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Hello, I've recently gotten two rats from my local petsmart when they were giving them away. I've had a rat years ago but have wanted more since.

Now I have two males, who are growing to like me. One still remains skittish but he's warming up to me slowly. They've been taking a while to learn their names though.

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Aw they sound adorable, do you have any pictures? I'm also a rat lover and have a female named Ivy. I think she's pregnant but I'm not sure haha
 

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Unfortunately, big pet stores do not take care of rats well, so they'll be more skittish usually. Regardless, rats usually (from my personal experience) always come around. The key is to build mutual trust. I use treats (Gerber puffs work well) and try to get them to come out the cage rather than pick them up. Make sure you have lots of hammocks in the cage! Etsy has some awesome ones. Also, let them out of their cage as much as you can! Mine basically live in my room and only stay in their cage when I'm not there.
 
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