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Getting my first 2 rats

Hi everyone. This week I will be getting my first 2 male rats. Now these 2 are brothers and do not fight at all.


  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,223
    Congrats. Are you in the UK? Wasn`t sure. Male rats that are brothers can get on well as a pair. Female rats do co-habit better in small groups. I`ve owned three rats myself (a single male and then two brothers) all came from rescue. Then I rehomed three males from someone and sadly had to rehome them. I wouldn`t do it now, but at that time, I had no choice. They went to a ratty owner though so I knew she would adore them.

    Are your rats coming from a pet shop or rescue?
  • Shaeleneangel23Shaeleneangel23 Lemming
    Posts: 25
    They are from
    A pet shop .
    I live in Canada BC .
  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,223
    Rats are nice pets, but like mice, they can be very prone to respiratory ailments (mainly derived from Mycoplasma bacteria) so make sure you have a good vet who can prescribe Baytril if and when required. It`s an oral liquid antibiotic that can be laced in food.

    Tumours can also arise, but if your rats have a good varied diet (google the `Shunamite Diet for Rats`) you can get some good ideas from the lists.

  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 955
    Exciting news, I hope you'll be able to post some photos when they've settled in.
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