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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone else had pet rats. I have two male fancies. One is so friendly and smart. The other is mean and skittish.

Wondering if anyonebhad handling tipd to make the other one nicer. He starts fights with the other rat a lot too. Maybe he isn't happy sharing his cage? I bought them at the same time and was told they sre litter mates. The pet store breeds their own rats and normally would sell them as snake food... so in a way we saved them.
 

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I had two male rats.. Started with one.. He was lonely so we got the second one... They were both pretty nice and cuddly... So not much help there... Mine were not neutered... It could just be that rat.. I had a mouse like that.. She was nasty! The rest that I had were very nice and friendly :)
Sorry.. Guess I'm not much help..
 

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I didn't even know rats could be neutered... I assumed because of their size they wouldn't take anesthesia well.

We recently upsized their cage and since then they haven't fought as much. Except over food. Usually they're nice to each other. Just wayy different from one another
 

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I didn't even know rats could be neutered... I assumed because of their size they wouldn't take anesthesia well.
I have hear of mice that have been spayed...
 

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This is going to sound really stupid but I knew females could be spayed but had no idea about the males... guess I just didn't think about it.

From what I'm reading it doesn't seem like neuturing will help him any. I'm thinking he's just the dominant one which is weird because the other one is so bold. He loves to cuddle and be held and hardly ever hides. The mean one is always hiding in their coffee can house thing. He gets handled just as much. Hes just shy
 

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Hey I would have never thought either of them could if I didn't read it! Lol!

That's what it sounds like to me... I don't know a whole lot though lol!
 

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I'm still learning about them... we've had them like 3 months now. Theyre were my brothers but you know how that goes... he stopped cleaning up after them so the next person who isn't creeped out by rats gets them.

I like them though. Theyre really sweet and fun to watch
 

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Yep lol!

I loved my boys :) I want to get some more at some point.. But my mom doesn't want anymore rodents in the house.. Well she doesn't want any more animals unless it's a goat pretty much lol! (Or a cat.. She LOVES her cats!)
 

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I had 4.... We took them on our honey moon:))). Yes really....we were dropper feeding them because someone sold their Mom. ( worked as a pet shop manager way back then). They were awesome....lived about 5 years. They travelled to gettysburg, dc, and virginia with us:))). The hotel maid musta thought we were crazY! Lol......

Males can be neutered...they live longer, are calmer, and dont mark either! Find a good small animal vet.
 

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Before and after pictures! The nice one, shaggy is black and white and the not so nice one is Scooby. He's the gray one
 

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I used to show rats when I was in 4H :) I also bred a few to have pups for snake food :shrug: I always had better luck with females.
The black and white hooded is Leaf and the dumbo is Macy. Loved these girls.I had to get rid of them when I moved. Leaf was so little she could slip through the bars and run around on top of the cage. As soon as I'd notice she'd squeeze back in. :rolleyes: ps the slit in Macy's ear is from a male rat picking on her. That's why I got Leaf.
 

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Aww their so cute! I think my next ones will be females. I've read that peoplenhave more issues will males biting even after being neutered. And I can't find a good vet for them :(
 

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I've had a total of 80 pet rats in my life, and I'm only 24. Lol. I don't have any currently and doubt I will ever get more (my fiancé is a big chicken around them).
Witt the skittish one, neutering could help. Otherwise he may just need to live in his own cage. I had a few like that. How much time does he get out of his cage each day? What is his cage size and setup like?
 

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I have five rats. All males, had one neutered because he was imbalanced and attacked all the others.
Neutering usually helps male rats settle down.
You could also talk to your vet about prozac my vet had my crazy boy on that before we snipped him and it chilled him out a lot.
 

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We have numerous rats here including hairless, dumbo and even blues.
Some rats are naturally more aggressive and after years of dealing with them we believe temperament to be a genetic trait.
Rats bred for snake food are usually hooded or albino and those tend to produce higher numbers of babies. They also tend to have less desirable temperaments.
When you get into the rex, dumbo and fur color variants raised for pets or show that are selectively bred you see a huge change in temperament.
Here aggressive rats become snake food, I got my 1st all black hairless recently and we are working on getting blue hairless dumbos hopefully soon.
I also have a blue dumbo who if you put your hand in the cage for anything he runs out and climbs in you hand to be taken out and wants to ride in your pocket.
 
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