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My mum and I rescued two rats, I'm not aware of the breed but we have had them for 2 weeks now and they have had social attention from us but one of the rats is always bitting and last night she lunged at my mum. The other one is very shy, I think she is blind, she squeaks when we try to pick her up. My mum said if they keep doing this they will go, please help I really do love having them and don't want to see them go to a rescue place where I know they'll get put to sleep.
 

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you should check out rat dadfys immersion training forum it works wonders and might help you your mom and your ratties live a good happylife togeather
 

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It is a long read but is definitely interesting. I think overall, you basically have to handle the rats as often as you can. Have them out of the cage, on your lap, on your shoulder, on the floor with you - preferably in a small enclosed area that you can rat proof easily (like a bathroom). If you bond with your rats you can begin to show them that the rest of the world isn't so scary. The rat is biting because it is afraid and if you take away the fear then it will not constantly feel the need to defend itself. Good luck.
 

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A friend of mines friend gave them to her, she took them to the rescue center and they said they get put down 9 times out of 10 because people don't want them, she knew I wanted rats again since I had two when I was younger and my mum happily took them in. When my friend received them they had no food or water and they were very afraid. One of them I slowly getting there but the other is just biting and running away.
 

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The rats show defensive reations because of their innate fear of predators. Being too cautious leaves them in this state of uncertaintly and fear. They need to be handed gently by confidently regardless of squeaks and hostile posturing. (If there is a biting risk I use the fluffy towel as a buffer). If you can carefully lift them and hold the so their feet are supported and give them gentle strokes and offer treats several times a day I think you will be surprised how quickly their aggression/fear behaviors subside.
 

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We have been socialising with them throughout the two weeks, they have warmed up to us and one of them no longer squeaks, they happily take food from us now without biting us
 

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Just to clear it up, There is only one "breed" of pet rat. However, there is many different colors, patterns, fur, and variations.
 

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Have these poor rats seen the vet yet?

Just wondering if health issues and uncomfortable things like mites/parasites have been ruled out?

If there is some underlying health concern, that will certainly have you starting in a hole, as far as trust and bonding and handling.
 
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