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Old 10-29-10, 09:52 AM   #61 (permalink)
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here is a pic of my odd-eye boy, (its before his bath) i already pulled him out and just a pet now, i have to some how find another male now.
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Oh no the Borg have assimilated!!

Cute fella.
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He's adorable

hope he's not sick, his one eye does look a bit crusty. might be stress related, maybe he's lonely. oh boy the can of worms I opened lol... maybe you could let a young male be a pet too so he's not lonely.
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He's adorable

hope he's not sick, his one eye does look a bit crusty. might be stress related, maybe he's lonely. oh boy the can of worms I opened lol... maybe you could let a young male be a pet too so he's not lonely.
i took this pic a few days after i got him from the (very unclean) pet store. he was smelly and little nasty. and he was caged with another male(a big no no i was told). i gave him a bath and 100% clean now. i was thinking about getting him fixed so he can have a female friend to play with. we will see.
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Male pairs are OK as long as at least one of them is really young at the time, or littermates are best.

They are so social that a single rat in a cage will be miserable with lonliness. (or so I am lead to believe)
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ill get him a friend just looking for a clean place to buy a few, i guess ill get 2 males one for the females and one for the male just hope they dont fight.
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When we kept rats years back we always had two male littermates, when one would die we would replace with another two male littermates so would have an adult male and two juvenile males living together.
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introducing two adult males can be problematic, which is why I suggested a young male. Basically a sexually immature male is not a threat to the adult so he is accepted- by the time he is mature they already are used to each other and best of pals. male adults can be introduced to other male adults it's just a much longer annoying process.

neutering and putting him with a females would be fine too
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too bad vets can't perform a vasectomy.
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how small should this male be? like a weaned?
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yeah freshly weaned.

i've always been curious why vets do complete removal instead of vasectomies and tubal ligation. I'd assume on a small animal like a rat it would be really hard because of the tiny organs they would be working on but for dogs?
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i guess they are just scared its going to grow back.
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The more experienced exotic vets do in fact now do vasectomies! Also if this boy has been alone for a long period of time, you have to consider he may be a little anti social now so I'd introduce him to a slightly older weanling about 6/7 weeks old just in case he gets a little pushy. They won't see babies as threats, but as candyraver said.. adult to adult intros can be trickier.
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Does she have rat friends? She is probably bored seeing you cant have her out all the time (which is not possible anyways). Rats are very social animals and need a cage mate or two. Right now I have 4 rats, they are the best pets!
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he is too busy breeding to care for friends now lol, he is always with a female and is a great dad that helps take care of the babies.
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