i have a 2 1/2 week (give or take a day or two) old ratty that was basicly orphened (due to his mums owner moving out of my house and leaving him with me, cuz she said i could have him)....i'd like to know what stuff i should be doing to help him......his name is Wolfy.... i started his discussion in a different thread about his mother, but, due to some disturbing pictures and info in that thread i decided to start another one just for him
he goes on his own, in a corner of the cage no less.....i got him some formula and baby oatmeal with bananas, i make the oatmeal runny and let him lick it off my finger, and i give him formula too, he likes to lick it off my finger.... my mum sent us some money today so im going to get some stuff tomarrow for the ratties....like some better water bottles, a couple food dishes, better food and bedding, possibly stuff to turn a big plastic bin into a cage for wolfy until i have the money for a couple really good cages for all the boys (eventually spaz and rocky will be moving in together, when i can get the good cage, and then when wolfy grows a bit bigger, ill start play sessions between them [one on one play sesions, not all at once] and way in the future ill probly move all three into one HUGE cage)lilspaz68 said:I am pretty sure that 2.5 week olds need to be syringe fed formula and stimulated to eliminate wastes, up to 3 weeks old, then they can poop/pee on their own and eat more solid foods.
I had to look this up for my own 3 week orphan I took in.
good luck!!! I used human formula (powdered) since its closer to the original mom rat milk then other varieties.