New rats starting to fight since starting introductions to original rat

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New rats starting to fight since starting introductions to original rat

Post by saoili on Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:53 am

We're slowly trying to introduce our two new rats (Sisko and Quark, brothers, born in September), to Odo (born in July-ish). We've mostly been swapping them between cages to get used to each other's smell. We've had them all out on a towel on the table twice and it's gone reasonably well, all more interested in getting off the table than in each other. But since we put them back in their cages today Sisko and Quark have been fighting. Nothing dreadfully rough, and no biting we've seen (they stop when we walk over), but quite a few little squeaks. This even though they're in the bigger cage with more interesting stuff in it. Is this likely to be because of the introductions? Any advice? We're pretty new to rats in general.

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Re: New rats starting to fight since starting introductions to original rat

Post by Zoundz on Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:18 pm

It possibly *is* because of the new rat in their territory, but they're still rather young, they may well have had these little squabbles anyway, that is natural enough Smile I know it can be a bit worrying for a newer rat owner, but that is pretty standard behaviour. It all settles down usually quite quickly. If the fights get much worse or any of them seem really affected by them, that's a different story!
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Post by smokierat on Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:16 am

How are they getting on now?

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