feb 8th 2009)
     
    She's still sneezing - now on 2 lots of antibiotics and 1 lot of steroids. Going back a week on Tuesday. If she's stopped sneezing he'll remove the lump (it looks bigger today). Her cage mate (Molly) has started sneezing again, and one of the twins is making a funny noise when she is sniffing around.

    Current cost: £89. And I thought rats would be a cheap pet! Its a bit like printers - the shop sell 'em cheap but the replacement parts cost a fortune! :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2009 2:31am (Feb 9th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Good luck with your little ones, Kate. I hope they all make a full recovery and get back to 100% ASAP.

    Rats can be pretty damn costly when it comes to vets' bills...I know my dad said before we paid £6 for our boy and his operation cost well over £100...worth it though, but expensive!

    I suppose it's whether you luck out and get a rat that lives a totally healthy life or not. Only one of our rats has had a tumour that had to be removed, one had a problem breathing and had to see the vets for that which was quite costly, and then the other four we've had were perfectly healthy...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2009 5:40am (Feb 9th 2009)
     
    Kate, I think our pets are worth every penny because they can't fend for themselves and tell us what is wrong. Hope all works out well soon for the little dears.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2009 7:03pm (Feb 9th 2009)
     
    Hope all goes well, Kate...have they given you antibiotics to give them? Or did they inject them?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2009 11:07pm (Feb 9th 2009)
     
    Oh I don't mind spending the money Julie - I adore my pets. They didn't ask to live in my home, I chose them, so I will do whatever it takes to make them healthy - within reason! Quality of life is most important.

    They gave me antibiotics in tablet form and in liquid, and the steroid is tablets. I just crush them and mix with whatever is to hand - mashed potato is a favourite!

    I'm hoping the rats from the breeder will be healthier than the pet shop rats, but I doubt it. THink its just down to luck!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2009 11:03pm (Feb 12th 2009)
     
    Had to take my 'breeder' rats to the vet tonight - Sapphire is sneezing!!!

    I mailed their breeder today to see how their mom and siblings are getting on. (They were from a litter of 8 - 4 boys and 4 girls). He kept the other 2 girls and they've both won prizes at shows, as has their mom and one of their brothers. 2 of their brothers are just 'pets', same as my 2, and the other 2 live with the breeder's friend.

    I thought about showing my 2 but it wouldn't be fair on the other rats at the show to keep losing out to my beautiful girls!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2009 10:46pm (Feb 17th 2009)
     
    Patrick had her op today. Her breathing still isn't good, but the vet thinks this might be long-term now so took the chance. Surgery went well, he showed me the big lump he removed (it looked like a little brain!) and she came home at tea time. She has already managed to remove a bit of the glue and has a little hole in the wound. She is now trying to remove more of it, and I'm doing my best to stop her. Its damn hard work - she's better at it than me!

    I hope she doesn't get the wound open overnight - I've booked tomorrow off work because I know what she's like and can see us ending up at the vets again.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 1:05am (Feb 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm glad the op went okay, hope the wound heals well :heart:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 9:06am (Feb 18th 2009)
     
    oooh yes Kate sending lots of positive vibes to little Patrick and a big hug to you.:043:
    :rat:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 4:51pm (Feb 18th 2009)
     
    Best wishes to Patrick...didn't the vet give her a little lampshade to wear?
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 11:34pm (Feb 18th 2009)
     
    Good luck Patrick! You can DO it!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 11:41pm (Feb 18th 2009)
     
    She's doing really well! I went to bed at 1am when I was asleep on my feet, and up again at 6am. No blood bath, wound still looks to be intact though she won't let me look at it properly.

    Unfortunately, due to her body shape, there's no way to fix a lampshade on CC! And because of where it is she can't be bandaged. I'm just unsure whether she's peeing! Sadly rats don't cock their leg like a dog so its hard to tell!!!

    Thanks for the good wishes and vibes - they must be working!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 8:36pm (Feb 20th 2009)
     
    How is she doing today, Kate? I hope she will let the wound heal, and you won't have to take her back in to the vet.:rat: Wishing her a speedy recovery.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 11:23pm (Feb 20th 2009)
     
    She went for her post-op appointment today. There was less swelling than he expected, but she has been chewing at the wound so its a little sore. I've got to bathe it wth salt water, keep up the anti-biotics and pain meds, and take her back in a week.

