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Just thought of something else we should put in it. We should include places to get resources like revolution and doxy without prescriptions. Speaking of that I need some cat revolution. Where can I get it?
 

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The only vet that will service rats for medical needs is The Cat and Bird Clinc : http://m.mobilewebsiteserver.com/site/catandbirdclinic#2685

It took me quite a while to find a vet when I got my first rat so having this info available would have been a major headache saver. Many vets list small animals but do not see rats, and to boot all the vets recommended by pet shops did not see rats. Just plain frustrating.

I learned how to medicate my rats by reading and researching the book Rat Health Care by Debbie Ducommun. A website that I find very useful is Ratguide.com - this is just a flat great place that covers health, behavior and general care information.

Um, last thing I can think of as a newbie helper is to check out shops/sections for other animals, particularly birds. The twisty rope perches make great catwalks. The clamp on bowls for birds make great tip proof food bowls. Hanging coconut houses are a favorite and for under $8 a major steal. Also a lot of the foraging toys are Rat friendly or easily modified.
 

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So...there hasn't been a lot of activity here for a while. I've looked over it again and I have some thoughts.

Everything people have suggested are great things to know. But I think some of them are beyond what a new rat owner needs when they are first getting started. And since this is all going to be in a single sticky, it could possibly get very long. As a new person, I wanted something with all the most pertinent things to know in one place and easy to read. For me personally, that would be in outline form. The most critical to know could easily get buried in all the information that IMO should be posted separately. Agility training, how to sew a hammocks and traveling with rats are great things to know about, but it's more important to know you should never keep a rat in a closed off space with no ventilation, kept on pine or cedar shavings and that they really need to be in groups.

I personally think an outline for a beginners guide should be limited to

Would a rat be a good pet for me?
Social requirements
Habitat
What to feed
Common medical issues and treatment
 

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I also think it would be good for new rat owneres to get their first rats from the same place. A new owner shouldn't have to worry about introducing new rats and the possible issues with them not getting along.
 

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Hmm, yes, I can definitely see that as a very good recommendation. I got my bucks from the same tank, thinking they were already used to living together and they get along fine. I haven't yet tried to introduce new rats, their Rat Manor isn't big enough for more than two comfortably.
 

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About travels with rats -- American Airlines apparently allows rats on planes. It doesn't say so on the Internet, but when I was investigating methods for getting my girls to NH with me from NC, I called and asked and they said it was fine. Their official pet policy is here. He seemed to think 4 would be fine, but 2 is definitely fine in one travel kennel / cage. It's also $125 per kennel, each way, and they must have a signed vet slip saying they are healthy and can fly.
 

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I'm a newbie and It'd be really nice if in the guide there was a section on rat behavior. When my rats fight I always get scared for their safety, even though it seems to be simple play or dominance fighting. I wish I would've known more about that sorta stuff sooner. >>
 

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I'm a newbie and It'd be really nice if in the guide there was a section on rat behavior. When my rats fight I always get scared for their safety, even though it seems to be simple play or dominance fighting. I wish I would've known more about that sorta stuff sooner. >>
We'll be sure to include it. But until I get this thing pulled together, the basic rule of thumb is no blood, no bruises. They're usually okay. (I'm working full-time now, so I don't have the luxury of spending 45 hours a week here...)
 

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Hey guys, so a couple of you may have seen in the Lounge that we're starting a Beginner's Guide to rat ownership, an FAQ, if you will, and we need you to help get this ball rolling.

So, what can you do? Well...
If you yourself are a beginner, give us your questions. Some of us have been doing this too long, so remembering that some people have never held a rat (properly) before is where we become relatively stupid.

If you have experience, share it. You don't need to be an expert to write a cage review or hook us up with some awesome links. What's your favorite site for cage covers? Where did you learn how to dose Baytril? Is sewing hammocks easy?

How many yogies could a rat yogie if a rat could make it's own yogies?! The world may never know without you.

The point of this is that, as some of you may notice, our forum is full of information. But it's scattered everywhere. If we could centralize some of our core links, I think it would be much easier for those of us who are new to these fluff balls we call friends - uh, I mean rats.

Without further adieu, I'll start.

One of my all time favorite guides for sewing hammocks is:
http://www.ratropolis.com/Rat Tutorials/RatTutorials.htm
Just download the free sheet and there's about a million different patterns.

Also, post some categories for this. We also composing a master supplies list of e-v-erything you'll ever need for rat ownership, from Oxbow to toenail clippers and zip ties. So, if you feel like taking an inventory of your supplies (which I found myself doing while moving), post them here as well.

Thanks a ton, and I know there are so many n00bs 😉 out there who are thanking you as well.
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