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Old 09-24-2020, 04:46 PM   #81
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They bring their own food. I only supply the bedding and fresh vegetables.

I know about the porphyrin as gerbils get that too. I've had a rash of gerbil guests with chronic sore eyes this past summer so have seen a lot of porphyrin recently.

I follow Isamu Rats on Youtube and Rat Care UK on Facebook so I can keep up with the latest advice to give to owners, but I didn't know that about the Science Selective pellets. Is it a very recent change? I read about the mammary tumour issue with other pellets but thought SS were considered about as a good as pellets get (which isn't very good of course).
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Old 09-25-2020, 03:30 AM   #82
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They bring their own food. I only supply the bedding and fresh vegetables.

I know about the porphyrin as gerbils get that too. I've had a rash of gerbil guests with chronic sore eyes this past summer so have seen a lot of porphyrin recently.

I follow Isamu Rats on Youtube and Rat Care UK on Facebook so I can keep up with the latest advice to give to owners, but I didn't know that about the Science Selective pellets. Is it a very recent change? I read about the mammary tumour issue with other pellets but thought SS were considered about as a good as pellets get (which isn't very good of course).
Ah that's ok then. Some people freak out when they see porphyrin for the first time as it looks like blood hence why I mentioned it.

Breeders have made a link between p@h nuggets and tumours. Lines which have a low tumor rate suddenly had loads while on p@h nuggets.

On YouTube, emiology, is a great channel which also touches upon it.

This was a few years ago and have since supposedly revised the ingredients but I personally wouldn't use it.

SS is considered the best shop bought food that's readily available. It's been changed within the past 2-3 years.

It's kind of like feeding your hamster on pellets. No variety and often marketed for different rodents as well which have different requirements.

Rats need variety in their diet. It's always more enriching too. So rat rations is normally the way to go.
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Old 09-25-2020, 04:17 AM   #83
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I definitely freaked out when one of my gerbils had porphyrin for the first time! She had just lost her sister and was so stressed and lonely.

So Rat Rations is the rat world's Rodipet. I have heard good things about their mixes for mice as well.
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Old 09-25-2020, 06:39 AM   #84
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I definitely freaked out when one of my gerbils had porphyrin for the first time! She had just lost her sister and was so stressed and lonely.

So Rat Rations is the rat world's Rodipet. I have heard good things about their mixes for mice as well.
Poor thing.

Essentially yes. Can't say anything about mice mixes as I don't know enough. Here's the mix my girls are currently on.
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:11 PM   #85
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Been a while since I updated you all on the rats. Inky and Splat are doing well. 6-7 months old now so fully grown. Got a full cage now. Plenty of things for them to do and at almost 5ft tall yet they make short work getting from bottom to the top.

They're rusting a bit at the moment but I'm topping them up with copper and some extra wet meals as they're due to moult. Hopefully the lovely black coats will be back soon.

I'll take more photos of them tonight once they've settled a bit after moving things about.
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:59 PM   #86
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omg that first image - so cute
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:14 PM   #87
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Just taken more up to date photos. Splat looks like she's plotting something but she's so sweet.
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:21 PM   #88
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Inky loves the camera and springs into action every time. She doesn't understand that she needs to stay still though

Excuse their dirty tails, believe it or not some rats don't realise that they need to clean their tails too. They'll be pea fishing in the bath tomorrow so will give their tails a scrub (don't worry, warm water only. No soaps or shampoos)
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omg that first image - so cute
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Yes, ink is a little poser. Thanks luna
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Old 05-30-2021, 05:21 PM   #90
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Happy Birthday Ratties! You're 1 year some time around now. How have you stuck me for this long?! Lol If you're good I may share some food with you. Maybe make you a little cake and party hats? Too much? Haha. Can't believe how far these 2 have come.
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