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Post by Peanut on Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:22 pm

Hi all. Im new here and totally new to rats too. I still havent got my babies but am hoping to be getting 3 baby girls in a couple of weeks all going well. I was going to get one then the breeder said they prefered to have a rat companion so I was going to get two until I read that it was best to get three just in case anything happened to one of them so I have finally settled on having 3. I have one major question though will my 3 females when they become sexually mature entice wild male rats into my home. Im sorry if this is a silly question but as I say I am totally new to owning a pet rat and appreciate any tips and advice given to me in preparing myself to provide with a comfortable and happy home. Thanks. Great to find this forum and get to read all the information and learn from the experience of other pet rat owners.

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Post by SaraBloo on Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:57 pm

Hey and welcome!

And as for your question, I don't imagine so. I never heard anyone say that before.
I'm sure someone else will give you a proper answer soon though. Smile
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Post by redrach on Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:06 am

Welcome to the forum!
I have male and female rats and although I'm on the 3rd floor, we've never had a problem with wild rats, and I've never heard of anyone with such a problem, so you should be fine.
Are you getting your babies from Bongo Fury?
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Post by Peanut on Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:50 am

Thank you. For all the welcome. I am glad to hear that there is no danger of my new babies enticing wild rats. I hadn't heard it anywhere that they did it was just one of those things that nagged at me in my head and I thought Id ask. I probably will ask a lot of silly questions as I begin to learn about pet rats and their needs. Im not sure the guy I am getting my babies from is in Sligo so is that Bongo Fury? I am terrified of rats and mice so this is a major step for me but I hav watched others cuddle a pet rat and watched the affection they receive from their little whiskery pet and I hav longed to be able to cuddle and pet and own my own little one. I explained all this to the breeder Terry and he said he would bring them to my home in a couple of weeks and help me get aquainted with my new baby girls, so I am very much looking forward to getting to hold my little girls.

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Post by redrach on Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:12 am

Ah, no that's Bongo Fury. Bongo Fury's the only reputable and NFRS (national fancy rat society) breeder in Ireland, so that's why I thought there when you mentioned a breeder. If you can, I'd recommend getting in touch with them, Laura is 'Zoundz' on here. Their rats are amazing and are bred ethically, in contrast to 'back-yard breeders' or pet shop rats which are often poorly cared for, are unsocial and have a host of health problems. I think someone else here got some rats from the place you're talking about and they've not been cuddly and at times hard to handle. If cuddly friendly rats is what you want, I'd def go for well bred rats that have been handled from day one and are well cared for etc.
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Post by Peanut on Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:44 am

I Have committed myself to the purchase on the proviso that I am not too scared to handle them but I am assured that they are well handled and socialised by both adults and children and the breeder seems to be knowlegable ( although my own knowlege of rats is poor so its easy impress me) but he seems interested in his baby rats getting good homes and being loved and getting their living quarters right etc so he seems to care about them. Personally by the way he spoke about them I wouldnt have called him a back street breeder but I will know more when he comes with the rats and if they are not friendly or prove to be hard to handle then I will not be getting them. I had purchased mine provisionally before I found Bongo Fury website and it was that site that led me to this forum. I didnt know there was only one reputable recommended breeder in fact I didnt even know there was aNFRS. I also dont drive due to a slight disability and the fact that this breeder lives near me made these babies accessible to me also I have kind of fallen in love with the babies in the pictures but if they are not tame then its back to the drawing board for me and the search for babies will begin again. Thanks for the information.

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Post by Zoundz on Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:56 am

Welcome to the forum, and good luck with the babies... I hope it does work out, though I can be sure that the breeder is not working with good longstanding lines bred for health and temperament. Hopefully they will be friendly enough for you to handle though.

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Post by Peanut on Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:08 am

Thanks for the welcome and the friendly advice. I am sort of rethinking the whole idea of getting some baby rats based on all I am reading through your comments. I dont have the option of travelling to the other side of the country to get my baby rats but it took a lot of courage for me to face my fear and I know some of you may find it hard to understand how someone could love and fear a rat at the same time but I do and it was a huge step for me to have trusted this guy and decided to get the three babies and they do look gorgeous, but I am losing my courage now, and am beginning to feel that perhaps I am best admiring the rat from a distance and remain an admirer rather than an owner. I can see that purchasing a pet rat is not just about longing for it but also especially for someone like me who is new to owning rats and also a little fearful of them, its about pedigree and temperment and loads and loads of trust in the breeder and their handling of the babies from the time they are born.

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Post by Zoundz on Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:19 am

I think you are making a very wise (if very difficult) decision, and you are to be admired and commended for that.

I know we're the other side of the country, but the offer is *always* there for you to meet our rats, come and have a cuddle, see how you feel about them, and which sex is more suited to you, if either are at all! It may be that rats are not for you, and a good breeder will totally respect that, and allow you to spend some time with the adults (and babies if there are any around at the time), and help you through any questions or fears you have. If you do find yourself in a position to visit, please do! Smile

Where exactly are you based? maybe there's another forum member near to you who could meet up and chat about rats, and you could meet their guys? Smile

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