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  1. Rat Behavior
    I got my male rat, Joseph, in November last year. He is about 5 months old and was the sweetest rat ever. I brought him around the house with me on my shoulder, in hoodie pockets, he climbed in my sleeves, etc. When trimming his nails we didn't need gloves, he would just squirm a bit and let out...
  2. Rat Behavior
    Edit: Some have suggested this could be mites and I think you're on to something. However I'm not sure how they'd get mites, as I use fleece and incontinence pads for bedding, no shavings or such, and I haven't introduced any new rats. Is there anything else mites could spawn from...
  3. Rat Behavior
    Hello! This is my first post, and it's quite a broad topic. I'm not a first-time rat owner, and I'm experienced with skittish and occasionally nippy rescues for that matter, But I feel like I've found myself in a relatively odd position with my new pair. Recently I took home a pair of PEW...
  4. Rat Behavior
    Aubergine is probably about six months old now and I would say we generally have a good relationship. He is on his own but I make sure I spend a lot of time with him - he used to come to work with me which at the moment I cannot do, so I am aware that he is spending a fair bit of the day alone...
  5. Rat Behavior
    Hey, friends! I've got a problem. My rats like to nibble on me. It's mostly fingers, and it's usually completely harmless. If I reach out to pet them, they'll usually want to sniff me too, and sometimes they'll put their mouth over my finger, probably because I smell like food. Please note that...
  6. Rat Behavior
    Ok so we've had our 2 rats for about 2 months now (from the pet shop). I've been working on getting them used to being handled and it seems to be going ok with Rosie, she is getting more used to me and will climb onto my hand when I put it in the cage. Rita however is a different story! She...
  7. Rat Behavior
    Just created this account so sorry if I'm doing anything wrong. So, a few weeks ago, six to be precise, got my first ever pair of rats! But it hasn’t been all sunshine and lollipops. One of my rats Ra, a dwarf, has a temperament problem. At first it started with nipping my hand. It wasn’t...
  8. Rat Behavior
    Hello, new rat mom here. I recently adopted an 8 month old male rat from a rat breeder that had to put him up for adoption because he wasn’t getting along with other rats and needed to be alone. He is sweet as can be and has no problem coming up to us in his cage and will even climb into our...
  9. General Rat Topics
    I got my first pack of rats ( 4 girls ) 5 months ago. I was really exited to teach them tricks and pet them. At first I wanted to buy them from a breeder but since I couldn't find one, I got them from a pet store. When they bit me the first few times I thought it was gonna take care of it self...
  10. Rat Behavior
    So I have new rat babies I’ve had them nearly 2 weeks. And I’m struggling to stop them from biting so I can start stroking and holding. I recently just tried the spoon technique (make an eek when they bite it) and now I’m using soft foods so they’ll learn to lick instead of bite. They only seem...
  11. Rat Behavior
    Hi, thanks for reading and any help you have to offer. We have four female rats, two are about five months and two are about three months old. They like playing with us and aren't afraid. The only problem is, we were bitten by pretty much all of them at one point (blood drawn) so we started...
  12. Rat Behavior
    I have two rats, both are sisters about 1 year and 1 month old. One of my rats has become blind in one eye, while the other eye has very poor vision. The vet has told me in a few months time she will be totally blind. I have taken precautions to help her get to food and water, my only problem...
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