Hm if it’s just sneezing, it’s probably not an emergency yet. Is it a lot of sneezing or just an occasional one or two sneezes? Make sure you aren’t using pine or cedar bedding. No candles, air fresheners, perfumes, hairsprays, etc. near the cage. If you use really dusty bedding, consider switching to something low dust. Those things might help with minor sneezing issues. Keep your eye out for clacking or wheezing. Respiratory things can go downhill quickly so be prepared to take him to the vet if more symptoms show up.
Depends on the rat and the other animal. Generally, rats get used to having other animals around and mostly ignore them. A few of mine were afraid of the cats at first and now they could care less. My rats have always been fine with my parents’ dogs (3 golden retrievers). But some rats might be fearful or aggressive and some dogs may be highly prey driven so you really shouldn’t let them interact much. A few sniffs if you’re right there holding them but other than that, just let them do their separate things.
For a puppy, just introduce it slowly to the rats- by smell first and then let the dog see the rats but not interact and then maybe hold a rat and let the puppy sniff it. Even if the puppy isn’t going after them, it’s obviously going to be a lot bigger and could hurt them just trying to play so I would limit interaction to very supervised and short sessions. Sounds like that’s what you were planning. But long story short, rats are usually fine with other animals given a week or two to get used to them :)
Oops sorry I didn’t post this before Easter. But people probably still have the plastic eggs around so I’ll post it now :)
Yeah this is a good idea :) But take the eggs out after a few hours because the rats will chew through the plastic :P
She will come around! Giving her space right now is probably good but you can definitely start to handle her when the babies are born. Handle the babies too :) She is probably happy to be in a good home and she will calm down once she’s done with the babies and realizes that nothing bad is happening to her. Good luck with all the pinkies!!
Each set needs 1.5 yards so 3 yards total :)
Yay I love questions like this. The best cage in my opinion for you would be the single unit critter nation. The cheapest you can get it new is here but scrounge around a little on craigslist and other used sites. It’s more expensive than other cages its size but it is so worth it. It’s an amazing cage- super easy to clean. very accessible, etc. etc. I have the double unit and it’s the best cage I’ve ever had.
For food, I would feed them either Oxbow Regal Rat food or Harlan Tekad lab blocks. Oxbow is easier to get and I like it better so that would be my recommendation. They sell it at petsmart (not petco) and in bulk here. You can supplement this with fresh fruits, veggies, grains, etc a few times a week.
For the other animals, just do slow introductions. Mostly they just need to be used to smelling and seeing each other. They don’t really need to interact but if you want to do very careful introductions, make sure you supervise the whole time and hold onto the rats. I have cats and my rats have lived with my parents’ dogs with no issues so don’t stress about it too much.
I’m excited that you’re getting rats! I have some more info on my FAQ page that might help you. I also have a toy post here for some inspiration since you’re new to rats. Good luck!
(See previous anon answers for the 1st part). Jeez sorry you’re having to deal with that. Wait until the baby is fully weaned to do any intros- at least 5 weeks but I would wait closer to 8-10 to give it a chance to get big enough to defend itself. There’s tons of resources online about raising baby rats so just search around and you’ll find good information.