I have 2 male neutered rats, about a year old. I met a very docile 6-month intact female that I’d like to adopt. I was planning to have them meet before adopting but now I am concerned that she may be ill (red crust around nose and eye booger) and that it could be contagious. Also nervous about pseudo pregnancies should they still want to pretend mate. Not sure what to do, don’t want to put my resident rats at risk but she seems like a great addition. How can I introduce my current rats to a new rat safely?

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Do you know if she is in a new environment and if those nerves are causing the porphyrin secretions from her nose and eyes? She could also be ill, but respiratory issues are common for rats and easily treated when caught early with antibiotics from the vet. Is there any way her current owner would have her checked out for illness? If your males are both neutered and intros go well, I don't think there will be many issues. I've never mixed males and females though, so I don't know much about pseudopregnancy. In the end, I'd go with your gut.

Updated on March 4, 2020

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How to Introduce a New Pet Rat
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