I agree.. I can't believe that some people keep them alone and genuinely think that they're happy. =/ A human just can't replace the company of other rats..
My rats clearly loved being around each other. When four of them died and only one was left, she was very lonely and unhappy.. I tried to find her a new home as soon as the others died, but she got a tumour and I had to put her down instead.
I'm careful with these threads because I feel like the main thing is to help the rat going forward. Making the person feel bad doesn't go back in time and help the animal, and I think that being nice is the best chance of getting the basic concept into the person's head.
But shit, I do more research than this person did when I buy a pair of shoes.
You have a good point. I will keep that in mind for the future.
Amen to your research. I seriously can't buy anything, living or otherwise, that I want to have around for awhile without doing research. i really want a greyhound one day and already I'm reading books on their behavior, diet, etc. I can't understand how people can just buy things on a whim.
I liked how they looked at first (hey, I was in high school) then I started reading up on them and have really loved their personality and traits. 6 years later I'm still planing on having one... just when I can have time to walk them and room for them to live and other important factors that aren't happening when I'm working, in college and in an attic apartment. LOL
It's better to get him a friend as rats are sociable creatures. I wouldn't advise you put them straight together however. Keep them in separate cages side by side for a week first, exchange bedding between the two cages so that they can smell each other and then introduce them in a neutral setting, i.e. an empty bath. See how they go. And make sure they're the same sex ^^
all i want to know is if it is ok to get him a friend after hes been so used to being alone for a while. i know plenty about rats thank you very much. i know they are sociable, i just wanna make sure my rat wont be too hostile because hes used to being alone. and i couldnt afford a second rat when i bought this one
i wanted to make sure it was ok to do that since hes been alone, hes used to me being only his handler he has a very different personality from my old rats. hes not very affectionate even though i give him enough love. this rat is my baby, and i wanted to make sure it was ok to do this. thank you. you're advice is not needed anymore especially if you are going to criticize my knowledge about rats from the beginning.
i do know alot about rats, thank you very much. i have had many in my life, just one at a time. i dont know their behavior towards each other after they have been away from each other for a while is all. this is an honest question, im not an idiot so dont act like i am.
I have never owned a rat and jesus even I know that rats are pack animals and having two of the same gender is recommended. Just keep them in separate cages at first so they can see and smell each other but not attack to see how they get along. Again, I have never owned a rat. You have, numerous, and have to ask about such a basic thing.