New rat help please

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Feliss
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New rat help please

Post by Feliss » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:55 am

I used to know a lot about rats, but find I need some help refreshing my memory to help a ratty!

I used to be on these forums a good few years back... I think I stopped keeping rats in 2011 and hadn't really planned to get back in to the world of rats again, however...

I saw an advert on FB, a lady was giving away a young female rat for free with cage etc. I happened to be driving past their location that very same day and thought I could help this little ratty find a better life. Apparently she's around 9 months and started nipping after her older cage mate passed of cancer. I don't know much about her beyond that.

She looks healthy other than a poor quality coat with some possible fur loss around the neck.

I'm certain she's missing her cage mate, which is probably what started the nipping (I was told she doesn't draw blood, though the other one did). I don't think she's had an awful lot of handling so need to do a bit of work on trust and confidence building.

I need some advice on how to proceed with her. Do I get her introduced with another rat(s) asap? Or work on building her trust first? Where's the best place to find rats to adopt nowadays?

Thanks!

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Re: New rat help please

Post by cyber ratty » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:16 pm

Definitely best to get her new companions asap, a pair of well socialised kittens would be the easiest option, but an adult doe or two should be okay, again if they are already confident then that will help your girl. Another alternative would be a neutered buck if you can find one.

You could ask your nearby rescues, or if you use facebook, then there is a large group on there full of rats (plus a place for you to put your 'wanted' request) - rat rescue network UK. It may also be worth asking breeders in case they happen to have some spare kittens.

When you introduce them, use the carrier method. Start in as small a container as possible (e.g. a carrier ;) ), and take the stages slowly - in can sometimes need several weeks to complete.

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Re: New rat help please

Post by starstar » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:03 pm

If you are any where near Nottingham there is a lovely lady with two sets of babies.
http://www.fancyratsforum.co.uk/viewtop ... 33&t=31578

I saw these when they were a few days old and been following their progress on facebook. So tempted myself to have some if I wasn't allergic :(
Ferret mum to..
Millie, Eddie, Riffraff & Fizzgig, Baloo, Dillon, Rupert, Pookie, Rosie, Buck, Kira, Louis and Lilly "Of the Clan Macphearson"
Dearly departed Mario and Taz, Luigi and Loki x forever in our hearts ratty babies x
Departed Ferret babies: Milo & Sam

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Re: New rat help please

Post by Feliss » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:11 am

Nottingham is about 4 hours away :(

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