Rat Settling in problems

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Rat Settling in problems

Post by Catherine1 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:35 pm

Last Saturday I got 2 boy rats from Pets At Home. In the shop they were super friendly, one was even sitting on my shoulder! But since we brought them home they pretty much just scarper out of the way when we try to touch them. The cage is quite big but only has a small door at the front so they can easily keep out of the way. One did come out for a treat on Monday but just had a tentative look and wouldn’t be stroked. I’m wondering how I get them to come out as they seem to be getting less inquisitive by the day. I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to handle them when I can’t reach them or touch them. I am a first time owner so this is all very new to me. Any hints and tips would be great.
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Re: Rat Settling in problems

Post by [cub] » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:08 am

Remove all hidey holes from the cage so that the layout is very open, put the cage somewhere busy (e.g. living room) so they get used to humans being around, and be patient; it's been less than a week after all, and pet shop rats are generally poorly bred and frequently little socialised.
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Re: Rat Settling in problems

Post by cyber ratty » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:20 am

Access to them is going to help ... what cage is it? If it's a jenny, you could move the larger roof door down to the front (block off the roof hole with a cooling rack) to help you reach the rats.

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