Chillin - the art of doing nothing without being bored 🕶
My rats love chilling in their hammocks and tree stump hut (it's also a secret hoarding place, shh!)😜🌳 Do your pets have a favorite place to chill? Let us know below⏬
Pawtners 🐾 @secretlifeofrats @thegood.thebad.therats @my_ratty_family
Now that I've got your attention I want to share with you a first aid technique I had to use on Rembrandt earlier. He was retching, trying to bring up something stuck in his throat. This usually passes in half an hour or so but didn't. I read about this technique called 'the fling' and have copy and pasted instructions here: 'Or you can do a procedure called “the fling” which uses centrifugal force. Hold your rat firmly around the neck with one hand, and by the base of the tail with the other to hold her securely. Make sure there are no objects within an arm’s length. Lift the rat overhead and bring her down in a rapid arc, so that at the end of the path she’s tail up and head down. This can be repeated 3-4 times, then give the rat a rest, check her breathing, and see if anything is visible in the mouth. This is extremely effective in dislodging objects or mucus in the throat.' [Source: http://http://ratfanclub.org/firstaid.html]
Hopefully you will never have to use this technique. I've encountered rat gagging/retching in the past and it has always passed by itself. I made the decision to use this technique after several hours had passed with no change. Immediately Remy started grooming himself, did a big wee, started swearing at me and ate some yogies. He is just exhausted now but back to normal. I wanted to share this first aid technique with my fellow rat lovers as I fear things may have declined if I hadn't used it.