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Rats are social animals, but some just want to be left alone.

Out of about 90 rats, we've had about three whose behaviors improved once they were completely and entirely alone. One of those was the remaining George of the original George and George duo as mentioned in "Just because they are brothers does not mean they have to be friends." Another of those was the psychotic George as was mentioned in see "Some rats have psychological problems." The last of these was Wolfman as mentioned in "Neutering your male rats is costly and ineffective."

If one of your rats simply does not get along with anyone you put him with, it might be that he would simply be better off alone. All three of the above mentioned rats were absolutely hostile to their own species and sometimes hostile to their humans in that environment. All three of them really calmed down and liked their humans just fine when they were alone.

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Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not one of them. These are merely accounts of our experiences with rats, our perceptions of these experiences, where we've failed and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes:

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