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Sat, Feb. 3rd, 2007, 09:29 pm
sarielangel: Question about introductions(xposted)

I just picked up another rat, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how I should introduce them to each other,
How long to keep the new rat in quarentine? how to get them to be nice to one another? what to do if there is a fight?
this is the first time Ive had males, and I hear they can be quite territorial. Plus the one is a bit older. does age make a difference?

Yuki (PEW) & Kaiba (HOOD)

Sun, Feb. 4th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)

quarentine the new rat for 2 weeks and then bate them both with your shampoo so that they both smell like you and introduce them in an aarea neither of them thinks of as home, such as your tub.

That's what thebooks would tell you. personally, after quarentine, I always pop the new rat right in with the door open, one hand in the cage, a water gun on my left hand and a treat bag on my right. All of them, new and old feel safe with my presence there, the water gun gives anyone thinking of fighting a new perspective, and the treats are just a bribe. Once you can get them to eat peacefully next to each other without your hand in the cage they'll be mostly fine. But be patiant. it may take two or more introductions of this type

Sun, Feb. 4th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)

Actually quarantine should really last for four weeks to be fully effective. Two weeks is the bare minimum.


Once quarantine is finished introductions should be made slowly and carefully to be sure there is no fighting.


Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)

Im a bit worried, that Yuki (the resident and younger rat) will try to attack Kaiba (the new slightly older larger rat,) and get hurt. they are both under 2 months old.
And yuki is kinda sensitive. where Kaiba is verry affectionate. They are both from the same shop,but two different breeders. Yuki is an albino who cant see verry well, and Kaiba is a litter rat, who just wants to be friends.