What Is The Best Way To Introduce My New Pet Rats To My Home?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 18, 2009 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

I will be adopting three pet rats in a few days. I am adopting them from a couple who feel that they do not give the rats enough attention, but they are definitely hand tamed. Should I play with my rats as soon as I take them home or should I leave them alone for a while? If so, how long should I leave them alone? I know a move could be stressful and I want to alleviate the stress as much as possible!

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  • Amanda M says:

    have the cage and bring them around

  • paintedr says:

    I always leave new rats alone for the first day. They need the time to adjust to their new home, and to feel safe there before they have to learn to trust you, as well.

  • DCD4 says:

    I’ve been reading a lot about rats. And it always says to keep them alone in their cage for a day so they get used to the habitat. Then slowly on the second day, open the cage so they can go outside and explore and let them sniff your hand to get to know you before you pick them up.
    And don’t take a rat out of the cage by itself. They need to go together. Rats have a really close bond with its cage mates and an even stronger bond when it’s in a weird place.
    Good Luck.

  • Clarissa says:

    Give them an hour or two to adjust too their new home and then you can begin to start handling them. They will soon Finally begin to like being around you and hey you will end up being best buddies in no time!
    Make sure you are prepared before bringing your new ratties home. Their cage should be set up, food and water should be available, clean bedding should be placed inside the cage, there should be a place to sleep or hide in and there should be a couple of little toys in the cage.
    Bring a small box or cage to bring them home in. If you decide to use a box to carry your rats home in, please use a knife, scissors or a penicil to stap holes in, so air is avaliable.
    Slowly start introducing the fruits and vegetables if the owner had not been feeding very many. This should be done gradually as it can cause diarrhea. After a while they should be getting fruits and vegetables daily.
    Good luck with your new rats! I hope this helps.

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