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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Should I separate them?

My oldest boy Apollo has started limping pretty severely. He's a chubby old man and isn't getting around so well anymore. One of his cagemates has started bullying him and stealing his treats. He has an appointment to see the vet but I'm wondering if I should separate him. I don't want him to get stressed out being bullied. He is not particularly close with either of his cagemates and his real brother Jack died a few months ago. He spends most of his time lying around anyway, so I feel like maybe it would be less stressful if he was just on his own, at least until I find out if he can get some pain medication and feel a bit better.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 08:13 PM
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I maybe would especially if he's in a leveled cage. I would put him in a one level so there are no chances that he will fall.
He might even feel better to be away from rats that won't leave him alone.

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Yeah a one level cage would be easier for him.


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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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I would suggest a one level cage too. :/
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I did separate him last night. I put him in his own section of my grotto cage and took out the ladder. One level is plenty of space for a single old man. I will try to continue taking him out for play with the other two so that they don't completely lose their bond in case he starts to feel better.

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I hope he feels better.
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Im having the same problem with my novo now hun, hes getting so frail and doesn't move around. But hes been a lone rat for a while and hes a happy man. Good luck with your elder !

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