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So, "No! Drop it!" doesn't seem to work with rats! Who'd have thunk it? :lol:

It amazes me how our rats have the ability to find things that we didn't know existed. Twice now one of ours has found foil sweet wrapper balls. She won't even drop them for a yoghurt drop! Only crumbs of "human" food will work :lol:
 

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My little rat Stewie will steal my credit cards and hide them inside his cage if I leave them out on my desk... I think he's trying to tell me something. Of course, he also steals plastic bags for nesting material.. suicidal aren't we?

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One of my friend's free-range girls fetched a pinkie that had gotten lost (the mother had tried to move her nest when she was given out-time, and managed to move a few babies before anyone noticed). If that girl hadn't brought the pinkie back, it would have died under the radiator.
 

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2manyrats said:
One of my friend's free-range girls fetched a pinkie that had gotten lost (the mother had tried to move her nest when she was given out-time, and managed to move a few babies before anyone noticed). If that girl hadn't brought the pinkie back, it would have died under the radiator.
That is too sweet!
 

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I am still learning what Gus knows, what Gus doesn't know, and what Gus ~pretends~ not to know when it's in his advantage. :)

Even though he's a pretty big boy, he isn't yet five months old, and still displays lots of "baby" behavior. I talk to him constantly, and I know he picks up on a lot of the basic words, and even if he doesn't get the words, he gets information from the sound of my voice, when I say it.

We were playing in the (rat-proofed) bathroom tonight...I call it the "scamper room." Gus loves the cabinets, and I give him kleenex, cotton balls, and other stuff, which he loves, because he's setting up a home away from home in there. He recently really surprised me, because he showed me that he was able to enter the cabinets, pull himself up to a tiny ledge with his forelegs alone, and squeeze in the back of the ONE drawer I have in the bathroom. Strong AND nimble!

I thought it was cute, even though I spoil him with everything, and he doesn't really ~need~ to get into the drawer. I asked him, "Do you want everything in the world PLUS a drawer??? Well, OK, I love you, so we can share the drawer!" (Happy happy from Gus over this, of course.)

Anyway, during tonight's play session, he was spending a big block of time in that drawer, and I pointed out to him that we really should spend our "together time" TOGETHER. This was too sophisticated for him to understand, of course, so I tried an experiment: I wanted to see if he would listen to me if I gave him the most important command ever...the command that might, one day, save his life.

Very nicely, and very clearly, I said, "Gus, come here!" I know he knows what I mean, but he really liked that drawer, and I didn't know if he would listen to me.

Well...he popped right out of the drawer, and came to me as soon as he could! :D I massaged him, and made a big deal of how good he was. He felt it was worth it to come when I call.

Not only am I relieved that he knows and obeys that command, but I'm also very flattered. I know that he wouldn't come to me whenever I wanted, unless he loved me, and associated me with good things happening. After all, he's an individual in his own right, and no one can force him to come if he doesn't want to. Sigh. I love my ratty!

On a tangent, Gus bit me today, and I bled...but he only did it because of love. My thumb was bandaged, and he was out, and he decided to nibble at the bandages. I thought, "Oh, that's cute! All animals want to at least attempt to pull bandages off, when THEY are bandaged, and now Gus wants to 'help' me out of these 'awful' bandages."

About the time I was thinking this, Gus decided to get really serious about getting the bandage off, and he started biting hard, and pulling it off really quickly, and before he knew it, he bit my thumb instead of the wrappings! Of course, he was very sorry, and licked my wound until it was "better." :roll: I tell you - this guy! Gotta love him!

Sorry this post was so long and rambling...I guess I get very enthusiastic when talking about the cute things that rats do. :D
 

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Holly said:
I am still learning what Gus knows, what Gus doesn't know, and what Gus ~pretends~ not to know when it's in his advantage. :)
I think you said it all right there. Both our rats choose to ignore things I know full well they understand, when it suits them.
 

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i had my first rat trained to roll over and most of my rats will come when i call for them....well most times anyway... ok, so when i have a treat or there's something that might be scary nearby.... but they do know to come, just sometimes what they're doing is too interesting *smiles*
 

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i had my first rat trained to roll over and most of my rats will come when i call for them....well most times anyway... ok, so when i have a treat or there's something that might be scary nearby.... but they do know to come, just sometimes what they're doing is too interesting *smiles*
That's sounds like a very polite way of saying they come when it suits them ;)
 

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twitch said:
i had my first rat trained to roll over and most of my rats will come when i call for them....well most times anyway... ok, so when i have a treat or there's something that might be scary nearby.... but they do know to come, just sometimes what they're doing is too interesting *smiles*
That's sounds like a very polite way of saying they come when it suits them ;)
yes, well yeah... but hey! pocket would roll over! *big arse grin*
 

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twitch said:
i had my first rat trained to roll over and most of my rats will come when i call for them....well most times anyway... ok, so when i have a treat or there's something that might be scary nearby.... but they do know to come, just sometimes what they're doing is too interesting *smiles*
HeHe. My 2 girl ratties also have selective hearing. They mostly come on command but sometimes they're just too distracted with something or other & oh my goodness, roll over is a very cool trick. I never would have thought to teach that to a rat! Now I want to though! :D
 

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My rats haven't gotten a chance to steal something from me, I cleaned my room SO good and theres nothing that isn't 4 feet above where they scurry about. But I can tell they like to carry things, hehe, Bo grabs the little wood sticks I bought him and runs about with them, so cute to watch.
 

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What I like is when they steal something, and then come back five minutes later and try to give it to you as a "gift!" :lol:
 

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my rats have learnt when there's food
I call to them by saying come on little ratties
and they're out like a shot to see what I have for them
 

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I call food "sweeties."

"Come to Mommy, Gus" might get him to come, or it might not.

"Come to Mommy, Gus - SWEETIE!" gets him to come every time. :lol:
 
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