Newbie - rat selection help

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Newbie - rat selection help

Post by Finstter » Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:53 am

Morning, I'm new to the forum and am after some help with rat selection please. From what I've read rats are very sociable little things, is it best to start with 2 and then introduce others, or start with 3 or 4? Also is it better to go with even numbers rather than odd? Are there any particular rat breeds that are easier to tame than others, different characteristics etc? Sorry for all the questions just want to be sure about a few things? Thanks

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Re: Newbie - rat selection help

Post by Golgotha_tramp » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:52 am

Hey and welcome,

rats are lovely, social animals but there are definitely a few things you can do to make sure you have the best start in keeping them. Socialisation and tractability begins pretty much at birth so to get lovely, licky babies who want to explore I would go to either a breeder (National Fancy Rat Society can send you a breeder list or look on here as lots of breeders are on the forum), or a rescue that handles their rats. This way you will have rats who are used to (and enjoy) being held.

In terms of numbers I would say that 3 is a good starting number as it gives the rats a choice of company and stops the alpha only having one rat to boss around.

What ever you do please do not go and get rats in a pet shop! The methods of breeding are intensive, indiscriminate and have little regard to the health or welfare of the animals. In the forum there is a thread that shows what intensive rat farming looks like (Here). Don't be fooled by pet shops assuring you that they get their rats from "a local breeder" or "a very reputable breeder" as, as you will see on here, the amount of love and care ethical breeders put into raising rats they would never give them over blindly to a pet shop, no control over who they go to (anyone with £8 in their purse).

Hopefully that helped you start to think about next steps, please have a wander around the forum, see peoples set-ups, the cute babies, feeding support, enrichment and start planning your own little brood! :D

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Re: Newbie - rat selection help

Post by daffee » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:32 am

Welcome to the forum. :D

All pet rats are actually the same breed and colour and markings don't affect personality. As Golgotha_tramp said, the best way to ensure happy rats is to get them from a good breeder or rescue. :luck:
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