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So this maybe a bit long.
I am so new to the rat world! Been doing so much research about them and different perspective on how people would care for them!
Back to the topic. So, boyfriend and I made an appointment to meet up with some rats at a rescue for small animals. Just to make sure there are no allergies on both parties.
My boyfriend, has cat allergies and certain species of rodents (rabbits, gerbil, etc) he thought rats might be a bit different then rabbits. and we played with the rats, give them all the love and let them run around our arms, then my man has bumps on his arms and he had a hard time breathing. We had to go so he can breath.
How can I get stop the disappointment and sadness from not adopting the cute rats that him and I bonded.
I been depressed since, and not want anything to do with anything as of right now since. 馃槶
Thanks for reading this random post.
These are still babies and not a year old yet.
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So you didnt get them in the end because BF is allergic? I assume you live together?
Seems you need a new boyfriend :p

Nah, its up to you and him really, if you dont want him to get reactions then dont get them, if you can keep him away from them and no problem then whats the harm?
If he has breathing trouble then he should avoid
 
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Hey

So you didnt get them in the end because BF is allergic? I assume you live together?
Seems you need a new boyfriend :p

Nah, its up to you and him really, if you dont want him to get reactions then dont get them, if you can keep him away from them and no problem then whats the harm?
If he has breathing trouble then he should avoid
BRUH, i would Love my boyfriend more if he can breath from the rats. We do live together! So, I am kinda stuck! 馃槶馃槶 馃き
 

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Actually, another option to consider is hairless rats! (assuming your boyfriend is allergic to the fur of "normal" rats)

Hairless rats do need some different things than standard furred rats and are more prone to skin and eye issues, but otherwise they are just like standard furred rats!

Before getting them you should obviously research to see if they fit your lifestyle and to see if you can provide them with the things they need, but really they don't have much care differences than normal rats. Just in case, you should also meet some hairless rats with your boyfriend to make sure he isn't allergic to them, but they might be good for you :D
 

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Actually, another option to consider is hairless rats! (assuming your boyfriend is allergic to the fur of "normal" rats)

Hairless rats do need some different things than standard furred rats and are more prone to skin and eye issues, but otherwise they are just like standard furred rats!

Before getting them you should obviously research to see if they fit your lifestyle and to see if you can provide them with the things they need, but really they don't have much care differences than normal rats. Just in case, you should also meet some hairless rats with your boyfriend to make sure he isn't allergic to them, but they might be good for you :D
I鈥檝e actually consider looking at hairless rats. They do get more injuries while playing with other hairless rats. Problem is trying to find a breeder that鈥檚 in Texas XD or a rescue.
I can ask my boyfriend as well if he鈥檚 willing to play with hairless rats. He might get grossed out cause he鈥檚 used to furry things. but it鈥檚 better then him having a hard time breathing! He does break out into hives when he played with the furry rats before. But that鈥檚 easy to deal with, just a good scrubbing and a hot shower should help!!馃槅馃槅
 

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They also do not live as long which is sad and makes me sort of wonder how ethical it really is to breed nakeys.. but they are still babies that need love for sure 馃グ

it's worth seeing if hes still allergic to nakeds, with that in mind
 

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They also do not live as long which is sad and makes me sort of wonder how ethical it really is to breed nakeys.. but they are still babies that need love for sure 馃グ

it's worth seeing if hes still allergic to nakeds, with that in mind
Update: we got Rex/nakies and he doesn鈥檛 have a reaction to them. They also have little strands of fur. But now it makes me wonder, we went to the small animals rescue and there are more then just rats, wonder if he was allergic to the other dander from the small animals that was probably all in the air. But he did get bumps from them too. 馃槀馃槀馃槀
 

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However, if like with most animals, it's the dander and not the fur he's allergic to, I'm not sure the nakeds will make a difference.
I think your right on that one. We went to a small animal rescue, and there鈥檚 different furred animals in one place. So I assume the dander was in the air. But he did get bumps on his arms from holding them.
We have Rex/ hairless. And he didn鈥檛 get a reaction from them. I wonder if it was the bedding at rescue was using. It鈥檚 not pine. I think the other kind. Sorry I don鈥檛 know my bedding names. I use paper bedding XD
 

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My boyfriend became allergic to my babies after they matured. So just be careful. Allergies can develop suddenly. My boyfriend was allergic to their saliva and urine, which would not be solved by getting hairless rats.
 

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My boyfriend became allergic to my babies after they matured. So just be careful. Allergies can develop suddenly. My boyfriend was allergic to their saliva and urine, which would not be solved by getting hairless rats.
Was it a bad reaction like bumps on his skin? My boyfriend has bad reaction to fur, but I haven鈥檛 gotten far with letting him carry them yet. I will update you if he gets them or not.
 

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His symptoms included raised welts where they touched him (from urine/saliva on their hands and feet), sneezing, coughing, itchy skin, and red eyes. He's mildly allergic to our cat which can be managed with allergy medicine, but with the rats there was no relief besides keeping them in a separate room, away from him. He'd still come and play with them but not as often as he would have liked due to the allergy.

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