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  1. Rat Behavior
    I have 3 male rats who are all 1-1.5 years old. They are all separated rn and I have been trying to introduce them for like 6 months (since I got the latest 2). One of them has really bad vision, was housed alone, and wasn't ever really handled by the owner before me so understandably, he is v...
  2. Meet My Rat
    Hi Everyone! I’m a new rat owner, and this is my beautiful girl, Mercy💫 I bought her from a pet store nearby, not knowing what can go on in those sorts of establishments, and she definitely was not receiving as much love as she is now. She has some cage aggression and is a little iffy with my...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. General Rat Topics
    TL;DR: Picked up my skittish rat because I was scared she would fall, and she went ballistic and is now sulking and hiding from me. Hi all. I'm a new rat owner and a few months ago I got 2 girls of around 6 months at the time. They are from a petshop which I've now discovered is really not a...
  6. Rat Behavior
    For reference this is my first time owning rats and being exposed to rat behavior so i need help on what to do: I have two male rats, Zeus and Hades, who i got a couple months ago and whenever I take them out of their cage (recently) the first thing they do is run to me. Which i think is cute...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Rat Behavior
    I have 3 girls, one is over a year old, and 2 are younger that I got about 6 months ago. The oldest girl is very well behaved and so is the other younger one, but the other baby is very odd. She acts like shes fighting nothing, she doesnt sleep with the other rats often, and she doesnt play with...
  10. Rat Behavior
    Hey i have never posted anything on this site before. I have only just got my 2 male rats, Pilgore the destroyer and Harald Fairhair. The story of how i got them is very long and complicated. I wanted to get rats as i only have a gecko and i share responsibility of a dog with my father. But for...
  11. 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...
  12. Rat Behavior
    i recently became a new rat owner about a week ago with two girls (aardvark and tweet), both about a month's age. they were given to me by my upstairs neighbor who is breeding rats as both pets and (Unfortunately) snake food (But primarily as pets since she could sell them). although I've been...
  13. 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...
  14. Rat Behavior
    Hi everyone. I'm just looking for some advice here on my previously neglected rats. Context; I recently rescued a few young males and they're extremely timid and one is even a bit aggressive. I'm trying to gradually trust train them by giving them treats from my hands and giving them liquid...
  15. Rat Behavior
    I’ve recently had a rat pass away but I still have his brother, he has been acting fine since he passed although yesterday he was fine, but I’ve got him out today and he’s acting very hyper and skitty. My sister has come up to him but she has been at a house with a dog so could that be it? He...
  16. Rat Behavior
    This is my first post on this forum ;). After reading many topics from other rat owners and watching a ton of YouTube videos about ratcare and behavior in pet rats we decided we wanted to adopt pet rats. My wife and I adopted 3 dumbo hooded male rats from a breeder January this year when they...
  17. Rat Behavior
    Hi! I have 2 girl rats both from shop. Older one i saw alone in a shop and cant leave her there ,she was big already and i think she was treated bad there. Second one i bought little. Older girl is so skittish and scared all the time and i think the little one is like that because of here or...
  18. General Rat Topics
    Helloooo! I left for a vacation last Saturday and left my rats at home. Of course, I have someone checking in on them every day and making sure they have had playtime, but from what I have heard, they are a little bit skittish. They know the person who is taking care of them but they don't seem...
  19. Rat Behavior
    I’ve had my pet rats for about 3 weeks, I take them out regularly but they try to scurry away when I hold them. They are quite skittish around me, they’ll happily sniff me and will approach for treats. However, they always snatch their food and when it comes to them taking food out the palm of...
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