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

  1. 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 03:53 AM
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    10-22-2016, 06:19 AM 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 08:16 AM
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    04-01-2016, 02:04 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: How to introduce a new rat to your group!


    Started by littlematchstick‎, 01-14-2010 01:07 AM
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  1. Aggressive Grooming or Fighting?

    I recently brought two females home from the training lab at school. Both had lived with one other rat towards the beginning of the semester but were...

    Started by shieldmaiden93‎, Yesterday 08:41 PM
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    Today, 12:06 AM Go to last post
  2. Unhappy Intro problem, please help!

    So the new boys, Mulder and Wolfy, finished quarantine today, so we tried to introduce them to Mochi and Toby in the tub. At first things went well,...

    Started by amih88‎, 12-03-2016 01:45 PM
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    12-07-2016, 08:54 PM Go to last post
  3. Introducing males/smells/Quarentine

    So I recently adopted some baby rats.... 7.. from a reptile feeder breeder. They actually aren't Himalayan/albino. They are actually really pretty...

    Started by kenbofosho‎, 12-06-2016 10:32 PM
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    12-07-2016, 05:10 PM Go to last post
  4. Those cute rat YAWNS

    Despite having rats since around 1983 I'd never really noticed their yawning until reading in a book by Debbie "The Rat Lady" Ducommun that a rat's...

    Started by Catsratz‎, 11-25-2016 01:23 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    12-07-2016, 05:20 AM Go to last post
  5. Rat Photoshoots

    Some of you guys take such wonderful photos of your rats! Tell me your secrets? I cant get mine to hold still and the photo always comes out blurry....

    Started by kenbofosho‎, 11-30-2016 02:00 AM
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    12-07-2016, 05:13 AM Go to last post
  6. What does tail wagging mean???

    I've owned rats for almost a year and I've always had friends that owned rats and I have to say this is definitely a first for me. I had my rats out...

    Started by Ladylazerstar702‎, 12-02-2016 03:26 PM
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    12-07-2016, 05:01 AM Go to last post
  7. What ate for a new rat?

    Hey guys! I've got a question- my little guy Bruce has been with me about a week and is recovering from a respiratory infection. He's on meds and...

    Started by RatNamedBruce‎, 12-05-2016 06:29 PM
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    12-06-2016, 01:10 AM Go to last post
  8. Rats are fighting.

    I'm going to try and make this quick. I got the two new boys in late September, they were neutered early October, and introduced to my spayed female...

    Started by mis.kay‎, 12-02-2016 12:41 AM
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    12-03-2016, 05:22 AM Go to last post
  9. When you catch your rat being a dirty rat.

    Just wanted to share a gross story about my mucky little boys and their manky habits. My boys were litter trained, now they sleep in their litter...

    Started by Heyyouguys‎, 11-28-2016 08:49 AM
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    12-02-2016, 04:45 PM Go to last post
  10. Fighting / Excessive Humping in Males

    Not incredibly long ago I decided to get an addition to my currently 11 month old rats. Two intact males. I rescued another little boy, intact also...

    Started by ccnayelicc‎, 12-02-2016 06:19 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    12-02-2016, 02:14 PM Go to last post
  11. Trust training

    I picked up three boys almost a month ago and they seem to be liking me, but what I'm wondering is how to speed up the trust process to the point I...

    Started by KatieS‎, 12-01-2016 02:16 AM
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    12-01-2016, 06:25 PM Go to last post
  12. Unhappy Rat biting hard during play time

    Hi guys! I'm still relatively new here, but you may have seen me write about my girls, Abigail and Piper. Abigail and Piper have always gotten along...

    Started by NuttyMuffins‎, 11-27-2016 12:24 AM
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    12-01-2016, 12:23 AM Go to last post
  13. Where do I go from here?

    10 days ago I brought home my first little rattie boy. He was a rescued feeder and has a super sweet personality and a total nosey rosey. He loves to...

    Started by DancesWithDolls‎, 11-29-2016 04:39 AM
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    11-30-2016, 08:45 AM Go to last post
  14. Can Rats Forget How To Live With Other Rats?

    My 2 year old rat, Remy, has been by himself for about a year. We originally got him as a companion for my previous boy, Nico, but sadly Nico passed...

    Started by HoodedRat‎, 11-26-2016 09:21 PM
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    11-30-2016, 05:48 AM Go to last post
  15. Unhappy Shy rat beating up his brother. Fighting for my attention?

    Caution: LONG STORY! My brother and I co-own a pair of rats. One of them, Jacob, is shy, skittish, and hyperactive. When we first got our rats (a...

    Started by Ginger3‎, 10-15-2016 08:22 PM
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    11-26-2016, 12:30 PM Go to last post
  16. Is there a pattern in the temperament of runts?

    Hello everyone, My heart rat also happens to be a runt. She is very 'needy' and always seeks human interaction, more-so than any other rat I...

    Started by rottengirl‎, 11-25-2016 12:33 PM
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    11-25-2016, 12:33 PM Go to last post
  17. The Life of an Adopted Pet Store Rat - The Adjustment Phase

    This isn't really a question, more like a little ratty behaviour diary I guess. I've had four rats before, but all were males, two were from an...

    Started by Zee-Bee‎, 05-31-2016 05:07 AM
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    11-25-2016, 11:22 AM Go to last post
  18. Does anyone else have rats that chew eyelashes?

    I don't wear makeup often, except my brows of course. Can't leave the house without my brows. But anywAysssss, every time I wear mascara my girls try...

    Started by Ladylazerstar702‎, 11-08-2016 10:46 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    11-23-2016, 02:54 AM Go to last post
  19. Rats Chewing Bars of Cage?

    Hello rat family! I have an all too common dilemma that I'm faced with. A few weeks ago, one of my rats (a cutie named Atom) started chewing on the...

    Started by WhimsicalArtist‎, 10-23-2016 10:43 AM
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    11-21-2016, 11:08 AM Go to last post
  20. Dribbling pee when picked up and cats

    I have two male unfixed rats housed in the same cage, Jojo and Raspberry. I got them both off of craigslist from a nice girl who was heading off to...

    Started by corgiloafs‎, 11-18-2016 09:32 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 114
    11-20-2016, 04:03 PM Go to last post

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