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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-12-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Is ONE rat okay?

My mom has been promising a new pet to the home, and after deciding from a pigger, a ferret, a bunny, more gerbils, or a rat, we chose a rat. We chose a rat because we've never had one before. Anyway, is ONE okay? I mean, I know they need interactions and stuff, but will one be fine? We'll play with him everyday and stuff, but I don't wanna get him if he wont be happy.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-12-2009, 07:43 PM
 
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Rats can live alone, but they are much more happy with a cagemate. I don't ever keep any rats of mine alone unless they are giving birth or are sick. I wouldn't recommend having just one rat, because they are very social animals and can get depressed if alone.
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Rats can live alone, but they are much more happy with a cagemate. I don't ever keep any rats of mine alone unless they are giving birth or are sick. I wouldn't recommend having just one rat, because they are very social animals and can get depressed if alone.
Thanks, I just remembered my dad is mailing me 20 bucks, so if my mom has a problem with buying it, i'll buy the little guy. I'm asking my friend for advice and she told me the same thing, I know my mom won't have a problem with the happiness, thanks! Also, any cage reccomendations?

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See, I bought only one rat because my boyfriend didn't even want one and now I really regret not having gotten 2 sisters. I take my rat out at LEAST 3h a day, I keep her on my shoulder or with me on my desk as much as possible, if I have an errand to run I take her with me, and I still see that the minute she's in her cage she wishes she wasn't alone.
Now I have to convince my boyfriend about getting another one! (hopefully my rattie's mommy ) and it would have been so much easier to just get 2 and he'd have delt with it by now.
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IMO it's not ok to have only one. I feel that every effort should be made to make sure rats get to live with a friend. They are social animals and humans can't be with them 24 hours a day like their rat buddies can.

That said, it's no more trouble to have two as opposed to only one. They don't need more maintenance as a pair, and are so much more interesting to watch when they interact with one another.

For cages I would recommend a Martin's Cage:
http://www.martinscages.com/products/cages/rat/

They are good quality and much cheaper than cages of a comparable size from a pet store. The Rat Highrise (H600-HR) or larger would fine for 2 rats. You have to put it together when it comes in the mail, but it's not too hard to figure out.

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Also, instead of buying you might consider adopting a pair of rats in need of a home. There are quite a few postings for various town in Michigan on Petfinder.com.
http://www.petfinder.com/search/sear...x=&location=MI

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No, owning one rat is not fine, even in the wild they live in huge numbers. I had two rats and when my current male's brother passed he got very depressed and i thought about intro'ing him to other rats and he just would not accept them, and i had to keep him alone, and even then i hated doing it. I have my boy out with me like 9hrs a day, or else he would be very depressed and always wanting my attention. PLEASE do not buy one rat its not natural nor nice for them to live alone.

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Okay, okay, okay! I don't even think i'm getting a rat anyway. For 1, my grand dad doesn't even like my gerbils, for 2, I already gotta get my gerbils another cage, and the rabbit is expensive as it is. Thanks for the advice, though.

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I have to disagree with the H-600HR being a rat cage, its a combo hamster/rat cage and really too narrow.

If you must get a smaller cage I would advise the R-670 (powdercoated of course). Its "okay" for 2 but doesn't give you a lot of room for toys/hammocks etc.

The R-690 is a great cage but its definitely more expensive and there is NO room for a wheel at all.

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I would agree, :C.
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Since I can't afford a rat, apparently, i'm not going to get him. My sister want's a ferret and my grand dad thinks they're nasty. So, instead of giving him a bad life, let someone else give him an awesome life, right? Thanks for the advice though, everyone.

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I have to disagree with the H-600HR being a rat cage, its a combo hamster/rat cage and really too narrow.

If you must get a smaller cage I would advise the R-670 (powdercoated of course). Its "okay" for 2 but doesn't give you a lot of room for toys/hammocks etc.

The R-690 is a great cage but its definitely more expensive and there is NO room for a wheel at all.
Oh my, lilspaz you are so right. I must have had a momentary lapse of sanity when I was looking at the site. I have the R-695 and I meant to recommend the R-690 as the small end of the acceptable for rats range. Good catch.

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Oh my, lilspaz you are so right. I must have had a momentary lapse of sanity when I was looking at the site. I have the R-695 and I meant to recommend the R-690 as the small end of the acceptable for rats range. Good catch.
No worries, I am having lots of sanity lapses lately...had a teeny rescue girl (really just a baby) give birth last night, and its been a very anxious time up to then. All is well, except I seem unable to sex them properly

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