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Hi, I’m a let rat owner of 2 beautiful girls, around 8 weeks old. They are happy to take treats from my hands and walk up my forearm a bit and i can put my hand near them and they will sniff it and on occasionally licks it. But I can’t hold them or pick them up. Then i let them out the cage they scamper around the cage but been happy to get back into the cage. What’s the best way to get them used to being handles and stroked and happy with being with me and not to run from me?
 

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I worried about bonding too when I got my first rats.

Just be patient! It will happen. And some rats will take longer than others. Just interact with them everyday and give them treats. And do try to pick them up and hold them. I picked mine up and held them everyday even when they weren't a huge fan of it. One of my boys just simply isn't one who loves to be held, but my other one ended up being one who loves it and now likes to hang out on my shoulder.

Congratulations on your new little friends 🥰
 
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