Will A Rat Bond Better With My Daughter If We Wait To Get Another One?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 17, 2009 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

My daughter just got a rat 3 days ago. We don’t know whether to get a second one now or wait till they bond. Some say that if you wait to get a second rat this one will bond with her better but others say you should never have just one rat. What are your suggestions? Do you have rats that bonded well even though you have multiple rats? Thank you for your responses.

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10 Comments

  • noellema says:

    I bought a rat and it ate my 4 year old daughter. So if thats what you mean by bonding, then yes.

  • Ellen says:

    Wait until they bond. My Emma rat is very tame, and we got Claire mabye a month later, and Claire bonded to Emma instead of me. Let the rat + daughter develop a relationship before you get another one.
    Correction: Rats do need a friend, I am merely suggesting the rat becomes used to your daughter for a bit before you get another rat.

  • Rats and Cats says:

    No, infact, having two rats will help them bond with you. It makes them feel more confident when they have another buddy. Getting another rat soon is a good idea. They will both bond with your daughter, and it with two rats, there’s more fun and more love!

  • Roni says:

    the rat will bond better if there is a rat buddy too. rats dont do well alone. your daughts rat really does need a budy

  • honeyswi says:

    No they will still bond with your daughter regardless of how many you have. They love the human contact just as much as having another rat buddy to play and cuddle up with. We have two females and as soon as you open the door they are both running out and up your arm. Two is good so they have company while they are alone but they will always love the extra play time and attention from their human owner no matter if you get two or more.

  • paintedr says:

    Rats will bond with their owners, no matter how many of them there are!
    Don’t wait to get a cage mate (the longer you wait, the harder it will be to introduce the two!)

  • Mommycal says:

    I found that bonding with a single rat is harder than bonding with a pair or more at the same time. They get comfort from having a same sex or altered opposite sex friend. They seem not to be as nervous when they are out together in the beginning. One rat may become more bonded to her than the other does though and that would be okay because that depends on the rats personality. I have nine and my oldest one and my blind one just never bonded to me while the rest of them did just fine. I currently have one of my boys sleeping on my neck. He’s the most bonded to people and gets picked on by one of the older boys quite a bit. They do stress easily and being all alone with out a buddy to cuddle just seems to make it worse for most rats although there are some that are horribly rat agressive and must live alone and will be fine with extra attention.

  • herculac says:

    We love ratties! My daughter got one when she was 3, she’s 6 now and our dear friends have passed. The older the rat gets, the more difficult it is to introduce a buddy, we know from having to have 2 cages with a single rat in each!
    One rat would be perfectly happy, as long as your daughter will play with him/her every day. As children often lose interest after a few months, it might be better to get the second rat now.
    However, I urge you to be careful in your selection. Getting a rat from a different cage, different store, different breeder, etc. could result in an unseen disease being passed between the two. Quarantine any new rat for at least a week, vet check and everything. Snuffles is highly contagious, and rampant in pet store rats, often leading to respiratory failure or chronic sneeze/runny noses.
    If you got your ratty from a breeder, it shouldn’t be a problem with the disease thing. If you go to the same pet store, you might be okay, as long as your sure yours has been in the same cage as the new one.

  • Tiere13 says:

    Ultimately it is up to you. The time it takes for rats to bond with their humans is dependent upon how much time the humans spend with them and how socialized they are. The number of rats is irrelevant (although lone rats tend to be less trusting).
    Usually when someone claims that their rat bonded to other rats better than humans, it is because the humans have spent very little time with them.
    All of my rats have bonded incredibly well with me. Most of my rats have come from shelters (they knew each other before they knew me) – but I still became the most important being in their lives. Only two rats have ever taken a long time (about 3 months) to bond with me. They were sisters and had not been socialized (they were never held until I got them), so it took a long time and some patience to gain their trust. Afterwards, though, they bonded to me just fine, and it didn’t seem to be any “less” than the other rats. Hand-feeding treats like cheerios or yogurt drops (not through cage bars, though – only when they are out of their cage) can sometimes speed up the process.
    If you feel your daughter may not play with them as much if you get another one now, then you may want to wait. Otherwise, the rat will be much happier the sooner it has constant companionship.

  • stefb133 says:

    Rats will bond with you more if you have multiple rats, because they have more confidence and trust you more. If they are kept on their own they are more scared. You must get another rat as they are social animals and shouldn’t be kept alone. I have 3 rats and 2 of them love my attention, however the other one is still getting used to me. It depends on each individual rat how quickly they get used to you. Good luck!

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