before you decide to take on this responsibility. and be sure there is a demand in your area so that they will find good homes. start with only 1 litter--not multiple pregnancies.
Really great that you point out that rats shouldn't be keps as solitary pets. I would amend the males/females rule just a bit to say that if they are neutered/spayed it's ok to have them together. I've had fixed boys and natural girls living together for years and they all had a great time. In fact, when we brought in new females our remaining male was much more nurturing to them than the established female.
And a personal preference on food - I tend to avoid anything with corn in it as studies have shown it containes chemicals that cause cancer in rats. I know EVERYTHING contains chemicals that cause cancer in rats, but I try to be extra safe with known culprits.
I agree with you completely. No corn, and neutered boys with intact girls is okay, too. AND no single rats if possible!
LOVE MY BABIES!!!!! X<:3 )~~~~~
Our rat is a single rat because her sister died. It was so great seeing the two of them together, grooming, sleeping, and playing. I know it is best to have two rats together but I was concerned about bringing another rat in to live with Josie. Josie seems happy, she gets a ton of attention from my family and mostly from me. At night when I read she lays on my chest and grinds her teeth. I love it. we have her cage in the great room, just off the kitchen so she gets to watch us all the time. Our new kitten sleeps on top of her cage, only while I am watching them. So should I get another rat? If I do how do I introduce them? I only have one cage, a rather big cage and I don;t really want to spend a bunch of money getting another one. Or would it be best to wait until after Josie goes to heaven?
If she seems happy with the attention she gets from you guys and she's very old it might be ok to have her alone. Just be sure to groom that tough-to-reach spot between her shoulders for her! If you do decide to have another join her you'll have to have a separate cage at least for a few weeks during quarentine - maybe someone could loan you one? There is a great article on introducing rats at http://ratguide.com/care/behavior/introducing_rats.php .
How does she feel about the kitten? I know some people have had cats and rats that were good friends because it started out when the cat was young.