> Also until you get a friend for her give her a tiny stuff toy that she
> can cuddle up with. Believe it or not a rat will respond to a stuff
> like it was another rattie. I have heard of ratties curling up to and
> grooming the toy and even dragging it with them during out time and
> dinner time. Just make her one about the same size or a little larger
> out of a old sock or polar fleece also stuff it with another old sock
> extra fleece pieces because they will chew on it and I don't know
> the cotton like stuffing that is usually used in toys. This toy method
> also works for when you have a single older rat that is depressed due
> loss of a cage mate or has to live on it's own because of it's age or
> won't accept another rat or another one just isn't available.
Ratkid is right. I tried this on a couple of my ratties, and it worked.
When I only had 2 boys and one died, I made a little stuffed rat-shaped
toy the size of the deceased rat. The one left behind slept on the toy
until we got him some cagemates the following weekend. Then when we
found out one of the new cagemates was a girl, we moved her out with the
toy, and she slept on it until the other girls accepted her.
Having said that, the toy is *NO* substitute for a real live rat. It
was only used in an emergency in my rat household.
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