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Hello, I was reading that females usually go through menopause around 15 months. Is it ever safe to put an older female in with a male and not have to worry about unwanted litters? Would the male bother her too much?

I ask because I had two dumbo rats, sisters, that I've had since they were babies. They are 2 years old. I also have a male about the same age in a separate enclosure. Well, one of the girls just passed away last night, and I think her sister misses her since they were never apart. I was curious if I put her in with the male would there be a risk of pregnancy?
Would it just be better to get a young female to keep her company?
 

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Even though that's when a female rat's fertility begins to decline, they can still become pregnant and are at much greater risk for having problematic pregnancies. If your male is currently living alone, I would consider having him neutered so that he can be safely introduced to your female.
 
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