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for your ratties to become socialized after you got them? as in, they actually WANTED to leave the cage for playtime without you having to coax them out. :lol:

i've had my girls for over a week now, and they still:

a) don't like being picked up
b) don't like me making sudden movements near the cage
c) don't seem to play too much

maybe this is because they were hardly (if ever) handled at the pet store? :/

i've been putting them in my vest/handling them for at least 20 mins each a day since i got them (usually for at least an hour) and they should be used to my scent and all..well, they're not fear pooping anymore so i guess that's progress! :lol:
 

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I'm not exactly sure for all of my rats. Bella has always been that way, ever since my sister got her. It took Kismet maybe two days, Magic a few days.

My shyest girl only within the last week or so has really started to come out of her shell and trust me. It's been a couple months I think since I took her in. It's interesting though with her because she doesn't mind being picked up, but she doesn't like being held. Usually with my rats it's the other way around. She does run up to me now when I open the door.

None of my rats like sudden movements though. They're not really used to that, because it's just me up here with them all the time. I wish I had more people come up here to make noise and stuff to get them used to it.

Some rats just take a while, and it sounds like you're doing well so far, so you just need to be persistent and patient ^_^
 

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Baileys, Puck, and Jack - Came socialized.

Guinness - Never wants to leave the cage, but will come when called, so I'd also consider him as socialized when we got him.

Pernod - 4-5 months (he's my biter).

Bacardi - 6 months (he's my skittish boy).
 

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I just got two yesterday, unsocialised males. I am going to attempt a pick up today, but if my memory serves me right, my first pair got used to it and enjoyed being picked up (mostly) from about a month in. I think the main thing here is consistency. And bear in mind that some rats may never enjoy it. Good luck and I hope it happens for you soon. xx
 

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I've had my 2 boys just over 2 weeks now and they are still edgy! I can hold Charley just fine but Max doesn't let me touch him at all I tried today and he scratched the **** out of me I'm trying though good luck with your ratties =]
 

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It took me a good month with my current girl, I don't remember how long it took with my rats in the past. She's a hairless girl and it was February so I just tossed her in my hoodie for a few hours (with potty and water breaks) a day.
 

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thanks everyone!
i'll keep being patient and handling them every day..
it's nice to know other people had success with their shy ratties!
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A month is a good amount of time to expect. All our rats became very social within this amount of time, but the males took longer than the females. The females only took a couple weeks.

This is the rule I use... when you can take them out and they hold their poop until they get back, they have pretty much made themselves at home... if they are still "fear pooping" they just aren't socialized yet... but don't worry, it will happen.
 

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I really thought that I was doing something wrong for the longest time because my ratties ddnt immediately fall in love with me and come to me within a week or two. Then I remembered that my husband didnt think I was all that for a few weeks either :p

In other words, all love takes time :) Forced socialization and trust is a great and necessary thing, but you cant force love - that is the wonderful thing that grows and happens when THEY are ready for it to happen.

Now, my sweeties step all over each other to get to me when I even come near the cage.

I may be wayyyy wrong on this, its just been my experience. :)

Good luck!
 

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It does take patience; a week seems like a long time to you, but really, the ratties are still getting used to everything.

Personally, in the examples of Gregor Samsa and Augustus, they came to me socialized, so I can't really answer on that.

But I got Buscemi when he was about four weeks old, and he had never been held. HOWEVER, since he was so young, he had no concept that anything "bad" could happen to him. (That innocence is so precious!) He never gave me a hard time when I took him out to play.

When Boo and I first started playing together, he didn't want to spend much time around me...he was too busy running, and running, and hiding, and chewing, and more running. But he's grown up with me and Gus, and even though he is still young, he enjoys petting and touch more every day, and really looks forward to coming out...when HE wants to. (They find a way to let you know, usually at two in the morning! ;) )

Just keep doing what you're doing, have patience, speak sweetly, and have good treats for them. I'm sure they will give you plenty of love, as soon as they are used to their home.
 
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