    Molly has been wonderful! If she sees Patrick licking it she runs over and stops her! (Obviously Patrick is extremely devious to avoid both me and molly and still chew the wound!) I've dubbed Molly a nurserat!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2009 3:44am (Feb 21st 2009)
     
    Posted By: KatebI've dubbed Molly a nurserat!

    That's so cute, Kate.:smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2009 8:38pm (Feb 21st 2009)
     
    You'll have to make her a lickle uniform with a cross on the hat and apron. Should be a doddle after The Blanket...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2009 12:07am (Feb 22nd 2009)
     
    Making isn't the hard part - putting it on her is!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2009 2:44am (Feb 22nd 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm glad Patrick is doing okay, hopefully Molly will continue to do a good job on preventing the nibbling!

    Dunno if rats are like mice (presume they are?) but particularly female mice who live together will try and help each other out in any way they can, through illness, pregnancy etc...this was particularly evident when Martha was pregnant; Molly would bring food down to her, care and groom all the babies and just generally make sure Martha was okay...she was the nanny mouse :)
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2009 4:16am (Feb 22nd 2009)
     
    Hee-hee Nurse Molly

    Photobucket
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2009 12:59pm (Feb 22nd 2009)
     
    Magic, Jonny! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2009 1:00pm (Feb 23rd 2009)
     
    I think rats are like that until the babies are born - then its debatable whether they'll help, steal or murder. I've heard of all 3 happening. Its recommended that the mother is moved to a separate cage for birth and until the babies are 5 weeks old and ready to re-home / integrate with the group.

    Great picture Jonny! Looks like one of the blue twins has stolen Molly's uniform to play dressing up!!!! LOL!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2009 11:32pm (Feb 23rd 2009)
     
    I spoke too soon. Patrick has been chewing at her wound again and has opened it up. Not sure what to do with her now - don't know if its too late to re-stitch/staple and if they do she'll only pull it out again. Why are pets soooooo hard?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 1:36am (Feb 24th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I guess it's only like a kid with measles/chicken pox or whatever it is, and scratching at the sores not understanding it'll make it worse...

    Kate, just read this on the t'internet:
    "Ask your vet to use stainless steel sutures in areas where the rat can easily chew. Staples do not work very well on rats' thin skin and nylon sutures are easily chewed out. Surgical glue can only be used on incisions that do not involve a lot of blood, so do not be disappointed if your vet cannot use this method. If your rat manages to find a way to chew at his incision, the only way you may be able to keep him from reopening his incision is to use an Elizabethan collar. Ask your vet to supply you with one when you take your rat home just in case."

    Found it on here...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 3:34pm (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    There, I said she should wear a lampshade!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 11:23pm (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    We've already discussed lampshades! (I was hoping there'd be a picture on there!) They're pretty useless for rats, and can be dangerous, as they can't eat and find it very difficult to drink. I have a contact in the US who's a vet tech and said she has seen rats die of dehydration because owners didn't realise. Also rats with swollen heads/faces because they were too tight. Besides which, they're virtually impossible to keep on!

    Thanks for the link though, very thoughtful of you. x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2009 12:46am (Feb 25th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bah, sorry :(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2009 11:51pm (Feb 25th 2009)
     
    Don't be sorry - I really appreciate that you cared enough to look for me! :bighug:

    I don't want to speak too soon but it looks a little better tonight. See what the vet says tomorrow.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2009 12:48am (Feb 26th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know how much you panic when a much-loved pet gets injured, especially if they've just had surgery...sheesh, i remember when Milly snapped the end of her toenail off and it bled the tiniest bit...i was almost in tears! :D

    I'm glad it might be a little better and you have a vet appt tomorrow. Good luck, I hope s/he can help.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2009 10:42pm (Feb 27th 2009)
     
    He helps every time Red! Pat had had another go at the wound during the day (while I was at work) so he got to see just what she's doing. It seems that she is picking the scab for want of a better description. She hasn't opened up the wound, just keeps uncovering it an making it look really raw. Got to continue to bathe in salt water and that should help to dry it up.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2009 12:54am (Mar 3rd 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm glad he helped. Poor Pat though, hope it heals as quickly as possible...did he give you any tips to prevent it happening, is there anyway to keep her distracted? I guess not...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2009 12:21pm (Mar 3rd 2009)
     
    No, just to keep bathing and giving meds.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2009 9:26pm (Mar 13th 2009)
     
    Just to update - Patrick is now completely healed up! Apart from the fact her fur is shaved you wouldn't even know she'd had an operation - no scar, nothing! Shame we don't heal that well.

