1. 10:38 17th Sep 2014

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    oh man, the moment i am done with school is going to be so glorious. 


     
  2. 16:00 13th Sep 2014

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    Reblogged from carriemp

    Tags: ratscarriemp

    zookeeping:

    carriemp:

    zookeeping:

    carriemp:

    Dear rat people of tumblr,

    Some of you know that we just adopted a mother/daughter pair of rats at the veterinary clinic where I work. Mama is just over two years old, and baby is around six months. They have a beautiful…

    I effin hate that cage! I got one for free with a rat from CL the shelves are a PAIN. 

    Rats, honestly, are the best. Perfect pocket pet imo, tons of personality and generally very very good natured. I’m glad you’ve gotten to enjoy them!

    Definitely try the liners, I did it with that cage and just wouldn’t cover the holes and it worked well overall. You can also just try wiping down the shelves since they’re solid fairly often but mine would always get yucky quick.

    I highly recommend making a hammock with some fleece also, even if no one is a sewer (i’m not) you can make one by cutting two squares, layering them, cutting hole in each corner and using binder clips or shower curtain clips! Super easy. If someone is feeling fun too most rats love the Space Pod 

    http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ

    Which I think will clip on that cage.

    If you need more ideas of healthy treats and veggies they can have check out theratfanclub.org or google Debbi rat lady diet, I like her info quite a bit.  

     
  3. 15:36

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    Reblogged from carriemp

    Tags: ratscarriemp

    carriemp:

    zookeeping:

    carriemp:

    Dear rat people of tumblr,

    Some of you know that we just adopted a mother/daughter pair of rats at the veterinary clinic where I work. Mama is just over two years old, and baby is around six months. They have a beautiful three story cage full of toys and hammocks and hiding places, and they’ve…

    Options!:

    No, that would not be stressful if you’re using something not-strong smelling as a cleaner anyways.  Even if you just used a bit of water that could help. I clean my cage with (a double critter nation) with hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and hot water basically. 

    2. You could make liners very easily that would help not only keep it easy to clean the cage but also prevent them from stepping on mesh/wirey anyways which is nice too.
    Liners can be made simply from bath towels and fleece (I buy fleece a few yards of fleece from Joanne’s or other similar stores, and towels honestly from walmart they’re like $3.00 for a large towel and I can cut it into the size I need) Also recommend some sort of clip to get them to stay on, the towel goes on with the fleece over it. Fleece stays dry which means rats aren’t hanging on their pee, and the towel absorbs and can be changed out easily as needed. 
    I like liners also because they’re reusable, durable, and it makes it easy to spot clean poops.

    3. Litter training, it can be done. What kind of bedding are they on now? My boys aren’t trained but I watched two girl rats over the summer and they picked it up instantly, I had liners in their cage and then a tray in the area they seemed to be pooping in anyways and put a more paper like bedding in there (so it was very different from what they ran around on) and they took to it instantly. There are some websites that offer suggestions, but most of the time rats will latrine in a couple of spots anyways so adding a tray couldn’t hurt. 

    Food:

    What kind of blocks are they getting? That feeding schedule sounds fine as long as they always have food in there usually they’re fine. 

    They’re getting blocks from Oxbow, honestly because we got a big bag from one of their veterinary reps!

    Would you recommend always having food available? Their dish is usually empty in the middle of the day.

    I think the bedding brand is Carefresh - it looks like little bits of shredded cardboard or egg cartons. Not in pellet form, just sort of loose and fluffy. They seem to be ignoring it in favor of the top shelf of the cage.

    The liners sound like a brilliant idea. They’re in a tall cage with three plastic shelves. The shelves clip onto the back as well as the sides, so I don’t know if a liner would work unless I cut holes for the side clips. But that would be so much easier, and we could just toss them in with the rest of the laundry. Right now, one of my biggest problems is that it’s a giant pain in the ass to take the shelves out and wash them, and liners would solve it for sure!

    I’ve been washing with dawn and hot water, and then wiping down with diluted chlorhexidine to disinfect.

