Friday, June 22, 2012

OMG NEW CAGE!

So, after waiting what seemed like forever & spending months buying new rat stuff, my new cage finally arrived on Monday.

Hammocks & Toys etc. from: Kitsch'N'Sniff, Robin's Hammocks, Chelsey's Cozies, The Critter Cove, Cosy Cavies, Liberty Bliss, equinecaninefeline.com & Pet Products & More


Took me the better part of the day to get it together & set up.... But omg it's extreme.
For those who don't know, this is the Ferret Kingdom from Puppy Power:



It's very similar to other cages(Critter Nation & Liberta Explorer for example). I think it's gonna take me a few weeks to really get use to it, but this was my first set-up:



The hammocks are from Kitsch'N'Sniff, the shelf covers/laying mats & rat trees are from Robin's Hammocks. Both wonderfully skilled seamstresses, definitely two of my personal favourites.
Additionally, the corner hammock is from Cosy Cavies(I planned to buy another, it fits perfectly in this cage). The colourful rope/wood chews are from Pet Products & More, so super cheap.
Everything else I either bought so long ago, or from such random places, I don't remember :P

To conclude, great cage, SO glad I settled on it. The seller is also very helpful. They helped me with measurements, they're sending a replacement tray(the middle one has a crack in it), they even informed me when there was a delay in shipment. So pleased.

Now here's a bunch of adorable photos of my rattys enjoying their new cage :P















Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Interspecies Relations are Important!

Like to point out, this is titled as a mouse & cat, though it's quite obviously a rat! And one of the cutest rattys ever mind you!



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Steps Forward



Paralysed rats on 'incredible' road to recovery


Swiss researchers say they have been able to make paralysed rats walk again.

Scientists from the Federal Polytechnique School in Switzerland injected a cocktail of drugs into the rats' spines, then electronically stimulated their spinal canals.

Lead researcher Gregoire Courtine says after a couple of weeks of rehabilitation, the paralysed rats were not just walking, but sprinting and climbing up stairs.

He says the research has implications for humans.

"This very surprising plasticity and recovery that we have observed opens promising perspective in humans with spinal cord injury," he said.

Scientists plan to start human trials of the treatment in two years.

Dr Bryce Vissel, who works on nervous system regeneration at the Gavin Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, has told AM it is an exciting piece of research.

He says it demonstrates for the first time science may be able to offer the possibility of recovery from spinal cord injury.

"In this case we are actually not repairing the spinal cord," Dr Vissel said.

"They are allowing the natural processes in the spinal cord to do their thing, to actually stimulate natural nervous system plasticity.

"The rats were paralysed. They had lesions, very severe lesions to their spinal cord which cut the connection between their brain and the lower part of their spinal cord."

Dr Vissel says that with the combination of drugs and electrical simulation, the scientists got the animals to start moving involuntarily.

"As this treatment continued over some days and weeks ... a natural process occurred whereby the brain started sending out projections into the lower spinal cord, meaning they started to rewire together and eventually the brain got control back over the spinal cord," he said.

This is an incredible step. [It] provides great hope that this is going to be able to go forward to help people, at least some people with spinal cord injury.
Dr Bryce Vissel

But he cautions that it does not provide hope for all people with a spinal cord injury.

"I think a qualifier is that there has to be some function left," Dr Vissel said.

"There has to be a little bit of a pathway left through the lesion of the spinal cord in order for this to be able to work."

Dr Vissel says he is most interested in is evidence of the natural capacity of the brain and the spinal cord to repair itself.

"The capacity, the plasticity of the nervous system is really remarkable," he said.

"For myself and many scientists who work on a range of neurological diseases, I think that we are all going to understand that the implications of this go much further potentially to helping a number of neurological diseases.

"It seems inevitable and the investigators who did this study are saying that they are going into clinical trials as soon as they possibly can in Switzerland and I'd be very surprised if it doesn't start to take off rapidly around the world."

The research has been published in the journal Science.

Source: ABC News

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tiny Little Furry

Not rats, but just as cute. Harvest mice are the smallest rodents native to Europe. They are 2-3 inches long with an additional 2-3 inches of tail; and they weigh from 4-11 grams, about the weight of a nickel or two.

These photos were captured by Matt Binstead.






Friday, June 1, 2012

Rats in India...

To continue my trend of sharing unusual rat behavior.... here's a slightly disturbing article about an incident in India.


PATIENT DIES AFTER RATS CHEW OFF PENIS IN WARD

NEW DELHI, Dec 24 (Bernama) -- A pneumonia patient is alleged to have bled to death after rats nibbled off his penis in a government-run hospital in Kolkata, reported local media.
The horrific incident happened at the SSKM Hospital on Friday where Arun Sandhukh, 53, was seeking treatment for pneumonia, reported the Asian Age newspaper.
The hospital authorities admitted the prevalent of rat menace in the wards but did not comment further.
"No nurse was found at the scene and he was writhing in pain. His penis had been nibbled by rats," the victim''s relative only known as Bishwanath told the media.
Only family members who came to visit Arun discovered him dead in a pool of blood, said the news report.

Courtesy of Bernama Media - Here