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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Switching cage mates?

Hey guys. I realize I've been posting on here an awful lot about my rats, but I don't know too many people who seem to have as much experience as the members here. Forgive me?

My boys Marco and Piper seem to be arguing an awful lot. I got another rat Silferno and planned to add him to the pack, but when Marco and Piper seemed to always be squeaking and tumbling around the last few months, I decided not to add him. Sadly, he's in his own cage (big enough for him, but I wish he wasn't alone).

Would it be completely crazy to switch cage mates? Marco seems to be the "alpha rat". He's always starting fights, and stealing food. He's also the largest rat.

Silferno and Piper are much more docile in my opinion. All the rats know each other, play together outside of the cage, and the cages are next to each other so they are always smelling each other. What if I had Marco alone, and put Piper and Silferno together? Is that a terrible idea after all this time?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 04:57 PM
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why not introduce them all togethier on natural grounds this will take awhile of introductions but then they could all live togethier. Have you considered getting your males neutured perhaps that would help with the domance ?

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Um, all the rats are already introduced. I just feel protective of Silferno. He's smaller than the others, and he's my baby. >_< But Marco and Piper already fight so much, I don't want to add another boy into the mix. And I rather not neuter the boys.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-27-2011, 05:41 PM
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Any kind of introductions you do need to be spread out over a series of intros, which--depending on the rats and their temperaments--can span quite a while (sometimes several weeks). I would keep the boys in their current cages, but every day (a couple times each day if possible) take them out into a neutral area and monitor them together. Let them get used to each other before changing around their cage mates. This could help with the aggression. However, if they do not calm down, getting them neutered is a good option.


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