whats the best way of introducing new rats ?

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whats the best way of introducing new rats ?

Post by JordanLouise92 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:19 am

i have 2 boys & 2 girls
hopefully will be putting the boys in with the girls in a few weeks.

whats the best way to do this? i dont want to just chuck the boys into the girls cage sort of speak..

and then after (if) they settle ok im going to get maybe another boy&girl?

any help/tips would be great :)
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Re: whats the best way of introducing new rats ?

Post by MarieM » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:45 am

I take it they're neutered? Intros are always best done gradually and on neutral territory or in a small cage/carrier. See the info section as I'm sure there is an article explaining intros.
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Re: whats the best way of introducing new rats ?

Post by Neotoma » Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:11 pm

Start on neutral territory where they have space to move about, but it's confined enough that they encounter each other.

If all goes well, move to a big carrier / small cage

Once you have a rat pile, move to main cage which should be well cleaned and neutral smelling. To start with don't put in any furniture (tubes, houses etc) that they can defend - I usually start with an empty cage with just floor substrate, then add a litter tray, and a hammock. I stick with flat things (like hammocksand shelves) until I'm sure it's sorted.

If at any stage you get major fights, break it up, and try again from scratch the next day. I also have moved back to step two from step three in the past.

And obviously all of one or both sexes need to be neutered!
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Re: whats the best way of introducing new rats ?

Post by Jimi+Milo » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:49 pm

I do think its very important that you establish if you are correct in your suspicion of one of your girls being pregnant. I dont know the details of how the situations come about but there is obviously an issue somewhere. I certainly wouldnt add boys to the group if theres a possibility of one of your girls having babies in the next few days.
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