    It depends on the rats, but if it’s empty midday and they’re healthy and what not they’re fine. Oxbow is good so that’s good! 

    Is it one of those purple like my super pet cages or whatever? I hate taking out shelves. 
    It’s not necessary to make it fit the whole shelf if there’s a hole/box/whatever as long as it covers the majority of it I find it helps a lot with keeping the cage clean, and just cutting the liners to your needs. Most of my rats didn’t prefer to sleep on bedding, usually prefer boxes/igloos/shelves with maybe a blankey instead. Carefresh is good, it can be dusty, and it can be expensive. I definitely say use liners on the bottom of the cage and try setting up a tray with care fresh at one of their latrine spots. If you see fresh poops you can put it in the litter tray to give them an idea, and you can reward (with treats!) if they use the box ( and you catch them in the act)

     
  4. 15:01

    Notes: 10

    Reblogged from carriemp

    Tags: ratscarriemp

    carriemp:

    Dear rat people of tumblr,

    Some of you know that we just adopted a mother/daughter pair of rats at the veterinary clinic where I work. Mama is just over two years old, and baby is around six months. They have a beautiful three story cage full of toys and hammocks and hiding places, and they’ve…

    Options!:

    No, that would not be stressful if you’re using something not-strong smelling as a cleaner anyways.  Even if you just used a bit of water that could help. I clean my cage with (a double critter nation) with hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and hot water basically. 

    2. You could make liners very easily that would help not only keep it easy to clean the cage but also prevent them from stepping on mesh/wirey anyways which is nice too.
    Liners can be made simply from bath towels and fleece (I buy fleece a few yards of fleece from Joanne’s or other similar stores, and towels honestly from walmart they’re like $3.00 for a large towel and I can cut it into the size I need) Also recommend some sort of clip to get them to stay on, the towel goes on with the fleece over it. Fleece stays dry which means rats aren’t hanging on their pee, and the towel absorbs and can be changed out easily as needed. 
    I like liners also because they’re reusable, durable, and it makes it easy to spot clean poops.

    3. Litter training, it can be done. What kind of bedding are they on now? My boys aren’t trained but I watched two girl rats over the summer and they picked it up instantly, I had liners in their cage and then a tray in the area they seemed to be pooping in anyways and put a more paper like bedding in there (so it was very different from what they ran around on) and they took to it instantly. There are some websites that offer suggestions, but most of the time rats will latrine in a couple of spots anyways so adding a tray couldn’t hurt. 

    Food:

    What kind of blocks are they getting? That feeding schedule sounds fine as long as they always have food in there usually they’re fine. 


     
  5. Woman trying to sell 2 bobcats (1 year old) in Oregon on CL.


    ugh.

     
  6. 09:46

    Notes: 2

    Tags: booksharrypotter

    Well…I did it..

     
  7. 19:54 12th Sep 2014

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    Reblogged from ofwordsandwaltzes

    Tags: nudibranch

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    ofwordsandwaltzes:

zookeeping:

libutron:

Nudibranchs of the World | ©Roger D. Hall (2013)

LET ME TELL YOU A THING.I went tide pooling yesterday for class and my friend and I found 3 species of nudibranchs and the class in total found 8 species and everyone put them in my collection cup (first it started as a joke, like I had an exclusive nudibranch club cup) and then I had like 8 species and probably 12 individuals total in my cup and I was so happy.Out of this list I’m pretty sure we found a Sea Clown Triopha, a Pugnacious Aeolid, Opalescent Nudibranch, and Pacific Sea lemon. I need to find out the other species we collected!

SUPER COOL. Do you have photos?? Were they the rainbow pretty ones?

