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Thoughts please. ETA mixed animal room

Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:56 pm
by Bilbo
Our spare bedroom is a pet room, it has washable floors and wipe clean services. In it are our hamsters, mice and guinea pigs, since we got the rats I have put off putting them in there as I worry they will get up set with the other animal smells and its a silly worry but madeye seems to enjoy laying in her hammock and watching TV . Does anyone else keep rats in a mixed animal room?

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Re: Thoughts please. ETA mixed animal room

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:13 pm
by [cub]
My rats and gerbils live in the same room and I haven't noticed either of them being bothered by it. They are a couple metres apart, but they must be able to smell and hear each other.

Provided they can't have any direct contact with the other species in your pet room, I'm sure your rats would be absolutely fine in there. Rats do predate on smaller rodents, so I'd imagine it'd be the mice and hamsters that get upset if anything, but even then they should get used to their ratty neighbours in time, if they haven't already acclimatised. (Given that you presumably don't shower and change your clothes every time you go from one cage to another, the mice and hamsters should already be used to the smell of rat.)

Re: Thoughts please. ETA mixed animal room

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:18 pm
by ami_j
I have a room with 2 chipmunks, 2 syrian hamsters, 4 mice, a winter white and a Roborovski and they all seem happy if that is helpful? :)

I also used to keep my hamsters across from my rats when they were downstairs and again they seemed happy

Re: Thoughts please. ETA mixed animal room

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:52 pm
by acapae_wolf
[cub] wrote:Provided they can't have any direct contact with the other species in your pet room, I'm sure your rats would be absolutely fine in there. Rats do predate on smaller rodents, so I'd imagine it'd be the mice and hamsters that get upset if anything, but even then they should get used to their ratty neighbours in time, if they haven't already acclimatised. (Given that you presumably don't shower and change your clothes every time you go from one cage to another, the mice and hamsters should already be used to the smell of rat.)
This is what I was going to say - no worries for the rats, but take care from the POV of the others' if needed to start with :) I would add-on that if you're going to free range the rats in there as well, do take care with regards to rats having access to climbing on the cages of prey species.

Re: Thoughts please. ETA mixed animal room

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:29 pm
by Bilbo
Thankyou everyone that's great.