Part of the Pack
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Southern California
single male rat?
My sister is trying to get me to take Sherlock, a rat that was given to her for snake food, but she's hesitant to feed. She was given four aggressive males that were deemed not suitable as pets. Sherlock is the last one left (others have gone to pet homes, etc.), and I really like him, but my mom really doesn't want me having rodents. I know that I don't have the time to devote to a single rat, and would only consider bringing him home if I thought it was possible to get him a buddy. I was thinking of putting two cages side-by-side, and letting them have supervised play until I decided it was safe to let them live together. Sherlock did beat up his brother pretty bad, his brother was even missing the tip of his tail. We let Sherlock play with Ghost (the male that my SIL is keeping), and they got along fine. They were only together for a few minutes, on my lap, but there was no sign of aggression from either of them.
Is it possible for Sherlock to get along with another male, or is he destined to be alone forever?
4 cats: Radar, Oscar, Mackintosh, Qwilleran
1 dog: Daphne
3 rabbits: Barbarella Bunny. DC's Lucy, Ricky
1 daddy-long leg spider: Spidey
8 assorted tarantulas
1 madagascar hissing cockroach: Lady
1 ball python: Eve
1 corn snake: Charisma
1 California kingsnake: Honey
1 tortoise: Charlie
2 Mali Uromastyx: Nick and Nora