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I have two girls that are about 6 months old. I've had rats before. The rats I had before were from a good local pet store, they were properly handled and not skittish. That pet store closed down, and I got these rats from petsmart, which was the dumbest decision I've ever made. They hadn't been handled much and certainly not very well. The worker even picked them up by their tails! It was hard getting them to adjust to me and they are a bit less skittish now, but they still are not like my other rats have been. They chewed through their old cage, escaped and chewed up our carpet. We got a new cage with a metal bottom they are happier in and can't chew through but they still like to try and escape at any chance they get. They aren't fond of being held, they won't bite me anymore but they do occasionally nip at my fiance. I've never had rats so troublesome before. I try to handle them as much as I can but them constantly trying to escape that makes things difficult. I love them to pieces but I just don't know what to do to make them more comfortable being handled and more calm.
 

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It’s a tough one, whilst you can useually get all rats to tolerate being handled, some just are never as keen on humans, a bad start in life and breeding with no taking into account temprement probably doesn’t help. If you persevere with what your doing you should get closer but it may never be quite the same as your previous rats.

One option to think about is to look into a couple well socialised girls to move in with them. Often the presence of friendly socialised cage mates can really help settle and teach the more scared rats that humans are brill.
 

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I've considered getting another girl to go in there with them but I'm scared that they won't accept her in. I had rats before that no matter how many times I introduced them they always got aggressive to the new one. I'm sure that was just a strange case, but it makes me nervous introducing new rats now.
 
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