I have a few pictures but just with my cell phone I’ll upload, I’ll look for them again on Tuesday when I go to lab and take pic.The Opalescent Nudibranch are super pretty and very neon we definitely got one of those.

    ofwordsandwaltzes:

    zookeeping:

    libutron:

    Nudibranchs of the World | ©Roger D. Hall (2013)

    LET ME TELL YOU A THING.
    I went tide pooling yesterday for class and my friend and I found 3 species of nudibranchs and the class in total found 8 species and everyone put them in my collection cup (first it started as a joke, like I had an exclusive nudibranch club cup) and then I had like 8 species and probably 12 individuals total in my cup and I was so happy.

    Out of this list I’m pretty sure we found a Sea Clown Triopha, a Pugnacious Aeolid, Opalescent Nudibranch, and Pacific Sea lemon. 

    I need to find out the other species we collected!

    SUPER COOL. Do you have photos?? Were they the rainbow pretty ones?

    I have a few pictures but just with my cell phone I’ll upload, I’ll look for them again on Tuesday when I go to lab and take pic.

    The Opalescent Nudibranch are super pretty and very neon we definitely got one of those.

     
  8. 20:23 11th Sep 2014

    Notes: 963

    Reblogged from ofwordsandwaltzes

    Tags: tide poolnudibranchs

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    libutron:

Nudibranchs of the World | ©Roger D. Hall (2013)

LET ME TELL YOU A THING.I went tide pooling yesterday for class and my friend and I found 3 species of nudibranchs and the class in total found 8 species and everyone put them in my collection cup (first it started as a joke, like I had an exclusive nudibranch club cup) and then I had like 8 species and probably 12 individuals total in my cup and I was so happy.Out of this list I’m pretty sure we found a Sea Clown Triopha, a Pugnacious Aeolid, Opalescent Nudibranch, and Pacific Sea lemon. I need to find out the other species we collected!

    libutron:

    Nudibranchs of the World | ©Roger D. Hall (2013)

    LET ME TELL YOU A THING.
    I went tide pooling yesterday for class and my friend and I found 3 species of nudibranchs and the class in total found 8 species and everyone put them in my collection cup (first it started as a joke, like I had an exclusive nudibranch club cup) and then I had like 8 species and probably 12 individuals total in my cup and I was so happy.

    Out of this list I’m pretty sure we found a Sea Clown Triopha, a Pugnacious Aeolid, Opalescent Nudibranch, and Pacific Sea lemon. 

    I need to find out the other species we collected!

     
  9. 18:58

    Notes: 4

    Reblogged from noodlebutts

    Tags: ratpetsadvicepet advice

    goodbetterbetta:

    Does anyone use Kaytee Fiesta Food for their ratties? It’s what I’m feeding my Isis and Cleo (two juvenile female fancy rats) but I want to make sure I’m giving them the best food possible.

    They seem to love it and suck it down as quickly as possible. They don’t pick…

    Fiesta mix, in my opinion is not very good. Corn is not very healthy (in general) and dried corn can have mold in it that can be toxic (it’s the first ingredient). It’s a low quality mix, the ingredients are the worse ever but you can probably find healthier, fiesta mixes tend to have too much seeds/corn/low quality pellets.

    Like noodlebutts said Oxbow and Harlen are really good quality blocks/pellets. I used to buy Harlan Teklad online in bulk (it was kinda expensive) and my rats did really well on it, but then discovered that where I live now says Oxbow Regal Rat and they love it and it’s easier to keep around, both are good quality and then I supplement with healthy treats (dark greens, broccoli, blueberries, apple etc, and the occasional meat or bone) Eggs are good, but meat is not necessarily needed everyday if the food they’re getting has enough protein. 

    In my opinion, you should switch them. Oxbow is fairly common in pet stores now, it’s called Oxbow Regal Rat. Avoid Mazuri, it’s better than Kaytee but my rats have choked on them (multiple rats, multiple times) I think the block is an odd texture. 

    Some websites that I found useful

    http://www.rattyratrattery.com/ratty-care.html#diet

    http://www.ratfanclub.org/diet.html

    http://rattitude.com/articles/information/heathy-rat-diet/

    Theratshop sells Harlen and now they sell through amazon also 

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main?ie=UTF8&seller=A32YND33FNGHGG

     
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