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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-03-2007, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I have a hairless rat, her name is PeaPie. She just lost her best buddy to illness. I got her checked out, she's ok. Now, I really would like to have another hairless rat but they are so hard to get here in KY. Would it be ok to put a rat with hair in the cage instead? If so I need to go ahead and get her a friend hair or hairless asap. She's getting lonely. How can I tell? She hops up on the rim of the cage and just stares at me. Kinda like to say...uh hey where is Pinky? *that was her buddy*. I would get a baby because i dont want her to feel threatened with a large rat. Suggestions??
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go with another rat, hairless or not it will work, get a female that 5-6weeks would be nice


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Great! I'll get her a dumbo rat friend! I just know that whatever it is she'll be so happy to have a friend again.
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i have hairless and haired together they will do fine, your hairless will probably even groom the other.. just not well.. heh. and if you really want another hairless and have a large enough cage you could get one later when you find one and have 3

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I'd think any rat will do....rats are rats eh? Don't take my word for this, i'm a first time rat owner and he has hair :p

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just make sure you make sure its healthy before introducing them... hairless's are sensitive.. my new ones made my hairless sneeze alot for a while but now is all better

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-03-2007, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Only difference of course I've noticed is that the hairless have no odor at all. But your right rats are rats, just wanted to make sure before I did it that it would be ok. I dont want to hurt any feelings or cause a problem.
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if you plan to get a new rattie, I would suggest getting 2, so if hte one you have passes your not in the same situation your in now.
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No problem adding haired with nekkids. Haired ratties often have sibs that are nekkid. Just do everything you'd do when you add rats to your home. Quarantine for two wks then do proper intros

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Ok so I've picked out a new friend for her. She's a dumbo rat. So now i've got rats with hair, a rat with no hair & a rat with huge ears. i would have put the rats with hair with the hairless but they didnt get along since they didnt grow up together. I'll post pics later.
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A rat with fur is usually recommended because hairless rats can have problems regulating their body temp. They get cold really quickly and a rat with fur can keep them warm .

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oh yea i forgot about that!!

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Make sure its the same gender as yours. Its hard to tell sometimes on a baby.

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it doesnt matter if they grew up together, normally they get along with proper intros.. and really with my 2 new ones i didnt have to do involved intros they were aloud to play together out in my room and got along fine and havent had any problems..

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As mentioned,nekkid rats like having furred buddies,as the rats with fur can keep the nekkids warm.

Keep it up with the intros,they should get along eventually.Do not introduce in the territories.Introduce them on neutral ground!





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