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thinking about adopting baby rats

Postby voguemamselle619 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:27 am

so i've been seriously considering adopting baby rats recently, and was wondering if there are any precautions i should take regarding shylo? if i adopt the rats, i will keep them in a separate room for the first couple weeks to look for signs of illness. if all is well, i plan on having them live in the same room as shylo (aka my room!) obviously they would never be out at the same time together, but i want to make sure that there are no health concerns (such as diseases that can spread between the rats and shylo). my pets' health is always first, and if this is risky to shylo, i will not pursue it further. please give me any suggestions or warnings! thanks!
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Re: thinking about adopting baby rats

Postby Lora » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:16 am

I don't think there's a big health risk involved but you will need to make sure they don't have any contact. Flyers don't like rats & vice versa. I did a little research a while back when I was thinking of getting some. I was deterred by the fact that they urinate on everything in order to mark their territory. So be prepared to clean cages often. Other than that they do make great pets from what I've heard. Also, they don't live more than 2-3 years.

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Re: thinking about adopting baby rats

Postby voguemamselle619 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:53 am

they would be in the same room, but NEVER out at the same time. i wouldn't want them to fight. i just don't have anywhere else to keep them other than my room. i'm really interested in training them, and if it works out, there is a local animal therapy program that actually uses rats, and i think it'd be great to get involved in
lora, i heard that the urinating problem was mainly with males, and a lot of the things i've read claim that females don't smell much at all (correct me if i'm wrong please!). i plan on putting down an old bed sheet on the ground whenever i have them out and possibly keeping them in a playpen area to minimize possible smelliness.
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Re: thinking about adopting baby rats

Postby Moca » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:16 pm

You don't have to worry about fighting. Both species were afraid of each other.
I never put them together,but sometimes the Nug was out when the rats were out.
if i was sitting with rats,he'd just stay away.
Remember rats are omnivorous, like us,and do best on a low protein low carb diet.
Mine got lots of cooked beans and brown rice,other cooked and fresh veggies,fresh fruit,left overs from my plate (meat only offered as a special treat once in awhile) and vegatarian (soy as the first ingredient) dog food.
They also love pumpkin seeds (sa will your squirrel) and meal worms.
Rats can also have hard shelled nuts and roasted peanuts once you show them how to crack them.
In fact,here is a favorite that i came up with:
Rat granolia:
1/4 cp raw oatmeal or Granolia.
1/2 cp pumpkin seeds.(Remove salt.)
1/2 cup shelled walnuts
1/4 cp banana chips
1/2 cup unsalted sesame seed sticks from Bulkfood.com
Mix in teaspoon each of: dried parsley, mint,crushed dried seaweed.
1/2 cp soynuts
Mix well and serve as needed.
Resources:
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/ratlist/
http://www.ratfanclub.org/helpinfo.html
http://www.ratballs.com/
http://www.dapper.com.au/
http://weelittlebeasties.blogspot.com/2 ... ntary.html
http://www.rmca.org/
Protect wildlife,keep ye cat indoors.
www.abcbirds.org
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