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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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    10-23-2014, 11:09 PM Go to last post
  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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    09-20-2014, 04:20 PM Go to last post
  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. Two female rats fighting!

    I have a new rat, Kobold. She's been with us for about less than a month. I have not put her in the same cage as my other rats. I have three others....

    Started by Fanlyn‎, Yesterday 11:50 PM
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  2. Firm bites: harmless or something to be addressed?

    Long time, no post. I recently got 2 males that I want to introduce to each other. Gus is fine. He loves people, loves to play and is a little scared...

    Started by trematode‎, 10-23-2014 12:18 PM
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  3. Exclamation Older rat bit me?

    I had 2 girls, Pretzel and Tavi, we recently put Tavi down (they are going on 3) pretzels been alone since Tavi passed Today i got out of the shower...

    Started by Shadowcat2002‎, 10-22-2014 06:53 PM
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  4. Rodents and running wheels.

    I always find it interesting that so many rodents like to run on a wheel. I found this article where scientists put a wheel outside to see how...

    Started by mimsy‎, Yesterday 03:32 AM
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    Yesterday, 06:12 AM Go to last post
  5. Question Aggressive rat (would it be worth neutering??) problem

    Hello! I have a new rat that ive added the family. He is a 1 year old male, dumbo and hes also pretty aggressive..towards other rats and towards...

    Started by MrsTefee‎, 10-05-2014 07:20 PM
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    10-23-2014, 12:47 PM Go to last post
  6. Why Oh why is Herman humping my arm!?!

    If it's not one thing it's another with this rat. He's stopped chomping me, but he still gets puffy and hissy and threatens, sometimes putting his...

    Started by cccgina1‎, 10-22-2014 10:10 PM
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    10-23-2014, 07:30 AM Go to last post
  7. Aggressive behavior

    I know I posted a while back about one of my boys Ty showing some aggressive tendencies since I got the girls. I got some great suggestions and for a...

    Started by Maddie‎, 10-15-2014 09:37 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    10-23-2014, 02:27 AM Go to last post
  8. Question Aggressive rat drawing blood

    This morning my new rat (about 7 months old) bit my boyfriend's finger and drew blood. I think he is a bit stressed because of the new environment...

    Started by Taylor Peapot‎, 10-04-2014 06:42 PM
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    10-22-2014, 10:54 PM Go to last post
  9. Update on Severe Hoarding Behavior

    So I posted last week about Buffy's severe hoarding behavior and got a lot of great advice. Below is the original thread- ...

    Started by LittleBird‎, 10-21-2014 08:59 PM
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    10-22-2014, 09:36 PM Go to last post
  10. They're still scared of me :(

    I've had my two boys for several weeks now, and it does get me down that they are still scared of me. When they're in their cage and as soon as I...

    Started by Coconut‎, 10-19-2014 03:38 PM
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    10-22-2014, 05:03 PM Go to last post
  11. Male rats going tinkle EVERYWHERE!!

    is it "normal" for male rats to tinkle EVERYWHERE? I thought they had successfully learned to only go in their litter box but as of late they have...

    Started by Raticle_Rats‎, 10-20-2014 11:59 PM
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    10-22-2014, 04:15 PM Go to last post
  12. How many of you have rats that must try to get under you every time you move?

    I don't recall this behavior with any of the males I've had and Goose is are more timid gal and definitely wouldn't do it. However Monkey and...

    Started by mimsy‎, 10-22-2014 01:19 PM
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    10-22-2014, 01:58 PM Go to last post
  13. third wheel

    I need a bit of advice... I got a little tan boy back in May that I named Linny. Anyways, Linny has been a good little guy but was very difficult...

    Started by hybanana‎, 10-21-2014 08:53 PM
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    10-22-2014, 10:23 AM Go to last post
  14. Recent Odd Behavior

    Wafer has begun guarding the water bottle. She even sleeps next to it. When any other rat goes for a drink, she immediately starts grooming the...

    Started by Grotesque‎, 10-21-2014 04:16 AM
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    10-22-2014, 04:31 AM Go to last post
  15. My sweet old boy Ziggy, growing closer as the end draws nearer.

    Ziggy is showing his age more than his sisters, and I know his time is short. every day i wonder if he'll still be alive when we get home from work....

    Started by Ilovemybabyrats‎, 10-22-2014 12:52 AM
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    10-22-2014, 03:49 AM Go to last post
  16. Becoming Alpha

    So I'm trying to introduce 2 new young males to my current mischief of 2 girls 2 boys. The girls and the less dominant boy took to the new kids...

    Started by ksaxton‎, 10-20-2014 08:09 PM
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  17. Neutering has done nothing? Should I bring in another rat?

    Working on the carrier method with my two boys, Sherlick and Ratson. It's not going horribly but it's not going great either. I got these two...

    Started by SevenEels‎, 10-18-2014 07:23 PM
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    10-21-2014, 10:57 PM Go to last post
  18. Temper tantrums in rats. {excessive squeaks, struggling, avoids being handled}

    So I'm faced with a little bit of a issue in one of my girls {Celes}. When we acquired her, she loved being handled but over the months she literally...

    Started by KloverBeans‎, 10-18-2014 11:38 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    10-21-2014, 09:03 PM Go to last post
  19. How can I get my rats to use the litter pan more ?

    Right now its about 50-50 in the litter box and on the fleece on the bottom floor. They rarely pee or poop on the fleece on the second floor. It...

    Started by Nijidoragon‎, 10-19-2014 01:12 PM
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    10-21-2014, 04:26 PM Go to last post
  20. Rattie manicure

    All of my rats groom me, but Isis likes to take it a step further. She will groom dead skin off of my calluses and will chew entire fingernails off...

    Started by kksrats‎, 10-20-2014 05:09 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    10-20-2014, 11:50 PM Go to last post

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