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Hey,

I am thinking about getting two rats, i have chosen rats as i have read alot of information saying that they are like companions ?

Is this true?

I was thinking about getting some dwarf hamsters, but you seem to have more of a bond with rats?

And also what should i use for bedding as i have heard sawdust isnt good

Is wood pellets ok?

Many thanks, Keira

And also could you provide me with some info on what u do with your pet rats and your bonds..
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Re: I am thinking about getting a rat? need some answers how

Really, you'll learn the most by just reading through the various topics in these very forums.
Pine & Cedar are bad to keep rats on.
My only advice to you other than to read around on the forums is to do some research and find breeders in your area. There are a lot of issues with buying rats from a pet store.
 

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Glad to see you're doing research before adopting rats :D.

Rats are very social animals that need companions of the same sex. If you do choose to go the male/female route you MUST have one of them altered (ever heard the expression "breed like rabbits"? Rabbits have NOTHING on rats!).

Dwarf hamsters can be VERY nasty, and turn antisocial very quickly. Hamsters are solitary creatures and will never bond with people the way rats do.

Pine and cedar are toxic to rats (any small animal, really), but aspen is a very good alternative. What many of us use is Yesterday's News, a pelleted cat litter. Of all the bedidngs I've tried, YN controls smell the best.

When you look for rats to adopt, please stay away from petstores. There are many rat rescues and breeders around, and rats tend to be better socialised from either of those two places. Petstore rats don't get handled as much as they should be and are prone to more health issues than rats from a proper breeder ;).
 

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I have owned hamsters since I was like 7, and I must say that although I loved all my little hammies, they definitely do not bond to you like rats do. I wouldn't say that all dwarf hamsters are NASTY little creatures, but yes, some of them are, and the dwarfs are much more prone to being little pains than their bigger cousins. Female hamsters cannot live with another female, or a male (babies, duh, lol), but male hamsters can live in groups as they are much more mellow. If you are seriously considering rats though, that's the way that I would go.

Rats need to be in same sex or neutered/spayed groups (guilty of this one, I'm working on getting my little girl a roommate, but I'm picky since she's such a sweetie, and she's delicate cuz she's kinda hairless). I'd go with a dust-free recycled paper product litter (like Yesterday's News or Carefresh; although some people have personal reasons they don't like Carefresh, I use it and am quite happy with it). Wood products can contain toxins/oils like mentioned above, and can cause respiratory problems (think of breathing sawdust with those tiny nostrils your whole life).

Try to adopt if you can, everyone here gets so emotional when you adopt from a general petstore, and many of them for good reasons. Initially, rats can cost a bit as they need a large (think minimun 2 sq. ft./rat) cage, and lots of toys to play with, etc. Also be prepared for some vet bills in the future as rats are prone to respiratory problems and tumors. In this area, hamsters are just as bad with eye problems and reproductive cancers.

With all of my rodent babies in the past, we sit around and watch TV, play on the computer together, roll around in bed, take naps, give eachother neck massages, eat noodles together, etc. :) Then there are her own toys that I don't exactly play with, but she will. Good luck finding your perfect companion!
 

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I am a Semi-New rat owner also. I now have two females and one male. These forums helped me TREMENDOUSLY with all the information I found. I have had many many rodents and pets but so far rats have been the best. the are incredibly affectionate and I love my rats, Papricka, Elle May, and Lucy May, DEARLY! Man, one of my rats gave me a scare today by escaping. But, anyways, they are amazing little animals!
 

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I use "Carefresh Bedding," which is kind of like shredded, thick paper. Gus, my rat, also likes to take paper things, like towels, kleenex, toilet paper, etc. and "decorate."

Should you get a rat companion? YES, YES, YES! My life changed forever when I brought a rat into my home, and I knew immediately that I would ~never~ make a home without a rat.

You can do all kinds of things with your pet rat; for instance, Gus paints, plays on a teeter-totter, plays "bop" (which is his version of "tag") and we even take naps together.

What should YOU do with YOUR rat? Love him, her, or them tons, give them lots of time and affection, and try out new, fun activities to see what they like.
 
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