Can two female rats live together?

i love rats! i have had many. right now i have a female thats about 6 months old she is a white med size rat. today we picked up another female hairless rat. i have them in seperate homes right now, they both have big cages. thay are both very tame lots of handleing for both. so they are friendly. my white female is a nibbler she nibbles everything my ear when she is on my shoulder my nose. not hard at all doesn't even mark your skin, it's veryy light. my question is rats are very social animals and like company, would it be a good idea to put them together? would they hurt each other? if they can live together how would i introduce each other ?
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Pull them out on the bed each day for about an hour and let them socialize. If all goes well you should be able to keep them in the same cage together after less than a week. :) You must also know the diffrence between fighting and finding whos alpha. Fighting will cause really serious injuries, we are talking ripped off parts and ripping each other open. Dominance fights are rolling the other over, making the other squeek a bit maybe, ect. Scratches sometimes occure (Especually with hairless rats. I have 5 of them. :P) but unless it's gushing with blood there shouldn't be anything to worry about.
We have 3 female rats together in a big cage, you can try and see what they do if they get along then keep them together if they act like they will fight then remove one.
When I put all 3 of ours together they at once started playing 2 are older than the younger one.
Never put two females together. They fight for territory!
I had rats for years and I can tell you they are VERY social animals. I only had girls (the testes creeped me out!!!) and the females always got along great together. I'd recommend putting them together so they can get used to each other. Of course check them regularly to make sure they aren't injuring each other. Rats are a lot like dogs and will fight every once in a while. You just have to go and pull them apart, but in general they won't really hurt each other. Just be sure to check them in the beginning to make sure they are being gentle with one another.
yes, rats are very social, they pefer to be together. they should get along just fine. although i dont know if hairless ones are as social, though.i wouldtake them both out of the cages so when their introduced its not someones territory, and change the bedding before putting them in together...

hope this helps!!! : )

oh, wat are their names? i currently have a white one named strawberry (because of her red eyes)
just dont let them borrow each other's clothes. thats when it will get nasty
hmm, it depends on how old they are, & if they had any kind of shots. i mean they are rats & they do get senile & a little violent after time. but the shots do help.
Yes, you can put about any two female animals together they are more kind to each other than two male animals
I have had rats for years and never had problems putting two females together. However you want to introduce slowly as possible over a few weeks. Since the hairless does not have the protection of fur there is a possibility that it may get scratched.

You also NEED to quarantine for at least a month. This ensures that any disease that the new rat may have does not get passed to the old rat. Some diseases can be dormant and show no symptoms for a month, so even if she looks healthy now she may not be. Also be sure to wash hands inbetween handling both of them. The deadly sendai virus can be passed through fluids and the air. I lost an entire group of rats to the sendai virus, it was a sad and humbling experience(definatly taught me the importance of quarantining)

I also wanted to be sure you are aware that hairless rats need somewhat special care. They are not like regular rats. Your hairless will eventually need a furred comanion for warmth. If your house gets cold(under 70 degrees) you need to provide a heating pad/light at one side of the cage. No fur equals higher metabolisms, your hairless needs more food and higher protien. Cage needs to be cleaned more as their skin can be irretated by urine and feces.I used to clean mine every day. Hairless rats naturally have more delicate systems and are in more fragile health than their heartier hairy counterparts. Be prepared for more vet visits. While all rats are very vulnerable especially to respiratory illnesses, this is even more true among hairless rats. They are also more vulnerable to everything from cancer to allergies because of the nature of the hairless gene. I'm sure you have already researched all of this, but I just wanted to be sure you were aware of the special needs. I sure wasn't, when a pet store asked if I would adopt a hairless rat someone dumped there.
What I have come to find out is that if you introduce them together for "play time" every day they will have much more fun together chasing and playing.


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