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Forum: Rat Behavior

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

  1. 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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    04-26-2017, 04:41 PM Go to last post
  2. 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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    10-22-2016, 05:19 AM Go to last post
  3. 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. Introducing baby rat to group of rats

    Hello everyone! So I will be getting a new baby rat this/Next week & have been trying to read up on intorducing my new rat to my group of 5. any...

    Started by PandoraAlicePenelope‎, 04-24-2017 03:08 PM
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  2. Ray escaped now terrified after catching, help!!!

    So basically somehow Ernie escaped last night and we had a terrible time catching him to get him back in this morning as he's still not been handled...

    Started by christyt‎, 04-26-2017 03:17 PM
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    Yesterday, 06:44 PM Go to last post
  3. Introducing old boy to new trio - did I miss my opportunity?

    Hi all, Oscar is about 3 years old, battling mycoplasma but otherwise in excellent shape. I got him and his brother Biggie a year ago and never...

    Started by JGsheppard26‎, 04-27-2017 10:19 PM
    • Replies: 1
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  4. Fire Alarm Fiasco

    So I'm a new rat owner and I've had my 3 babies (6 week old boys) for less than a week, they're still pretty skittish and learning to trust me and...

    Started by Deltaphi‎, 04-25-2017 05:53 PM
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    04-27-2017, 10:39 PM Go to last post
  5. Exclamation Playing or Fighting?

    Salt & Pepper are pinning each other on their backs. They make little squeaks too. Are they playing or are they fighting??????

    Started by Salt & Pepper‎, 04-25-2017 08:47 PM
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    04-26-2017, 04:45 PM Go to last post
  6. They're so unhappy

    I've had my two boys for almost two months now. One of them still cries pretty much all the time and shrieks whenever I touch him (I've never...

    Started by Gwenfaire‎, 04-14-2017 08:37 PM
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    04-25-2017, 07:59 PM Go to last post
  7. My Rat Has Started Biting

    Hello all, I am looking for some behavioral advice about my rat, Priscilla. Priscilla and her cagemate, Cherry Blossom, were adopted in November at...

    Started by odolby‎, 04-23-2017 07:35 PM
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    04-25-2017, 02:02 AM Go to last post
  8. Any rattus rattus aka roof rat/black rat/ship rat owners on here?

    Does anyone know whether it would likely work to introduce an adult roof rat to a baby roof rat? I have a roof rat that I got as a 4 week old...

    Started by Kai‎, 05-15-2016 02:56 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    04-23-2017, 05:24 PM Go to last post
  9. Need help, babies too timid?

    Hi, so I just got 2 new male babies which have been handled every day from a breeder. This is day two and they will not come out of their igloo. The...

    Started by christyt‎, 04-13-2017 05:37 PM
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    04-23-2017, 01:01 PM Go to last post
  10. Red face I Think This is Hilarious

    When Blaire, a PEW, was born, I was told that her biggest issues would be balancing and sight (she's missing two-thirds of her tail). I vaguely...

    Started by RosesAndRats‎, 04-19-2017 09:18 PM
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    04-23-2017, 01:21 AM Go to last post
  11. Am I on the right track???

    I'm pretty new to baby ratties. I've had rats in the past but never got them as babies. I am looking for some advice or you guys opinions on...

    Started by RattyMomma1‎, 04-21-2017 04:40 PM
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    04-22-2017, 11:53 PM Go to last post
  12. Huffing/swiping through the bars

    I just got two little 5 week old rats today. The cage I have is 2 all living things starter kits modified into one. It can be separated into two...

    Started by Mr_Mooster‎, 04-22-2017 08:31 PM
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    04-22-2017, 09:38 PM Go to last post
  13. Being playful?

    When i open up cage door. Cheese and Kevin both climb iver each other to sniff my hand. Eventually Kevin chills back and nibbles on what ever snack i...

    Started by frugalmommaof2‎, 04-21-2017 11:53 AM
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    04-22-2017, 04:15 PM Go to last post
  14. Question Question about handling

    I was just wondering if forced handling makes your rats trust you less? I have a particularly shy girl who sits in the corner all day when I'm in my...

    Started by betht‎, 04-21-2017 11:28 PM
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    04-22-2017, 03:08 PM Go to last post
  15. Food sharing

    One of my boys just went in his box and brought out a piece of food and gave it to me. I know eating together is a rat social thing but I've never...

    Started by Sissylala‎, 04-19-2017 03:18 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    04-22-2017, 12:11 PM Go to last post
  16. Trust training a 6month old male rat?

    I'm kind of unsure how this came about other than my lack of time for him in the beginning by being overwhelmed by his brother beating up my 2 year...

    Started by Ratnamedbuddy‎, 04-21-2017 06:20 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    04-21-2017, 07:49 PM Go to last post
  17. Escaping Rat (not from cage)

    I need some advice for my very active rattie. Tink is a sweet small 7 month old rat, but very VERY active. I call her my parkour rat because she...

    Started by writingonwalls‎, 03-25-2017 08:46 PM
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    04-21-2017, 05:13 PM Go to last post
  18. Introductions

    sorry for the long post but, I posted about a month ago about introductions for my 9 month old neutered male and my 4 month old doe learning i needed...

    Started by Rylee‎, 04-17-2017 02:19 PM
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    04-19-2017, 01:06 PM Go to last post
  19. Rat noises? Should I be concerned???

    One of my boys is making a shattering sort of noise and I haven't been able to find any sounds like it elsewhere....

    Started by Mama Rat‎, 04-13-2017 06:30 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    04-18-2017, 02:03 AM Go to last post
  20. Rat introductions

    So, I have a 2.5 yr old girl whom I've had since she was 5 weeks old, and I have a 7 week old boy and a 9 week old boy, I've only had them for 2...

    Started by Sissylala‎, 04-16-2017 03:34 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 59
    04-16-2017, 04:04 PM Go to last post

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