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    Question Rats and Guinea Pigs

    Quick question for those of you who own rats and pigs. A friend has asked me to take care of her two pet rats while she's on vacation next month. I would be keeping them in a separate room away from any of our pigs. I just want to be sure our pigs will be safe, and cannot contract any infections or diseases from the rats. I want to help her out, but of course our pigs are our 100% priority. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!! 😊

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    Re: Rats and Guinea Pigs

    Lisa.....

    I have no experience with rats......just what I read and hear from others. I doubt that the piggies will be in any danger, especially if the ratties are in a separate room.

    The biggest danger is that you may become attached to them! From what rat owners report, ratties are very clean, human-oriented, loving and clever.

    Insofar as I'm concerned, I'd love such an opportunity on a temporary basis.

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    Re: Rats and Guinea Pigs

    Lisa, I've had both rats and guinea pigs for many years and have never had any health issues with them being in the same house. Since these particular rats are not your own pets it is smart to keep them in a separate room from your pigs. Rats can carry the Mycoplasma virus which can cause Chronic murine pneumonia in rats and mice. This condition would manifest itself by sneezing, nasal discharge and weight loss. If your friend's rats seem otherwise healthy I would not hesitate to agree to keep them for her.

    I would just advise separate rooms and washing of your hands after handling the rats. As long as you don't allow any contact between the rats and your pigs you should be fine.

    As spy9doc said just be aware you will most likely become attached to them. Rats are the most inquisitive little creatures. They love to interact with their owners. As soon as mine hear me up in the morning they are up at the top of their cages begging for my attention.

    The only downside to rat ownership is their incredibility short lifespan. I just look at it as giving them the best possible life for the short amount of time they have. It's amazing how much joy they find in each and every day.

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    Re: Rats and Guinea Pigs

    For what it?s worth mycoplasma only effects mice and rats, not guinea pigs.


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    Re: Rats and Guinea Pigs

    Guinea pigs can be carriers of mycoplasma -- there's even a strain named for them: Mycoplasma caviae

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    Re: Rats and Guinea Pigs

    Yes but the strain that affects and is carried by rats and mice is not transmittable to guinea pigs and vise versa. Mycoplasma strains tend to not jump species barriers.


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    Re: Rats and Guinea Pigs

    Thank you all for your input, I'll let you know how it goes, it should be an interesting experience .

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