Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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She Knows From Rats

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Rats! — folkcat at 2:31 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2007

First and foremost, the important news. The Rattie Sisters have been seen by the new vet, and all will be well!

It turns out that about the only thing the previous vet did correctly was diagnose the lice. The treatment given – an injection of ivermectin – was absolutely the wrong choice. The new vet explained that in just about every other type of small animal, ivermectin is effective in treating both lice and mites, but not in rats. In rats, it may provide temporary relief, but it never knocks out the infestation completely.

Well! I’m a bit incensed at the prior vet’s office, which shall remain unnamed, and glad that we trusted our instincts and came to this new place. Dr. Kalb at Milford Veterinary Hospital, btw, for those in the area who might want to know. In contrast with the other vet, Dr. Kalb interacted very personably with both Star and Sable, and clearly knew what she was talking about when she explained how we should treat the lice.

She also examined the bulge in Star’s abdomen. Basically, we’ve got an early stage tumor, but it doesn’t seem to be growing much or affecting her otherwise. At this time, the only thing to do is watch it for change.

As to the lice, we’ll be picking up some Carbaryl Powder – a common pesticide that’s very effective against lice – and dusting them with it weekly for a month or so. Also, cleaning the cage thoroughly twice a week. And I don’t mean just “cleaning,” but really washing it down with a weak chlorox solution and rinsing with hot water several times. That we get to do for a month.

So, the Rattie Sisters will be okay! Thanks to everyone for your good wishes and your excellent advice through this ordeal, it’s made a world of difference.

Back to Beading

I really haven’t been beading at all – I seem to be off it for a while. Last night, though, I got together with some friends who expressed a desire to make prayer beads.

I wasn’t so much interested in making any myself, but having once owned a bead store, I have a few beads around the house. So I gathered together some strings to share, and a few tools to help the process.

As I was doing that, I came across these strands of black tourmaline beads, and the yellowish colored dogbone-shaped beads. (Can’t remember what stone the dogbones are, more’s the pity!) And suddenly, I had one of those little voices inside my head telling me I had to make my own mala from them.

You know how those little voices are, don’t you? Anything that suggests itself to me that definitively, I know I’d better listen to. So I grabbed the strands of tourmaline and the dogbones, and brought them along.

This is the result:

Prayer Beads

The beads are strung on 5 strands of Gudebrod size D black silk. There are 54 black tourmaline beads in the main necklace, with the dogbones as spacers in between. At the bottom, all strands come out through another black tourmaline bead, then a blue cat’s eye bumpy cylinder, and terminate with a good knot and a tassel below a carved carnelian goldfish.

I love how this came out, and I’m still wearing it today. Eventually, I’m sure the mystery of why I so desperately needed to make a mala right now will reveal itself to me. I’m okay with it taking its own time to do so.



Comment by sarebear

June 21, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

That’s awesome! A rat-friendly vet, that’s great! Sad that the other one just seemed to be out for bucks and not knowledgeable.

Nice necklace/mala! I like the blue that accents the fish so well, and sets off the other beads too!

I’ve been having very sporadic internet access, it’s been on the blink; plus, I’m going out of town for a few days. Hopefully on Monday the Comcast tech can fix it. Sooo, if I’m scarce, you know why.

Oh, I enjoyed the Patis, too; I’m intrigued. My internet connection is so slow , though, that getting the post w/comments area page to load is very hit or miss, mostly miss.


Comment by Leesa

June 21, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

Yay for the Rattie Sister’s new vet! I wish you could have skipped the headache and expense of the other vet visit, but such is life sometimes. Just glad to hear that the girls are on a good road to recovery now.

It’s good to see a new beaded FO from you too! Can you briefly describe what a ‘mala’ is for the uninitiated?


Comment by Elspeth

June 21, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

I’m glad to hear you got a specialist! Very nice necklace, too.


Comment by Carol

June 22, 2007 @ 1:30 am

Glad to here the sisters will be okay. Also good to hear that you found a good vet. That is a key part of pet ownership and can be a real pain. Especially if you son’t have the usual cat/dog. Neat-o mala. Except, what IS a mala, exactly?


Comment by FemaleWriter

June 22, 2007 @ 2:26 am

When we had to treat our rats for lice, our vet gave us oral ivermectin. Given orally, it seemed to work without much stress. We didn’t have to use powders or injections.

It’s good that you have a good vet though that you can trust, and a vet that treats the rattie sisters well.

I really like that bead necklace. It’s very nice.

I hope things are well.

Take Care!


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