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 Post subject: Help! I have a question about how my new rat was sexed!
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:34 am 

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Hi guys! I'm new to this forum and am looking for a little help. My boyfriend was looking to get a furry friend to keep him company and because I've had rats in the past and know how wonderful they are I suggested them. About a month ago we purchased two rats (Sailor and Jerry) from a chain petstore that's supposed to only have male rats. Sailor who is older is very clearly male, but because Jerry is much younger his scrotum was not as present. After about two days of having them we took Jerry to a second pet store to get a second opinion on his gender and after a second place being very sure Jerry was indeed a boy we let them co-live. This was roughly a month ago and last night my boyfriend said he saw what he thought to be nipples on our little Jerry. We love them both insanely much and want to keep them but we can't have babies. Any advice and suggestions would be great! Thanks so much in advance!

PS. If anyone can walk me through how to upload a photo I can add one. The quality is a little rough because he doesn't like to sit still but it may help!

 Post subject: Re: Help! I have a question about how my new rat was sexed!
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:09 am 
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I'm not experienced in this kind of thing but there is an article on sexing rats here which will probably be useful to you:


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 Post subject: Re: Help! I have a question about how my new rat was sexed!
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:58 am 
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Pictures would be helpful - take some shots climbing up the cage bars. Also, in case Jerry is a girl, take some pictures of her standing up as those will show whether she looks pregnant (pregnancies don't show for the first couple of weeks, so if she does, then the litter will be imminent).

The only way to share photos is by uploading them first to a hosting site such as photobucket. Once they are there, you should find an option to share the picture, you need to pick the line of code which starts and ends with image tags (they are IMG encased in square brackets).

There are instructions halfway down this thread, although photobucket keep changing their options so the code may be in a different place now.

You should be able to confirm which gender Jerry is by comparing with the photos in the article ElizabethW has linked to (the easiest thing to look for is a vagina, a hole half way between urethra and anus).

If she is a girl, then you most likely have a litter on the way - and given that you've had them a month, the 23 day gestation could be up very soon. Rats can become pregnant again immediately after giving birth, so please separate them now just in case (put Sailor into a carrier if necessary).

Then, return to the pet shop you got them from and demand two cages - one for Jerry to give birth in (a low barred cage like a ferplast mary would be ideal, 80x50x37cm), and another for the baby boys to move into when they reach 4.5 weeks of age (a ferplast furet plus would be great, 78x48x71cm). Also ask for bedding and some muesli style food. Don't agree to let them have any of the kittens back to sell though, as they will just be profiting from their mistake, and won't vet the new homes in the way you will want to.

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