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If your cat tends to bring in wild animals, or gets hold of one of you new baby pinkie rats, or plain asnd simple,if a mommy rat abandons her babies.You need a formula to fees them,a heating pad to warm them and lots and lots of time!
If you have no heat pad try this:Wet a washclothe and put it in a zip-lock baggie.Then put the clothe inside the zip lock bag.Put the clothe an baggie in the microwave and heat for 30 secs. that might be too hot depending on what setting your micro wave is at.Cool it if its too hot.If its too hot, it will burn your fingers if you place them on it.***REMEMBER***baby rats are hairless!especially if you find them a few days old!thats why im sooo picky!(i was ALWAYS cold as a baby)Oh and formula is tricky too.
FORMULA:1 cup of 2 percent cows milk or goat milk,1/2 teaspoon of sunflower oil, butter worked for me too.1/2 teaspoon of yogurt 1-2 drops of rodent vitamins you put in their water.(get it at pet shops) you can use that inexpensive recipe (which my owner got from RMCA .org)Or kitten formula or human infant formula , or just plain soy milk. NEVER EVER use whole cow's is very bad. it can get the baby the poops, and it will dehydrate them pooping all the they will die.
And finally, your babies will need lots of attention!stroke them gently with a wet clothe around the genitals after feeding them.ALWAYS after feeding massage them gently aroung their whole bady to get thieir circulation flowing.(my owner lost a newborn bunny when she didnt do that :).Feed them with a needleless syringe.Give them love and care for as long as they need you cuse for 4 weeks you are going to be feeding those little suckers!And if you just dont have the time,be kind and put them down by a vet,dont let them suffer.

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