I agree, I think that would be the most reasonable course of action.
Much more reasonable than introducing the rat anyway. I see a potential
danger here and I wouldn't want to put my rats at harm. I can imagine
the rats saying "everything was OK until that stupid owner of ours put a
rat with a disease in with us."
That's going to be quite tricky, changing clothes and such. Maybe I'll
just get one of the ones that doesn't have the sniffles...
Naw, I'll prolly isolate.
Think if I get two from the same batch that I should isolate and treat
> i would imagine it depends on what the new rat is sick with. if it is
> myco, well, pretty much all rats have that anyway. i think there are
> different strains of it, though, and some are more problematic than
> but there are nifty viruses out there too that can be extremely deadly
> when combined with the myco that most rats have anyway: sendai and sda
> are the two biggies that you hear about most often.
> if you really want that rat, i'd go with what everyone else
> recommended, to take her, treat her while in quarantine, and then
> introduce her to creamsicle. but to do a true quarantine you have to
> house them in a seperate air source and be very careful about
> showering/changing clothes. viruses can be transmitted through the
> air, so just another room doesn't prevent their transfer.
> good luck :)
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>>I used to have two rats, Ratella and Creamscicle. Recently, I had to
>>put Ratella down because she was very sick. Now that Ratella is gone,
>>Creamscicle is all alone and has no friends to play with. I went to the
>>pet store today and saw the most absolutely perfect rats for her to be
>>friends with. Unfortunately, as the helpful person who worked there
>>pointed out to me, one of them seems to have a respiratory disease.
>>They are a pair of rats and and it is only one who is sick. I was
>>hoping to buy both.
>>I don't mind buying a rat with a respiratory disease as long as that rat
>>is not going to pass that disease on to Creamsicle. I was reading in my
>>rat book that most rats have the bacteria (mycoplasma?) that causes the
>>disease and that it was only a few that actually developed problems.
>>This leads me to suspect that my rat Creamscicle will be OK if I put her
>>in the same cage with this new rat (Creamsickle wouldn't be encountering
>>anything new.) Would I be doing harm to Creamsicle if I was to
>>introduce this rat into her cage?
>>I suppose I wouldn't want to buy this rat if it is going to cost me a
>>lot of money. Will it cost a lot of money to care for a rat with a
>>respiratory ilness? I don't mind it costing me a BIT of money... like,
>>two hundred dollars.
>>Thanks to all you helpful rodents out there...
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