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Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:18 pm
by Hanabnana
Hi, I'm hoping for some advice please.
I have two 18 month old males. One of them, Grey, has very suddenly become very ill with PT. He's on medication but it's not working and he's going downhill very fast over the last few days. I'm utterly heartbroken but trying to prepare for the inevitable.
I had wanted to get them some cage mates but with lock downs, quarantines and also I can't drive (nor does anyone else in my household) things haven't gone to plan. I haven't been able to find any bucks.
I'm really worried that when Grey dies his brother will be alone and miserable until I can find him a friend. Other than spending as much time with him as possible does anyone have any good ideas to keep a lone rat happy and healthy in the short term please?

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:29 pm
by cyber ratty
Have you tried contacting rescues nearby? They are allowed to deliver animals to new homes. I would recommend you start asking now, it would be better for your remaining rat to already have new friends when it comes to losing his brother.

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:01 pm
by Hanabnana
Thanks for getting back to me. I've tried a few local rescues with no luck unfortunately. Will keep trying. Thanks.

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:01 am
by cyber ratty
What part of the country are you in? I may be able to recommend a breeder to contact.

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:39 am
by Hanabnana
Thanks! I'm in Warwickshire. So far I've contacted Blue Cross, RSPCA, Rattie Angels rattery and the rehoming department at Pets at Home with no luck. Any recommendations would be amazing. I'm not sure where else to look.

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:49 pm
by Feolthanos
Contacting rescues is definitely a good idea. Keep trying as each rescues situation can change daily, but they may not remember that you're on the look out.

I'd also reach out to some local breeders. I'm unsure if a lone rat counts as a welfare issue in the eyes of lockdown law, but you can get yourself on a list if nothing else.

Also pick up foraging toys to kept your boy occupied. Everything from the wire hanging baskets, to treat toys designed for small dogs where they have to move and slide compartments, and the rotating ones for parrots. A lone rat may appreciate an enclosed hide to sleep in too.

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:40 am
by cyber ratty
There is a rat rescue in Northampton that might be worth contacting, NANNA - https://www.facebook.com/groups/261189882549/

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:29 pm
by Hanabnana
Thank you so much for all your advice and help! Happy to report I've been able to offer a home to 3 boys so mine will have some cage mates to keep him company.

Re: Lone rat problem advice please!

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:47 am
by cyber ratty
Excellent :D