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Rat behavior issues and concerns such as aggression, rat body language, introductions, and trust training.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Immersion Training - The Guide

    The Rat's Mind Set: I've only ever seen a single case of human - wild rat introductions, and it may not be typical, but I suppose I should start...

    Started by Rat Daddy‎, 04-17-2013 12:52 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Introducing Rats using the Carrier Method

    I’ve been asked to put together a guide to the “Carrier” method of introductions. Before it start its worth saying that this isn’t the only method...

    Started by Isamurat‎, 06-17-2014 07:16 AM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Timid or Aggressive Rat? Trust Training

    Gaining the Trust of Your Rat Recently gotten a new rat, or own a rat who is scared or aggressive towards you? A lot of times this is caused by...

    Started by Jaguar‎, 02-11-2010 02:53 AM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: How to introduce a new rat to your group!


    Started by littlematchstick‎, 01-14-2010 12:07 AM
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  1. My rats are fighting, possibly.

    So Anna has had marks appearing on her for a while. On her face and a particular patch on her back, I have seen the back patch smeared with blood. I...

    Started by Spratty‎, Today 07:56 AM
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  2. Aggressive rat behavior that is out of character for my girls, please help

    I have two rattie girls that are 10 weeks old and they get a long great. Neither of them are aggressive typically, especially not towards me, but now...

    Started by MamaRattieRatFink‎, 06-26-2016 08:16 PM
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  3. Sleeping rats

    I really need to clear something up.. Is it mean if I disrupt their sleep? I just love to go up and pat them when they're sleeping in the hammock....

    Started by Cloyphish‎, Today 05:02 AM
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  4. How old is too old to introduce new rats?

    I currently have two 7 month old boys who live with my old boy who is 2 years and 10 months old. I introduced my two younger boys to him when he was...

    Started by Loopy_rats‎, Yesterday 07:15 PM
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  5. Very skittish rats, need help

    My rats have been with us for about 6 days.. and they would still rather cower in the igloo and brux when we take them out. What did we do wrong? Is...

    Started by FrufflesDaRat‎, 06-23-2016 10:05 AM
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  6. Intros with 3 neutered males and 2 intact females

    I've fallen in love with some beautiful girls at my local rescue and plan on picking them up over the weekend. My plan is to introduce them to my...

    Started by HobieFinchArthur‎, 06-23-2016 03:36 PM
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  7. rat discipline?

    My rats are pretty good at tone of voice and seem to recognize the words "no" and "get down". I'm wondering about scruffing as a discipline action....

    Started by katansi‎, 06-24-2016 12:14 AM
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  8. Asexual rat?

    Just wondering if it's possible? Squeak has never been even slightly interested in the girls - at all! All of my other boys absolutely fawn over...

    Started by Jessiferatu‎, 08-15-2014 12:08 PM
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  9. Rats "burying" food in litter

    I have two four month old rats, sisters. I got them when they were 1 month old. They get along fairly well, but they tend to overturn their food...

    Started by Cwmm‎, 06-22-2016 09:46 PM
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    06-26-2016, 03:19 PM Go to last post
  10. I'm a horrible Owner

    So, about 2 months ago I leftt to go to another country. I came back last week and am now faced with a problem with my rats. I left my rats with my...

    Started by Olivia.Pikka‎, 06-24-2016 11:26 PM
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    06-25-2016, 05:01 AM Go to last post
  11. Rat Laughter Study

    So, when my foster coordinator contacted me about this, I thought her phone had gotten hacked or she was mildly intoxicated, to be honest. But...

    Started by RatAtat2693‎, 06-23-2016 12:18 AM
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  12. Immersion training: should I do it one on one?

    I have two 9 week old boys and I'm trying hard to socialise them equally and teach them their names etc, but I seem to only have success with one. I...

    Started by Heyyouguys‎, 06-24-2016 12:09 PM
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  13. Bonding confusion

    HI all, What exactly is bonding and how do you know you have achieved it? My new rat has gotten tamed to the point he climbs all over me and...

    Started by Rattie18‎, 06-24-2016 12:02 AM
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  14. Rat biting another rat. Help!

    All of my rats mentioned here are male and between 1 year and 18 months old. One of my rats Pippin has multiple bite wounds on him (i can tell...

    Started by dannitree‎, 06-20-2016 05:54 AM
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  15. I think my rats new cagemates wants to eat her

    I have a rat who is around 2 and all the time her newer cagemates bite down on her especially while she is climbing and they will grab her arm and...

    Started by Razzynathan‎, 06-22-2016 02:35 AM
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    06-23-2016, 05:31 AM Go to last post
  16. Ideal Age to Introduce Rats to Water+Baths

    What do you think is the ideal age for showing rats water and introducing a shampoo bath? And I literally mean ideal; I know a great many rat owners...

    Started by Paleo‎, 06-21-2016 08:32 AM
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    06-23-2016, 05:06 AM Go to last post
  17. Rat biting her cagemate unprovoked

    In January I adopted a young rat with a permanent headtilt who had been living alone for a while. (Her name is Tilley!) She was roughly the same age...

    Started by futureshadows‎, 06-16-2016 11:32 PM
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    06-22-2016, 09:02 PM Go to last post
  18. Snowball (now June Bug)

    Of all the babies that Vesta and Rayo had we have one June (formerly known as snowball, we changed her name to June Bug now that she is staying with...

    Started by Greyday‎, 06-20-2016 07:14 PM
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  19. Scaredy rat (Long post)

    My boy Squirms is a strong contender for the sweetest, kissiest, most cuddly rat I've ever met. He was hand led constantly from day one, and he was...

    Started by Prince‎, 06-21-2016 07:03 AM
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    06-21-2016, 05:18 PM Go to last post
  20. Power grooming injuring cage mate

    Hello! So just when I thought I had this whole rat thing figured out, one of my boys starts acting difficult haha. So I have two rats, Nugget and...

    Started by dionkasper‎, 06-21-2016 04:33 PM
    • Replies: 0
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