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So a friend gave me a "Baby squirrel" which ended up being a roof rat. I love my baby but he's a pain. He refuses to eat anything solid. I've tried nuts, banana, carrot, broccoli. I'm going to try eggs next. Any ideas that could help? Also since I've never really raised a rat and no place by me will take one because it's "just a rat" is it okay to release them once they are old enough?
 

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Any idea how old he is? Do you have pictures to show? I've never had to hand raise one before, but typically they should be eating solid food around 2 weeks old, but also keep drinking milk until about 4 weeks.
 

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If he doesn't mind being held maybe you could get him a buddy and keep him for a pet. Rats need other rats for company. The freedom of the wild is also a dream come true although treacherous since he has no mother, brother, or sisters to learn from
 

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Try some oatmeal... add a little milk to it. Starting with soft, moist foods might get him interested in actually eating. Go slow, don't introduce a new food too soon. Also, call around for a vet that may have some other ideas. You could also look for a "rodent rescue".

He's a cutie by the way.
 

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Dang, a month and still not eating? That sounds really odd... maybe a special needs rat due to developmental issues? Have you had him looked at by a vet?
 
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