First time forum member, long time animal lover!
Hello everyone! This is my first time as a member of the forum, though I've spent the past couple of days reading a lot of these posts, and wanted to thank everyone for the really helpful information provided here! I am soon going to be the proud owner of two baby male hooded rats (within about a month or so) and have been doing lots of research in the meantime! I've had hamsters (and babies), mice (and babies), a rabbit, dogs, cat, numerous amphibians and fish... but as far as the small animals are concerned, my all time favorite have been my two pet rats, Ralph and Roger, who passed away ten years ago from mycoplasmosis (only 18 months old...bought them at Pet World...). I've found a breeder in my area who I will hopefully be getting my new ratties from, so I'm really hoping they live a longer, healthier life overall.
Since it's been ten years, I see there is a LOT more info available on pet rats now. My main concern now is the mycoplasmosis and preventative measures with my new rats, since I really would love them to stick around for longer than my other two did. Anyone have any suggestions or tips for helping to "prevent" (well, at least postpone) the onset of this disease? I definitely feel much better informed about the nutrition and cage hygiene than I was ten years ago, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
(P.S.--Assuming everything goes well with the breeder, my boys will be "Russell" and "Stanley".) :-)