> We have a 1 1/2 yr old female (missexed) rat, Elvis. We always thought she
> got enough attention from us because her cage is centrally located and she
> is out allot. But after joining here and reading some of the post I am not
> that sure. She was hand raised and never really with others that much... of
> her own kind that is, although she thinks she is with her own kind. :)
> Anyway as a rule how accepting are rats to new cagemates? What would the
> best way be to go about getting her a friend? Female of course. And the best
> way to introduce them.
I would recommend getting her two baby girls. Once the baby girls have
been quarantined to make sure they don't give Elvis any illness, put
them in a cage next to Elvis. If Elvis show signs of interest and not be
all puffy, then you can go ahead and intro the trio in a neutral place.
A place where Elvis has never been, like the bathtub. Do this for a
week, all the while them living side by side. After a week of neutral
meeting, the have them meet on a place where Elvis is very familiar, if
all goes well, scrub down the main cage (big time scrubbing) to remove
all of Elvis' scent and put them in all together, keep a watchful eye on
them for the first day and if all goes well, then you'll have yourself
three very happy rats.
It has been my experience that females are way more easy to intro then
Keep us posted!!!
Owned by 15 rats