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Hello!
I am planning on getting a rat or 2 in the next few months, (were remodling a house and then moving in in about a month)
But..I am homeschooled and could let the rat be out of the cage most or all of the day,but would it still get lonely if I let it out all day and played with it?
I wanted 1 rat but I don't want my rat to be unhappy because it has no one to play with or snuggle.
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Please consider two rats. They are very social creatures and do much better when they have a rat playmate. That being said, I know that lone rats given enough attention can grow up happy and well-adjusted. It's not much additional cost to own a second rat, and I'm sure they would appreciate it.
 

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Please don't get just one rat. Rats are VERY social animals and even if you had them playing all the hours you were awake, it wouldn't be enough. They need a rat buddy to cuddle with, to play with when they're in the cage, to groom and be groomed by, etc.

Only VERY occasinally do you find a rat that should be kept alone and in many cases, neutering can change that.

Rats really should not be alone. Humans can't do everything that another rat can do, no matter how much attention you give them. People do keep rats single, yes, but the rat will never be as happy as they would be with a playmate. Humans can only do so much.

Two rats isn't much more time, work or money then one. :)
 

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Get two! I only have one for cat reasons, but if you don't have to worry about some rabid beast jumping on you to eat your precious ratties, two are twice as fun!

(And even if you have cats you can still easily get two rats. I just have one cat who will stop at nothing to eat my girl. Most cats aren't obsessed.)
 

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Please consider two... If I recall your household has 4 cats (amongst many other animals). For sanity's sake, I would think the rattie wouldn't be able to be with you all the time...
 

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I think just about everyone here is gonna say go for two, because they really are happier in pairs or groups. ;)


Just be sure they are same-sex pairs. :D
 

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Just in case you haven't got the message, get 2! ;)

Seriously, though, you can only be there so many hours of the day. Rats really shouldn't be kept alone... they need somebody to cuddle with/play with/groom at night or when you are out, too. Your rat will be mentally healthier and happier with another rat for company.
 

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thanks everyone!!
I will try to get 2 if I can! :D
 

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Hey lost, I just thought you should know my cat seems SO MUCH more obsessed with my hairless rat then my others. She's never going to attack or touch my rats more than a sniff though cause she knows their mommies babies and she is a good cat but for the longest time she went to extreme lengths to watch Bert at all times.

Just thought you would like to know that.
 

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OK 2!!! lol got my 2 cents in :p do you have 2 rats already in mind? or are you adopting??
 

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no...I was planning on getting 1 rat,but if 1 rat wil be lonely without a friend I will get 2!
No...I was going to get 1 from Petco.
 

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That's all fine and good but it's usually easier to find a properly socialised and tons healthier baby from a breeder. It's also easier to find a properly socialised rat from a rat shelter, or an exotic animals shelter. Up to you ultimately but if you want an easy to take care of happy friendly rat right off the bat I would go with one of those places. It is possible to find a well socialised rat from a pet store, Bert is from a pet store and VERY well socialised as all the employees played with him and took him out daily, but really it isn't very likely, especially from a PetCo.

Just to warn you, look for a rat that will come up to you instead of cower, that isn't sneezing and put on bedding that is carefresh that is kept relatively clean in a cage with the least rats possible (but not by itself) if you go the petstore route. Many petstore rats aren't bred well so expect and be ready for vet treatments right off the bat and tumors down the road. Not saying it WILL happen and it won't happen with a breeder rat, but it is more likely. You should be ready for that kind of thing either way.

Also make sure they are the same sex! If you really want to go the petstore route I would go with petsmart instead. They seem to have better rats and take better care of their animals in general.
 

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if you go the pet store route and are getting females be wary of their age and if they're caged with males. you don't want to take two rats home and have another 24 3 weeks down the road like i did. its very stressful and though babies are wonderful little creatures they're really hard to find homes for and having that many rats is hard to make sure they all have personal time with you every day too. basically you don't want that hassle when you're just starting out in the rat world.

you'll want someone between 4 and 6 (7 at the utmost) weeks. or go to a store that separates the genders. that or go for males instead.

the risk of pregnancy is why i prefer to rescue or adopt from a breeder, though that's not to say i don't still buy from petstores. i do make sure they are young young young though so i know they won't be pregnant. when i go sweetipie there was this pibald female rat that was absolutely adorable and i was very tempted in taking her too but the belly on her screamed pregnancy... she probably wasn't anymore then 8 weeks old either
 

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Im gona go for rescue or a breeder next time.
Just a quick comment
Poppy was cowered right in the corner (of the cramped, poorly ventilated tank with wood shavings in it) and I chose her becasue she was shy :)
She still can be shy and scares easily but learns very quickly and is very affectionate once she is trusting :)
Good luck findig your ratties :)
 

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thanks for all the info!!!
The Petco's here have the males and females seprate in 2 different cages,males in 1 and female in another,and the rats are well taken care of and seem to be very happy.
I was going to let the rat pick me instead,and take it or them to the vet right after I get them,the vet is right down the road from the Petco I am getting them from!
 
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