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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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New rat?

I have a wonderful rat named Daisy. She's just about as sweet as can be. I take her out for hours of the day and she seems content, as she bruxes and boggles very often. I do feel guilty, though, as when I am away, she is left alone in her cage. I'm thinking of getting her a friend. The thing is, I've had Daisy for 8-9 months and she's gotten very used to being alone. I'm afraid that if I did end up buying another rat, she would be defensive/aggressive towards the other rat. What should I do?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 11:46 AM
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First of all, try adopting or visiting a reputable breeder! A reputable rescue or breeder will help you find the perfect friend for Daisy and will help you with introductions. It's a very rare rat that is unsocial, especially after such a short time alone. All of my personal rats came from Craigslist, and had lived alone their entire lives, and they very quickly learned the joys of a big snuggly rat pile and having boxing matches with their siblings.

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I never thought of looking on Craigslist...Thanks so much!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 12:11 PM
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I would try a rescue or a reputable breeder first -- rats from Craigslist are very much like rats from pet stores -- they can be carrying any number of diseases, and you'll need to do a full 4 week quarantine before introductions. You can't quarantine in the same room, and it's even better not to quarantine in the same house!

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Ok, sounds good. Do you know any good ratteries located in Atlanta?
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They seem to have several awesome rescues in GA!

http://www.petfinder.com/search/sear...=atlanta%2C+ga

Petfinder is a dangerous site -- I see so many cuties that I would love to take home with me!

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Thanks!
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