Kip was born in May 2015. Kip will most likely stay with us until his death, as he needs a very particular home. However, if interested in Kip, please contact the rescue about adopting him. For adoption info, see the bottom of this thread - but please read all the following information on him first.
Kip does well with other rats for about 20 minutes to an hour or so. After that he’ll fight with them and severely stress him out. It got to the point two of the rats in his cage were losing their hair. Sadly, he’s in a cage all alone. It’s set on top of the female’s cage, which is beside the male cage. In a very depressing manner, he will fall asleep with his nose out the cage facing the male rat’s cage - as if trying to talk to them and be near them. When he does live with them they do cuddle and sleep together; but other times it’s constant high pitch squealing and other signs of stress. Because of this, Kip must be socialized more often than usual. Being social animals, rats don’t like to be alone and can become depressed. If Kip were to ever be rehomed, he’d have to go somewhere, where the person would take him out at least twice a day for at least 15 minutes each time. It be ideal he go to a home with other male rats, but only be allowed to run around outside of the cage with them. Again, at least twice a day for at least 15 minutes each time. Outside of a cage he’s great with the other rats. It’s only when in the cage together for an extended period of time. I would be willing to do a trial run with someone who has a multi-story cage. Perhaps a much larger cage with multiple floors to choose from would end the fighting, or at least decrease it to the point it wasn’t an issue.
If you think you can provide Kip a good home for his remaining 1.5 to 2 years, please contact via TEXT ONLY. Be sure to include ALL of the following information in your first text. Nothing else is needed except the following: (1) you wish to adopt (2) type of animal - rat (3) your email. For now, that’s it!
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