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Quarantine Questions

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Pretty sure I already know the proper answer to this, which is do the quarantine, but it never hurts to ask others right? :wink:

So Igor is alone, he has been for about 3 weeks now. His cagemate passed away and Igor doesn't get along with the other 3 rats. (I've tried countless introductions, bathtub, vanilla, food, play, etc, nothing, just fights) He gets all puffy and looking like a static cling rat, then turns sideways and makes his body as flat as he can, I swear he whips his tail like an iguana.. (haha really) then he jumps on the other rat and attacks with great fury!

So anyway, I've got 2 babies lined up for adoption, they will be ready on Sept 5th or 6th and I plan on introducing them to Igor as hopeful cagemates.

Here is the question part: These baby rats are coming from a rattery that is registered with the NRAA (?? I think that's what the acronym is) and will more likely than not be in great health. I've read in numerous places that the best quarantine is the one done OUTSIDE of your home, for at least 3 weeks. Well these babies are coming from a safe clean rattery, would that be considered part quarantine in itself? Does that make sense? Should I STILL quarantine them in my home for 3 weeks before trying to start introductions with Igor? I'd hate to have Igor be alone for much longer. But I'd hate to get anyone sick just the same.
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I would still do at least a two week quarantine just in case Igor has anything that the babies do not. I know it seems to be a bit much since these rats comefrom a breeder but I would not want to risk anything.
Well if you come up to roseville let me know LoL I live in Rocklin which is right next door. I am so sorry to hear about you losing one to illness I know how hard it is. I just want all of your ratties to be happy and healthy I know of a really great vet up this way that is fairly priced and another that is cheap but could use some more time with the rats.

When it comes to quarantine it is always hard. I know that proper quarantine calls for seperate air space but even if you can't (which is the problem i face) you still do your best. My rats are at one end of my house adn the fosters or new comers are at the other. with closed doors in between.
Virus's can live on a human for up to three hours. I think that as long as you are extremely careful about everything. Sometimes it happens where qt is semi broken but you need to stay diligent with it. It is best to use your best judgement the boys are coming from a breeder so it sounds like they should be in excellent health but if they get home and there is excessive porphiryn then make sure you keep that air space minimized. change your clothes no matter what if they seem really healthy then do whatever you can.
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