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December 1st, 2013

The second annual winter raffle for Central Texas Rat Rescue (formerly Huron Valley Rat Rescue) has begun!

Click for more details and to buy tickets!

Many, MANY prizes available to win, both rat and non-rat related, and tickets are only $1 each. Help support CTRR!

December 1st, 2012

The first annual winter raffle for Central Texas Rat Rescue (formerly Huron Valley Rat Rescue) has begun!

Click for more details and to buy tickets!

Many, MANY prizes available to win, both rat and non-rat related, and tickets are only $1 each. Help support CTRR!

November 15th, 2011

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girl in the sea;
I was looking around on sites and I stumbled across this:
"A cold, tiny block of baker's chocolate has been known to ease symptoms of respiratory distress"

Has anyone heard of this before? Has anyone tried this? I'm curious if this actually works.

September 20th, 2010

I think that my rat Bartholomew is suffering from respiratory problems. She's not her usual perky self, her temperature is down, and she's sneezing. I've closed the A/C vent in my room, made an appointment with the vet, and am returning them to their usual diet of kitten food designed for a healthy immune system (I've been unemployed for awhile, so I'd been making them a mix of lentils, barley, onions, and whatever I happened to think they'd like). Has anybody found foods which have specifically helped their rats get through illnesses? Obviously, I'm hoping the vet will give her antibiotics, but I'd like it if I could do something more to help her. Any advice that you folks might have would be much appreciated.

November 11th, 2009

Looks like one of my females has lice or mites, I've only notice it on the one but will treat all. Completely freaked, feel horrible, thought it was just old age her losing hair, since no one else was having problems, but now can see the little red marks. Parasites completely creep me out, though I have heard they are species specific with rats, is this true?

Going to the vet tomorrow.

July 28th, 2009

Stress and porphyrin

hwaet ye foqque
My white rat, Widget, has some porphyrin around her nostrils. I cleaned it off, and I wanted to ask more experienced rat owners about their experiences with porphyrin. Widget's very timid (she was initially meant to be a feeder rat, but was rescued from a pet store after she escaped and the owner tried to bludgeon her with a screwdriver), and hates being held. I tried to trim her claws last night, and she wigged out. This is by way of background on her stress levels. Everything I've read says that porphyrin excretion is normal after limb restraint. However, I wasn't sure how much limb restraint the study used, so I wanted to ask you guys how much stress it takes to make your rats excrete porphyrin. I'm going to keep an eye on her over the next couple of days, but I think this isn't likely to be anything serious. Thoughts?

Judith, the other rat, is fine.

May 28th, 2009

My roommate had to move out of state with very little notice, and she didn't have time to find a new home for her 2 rats Loki and Muffin before she left. I've had rats many, many times, so I don't have a problem taking care of them until I can find them a good home, but I also just plain don't have the time or money to give them the attention and care they deserve.

I've tried to find homes for them with no luck whatsoever. The humane society doesn't take rats because they don't adopt out quickly. Nobody I know can take them. I tried posting them on sites like craigslist, saying there was a $15 adoption fee so I could be sure they wouldn't be used as feeders, no luck there either. I've even tried to find some sort of family-run pet shop that would sell them as pets only, but couldn't find one.

They're both approx. 6-7 months old, brown&white males, and very, very sweet. They've been with my roommate and me since they were babies. They are well socialized, both a bit timid when being taken out of the cage, but are completely fine and content once they've been out for a minute or two. They have never had any health issues, and they're quite energetic.

I really could use some help, they're such little sweethearts, I just wouldn't have it in me to give them to a home where they might be mistreated or used as feeders. I was completely out of ideas until I remembered all the communities I was still in from back when I still had ratties of my own, so this is sort of my last option.

I live in Clearwater, FL, about 20 minutes outside of Tampa. I could drive up to about an hour/hour & a half to meet someone halfway, if needed. The cage can go with them, although the one they are in now is not really big enough for them. The cage they were in was nice and roomy but it was just falling apart so they had to transfer over into one of our spare cages.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

March 30th, 2009

With albino rats, sometimes they'll get a dark red ring around their eyes. I forgot what it is. I might make an appointment to have both my rats looked at anyways but I was just wondering if anyone could help me in the interim.

March 19th, 2009

(crossposted to "ratties")

The mycoplasmosis in rats - same disease in mice?

There are two lady mice at the shelter now who seem to have a URI. It may be necessary to bring them home to give them the best care, but I'd rather not expose my rats to anything that would make them sick.
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