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  1. Rat Behavior
    Hi, I’m a let rat owner of 2 beautiful girls, around 8 weeks old. They are happy to take treats from my hands and walk up my forearm a bit and i can put my hand near them and they will sniff it and on occasionally licks it. But I can’t hold them or pick them up. Then i let them out the cage they...
  2. Rat Behavior
    Hi All, I'm so excited to be a part of the community! Reading through this forum has been a LIFE SAVER this past week to get my new babies back to safety after an escape, but now I definitely need some additional guidance on what to do from here. Here's the full story with ALL details (so...
  3. Rat Behavior
    Hi All, I'm so excited to be a part of the community! Reading through this forum has been a LIFE SAVER this past week to get my new babies back to safety after an escape, but now I definitely need some additional guidance on what to do from here. Here's the full story with ALL details (so we...
  4. Rat Behavior
    Hello! So ive been struggling with a little something… in march, one of my first rats died (i had2) and because i didnt want yubi (who got sick in august too sadly) to be alone, i got her new friends. Yuki, kuro and shiro. (Yuki n shiro r albinos) Now, its been months from march but they haven’t...
  5. General Rat Topics
    I'm trying to bond with my pair of males, James and Stefan. I had to get them from a pet store because all the breeders in my state (3) had no rats avaliable, and there are no rescues in my state with rats avaliable. I think they were meant to be feeder rats. I love them to the moon and back...
  6. Rat Behavior
    Hello all! First apologies in advance if this post is all over the place, it's early morning and I'm about to go to bed but wanted to get this out there first. TLDR: Trying to match the comfort level of my rats, thinking they're ready for handling and getting mixed results. They tolerate more...
  7. Rat Behavior
    I recently got a new rat. The last few days she has really warmed up to me and loves to sit in my jumper. But last night the cat came into my room and went up to her cage, my cat didn't do anything but the poor baby was frightened. Fast forward to this morning. I've given her her usual treat...
  8. Rat Behavior
    I got a new rat 2 days ago! She's around 6 weeks and bonding is going well. I plan to introduce her to my other rat in a few weeks. however in about 4 weeks I have to go to Brisbane for 2 weeks. I'm very scared I will lose all progress in bonding Will it be alright if my dad spends time with...
  9. Rat Behavior
    Helloooo!! I'm a new rat owner Ive had my rats for about 2 weeks Milo(A adult fancy rat) and Zero (a teen fancy rat) Me and Zero bond really well!! Hes supper sweet loves to chill in my hoodie and loves snacks! Milo..me and him vibe okay ig not the best but its ok he isnt agressive or anything...
  10. Rat Health
    Hi everyone! I just got my two boys, Thistle and Fern, on Saturday (they are about 7 weeks old now), and I've been trying to bond with them using baby food. However, they only seem interested in the beef-flavored one, and I'm worried that it will be too much protein for them if I continue to use...
  11. Rat Behavior
    hello! yes I’m posing again about my new rat, BUT as a first time rat owner is it normal for little ones to not take treats/food from my hand? when I got my first rat Panini she would come out take the food from me and run away and eat it but my new rat Olive won’t even take the food, at night I...
  12. General Rat Topics
    I’ve had my rats for almost 2 months now, and they’re the first rats I’ve ever had (expect some other stuff before the main part of this) when I got them, I’d had a huge cage for them, but I’d overlooked how small they would be at their age (>3 months), and they could slip through the 1 inch...
  13. Rat Behavior
    Hi, We're trying to use the carrier method to bond our rat Frank to a new duo and they're in the first stage right now (in pet carrier). They're not being too aggressive, there's been some pinning and squabbling but nothing we've had to intervene for, however they're also not sleeping together...
  14. Rat Behavior
    Bonding with rats is a slow process which I'm still working on, and though I'm proud of how far my girls have come along it can sometimes feel like they will only ever really tolerate me. I would just like to hear some motivating bonding stories where you were able to have a breakthrough with...
  15. General Rat Topics
    Day 1- My 4 gerbil sisters passed away 6 months ago, bless their little souls. I had this massive cage and wanted to get more. While at the pet store ( I found later I should only buy from a breeder- which I’ll do next time) I fell inlove with this little baby rat. I’ve never had rats before but...
  16. New Member Introductions
    hello! i adopted my 2 lady rats a week ago. on the left is Peppa, on the right is Mari. they're 2 months and a week old by now. Peppa is outgoing and fearless. she leaps before she looks. Mari is shy and introverted, and maybe a bit lazy. i'm not sure how long it's supposed to take but i...
  17. General Rat Topics
    Hi everyone! I'm a new rat owner and have already made a post a while ago about having trouble training my rats. Trying to follow the advice on my last post, I've been trying to hand tame my boys, and my more confident rat Nimbus has been climbing all over my hand and seemed really comfortable...
  18. Rat Behavior
    Sorry if this is a dumb question but how do you encourage your new rats to like you? Or even notice you. I got rats because they're supposed to be smart and curious and affectionate, but so far I feel like I've got a couple of apathetic hamsters lol. I've had them only a few days, so they...
  19. Rat Behavior
    Hello friends! I've got two rats (that have come quite a long way in the month I've had them 🤠) and it seems like my more dominant rat may be trying to stop my more skittish rat from interacting with me. I didn't really notice this at first because it seemed like Cedar just needed some more...
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