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Introducing a new rat that's used to be alone

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:44 am
by Ratdaddy32
Hello, I'm offering to take a rat off from someone but the problem is... that it's just 1 rat and someone said that the rat (around 1 year old) is used to being alone without any other rats around so getting another rat could end up bad.

I've looked up alot of stuff about rats and they mention that rats need to be in pairs but i'm wondering if it's still possible to introduce another female rat to the one I'm getting? And should I look for one around the same age?

Also as a side note: I'm planning on getting the new rat a bigger and better cage (poor thing has been living in a really small cage...) and I was wondering if I am to get a new rat to introduce to the one i'm getting, how long should I wait for me to get the other one and introduce it?

Re: Introducing a new rat that's used to be alone

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:52 am
by cyber ratty
I would introduce a couple of well socialised rats to her - they will help her learn how to speak rat again. (A trio in total is better than a pair as that forma a group which is what rats have evolved to live in, and allows for the mix of relationships and hierarchy positions that they need.)

Normally, kittens would be easiest to introduce, but since she may need companions who will take charge, then I'd suggest either slightly older kittens (3 - 4 months perhaps) or adults.

Most solitary rats are immediately delighted to have company, although some take a little time to adjust. :luck:

Re: Introducing a new rat that's used to be alone

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:05 am
by Ratdaddy32
Ah okie then :) so I should go out and get 2 female rats to introduce to the new one? would I have to introduce them one at a time or could i introduce them all at once?

Re: Introducing a new rat that's used to be alone

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:22 am
by cyber ratty
All at once.

When you say 'go out and get', I don't advise going to a pet shop... quite apart from the ethical considerations, pet shop rats will not be confident and well socialised, and you could just end up with 3 rats with issues. I'd suggest you contact local rescue centres and good breeders, and if you use facebook you could post a request on Rat Rescue Network UK.

Re: Introducing a new rat that's used to be alone

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:27 am
by Ratdaddy32
Yeah I really don't want to head to the pet shop... sometimes they have rats up for adoption there but i will try that Facebook page too as well that looks more promising, thanks alot!