My 2 girls passed away a few months ago & I just recently adopted a single, young male rat (about 2 months old). He's an albino who is basically blind & was unsocialized before I took him home. We're making good progress, but I'm afraid of trying to find a cagemate for him since he is blind and small. I would have adopted 2, but he was the only one there.
Today at Petco, I see 2 fully grown female rats for adoption. For free. They are at least a little over a year old. One is very friendly and social, the other is extremely unsocial. The manager will only adopt them out to someone who has had experience with rats. I'm tempted to adopt the girls (in a different cage than my male) and let them live out the remainder of their lives in peace. They were class pets before & I think the nervous one wasn't handled well. It would mean trying to socialize with 3 rats instead of one & 2 different cages to clean. Thoughts? Stay with one & get him comfortable or continue to work with Castle (the male) and take on the girls too?