    All rats went along on the final post op visit to have their breathing checked, and all 4 are now fine and don't need their meds anymore.

    Best of all, he didn't charge me for the visit. What a lovely vet!! (I had already spent a tiny bit short of £200 since I first found the lump though!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2009 3:55pm (Mar 14th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :hurray:
    That's fantastic news, Kate!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2009 6:31pm (Mar 14th 2009)
     
    Splendid news....:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2009 11:24pm (Mar 14th 2009)
     
    Yep, I thought so too! Its sad that I won't get to see their lovely vet for a while, but brilliant that they're better and I don't have to drive through all that traffic!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 11:37am (Mar 15th 2009)
     
    Go Patrick..Go Patrick..Go Patrick..Go..go! Yeah Patrick!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 6:52pm (Mar 15th 2009)
     
    Oh that's the BEST news! Yahoo. And extra special treats to Molly for her amazing assistance. :heart:

    I'm so glad you finally found a great Rat Vet.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 11:46pm (Mar 15th 2009)
     
    Me too Diane!

    I had a real scare tonight - I was in the rat room watching TV and when I went to walk out Patrick was on the bottom of the cage not moving. She never sleeps there. I spoke and she slowly opened her eyes. My heart was in my mouth. I opened the door ... and she jumped up and ran over! Phew. What a tease!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2009 2:29pm (Mar 16th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Little tinker! :)

    Glad Patrick is doing well and keeping you on your toes!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2009 10:37pm (Mar 16th 2009)
     
    I thought rats were going to be an easy pet - ha! As my nan would've said, you know what thought thought. (No, I didn't understand her either!!!)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2009 10:49am (Mar 17th 2009)
     
    So glad your little rat buddies are doing fine now, that is good news Kate.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 12:12am (May 7th 2009)
     
    I have sad news. Patrick (my eldest female rat) had to be euthenised on Tuesday.

    She had a pituitary tumour (brain tumour) that seemed to be being controlled by her steroids but she was very poorly last Thursday and then collapsed on Monday night. I took her to her vet on Tuesday - a lovely guy who has been so great with her - and we agreed it was time for her to go to the Rainbow Bridge. My eyes are still sore from crying but it was the right thing to do.

    Rest in peace Pattypoo, and play hard at the bridge. x
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 12:18am (May 7th 2009)
     
    Little beauty. Rest in peace dear little Patrick. You are missed already. Its a sad day, but we will take care of your Kate for you.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 6:39am (May 7th 2009)
     
    Oh Kate, I'm so sorry about your little fur kid. I know how much you came to love her. She was a little darling.

    R.I.P. Patrick.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 7:32am (May 7th 2009)
     
    Oh Kate I feel sad for you. Rest in peace dear little Patrick, you tried so hard with her Kate and gave her all the help you could. She was lucky to have you. Hugs to you and your other little buddies.:043:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 9:51am (May 7th 2009)
     
    oh dear kate I am so very sorry, it has made me cry, it is so sad when a much loved pet has to leave us. She was such a pretty little one and you will miss her so much, I send love and hugs to you :bighug::heartbounce:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 10:04pm (May 7th 2009)
     
    Thanks everyone. It is getting easier and my mind has been occupied elsewhere too, but I feel so sad for Molly who is now on her own in the cage. I will try to pluck up the courage to introduce her to the twins. :rat: :rat:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 10:21pm (May 7th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw Kate i'm sorry to hear that :bighugs:

    I used to hate that about small pets, you get so attached to them and they really touch your lives, and yet within a few years their time has come :sad:

    I'm glad she had such a good life though. Sending love to you all.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2009 11:13pm (May 13th 2009) edited
     
    Now Molly is ill. If anyone has a hot-line to heaven will they ask Him to make her well for me? I don't want to lose her as well so soon after Patrick.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 1:35am (May 14th 2009)
     
    Oh sweet little Molly. Do you know what's the matter with her Kate? I don't know about a direct line to anywhere - but I am definitely sending both you and Molly lots of love and positive energy. :heart: Definitely.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 1:38am (May 14th 2009)
     
    Hey, is it possible that she is depressed? Judy was very depressed after Winnie died. It took me quite awhile to find a vet that would even consider that animals get depressed. I finally had to practically yell that "I'm a therapist and I know what depression looks like damnit!!!" Then suddenly the doctor said, well, there IS this homeopathic cure... I gave it Judy and voila! Healthy kitty again.