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I have some questions....obviously LOL

1. The double rex my daughter brought home makes me want to yank my hair out too. I love him, but dang he's difficult. Always ill...or not ill really, but just not well...with one thing or another. He has to be in a cage alone which breaks my heart for what I know has to be a lonely existance. Is it typical for dbl rexies to be...well...difficult?

2. My boys, God how I LOVE THEM TO PIECES!!!!! hehehe
but they have this nasty new habit that Im not liking AT ALL. They pee all over each other and marinate as well. Im always trying to snuggle up to one before withdrawing my face in disgust from the musky aroma of stale rat pee that is embedded in each boy's fur - BLECH! WHY. WHY do they do this and can I make them stop.

3. Litter boxes. THEY ALL knew what they were for and were so good for a while. And then they ALL stopped. All 16 of em. WHY. How do I fix it, because....EEUUWWWW

4. My girls are so sweet, and pretty and wonderful....and NASTY. Their cage is always so icky as compared to the boys....WHY???

Help before the smell of the boys extends to the porch, the raisens from the unused litter box piles to my ankles, i become as bald as the rexie and the mess from the girls cage expands to the kitchen.
 

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Re: double rexies, pee boys, un-litter boxes and nasty girls

aww, sounds like your rats are in mutiny.

my double-rex is irresistably sweet, but i don't know if they all are, i honestly haven't had rats long. in what way is your double-boy sickly so that he has to be alone? i have heard that they generally do not live as long as other rats, but i'm not sure if that's because they are sickly, or other reasons relating to hairlessness (metabolism, immunity, etc).

i've never had boys so i can't help you there, and so i also can't help you compare why your girls would be more stinky than your boys. i agree though, that unless i clean that cage every day it gets pretty rank (i have to keep the door closed to my room or my roommate's cats will pee on my bed).

and for the litter boxes, i'd say just start over and pick their poops up and such until they remember what they're supposed to do. they're just being lazy. has anything changed in their environment recently that may have upset them into not using their litter boxes? cats with urinary tract problems, or that smell a strange neighbor cat, will often begin peeing all over the house and then other cats may follow suit in an effort to cover each other's smells.
 

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Can your old boys smell the new boy at all? That might explain increased marking....
 

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aww, sounds like your rats are in mutiny.

my double-rex is irresistably sweet, but i don't know if they all are, i honestly haven't had rats long. in what way is your double-boy sickly so that he has to be alone? i have heard that they generally do not live as long as other rats, but i'm not sure if that's because they are sickly, or other reasons relating to hairlessness (metabolism, immunity, etc).

i've never had boys so i can't help you there, and so i also can't help you compare why your girls would be more stinky than your boys. i agree though, that unless i clean that cage every day it gets pretty rank (i have to keep the door closed to my room or my roommate's cats will pee on my bed).

and for the litter boxes, i'd say just start over and pick their poops up and such until they remember what they're supposed to do. they're just being lazy. has anything changed in their environment recently that may have upset them into not using their litter boxes? cats with urinary tract problems, or that smell a strange neighbor cat, will often begin peeing all over the house and then other cats may follow suit in an effort to cover each other's smells.
The dbl rexie (Fuzzy) has just been ill from day one. First it was myco. Then some other mysterious u.r.i. After that was the tummy upset and then ringworm. I love him dearly and know that he MUST be lonely (althouh he really doesnt act like it?) but I just dont want to take the chance of making any of my other guys sick. Also, he just doesnt seem to want to have a lot to do with us. Sometimes I respect that, sometimes I force him to as I dont want to have an unsocialized rattie.

I cannot think of one thing that has changed in the house to make the ratties act so odd towards their litter boxes...its not cats. My son does have 2 cats but they live in his room 100% of the time, as my allergies are so damned bad to cats that i immediately break out in hives and wheeze if they even come near me. Im racking my brain and cant think of one thing that has changed. Ive gone out of town lately and am about to leave again (last week to see a specialist in mn. then attend a metaphysical symposium and tomorrow to see my birth mom who has recently had a stroke)...but they started doing this before any of that. Besides, my husband stays at home with them when I have to go (and Im never gone more than 3-4 days at a time) and he (hubby) is just as crazy about them as I am. For example, the other day I looked in the free range area and there he was in all his long-haired glory with all the boys crawling all over him LOL. SUre wish Id have had the camera! :p

As far as my cutie but smelly girlies and cage cleanliness, I clean the cages probably too often. Im one of those weird type A OCD people who scrubs their house down in bleach weekly and even vacuums my ceiling. (i know, you are thinking im really nuts now - everyone does lol) So I know it isnt cage cleanliness as i disinfect the cage daily nearly. Hey! Maybe thats it? Maybe they are trying to get their cage to smell more like them? Is that possible?
 

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Re: double rexies, pee boys, un-litter boxes and nasty girls

I think that's definitely possible. If the cage smells constantly unfamiliar to them, they might go into overdrive with the peeing to make it smell "better."
 

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that's totally possible. you could do as many of us do and spot clean every day, but only do that deep cleaning once a week?

and as forensic said, maybe your big boys can smell the newbie and its getting them all excited and peeing on eachother? lol. i always wonder what could be going on in their head when creatures do stuff like that.
 

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about the males peeing on each other, I think it might be a way of the more dominant one letting the others know who the boss is because when I intro'd Monkey and Piggle, they both kept peeing all over each other before finally scuffing it out.
 

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I think it could be a "smell" issue as well since rats have a very keen since of smell and smell plays such a huge part in their social structure and environment.

Consider it therapy for you OCD <wink> see if you can skip a day and then try for 3 and then go for a week before you completely strip down their cage and sterilize it. Watch how they respond to their own perfume being left for them to enjoy. Keep up with daily cleaning of surface areas since keeping this clean prevents them from getting infections on their feet and underparts.

My girls tend to be messier than my boys. They are horrible about stashing food and they don't always go to the preferred locations to relieve themselves. They tend to marinate and that is just yuck!

My boys have a love/hate relationship. Some days they just don't get along and once their not getting along turned into KILLKILLKILL type of interaction they became two bachelors leaving in a duplex. I don't even know if neuter will fix this because it looks like fear has become a reality. They get time out together where I watch their interaction but I just don't trust them to be alone with one another because the one who was seriously hurt is very afraid of his former cage mate but he doesn't show any aggression at all.

Hope you can find some resolve with your concerns
J~
 
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