About two months ago I bought a rat (Spes). She's great, a little skittish still, but that's probably from the move she just went through. I knew at the time that rats, especially female, thrive on companionship.. I just was not in a place to get two at the same time. Recently I decided that I was ready to welcome a new girl in to the family. And what luck, a friend of mine had an 'oops' litter from a petstore purchase. She only had one girl left (Fizziks), an adorable little thing (I'm guessing she's a Himalayan? She has red eyes and a light beige coat, with the brown on her nose and base of tail), so I snatched her up.
The point is, I think she is blind. I know rats with red eyes have worse eyesight but she does not even flinch at sudden movement and does the whole tentative nibble to explore what is around her. I also used the flash on my camera in dim lighting, she did not blink. I am prepared to deal with this and won't get rid of her, she's a doll. I really just need help on trying to figure out ways to "rat proof" her future cage so she doesn't fall or anything. Would multiple hammocks be my best bet?
I also am in the process of making a rat play area for my girls.. It won't be tall like the cage is, but my whole idea for it was to be able to change things around every time they go out to play. I suppose that would be out of the question for Fizziks, huh?
Too new to post pics.
Edit: Oh, also, I was wondering if I should introduce them any differently? I was originally planning to just have them meet up on the bathroom floor but that might be way too much area for Fizziks to try to navigate. Spes can easily jump out of the bathtub if so inclined though. :/ And should I use vanilla to change their scent or would that be somehow bad for Fizz?