This my friends, is why you should never keep a single rat.
At least one of the many reasons. Rats need each other to
happy. They need someone to communicate
with in their own language, they need someone to snuggle
up to in hidey holes and they need to groom each other and socialize.
It's no fun being alone in a cage with noone to talk to.
Any comments that try to say different will be hidden
without comment. You think your single rat is happy? No, it's
not. Get it two mates of same gender, integrate them to each
other and you will see what REAL rat happiness looks like.
I can't stand the discussion anymore, sorry.
Over here, keeping a single rat for no reason is considered
I know there are exceptions like really agressive, dominant
bucks or really old, sick rats. BUT I've seen so many people
keeping a single rat without ever even trying to see what
they are like when they have packmates. They think rats get more tame when kept alone but - WRONG. They desperately
seek SOMEONE to interact with, which is you. You would do
that if you were in a cage with a huge monkey but noone
But would you be happy?
I know people who have over 20 very tame and cuddly rats.
It's just a matter of technique - not of number.
Some people go "But I got it a mate, put it in the cage and
they attacked each other, my rat DOES want to be alone!"
That is why you should inform yourself first. New rats need to
live in a separate cage and get to know the old ones first.
This process can take weeks. If you just throw strangers
together in one cage, it could end bloody - even deadly.
That's all I got to say. Well, not all, but this text would
become too long.
(In love with her baby boys ♥)