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Hello all! New rat dad here! I have two girls (Brie and Camembert), sisters, about 8 months old. They don’t like to be handled that much, but we are getting some progress with nap time in a hoodie. They will come out of the cage for treats and tolerate some pets. But the real issue is that Camembert is constantly biting the cage wires. There are plenty of toys, chew toys and stimulating toys (I got an old sock filled it with treats and bedding and paper), a wheel. But still she will chew on the cage all day and night long. I have read that some rats will do this for attention but she will do it even with me sitting right next to the cage feeding treats and giving pets.
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My girl dibs used to do this. I am not sure why she did it but she grew out of it very quickly! I'm pretty sure that it is just one of those behaviors that they eventually grow out of!
 

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Most rats bite the cage when they are bored. Or if the cage is to small. How big is your cage? Or what cage are you using?
 

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The cage is a bit small. How often and how long do they come out?
Usually about 15-45 minutes a day. I have tried to get them to free roam but they don’t seem that interested in coming out of their cage even when I back away and watch from a distance. And when they do come out they just go back behind the cage and dig at the carpet. Everytime I try to free roam without the cage nearby they just sit there and shake with anxiety. I’m going to try to bring them in the bathroom tonight with the cage (after rat proofing the bathroom) and see what they will do when I put boxes and treats around.
 

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I’m going to try to bring them in the bathroom tonight with the cage (after rat proofing the bathroom) and see what they will do when I put boxes and treats around.
That's a great idea! Hopefully the smaller space will ease their nerves. The more boxes and hiding places you give them, the more confident they should be about coming out.

Usually about 15-45 minutes a day. I have tried to get them to free roam but they don’t seem that interested in coming out of their cage even when I back away and watch from a distance.
Have you tried luring them out with food?
 

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Just wanted to update everyone on the girls! We got them a critter nation double size and a bunch of new toys. So far there has been no cage bitting! Before the new cage the bitting had slowed down due to lots of attention and bathroom time (which they are super nervous about still and usually end up hiding in my lap or hoodie for snooze time). They are enjoying the new cage along with the new hiding boxes I’ve made for them. Next up on my list is a dig box! We’re trying to litter train by giving less bedding (aspen) and more nesting material like tissue paper and cloth from the dollar store. Would you guys be interested in pictures of the new set up? I’d love some opinions on what else I could put in the new cage since there is so much room! Thanks for all the replies and help so far!
 
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