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On the 4th of July, my mom brought home a beautiful dumbo eared female. She said she was at the Petco and saw her on the adoption table. She knew I always wanted a dumbo so she had them box her up.

Aside from being extremly tramatized, the rat (who I named Glory) is in good health. Which seems to be a miracle. However, all she has done since I got her is sit in the corner shaking.

The really scary part...I was in the closet (thats where her cage is for now) and I accidently made a pretty loud noise. She jumped and started to chew on her own arm until it was raw! I've never seen a rat do anything like that before, it was frightening.

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Extreme Barbering, perhaps? Where they chew off their fur because they're nervous?
 

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Thats what I was thinking...perhaps a nervous habit of hers? I wonder how I can get her stop.
 

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That is terrible! Poor thing...

I would make sure she has somewhere "safe" and cozy to be so that she doesn't feel exposed in the new surroundings. Even something as simple as a cardboard box...
 

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Just as a guess, the poor thing was probably treated horribly - maybe abused - by its previous owner... Trust training will probably help with the barbering, as well as giving her some time to settle in, calm down, and realize you're not scary, you're a loving source of treats!
 

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She has one of those big igloo's, but right now she likes her corner. So far she wants nothing to do with treats but I will continue to offer and speak sweetly, hoping for a breakthrough. The way she acts, I wouldn't be suprized if she was previously abused/neglected.

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Do you know if she was ever with other rats? She may call down some once QT is over and intros can start. Maybe she's just been all alone too long. :(
 

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Some barberers barber til their forearms are bleeding a bit and pretty raw.

You might actually want to look into Rescue Remedy...I have never used it but I have heard it can calm down the very stressed nervous rat. Go very slowly with this little girl. :( Hopefully she relaxes with you enough that you can think of intro'g her, but if she's still wigged out that might make things worse. Unless you have a sweet non-territorial female to start her off with.
 

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Daddy and Ebony are very un-territorial. So I do not think there will be any problems introducing her to them once my Martins cage gets here.

Today she took a piece of turkey and a yoggie from me.

Yay! :)
 

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I know scullcap, valarian root and camomille are excellent relaxant herbs. Scullcap is extremely potent and helped me with anxiety attacks. I really don't think there is any info on if this is safe for rats D: I think I have heard of people giveing their rats small amounts of camomille tea.

Might anyone know if either of those herbs are alright? Any experiances wtih camomille and rats?

edit:
http://kristinewickstrom.homestead.com/files/RFC_FAQs.html#plant
 
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