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Could A Rat And A Rabbit Co-exist?  
User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

I´m seriously thinking of getting a pet. Trouble is, I can´t decide between a rat and a rabbit. So I am considering getting both (don´t worry, I would certainly take care of them equally). If I did this, they would have each other´s companionship. But would it be safe? Would a rat and a rabbit be able to be friends in the same cage, or could they harm each other?

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

Hmmm. My Lapinou gets along well with all types of creatures, usually ass lapinous are easy-going; however the same cannot be said of rhaats.

Your best bet would be to get a Lapinou first, believe me, it shall require a lot of work and attention  Smile

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User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2182 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I kept rats and rabbits as pets when I was younger.

However, I've never kept both in the same cage, though I did have a rabbit and guinea pig which co-existed very happily for many years.

The main problem I believe would be with the rat, rats tend to be either one of two types, they're either really tame or really vicious. If you ended up with a vicious one they would probably end up killing each other since rabbits too can be quite vicious if provoked.

The other main problem I would forsee is the relatively short time which rats live. Most tend to die of cancer after 2 or 3 years, whilst the rabbit will easily live for 8+ years. The rabbit might not be too chuffed about losing it's 'best friend' and could decide to pop off as well.

[Edited 2005-10-14 13:07:17]


Statistically, people who have had the most birthdays tend to live the longest.
User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

Go for the rabbit, it carries fewer diseases than a rat and if push comes to show you can have it for dinner.

 Wink (just kidding)

Furthermore, as a vegetarian it is happy with just some grass and some grains every now and then.


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1581 times:



 Smile

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User currently offlineXr8FordGirl From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

I've owned two rats and both have been good pets. I loath rabbits but for the most part they're feral pests here and legally in some Australian states you're only allowed to own one so they can't breed. Rats on the other hand are trainable and you can take them anywhere if you get one young enough (8 weeks onwards) and they'll go anywhere. Plane spotting included if you train them. I used to take mine trainspotting all the time and she didn't flinch when a superfreighter woud thunder past

I agree that keeping them together will prolly have problems down the track since rats have such a short life span but they are worth it individually. And male rats tend to be less highly strung than their female counterparts. Can't say that for rabbits though cos I've never owned one


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