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  1. Rat Health
    I found a lump in my unaltered, male rat‘s throat who’s almost 1 year old. He did show some discomfort when examined it. It’s not giant but it’s about the size of a marble. He has gained a significant amount of weight in the past few weeks. He is staying on the lower level of their critter...
  2. Rat Behavior
    Help! I'm a new rat parent and one of my boys, Stefan, hates being picked up so much i can't even get him in the carrier to take him out for playtime. His brother will let me pick him up when necessary, although he doesn't enjoy it (which is to be expected, we haven't bonded yet). Whenever i...
  3. Rat Behavior
    I have 2 male rats from a pet-shop 3 weeks ago, i recently had to bring one to a vet for respiratory problems, it got weighted, examined and i got his prescription for 14 days of medecine but it wasn't really ready to fully leave the cage for play time when i took him to the vet, after the...
  4. Rat Behavior
    Hi everyone, a bit of a long post, but TLDR; my rattie is very sensitive to the world and has these sorts of mood swings where he will only stay in his hammocks and hide. I'm having a bit of a hard time fully understanding my albino rat, Razor. He is eleven months old and I've had him since he...
  5. Rat Behavior
    I got my boys (Cookie, Crumble, Custard and Heisenberg) end of April from PAH (Now I know I should have got them from the breeder 😞) I gave them few days to settle, then started to introduce myself to them and handling them in confident way. They've been at first going in snuggle hoodie, then...
  6. Rat Behavior
    Hi, we are introducing our 1.5yr old Mac to our group of three rats (9months to 1year old) (all male) after his cage mate died. We have been using the carrier method and the first stage seemed to go well as this morning they were all snuggled up together after some aggression from Ted (one of...
  7. Rat Behavior
    5 months ago I got my rats. There are four of them; Omen, Ferry, Trouble and Misty. Omen is really hand-tame and will climb me whenever she gets the chance. Ferry is a bit less tame, but still quite affectionate. Trouble is kinda wild, but sometimes she grooms me so I'm not that nervous. It's...
  8. Rat Behavior
    Hi everyone, This is the first time posting on the forum, it has been extremely helpful to read threads after threads of people facing similar issues as me and also reading the success stories. I am currently at a loss of what I should do and I hope that someone with similar experiences would...
  9. Rat Behavior
    I have a very timid rat named Clover. She is very food motivated. I just had brought another one of my rats, Fairy, back into the cage after riding around on my shoulder, and I got out the Yogies so I could give one to each of my rats. I had poured three into my hand and gave one to faerie, and...
  10. Rat Behavior
    Hey guys I’m a first time rat owner and I just want my ratties to be chill with me and let me hold them. They are scared tucked away in their igloo bunched in a corner, I tried to pick them up a few times since getting them but don’t feel like it’s right, it feels kinda like I’m scaring them...
  11. Rat Behavior
    So, this morning, I was filling up the rat's food and checking for poops when my laziest rat (I MEAN IT!! HE IS SO LAZY!) started acting hyper. He was jumping around and tackling the other rat when it is usually the other way around. He has been acting off all day and I was wondering if your...
  12. Rat Behavior
    So I have four 3 month old girls, who I got about a week ago. I've been making sure to spend time with them all equally... one of them loves me to death and cuddles with me every day and has no fear around me. Even lets me pick her up with no trouble. One girl is afraid until she relizes that...
  13. Rat Behavior
    Hi! as you can see i have problems with one of my rats. He is less than a year old and Im trying to get him to bond with my old boy, Ghost. The problem Im having is that myew boy (Ben) is affraid of Ghost even though Ghost has been nothing but sweet, trying to groom him and such and bruxing when...
  14. Rat Behavior
    Hi, I’m new to owning rats and have had mine for about three weeks now. I’ve been working on bonding and trust and handling with them. My girl, Mochi, is the boldest and has been okay with us picking her up and slowly making her way back into her habitat. I only ever do this sitting in front of...
  15. Rat Behavior
    I've had rats all my life, but recently took a break from them when I had a child. My rats have always been sweet, friendly, energetic, adventuresome, curious, super smart, playful, entertaining, calm and just generally great pets. Well, my son is 6 now, and since he did so well with our...
  16. Rat Behavior
    I've had my rats for a month now, they're about 3-4 months old. They have a relatively large cage for just two of them, 2 different floors with toys and a wheel. For the first two weeks, they hid in a little box with an old tshirt of mine for them to sleep in. They barely ever came out of it...
  17. Rat Behavior
    Hey y'all! So I recently got a pet rat (Roquefort) and I'm a bit worried about her. She's always hiding in her little tent and only comes out to eat/drink water when the lights are out or when she thinks I'm not there. I decided to start taming her, and it was kind of a disaster. Every time I...
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