I finally found a second female rat I could adopt and introduced them yesterday. They were okay on neutral ground, but if the new rat tried to go into the old ones cage (especially under the wheel, which is her unofficial bed) the old one would attack her. She wasn't injured, and the old one stopped if she went away. Other than that all she did was pee near the wheel and rub her paws on the floor.So, during the night I put them on separate cages near each other and today I tried to introduce them again, and the old one did the whole throwing the new one on her back thing - which I was told was normal but still scared because my old rat is like four times the size of the new one. I stopped them as soon as it happened.I decided to go slower now, especially since I can't actually put them in the same cage until the new rat grows more (she can slip through the bars easily)But about an hour ago my old rat started eating like crazy, I think she did that too during the night. Usually I fill her bowl once a day, maximum twice, but this morning it was empty and now, a little bit after I filled it, she went straight to it and started wolfing everything down. Usually she grabs a piece, goes to a corner, eats it and then returns for more, but this time she just stayed in front of the food bowl eating everything nonstop.IS this related to the new rat? Should I fill her bowl again right away or keep to my schedule? Also, should I let them do the whole "threatening nose-off" and "throw on back" routine or should I wait until my new rat is bigger?Picture of the two of them after I set up the cages side to side.
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