Introducing the rats
Jaali is now five months old and he is old enough to be introduced to Ambaa so that they can live together in the same house.
They need to be introduced in a neutral space to avoid one rat feeling its territory is being invaded. Neither of the rats have been in our spare bedroom so this is where the introductions will take place.
The rats will be in a large pen divided into two areas. They will be able to smell and see each other and get close to each other without being in direct contact. This should prevent them fighting if they do not get on.
To start with there will be two dividing panels set a small distance apart to that there is no possibility that they can bite or scratch each other. If the initial introductions go well I will try again using just one dividing panel.
Jaali has been close to Ambaas house a few times already. They have met a few times through the bars. Every time so far Jaali has squeaked loudly and run away. Ambaas reaction has been very calm – she just goes back to doing whatever it was she was doing before.