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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. Rats don't "brux" out of happiness

    I'm sick of people telling others that bruxing is a sign of happiness. Sure, and a baby cries because it's having a grand old time. Rats chatter and...

    Started by Cyrix‎, 11-04-2015 02:27 AM
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  2. Should I buy new rata before my 2year old dies??

    I have a 8month old male rat who despite trying my hardest in trust training won't come to me unless his cage mate goes first. As his cage mate...

    Started by Ratnamedbuddy‎, Today 03:16 PM
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  3. Could my rat have been comforting me?

    Earlier in the day, my rat Tim had a choking episode. He was able to breathe and everything that I looked at said to leave him alone and glance...

    Started by Kirly‎, Today 12:48 AM
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  4. Rats at the pet store

    I was looking at some rats at a pet store, and they were sorta fighting, but it looked like play fighting. Rats like to wrestle, right? I hope so,...

    Started by Ilovemiceandrats‎, Yesterday 10:16 PM
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  5. Ignoring Each Other

    I got two boys the other day, brothers that spent their entire lives (all ~6 weeks of them) together. I have a DCN for them and one of the boys ( a...

    Started by RattiesRus‎, 05-14-2017 11:02 AM
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  6. How long should introductions take?

    Hi! I'm adopting two new baby boys soon, about a month old, and am planning on introducing them to my two 1-1/2 year olds. This will be my first...

    Started by masonbee‎, 05-20-2017 02:57 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    05-20-2017, 05:35 PM Go to last post
  7. When is dominant behaviour too far?

    I recently got a baby rat for my old boy Voodoo, who's brother passed away recently. The baby is 6 weeks old, and Voodoo is about a year and a half....

    Started by fera‎, 05-19-2017 11:02 PM
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    05-19-2017, 11:55 PM Go to last post
  8. Rats Chewing in Bathroom

    I recently stopped throwing a rat blanket over my bed for my rats to have free run and have instead been putting their boxes, homes and toys in the...

    Started by macydingus‎, 05-17-2017 03:39 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    05-18-2017, 07:38 AM Go to last post
  9. Immersion Training the way to go?

    Hi guys, I'm getting my first three ratties tomorrow. I've read about two conflicting methods of handling rats when you first get them: 1) putting...

    Started by Labrador‎, 05-13-2017 09:31 AM
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    05-18-2017, 07:19 AM Go to last post
  10. Female withdrawn after being separated from her pregnant sister/cagemate

    I brought home two female rats (sisters) 9 days ago. One was much more shy and cautious, while the other was very energetic and adventurous. The shy...

    Started by itsybitsy‎, 05-17-2017 06:33 PM
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  11. Introducing my boys

    I've got my two boys in seperate cages and they've been this way for 6 days. I'm slowly introducing them and following the instructions (neutral...

    Started by DepressedKittten97‎, 05-17-2017 02:22 AM
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    05-17-2017, 01:00 PM Go to last post
  12. Should I Get More Rats?

    I've got two boys, both about a year and a half old, in this massive cage (31X20x54) Now that they've settled down in the house, they've started...

    Started by masonbee‎, 05-16-2017 02:41 PM
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  13. Adopted Two Young Rats for My Rat Jerry - They Are Endlessly Skiddish

    My rat Bernie passed away a few weeks ago from some illness. The vet and I tried for a month to figure out what it was, and couldn't. His brother...

    Started by Cam‎, 05-14-2017 03:45 PM
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    05-16-2017, 05:52 AM Go to last post
  14. What's happening to my rats whiskers?

    Most of Ruby's whiskers look like they're being cut off, with only about 1/4 inch left in most places. Why is this happening? Is it normal for...

    Started by rottengirl‎, 05-15-2017 11:28 AM
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    05-15-2017, 08:07 PM Go to last post
  15. 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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    05-15-2017, 11:56 AM Go to last post
  16. New rats just hiding

    So I picked up two hairless rats today to befriend Tom and Jerry. I got these two from a breeder but they are so nervous and are just hiding in their...

    Started by Samanamkmj‎, 05-14-2017 01:32 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    05-15-2017, 09:55 AM Go to last post
  17. Lazy Boys Don't Want to Come Out of Cage

    Hello! I've got two super cute boys, both are over a year old. I adopted them from a foster parent who said they're pretty shy about being outside of...

    Started by masonbee‎, 05-01-2017 05:04 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    05-14-2017, 01:35 PM Go to last post
  18. Beauregard becoming Thumper?

    My darling Beauregard was my first rat (bought in April 2015). He is now over two years old, so I try to keep an eye on him and am thrilled with each...

    Started by raqathta‎, 05-13-2017 02:57 AM
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    05-14-2017, 04:34 AM Go to last post
  19. Rat chewing faces?

    My oldest lady loves grooming people, especially human faces. I usually let her, but she's not exactly gentle. She also seems to favour human lips...

    Started by Prince‎, 05-14-2017 12:42 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    05-14-2017, 03:38 AM Go to last post
  20. What is my rat doing?

    A few times now I've found my rat constantly licking or "chewing" the air almost like someone trying to get something stuck on the roof of their...

    Started by Kenowhereman‎, 05-13-2017 10:40 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 56
    05-13-2017, 11:02 PM Go to last post

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