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Post by ChristaCat on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 4:44 pm






This is Spencer! I just got him last week and when I asked how old he was the pet store manager said "not very" and couldn't give me much more!

I was wondering, about how old do you think he is?

Also, don't worry, I know this cage is FAR too small. This is the cage I got him in and it is a temporary cage! I feel bad he's been in there so long already, honestly. He's getting a big rat cage in a few days!

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Post by Chinchillasxoxo on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 5:31 pm

I think you have a baby rat! Could someone with rats confirm this? I am pretty sure that is not a fancy mouse. If it is a rat he is going to need some friends Smile But I could be wrong
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Post by ChristaCat on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 5:54 pm

I actually just called the pet store I got him from and they confirmed he's actually a young rat but the guy who sold him to me told me he was a fancy mouse! They also told me he's about 8 weeks old. I dont mind at all, I love rats too!

Sorry guys 😅

So I know this isnt a rat forum but do you guys think this cage would be suitable for him and a friend? Thats the one Im planning on getting!


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Post by chiroptera on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 7:17 pm

@ChristaCat My roommate has rats, and I'd say you're erring on the small side for rats, unfortunately. Rats do need a fair bit of space (much more than mice, that's one of the reasons I prefer mice Razz), and they may be able to chew through the plastic bits. He says it's not the worst, and will probably work, but it may be better to look for something a bit bigger.

https://www.ratcentral.com/rat-cage-calculator/ <- here's a link to a rat cage calculator, and asking over there or on a rat forum may help a bit more

Also, I've SEEN 2-month old rats, and unless that picture is very misleading, there's no way he's that old. I'd say maybe a month? but I find it very unlikely he's 8 weeks old.

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Post by ChristaCat on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 7:24 pm

Thank you! I choose this one just because the bar spacing is small enough, he wont escape. He can get out of a 1 inch space very easily. When he and his friend both get older, I'll upgrade them to something like this in the picture.



But is the smaller one good for now?

Also wow thats honestly a relief! Im glad I have one very young to work with him a lot. 😁 I can take more pics if you'd like to get a better look at his size? Either way I'm glad to know he's around 1-2 months old.

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Post by chiroptera on Sat 02 Jun 2018, 1:01 pm

@ChristaCat

I think the smaller one will definitely be good for them while they're still young! c: Make sure his friend is around the same size as him, and you should be good until they're older! That second cage looks like a good one for the two of them when they're bigger.

If you post more pictures I can do my best at figuring out his age, no promises I'll be 100% correct though haha. But yeah he's still a baby, I'm very shocked they estimated him at 8 weeks, he's way too small. But then again, they told you he was a mouse, so I shouldn't be that shocked. Confused

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Post by ChristaCat on Sat 02 Jun 2018, 6:28 pm

Thank you for your help with the cage! I actually found one a bit bigger with the same wire spacing and I'll be getting it for him and a friend about his age and Ill still upgrade to a huge one when they get big. I called my local pet store and they told me their mice were all no more than 2 months old so Im excited to go find him a friend. 😁

Here's some more pictures of Spencer!
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Post by chiroptera on Sat 02 Jun 2018, 9:54 pm

@ChristaCat He does look a bit bigger with the scale here, so I'd say maybe he's 8 weeks, but definitely no older. I still think he's quite a bit younger than that, but I'm not an expert.

But make sure you do get another rat around his age, and not a mouse - rats will kill mice, unfortunately, so they shouldn't be kept together at all. (I'm assuming you meant rats but I just wanted to make sure you didn't get a him a mouse buddy and have to deal with that heartbreak.)

And no problem at all for the help! Smile

He's such a cute rat, I'm sure he and his friend will be such good pets for you! <3

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Post by ChristaCat on Sat 02 Jun 2018, 10:20 pm

Oh sorry! I did mean rat, oops! Ive been so used to calling him a mouse!

Im so embarassed, I'd never really seen a fancy rat or fancy mouse up close though 😂

Thank you again for your help, I appreciate it!

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Post by chiroptera on Sat 02 Jun 2018, 11:31 pm

That's good, I just wanted to make sure so that you didn't put a mouse in with him, because the results would most likely be heartbreaking if you did. I'm glad that you're open to getting him a friend and taking care of him.

And you shouldn't be embarrassed, the pet store employee was either lying to you or knew literally nothing, they should be embarrassed, not you! Undecided

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Post by ChristaCat on Sun 03 Jun 2018, 1:04 am

Yeah, you're right... 😂

I know I wasn't expecting him, but Im sp excited now to have a rat! I do have one other question actually, will he be fine with just one friend? As long as they get along?

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Post by Winter Moose on Sun 03 Jun 2018, 1:52 am

He will be ok with just one friend for now! I recommend you learn about rats from The Rat Guru on YouTube. I'm not sure if that cage is big enough for two rats at all...

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCBAUO5I1WJ67D3sy5UNWemA/videos

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Post by ChristaCat on Sun 03 Jun 2018, 1:57 am

The one he's in right now? I know, he's getting an upgrade! 😁

Ive chosen this one for now



But as soon as I can I'll get a critter nation or something similar. 😁 Theres a lady an hour away from me selling one actually and if I can get her to deliver it or meet me somewhere I'll skip the smaller cage altogether and go straight for the critter nation.

And thank you for the video suggestions!

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Post by ChristaCat on Sun 03 Jun 2018, 1:58 am

Also excuse the messenger bubble in all my screenshots that's just Spencer's dad 😂

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