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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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    05-12-2016, 06:29 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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    04-01-2016, 01:04 AM 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. Rat keeps nipping me

    Hi everyone. So my boy is about 5 months old now, and he keeps nipping at me. Specifically my thighs and armpits for some reason. It doesn't really...

    Started by marybear‎, Today 08:30 AM
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  2. At what age do male rats start to urine mark? Age of neuter & pee marking behavior

    I know neutered male rats stop or considerably decrease pee marking behavior after they get neutered. On average a neutered rat will pee mark 80%...

    Started by Gribouilli‎, Yesterday 03:54 PM
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    Today, 09:13 AM Go to last post
  3. Pushing toys out of cage

    I have a male rat, Otto, who's about 4-5 months old. In the past week or 2 he's been pushing all his toys and piling them right in front of the cage...

    Started by marybear‎, 05-25-2016 08:36 PM
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  4. Timid female - am I meeting her halfway or just stressing her out?

    Hi all! As I mentioned in my intro thread, I currently have a lone lady named Lady who is waiting for her adoptive brothers to arrive on Tuesday,...

    Started by Zee-Bee‎, Yesterday 10:59 AM
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM Go to last post
  5. Question Advice and tips on picking up a rat who's confident but a bit shy

    Hello! I've adopted two male rats this past Thursday, and they trust me enough to get treats from my fingers at the cage door. They're 5 months old,...

    Started by Hailey12‎, Yesterday 06:11 PM
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM Go to last post
  6. Unhappy Female rats are easily scared and its really disheartening

    Hi.. I've had 3 female rats for about 5 months, and they are friendly enough, i can get them out of the cage and back in, however they haven't...

    Started by SnapApple‎, 05-22-2016 04:22 AM
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  7. Neutered male introduction problems

    I had my male rat neutered two weeks ago and tonight we tried introducing him to my two females. I laid out towels in the bathtub and they met there....

    Started by allisonj30‎, 05-16-2016 09:38 PM
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    05-28-2016, 11:58 PM Go to last post
  8. Exclamation Rat aggressive after getting cats?

    We have 4 rats, two older sisters (about a year) and two younger sisters (maybe 6 months now). They're all full grown now but the younger ones are...

    Started by andrewcook95‎, 05-28-2016 10:25 PM
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    05-28-2016, 10:40 PM Go to last post
  9. Variety Aged Mischeif

    We have four boys - Xeno at 14 months, Neville and Remus at 10 months and Ablie at 4 months. The three older boys are pretty content in what they do,...

    Started by Nev&Remus‎, 05-22-2016 04:09 PM
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    05-28-2016, 05:50 PM Go to last post
  10. Question Not Using Wheel?

    I think this is the right category and this is sort of about a behavior, sorry I'm used to smaller forums.:eek: My new rat Dapper isn't using his...

    Started by Rattie18‎, 05-28-2016 11:53 AM
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    05-28-2016, 05:08 PM Go to last post
  11. Red face Possible new baby...

    Oh no. I made a mistake, you guys. I let myself look at the new baby rats when I was at the store. Why did I do that... The little local place...

    Started by doctorowl‎, 05-27-2016 03:40 PM
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    05-28-2016, 04:22 PM Go to last post
  12. Rats Terrified of Kitten - Will they get used to her?

    Hello, I recently got a kitten that has my rats acting strange and scared. I feel bad for them, but I want them to get used to each other rather...

    Started by tibblyg‎, 05-28-2016 01:55 PM
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    05-28-2016, 02:24 PM Go to last post
  13. Immersion questions in process now

    So my guy got a little huffy when I kept petting him he is in corner and had puffy hair and not happy so I was trying to determine what to do and...

    Started by Kchilson02‎, 05-27-2016 07:12 PM
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    05-28-2016, 12:19 PM Go to last post
  14. HED Rat

    So, I currently have a HED rat that is almost 3 years old, at this point he is having a rather hard time grooming himself and keeping himself nice...

    Started by TheRatAttack‎, 05-22-2016 07:04 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    05-28-2016, 10:17 AM Go to last post
  15. I let my rats groom my mouth, but now I desperately need them to stop!

    Hi all! I read a thread here about how rat owners let their rats clean their mouths, and I wanted to give it a try. This method of grooming has...

    Started by rottengirl‎, 05-18-2016 03:49 PM
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    05-28-2016, 07:32 AM Go to last post
  16. Rat acting like he's seeing ghosts?

    Milky, my heart rat, is acting really strange. It happens about once a week, so I thought it was nothing to worry about but it's always really...

    Started by Modernstar‎, 05-21-2016 01:25 AM
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    05-28-2016, 03:44 AM Go to last post
  17. Question Introducing defensive neutered male to young females?

    Recently I've been trying to encourage my lone male to interact more with my friendly boy Teddy. When they interact, Teddy is nothing but sweet and...

    Started by Britastic Gremlin‎, 05-22-2016 09:24 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    05-27-2016, 04:02 PM Go to last post
  18. Question Food in litter boxes/Levels of cage

    I just moved my rats into their new leveled cage a day ago. I have the litter box in the top level and that is where i put the rats when I first...

    Started by ILoveTanya‎, 05-22-2016 11:16 PM
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    05-27-2016, 03:52 PM Go to last post
  19. Help figuring this little dude out?

    As of a few days ago, I am a first time rat owner. A friend of a friend was planning on setting his pet rat "free" outside, after weeks of trying to...

    Started by SwampWitch666‎, 05-09-2016 08:57 PM
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    05-27-2016, 02:21 PM Go to last post
  20. Free Range First time

    So normally with my girls if all 5 are out I let them.on my bed or couch and let them.run and just watch where they go I currently don't have a...

    Started by Kchilson02‎, 05-24-2016 11:33 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    05-24-2016, 02:18 PM Go to last post

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