Excursions and Medications


Yesterday, the rat pack went to visit granny. We were spraying for ants at home and I didn’t want to have the rats around while that was happening.

Granny was very happy to have them, but mommy was a little bit concerned they might come back five times their original size. As it turns out, granny didn’t have the heart to wake them up for food in the middle of the day (“We wouldn’t have minded!”)

My husband and I later joined my parents for supper before taking the furkids home again.

You expect me to come out there?

INTO THE LIGHT: You expect me to come out there?

My mom has a nice, completely enclosed patio, and I thought it would be lovely to let them play there for a while. I don’t have any ‘rat-proof’ room at home so they are always restricted to the bed for playtime.

But the rats were not having any of it. It was probably too early, and perhaps when it got dark, they might have ventured out, but I took the cage inside before dark. In any case, they had a lovely evening, being spoiled by granny and playing around the living room, running across the couches, exploring ‘new’ people and begging for food. Eric was a happy boy just to sitย  with his dad.

DADDY'S BOY: I'm happy here, thanks. - Eric

DADDY’S BOY: I’m happy here, thanks. – Eric


Today they had some mites treatment. I have been concerned for some time now about them having mites because they have been scratching a lot. Unfortunately the Corn Cob, which I have used as litter in their ‘litter tray’ until recently, is prone to having mites in it. It can be solved by putting the bag in the freezer for 48 hours before opening it, but I often ended up buying the new bag only when the old had run out and didn’t have time to freeze it. At the moment I am trying Aspen shavings for their litter tray.
I went to pick up 2 little doses of Revolution for puppies and kittens, and shared it out amongst the rats (about 0.05ml per rat, except for Tyrion, who got a bit less because he is small). I will see how that goes and maybe give another one in a month’s time if they have not stopped scratching.


Godric, Mordin and Garrus have been on Allergex for a week now. I think there has been some improvement in the amount of wheezing, but it has not completely cleared up. I will keep on with it for now.



Critical mass reached. Vet trip triggered.

Four of the boys got bundled off to the vet on Saturday. Godric has been on Baytril for most of his life now as he wheezes every day. Mordin and Garrus have also been wheezing and they have been on Baytril for about a month now, which doesn’t seem to have made much difference. So I have been thinking of taking them to the vet to ask about the possibility of using antihistamines.

On Friday night Eric’sย  cheek suddenly swelled up and, while I suspected it was just a result of an overzealous scuffle, it seemed like I had reached a critical mass of rat health problems and it was time to take them.

As expected, the vet figured Eric would be fine, and the swelling has gone down pretty quickly, so no problem there. Most likely Garrus is too blame. He can be quite nasty sometimes.

For the wheezers,ย  I asked about the antihistamines and he gave me a dosage to give them of Allegex Elixir – the children’s syrup – and we will see how that goes. The vet also said if they had an ongoing respiratory infection, he would expect them not to be quite so healthy in all other respects. So it is possible they are having allergy problems. Like their mommy.

I hope that it sorts them out because allegies would be infinitely better than respiratory infections. I will post updates on whether it works.