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I have two girls Penelope and Peach, they are about 5-6 weeks old and they are just the most adorbale rats I've ever seen, but they are not very playful with me... They tend to run and hide from me unless I have food for them or I'm giving Penelope water... Peach really wants nothing to do with me... They seem so scared of me... It's sad. I know they are just babies but I wish they liked me more... The rat I used to have, Annabell, she was the most playful rat I have had. She played hide and go seek and even tag. She came everywhere with me... The connection was instant. I wish the same could have happened with these two girls. I know they say it will take time... But It's hard to think they don't like me :(
 

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I have the same issues with my girls. I am not sure how old they are (the people at PetCo could not tell me) but i have had them for 8 months now, and play with them for atleast an hour most days. Mocha is very timid and only comes out if i have food like your girl. My other, Peppers, is much more curious but will not stay still for her life. I eventually just bore them while we hang out on the couch or on the floor in the bedroom and they just cuddle under blankets i have spread around. Most people would say it just takes time, but i think it may be part of thier disposition. The fact that your other girl gave you an instant connection sounds pretty remarkable! She was special, and it just may be hard having other rats that are different with such a great expectation. I am hoping mine will sweeten up, but I have a feeling that Mocha, my timid one, will always be the same since she hasnt changed AT ALL since i have had her! I love her anyway, and it tends to balance out with her sister :)
 

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I found that if you add a more lively girl to the bunch it does help. I just went the other day and got a beautiful Siamese dumbo from the breeder I got peach and Penelope from and she has already helped so much. Peach comes on my hand with no food! Its an improvement!
 
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