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New single rat

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:24 pm
by Kaykay87
I have just bought home my first rat, she was on her own in the pet shop and I just had to bring her home with me as she looked lonely and had been there a while. What can I do fornher so she doesnt get too lonely, as I am aware rats do better with company. Any advice welcome for this new rat momma.

Many thanks.

Re: New single rat

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:29 pm
by cyber ratty
Rats do indeed need rat companions, so I would recommend looking for a couple of young girls to introduce to her asap. How old is she?

If you say roughly whereabouts you are, then I could try to find out whether any NFRS breeders have some kittens available.

ETA
What sort of cage and food do you have for her? It's unlikely the pet shop will have had anything suitable on sale, but we can direct you to good alternatives. :luck:

Re: New single rat

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:34 pm
by Kaykay87
I have her in a squared mesh cage with a plastic base over the mesh if that makes sense. 70cm long, 45 wide and 50 high. It has a small shelf halfway up on one side. Ive given her a water bowl, dust free shavings, and i put a ball of soft hay in one corner. A few wooden chews and i have a hammock coming tomorrow. I bought a bag of wagg dry mix for her, and have offered a little apple but she's not too interested atm.
We've had her out for about 3 hours today, and she has been sitting on our shoulders and neck quite calmly, gave us a good sniff and checked out our hair. Lots of chattering and a few licks.
I think shes between 6 months/1 year old, as she is quite big.
The pet shop told me shes is great to handle but she really dislikes other rats.
In general she seems quite calm and content.

Re: New single rat

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:36 pm
by cyber ratty
It is very rare for a rat to dislike others - we have an article on the carrier method of introductions (see the most popular articles post for the link), and if you follow that then it should be easy to introduce a couple of female kittens to her. Wait until the youngsters are 10 weeks, and double check that she is definitely a girl first. ;)

The cage is small - I would recommend getting a coco 100 as a main cage.

Re: New single rat

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:34 pm
by Kaykay87
I think the shop fed me a line to make a sale in all honesty. Shes much more affectionate than I was told.

Im getting a new cage next month, and will be getting her a friend or 2. She is 8-9 weeks now, so would 3-4 weeks be a good time to introduce friends?

Re: New single rat

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:23 pm
by cyber ratty
Asap would be a good time if the babies are big enough. :luck:

Re: New single rat

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:39 pm
by Kaykay87
Got myself a big cage. Got a ferplast ferat 2nd hand. Just needs a good scrub before I get my 2nd rat.
Just need a suitable carrier for introductions now