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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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well i joined for my rats, here to learn more. would post pics but gotta hit the 20 post count before I can do that ugh lol

I have 1 hairless, 1 dumbo, and 1 patchwork/rex and 6 babies right now.
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Awww,would love to hear more about your ratties!




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well what do ya want to know lol
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 09:08 PM
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aww they sound cute welcome to the forum are they male or female are they spayed or neutured? how old are they cant wait to see pictures of them

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no one is spayed or nuetered.

dumbo and hairless are males, and patchwork/rex is a female.
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Are you keeping the males and females together? If they are not neutered or spayed, you will have tons of babies before long. Or are you keeping them separate to avoid pregnancies? Welcome to the forum by the way.

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I have one male is seperated because he doesnt get along with other males. But my other 2 are not seperated that is why i have babies now lol.
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you should seprate the male from the female, it is not good for her to have back to back pregnancies, also females benefit from spays and neutures help agressive males

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Yes, if you keep a male and female together they will just be constantly reproducing babies. You have to separate them as soon as possible.

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You don't have to spay/neuter rats.I never did and never had problems and I have had rats for many years now.

But I do believe you should keep males and females separate. If you don't want to,then I do suggest getting the male neutered (it is easier then spaying the female).Back to back pregnancies are no good and if she had babies and the male was in with her,she is most likely pregnant again,as females go into heat again 12-24 hours after giving birth.




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You don't have to spay/neuter rats.I never did and never had problems and I have had rats for many years now.

But I do believe you should keep males and females separate. If you don't want to,then I do suggest getting the male neutered (it is easier then spaying the female).Back to back pregnancies are no good and if she had babies and the male was in with her,she is most likely pregnant again,as females go into heat again 12-24 hours after giving birth.
i love your answer just question isnt it better to spay females because it reduces riskes of tumours or uri, i think i read it somewhere im not sure, i dont own rats can u tell me?

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i love your answer just question isnt it better to spay females because it reduces riskes of tumours or uri, i think i read it somewhere im not sure, i dont own rats can u tell me?
Well yes,spaying is better to prevent tumors in females. I just meant that a neuter is easier to do (in any animal) then a spay. If you want to get the female spayed instead,go for it (that is for anyone). I don't fix any of my rats,but IF I did I would have the males neutered because it is generally an easier surgery.

Neutering in males can prevent aggression too. I don't have any aggressive rats though and I also rarely have problems with tumors in my females either.




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Awww darn I wish I knew that it helps tumors in females as when Star had her lump on her stomach removed i would have told them to do that while in there
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Spaying will only help with mammary tumours and pituitary tumours not the malignant masses. But it is very much worth it...my spayed girls generally live a lot longer if their genetics allow it My oldest girl was 41 months old when I had her pts.

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Spaying will only help with mammary tumours and pituitary tumours not the malignant masses. But it is very much worth it...my spayed girls generally live a lot longer if their genetics allow it My oldest girl was 41 months old when I had her pts.

Wow, that is really an amazing age!! I didn't realize that spaying could make so much of a difference. Good to know!


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