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Early 2022 I got my first two boys (soon to be a year old, yay!) and obviously, utterly fell in love with them (as is inevitable). Like most of you, I think they’re just the loveliest, most handsome boys of all and I can’t help thinking that with a nice female, they would make such lovely babies! My boys are incredibly sweet and docile, never bitten anyone, very social and love being handled even by strangers and kids, everyone totally falls in love with them even if they were initially grossed out by rats. My dilemma comes with the fact that both of my boys have had recurring cysts on their necks, never anything serious but not exactly nice. My boy Billy has had four in his little lifespan and Stu recently had two just a month apart, leading me to think that they’re just genetically predisposed to developing abscesses. None of their vets could find any issue with their teeth that could cause them and they always went away with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, and it never really affected their temperament or appetite. I’m a little torn between looking for some females for them in the future and letting them fulfill their manly duties to have some lovely babies, or just not bother. Is it that letting them breed could also lead the babies to have issues with cysts, or are cysts already just an inevitable, unavoidable risk that all rats are vulnerable to? 😬 Don’t want to breed ratties that are likely to have health issues if that’s a possibility!