Meet my two new rattie boys. They are about 8 weeks old.
The first picture is Milo and the other two pictures are Toby. I got my ratties yesterday. A bit sooner than expected as I planned on getting them in a week or so. I had all the cage and everything ready for them so it was fine to get them a little sooner.
I just have a few questions that I would like to ask. Any advice would be great. The boys seem to scratch whilst cleaning and also just random scratching. They often use their back foot to scratch and they they put their foot in their mouth and nibble and then make kind of a crunching noise. Is this normal? Or could they have mites/fleas? They also scratch and what looks like biting themselves at their back and legs. I am just a little concerned. I have never had rats before and am unsure as to whether this is just part of their cleaning routine. Is there any drops or anything that I would get to put on them just incase? Something I can put on whether they have mites or not, just to be sure?
Also, how much should I be handling the ratties at this early age? Should I let them settle for a few days or should I handle them often right from the start?
When I had piggies I left a bowl of dry food for them each day. Is this ok to do for rats? Which is the best dry rat food to get which gives them an all round diet? I have bought some nuggets (Excel) which state they provide an all round diet but I'm not sure. I live in the UK so any names of foods i can get would be great. Are they allowed other foods at this early age or just dry foods?
Any advice on this would be much appreciated.