So, I'm back, and I've got two new sweethearts.
I've read your responses, and would like to answer
I know that girls are not automatically nicer and calmer. They have more energy, are more exposed to tumors etc. I have done my homework, read alot and joined other forums.
I live in Norway, and there are _few_ breeders here, the closest one to me living 8 hrs away (and most of them are not expecting untill next year). I know what risks there are by getting them from pet shops...
But I took the risk. I came home on Thursday with two girls, about 6-8 weeks old. Now, you will probably get pissed off by what Im going to tell, and I got very angry myself.
These girls came "from Sweden", I was told. Once I got home, I noticed they were ill. Sneezing, coughing, hard time breathing etc. Most likely a respiratory infection. I kept them warm, gave them tea and other tips I got from forums.
We called the pet shop to tell about this, and on beforehand I had done research on where in Sweden they came from. Apparently, it was from a large animal breeder, selling animals to pet shops all over. They are known for breeding and not caring about diseases/genetics, take the children away from their mother at 4weeks and just.. ****.
We called the pet shop, and after talking with the owners, we won. They will never order animals from Imazo (the breeding company), and they would pay our vet bill and get the other rats checked.
Now, I just came back from the vet, with antibiotics prescribed for 14 days. Hopefully they will fully recover and live a happy life with me
They are very curious, and I've started the socialization which is going great (a little slow bcs of them being sick).
And btw, we took these rats to the same vet where I brought my boys. The boys tried to attack the vets and were extremely aggressive, and they said that it was the right thing to do, because they had never handled such rats before.