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Post by Lotty on Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:32 am

Hi,
One of my female rats had to be put to sleep on Saturday. I feel really sorry for her partner Elphi and would like to get a new rat to keep her company. I've read up on techniques on how to introduce a new rat but was considering can I get 2 new rats, or would the new rats gang up on Elphi because they will have already bonded. Or if anyone heres of someone wanting to rehome and female rats in the North that would be great!! Big Grin
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Re: getting in female advice

Post by Zoundz on Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:21 am

Welcome to the forum Smile good luck with finding a friend for your girl <3

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Post by GillianK on Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:49 pm

When my rat Stella had to be pts, I got a new companion for her sister Blanche. I chose to go with buying one new rat as rats are social critters and need the company of another rat. So I was sure they would bond, and they did. In fact, Blanche gets along better with her new cagemate Dorothy than she did with her late sister Stella! There is a possibility of them ganging up, so I would recommend getting one female rat.
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Post by Zoundz on Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:24 pm

On the flipside, there's a possibility of it not working, so I would recommend a pair so you don't have two lone rats! Also, if they are younger they may well really pester the older girl - so it's better that they have a same age friend to play with.

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Post by redrach on Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:19 am

I'd agree with the above, you're probably best getting 2 new little ones, that way they will have each other if things work out, and if things do work out they can play with each other and will hopefully be less inclined to annoy the oldie because they're not getting enough attention/stimulation.
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Post by Shirodoragon on Fri May 04, 2012 11:27 am

I had 2 rats and they are almost a year old and i had wanted to get one more to introduce but upon finding the one i wanted she had bonded to another rat so i decided to take them both home, i decided to put them into the new cage on neutral ground and they all got on 100% grooming each other within 5 minutes as if long lost buddies. One of my older females is a very dominant little girl and all the other 3 seemed submissive to her so all was well, thought one of the young ones is not allowing the dominant one to pin her o3o so they just pin each other randomly for a split second and all is well again. So far so good though! neutral ground is a great idea Grin
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