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02-14-2014 11:09 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by Lauri & The Gang View Post
It's just like with dogs - some rats get along and some do not. I've introduced adult males to my colony a couple times over the past year. Most of the time it was no big deal. One male did not want to get along so I replaced him.
Thank you.
Would you say that the two would bond more closely if they grew up together? Would there be a better chance of them getting along?
02-14-2014 11:06 PM
Lauri & The Gang It's just like with dogs - some rats get along and some do not. I've introduced adult males to my colony a couple times over the past year. Most of the time it was no big deal. One male did not want to get along so I replaced him.
02-14-2014 10:49 PM
Imthemomma I have 3 male brothers that i keep together. And have not had a problem with them at all they just turned a year old last month. I also have 2 more males that i have to keep alone because they just fight with each other to badly.


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02-14-2014 09:47 PM
HarleyTheGSD At what age should you introduce two rat "roommates"? I'm sure it isn't a good idea to introduce two adults.....? Do they have to grow up with each other?
02-14-2014 08:58 PM
dogfaeries I've had 2 males living together before. They were best friends and spent a lot of time snuggled together in a hammock in their cage. My mother had a rat named Julie that ran around in her computer room, and would come if you called her. She was adorable.


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02-14-2014 08:23 PM
S.F. We have rats. They are cute, clean and will ride on your shoulder like a parrot. They live about two years. Females can live together in a small group. We have had up to four of them at once. Our vet said males should not live together. We did have one male with three females. All neutered and spayed. We would take them out if the cage about three times a day. If you get one be sure and research safe foods for them to eat. They are prone to tumors.


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02-14-2014 08:15 PM
HarleyTheGSD Oh! Forgot to ask. I'm assuming two males will do fine together, since same sexes may be housed in the same cage. Correct me if I'm wrong. I've always only had male pets, wouldn't want anything else.
02-14-2014 08:12 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by Mikelia View Post
Two rats are no more work than one rat and the benefit GREATLY from companionship. Think of it like feeding ol' roy vs a good quality kibble or raw; yes they survive but do they thrive?
Here is a rat cage calculator page Ratty Corner Cage Calculator
It is generally recommended 2 cubic feet of cage space per rat. They LOVE to climb so a wire cage is ideal, also allows for more ventilation. They need small bar spacing so finding a larger cage with small bar spacing can be difficult.
And here is an AWESOME general info page on keeping rats as pets The Dapper Rat
I understand. Thank you.
I was thinking maybe I could buy two rats and l could give one to my boyfriend. So we each have our own pet rat! Does that seem acceptable? Thank you so much for the info!
02-14-2014 05:53 PM
Mikelia Two rats are no more work than one rat and the benefit GREATLY from companionship. Think of it like feeding ol' roy vs a good quality kibble or raw; yes they survive but do they thrive?
Here is a rat cage calculator page Ratty Corner Cage Calculator
It is generally recommended 2 cubic feet of cage space per rat. They LOVE to climb so a wire cage is ideal, also allows for more ventilation. They need small bar spacing so finding a larger cage with small bar spacing can be difficult.
And here is an AWESOME general info page on keeping rats as pets The Dapper Rat
02-14-2014 03:47 PM
HarleyTheGSD Also, what size cage would be suitable? If you could post pictures, that would be especially helpful.
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