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Some animals can be introduced together on neutral territory - this is important to ensure that no existing scents are carried across. It is important to monitor and not offer any existing toys or things to hide in until you are confident they are getting on.

See information on introducing on neutral territory

Some rodents, such as mongolian gerbils, can only be introduced using the split-cage method.

Mycoplasma pulmonis is the most common cause of respiratory infections in rats and mice who are three months or older.

Any animal that has issues with breathing, either due to speed or noise, should see a vet. A rodent that makes an audible noise, like a snuffling or clicking sound, may have a respiratory infection.

Mycoplasma pul­mo­nis is the most com­mon cause of res­pi­ra­tory infec­tions in rats and mice who are three months or older.

More information can be found on the NFS article on respiratory infections in rats and mice

Some rodents will use their scent glands to mark their ter­ri­tory. It is often a high-​ranking or alpha that will do this most, and they may also secrete small droplets of urine as a form of mark­ing. This does not indi­cate incon­ti­nence and not all rodents will do this.

Cleaning out rodents too often may lead to excessive scent marking. Not only will this actually lead to a greater overall smell, but more importantly this puts a greater strain on their kidneys.

Tags: Gerbils, Mice, Rats
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