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Hi guys, I posted not too long ago about my 10 week old boys: Toby and Finnigan. . .and about handling. Then I was looking for advice, now I just need some encouragement.

I'm feeling so bummed. They come to the cage when I near but they shy away from my hand when I go to pick them up. When I'm holding them they only want to be in my shirt or on my shoulder, and not in hy hands. And I read somewhere for Forced Socialization they should be in your hands for it to work better. I've had them three weeks, and though there's been some changes in my household lately (cat, then no cat; me being away for 5 days) I haven't seen much progress. I don't want them to shy away from me anymore. I mean they haven't bitten or anything, but it just seems they'd rather be in their cage then with me, if I'm near their cage if they're on me, they practically jump off to get to it. Is this normal? Is it normal for some rats not to be liked to be help in hands and just on shoulders?

SIGH. Any advice would be welcome.
 

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Something I found that works very well with rats is put the cage on the bed or the floor. Cover it and you with a blanket. They will feel safer with their area confined that way and will come out to play with you. Let them climb all over you and pet them lots.

If you have them on your shoulder, forced socialisation can include them on your shoulder with you petting them. Just try to pet them as much as possible for 20 min a day each.

If you were away, you may have to start over :/ Sorry, hope you can get them to warm up to you. Some rats just take time and if you keep at it things click and it's wonderful when it happens! Hang in there.
 

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While it's not much fun for you, it really is quite normal. You just need to be consistent with them.

Like Poppyseed says, if they're more comfortable on your shoulder, just pet them while they're on your shoulder... or in a hoodie pocket or hood, or wherever... they are still getting used to the contact.
 
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