hello all! so i rescued a pet rat from a friend of a friend,she was in a bad situation with horrible diet of cooked mac n cheese only and living in a small cage.i want to right by her.the only food i could find in short notice for her was reggie rat food,which i know is not good because she will pick out the fatty stuff but she was not being fed at the old house so i had to get something,and i want to switch to HT blocks asap,i was wondering what the best diet is,i know i should have HT lab blocks and ?? what else? ,do i make my own mix? i can do that if need be.do i feed just lab blocks and supplement with veggies and fruit or put lab block and a home-made mix?
also nugget is alone sadly ,she was alone for the full year the last people had her and i will be getting her a buddy asap,i know they want to be with other rats(in the next 2 weeks) ,should i keep them separated in different cages at first?
is it normal for nugget to sleep on the levels instead of her house? i have her nice home on the bottom floor but sometimes she just seems like she wants to sleep on the 3rd level on the bars which looks uncomfortable,i tryed putting a house up there too but she didnt want it,is this an odd thing to do? she does spend alot of time in her home also, she took all the fabric i covered the bars with and brought it down to her house lol.i know there is better ways to make her cage,as iv seen the cage photos thread on this site i hope to get my cage like that someday.
we got vary luck as nugget is vary outgoing and willing to climb all over us and does not bite,from what iv read on here some people have issues with those thing.also is it normal for her to sleep in a tiny little ball with her head under her front legs? she does this alot.my cage is kinda bare but much better than what she had before i saved her,she was living in a small bird cage and now had a cage that can hold 3 rats according to the calculator but id only keep 2 in there.
so about free range time,im not sure what to do about that,our house has base board heating so there is a heater along the wall in every room of the house except the bathroom,the heaters have large openings in them and she could fit in them so i cannot let her loose,im afraid ill loose her.should i use the bathroom? what would you guys recommend?. when the summer comes i can cover the heater but its cold here in MI so we need it on and that is dangerous for the rat.im all about doing the best for my pets so please give me your advice for a new owners,anything you think i may need to know.as far as i can tell nugget is vary active and has a healthy appetite.she hasnt done anything to alert me to be sick thankfully,but im also new to rats
so i dont know everything.
Im not longer using tap water only bottled now and got new bedding as the last owners were using pine! ick!. this is all alot to take in ,such a short notice rescue.i found out she needed a home the same night i saved her,i could not let her live like that any more,they had her in a tiny cage locked in the bathroom because they got a kitten so they didnt care about the rat any more.nugget has been getting the reggie rat food and i have been giving her peas and corn also and corrots every few days,should i be giving more? how often do they get veggies and fruit? i will be getting HT in the next week ,its killing me that shes not getting the best possible.anyway here is a few pics of nuggets home,when she was living in a small cage at the last owners home without a house or cardboard or a wheel ,no toys or treats at all! so sad, i knew i could to better by her....my best friend happened to have this amazing huge rat cage that i could have.so here is nugget,any input to make her life better would be greatoh btw she does have a vary nice house under all that fabric she drug down there lol sorry fort he bare cage,it will get much better i promise!
alos the ladder for the first floor is outside the cage,i was cleaning it and forgot to put it back in
sorry for all the questions ,i just want to make her life better as much as possible