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Sup /an/, looking for rat advice.
A couple weeks ago I lost one of my females to illness and was left with one rat. She's still pretty young and so I started looking to adopt an older companion for her. I saw an ad online from a guy who had a one year old female who had lost her sister and needed a new home.
When I got to his house though he takes me into this shut off, dark, cold/drafty spare room where this rat was in a tiny cage with wood chips that had feces everywhere and smelled AWFUL. I asked him about the sister and he informed me she hadn't died recently which I thought but it had happened six months ago and on top of all that they hadn't noticed she was dead until his girlfriend complained of a smell and they found this female had cannibalised the corpse, I'm assuming from it being left in there for so long?
I asked for her name and says 'you know I don't even remember'.
I got her the fuck out of her there and after a vet visit and a much needed bath she's home and in pretty good health aside from her bloated belly which the vet said was likely from her being fed table scraps (the guy admitted that to me)
She's so very shy and skittish of me , bitey, fearful..she gets along with my other female just fine but even bringing her out into the play area makes her poop/pee/shake.
I guess she's been shut up in this cold/dark room by herself for so long that this is overwhelming?
What do I do? How do I get her used to me and this home and a better diet? She's so afraid and I'm worried the stress will make her sick. Will she ever warm up to me? I understand that she might not, so long as her and my other girl get along that's what's important.
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Hello /an/, first time poster here, so I apologize in advance if I'm breaking any rules or being annoying.
This is my cat, Geralt. He is roughly 9 months old. I adopted him two days ago from a soldier who died in Afghanistan. He has developed some medical issues I'm trying to diagnose with an extremely limited budget right now and I wanted to get your opinions.
He is energetic and playful, but thin, except around his abdomen, which is slightly distended. He will often eat and vomit soon afterwards. His stool is runny, yellow, and very malodorous. Based on this, I suspected that he might have a Giardia infection. I've ordered 25mg Metronidazole and Metoclopramide to control the nausea, along with some probiotics to help him recover once the infection is killed. If this doesn't work, I'll try to take him to a vet somewhere, but I can't afford to do that right now.
What do you think, /an/?
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Hey /an/ was wondering if anyone had an idea to my slight problem.
I currently have an indoor cat, but I have a huge balcony-deck that comes off my room and I often like to go out there when the weather is nice...Problem is, so does my cat. She's always begging to be let out. At first I gave her the option to wander around up there, and the railings are pretty high so I didn't think she'd be tempted to jump up...But low and behold, she jumped up on the railing and nearly tried to jump to the next house (I stopped her before she had a chance). I've currently been using a baby gate across the door so she can have some fresh air, but I'd love to be able to let her wander around up there when the weather gets a bit nicer.
So I guess my question is: Is there a sure fire way to deter her from jumping up onto the railings?
>Pic the balcony