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I was thinking about buying two rats. My sister Claire is on this site, i'm not to sure what her username is. Her rats are called Scabbers and Bug Eyed Creep, she is 24. I am 15. I am interested in getting two rats. I am going up to Cardiff (my sister lives there) to buy two rats. I am thinking of getting two boys. Do you think this is a good idea? As I have been told they tend to get lonely on there own as they are very sociable animals.
Anyway so a few pieces of advice would be nice. If there is any suggestions of names for the rats please leave them here. I thought of Wormail, as in from Harry Potter? What do you think?
Also, I want any ideas on equiptment I could buy for them. I am facinated in them and they are very intelligent animals. Please leave any comments you would like!
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Hi Stephanie and welcome to the forum.
You are absolutely right about rats getting lonesome. So having two is a good idea.
Could I suggest that you do plenty of research before you get your rats. Speak to your sister, ask questions here and read as much as you can. Make sure you have a large enough cage and read up on how best to feed your rats.
One thing you might need to give thought to is vet bills. Hopefully your rats will have a long and healthy life but if you read the posts on the health thread you'll see that sometimes they get ill and need treatment. So you might want to make sure that you have some money put by, just in case.
I wish you every success in your ambition to be a rat owner. They are wonderful creatures and I'm sure you'll enjoy sharing time with them.
And as for names, I think anything from Harry Potter is a very good idea!
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Can I just add have you thought about getting rats from a rescue? There are hundreds of rats in need of new homes, including babies who would really love a second chance.
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Hi there, welcome to the world of rat lovers
I think it's great that you're gonna get some lil boys and that you want more info first. I would suggest that you trawl through some of the forum posts of the past to get some ideas, plus there are great info sheets linked to the home page.
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure that you have the time for your rats. They need AT LEAST 1 hour out of the cage exercising and socialising with you each day, and so are quite a commitment. Plus, they can be very mischievous when they want to be and like chewing stuff that they shouldn't (like clothes, furniture, books, curtains - to name some things that i have lost to ratty teeth!) so you have to keep an eye on them at all times.
Having said that, I found having rats a great diversion from my A-level study when i was at school
Wishing you a lifetime of rats
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If you're going to call one Wormtail, and your sister's is already called Scabbers, then you could call your other male Peter as in Peter Pettigrew!
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