Updated 8th June 2017
Perhaps to Read
Often some one has a favourite rat die and they naturally think to start again.
Some wise advice:
No. 1 If you ever kept a rat by itself -
In the beginning it is essential NEVER to buy and keep a single lone rat ! A small social
group of three (or more is recommended so the rats have a normal happy social life.
Rats are an extremely social animal -
frustrated, even get angry when kept alone, but always -
caring and feeding etc.
So here come my self explaining 'maths lesson'
For example, you may have an old buck, his brothers died one by one, leaving him now all alone.
An experienced rat breeder might in that case -
( who was far too old to have kittens 14 months old or more) with the old buck, they invariably will live in harmony into their real old age.
But lets take it 'she' is not available. What you do if possible,
Lesson no. 1 is to obtain 3 nice young kittens bucks around 7 -
them into a fresh bedded cage that the old man has never been in !.
Watch them, but usually after a few sniffing and tipping over sessions all four will
settle down to be friends -
play tag etc, bringing him back to his youth a bit.
Second part: Later ... ... eventually the old boy dies happy. Now the Maths is working well you
still have a social group of three.! Much much later 1 of those dies -
a social group of 2. Then much much later one of those brother dies -
I write this because if people remember this simple bit of arithmetic -
from Colin Arundel NFRS Rattenfänger Stud, YRC Life President