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  1. Courtney Carter

    Three New Girls

    I just got three new little girls today, something I’ve been planning to do for a while. My best friend just passed away so I’m in need of some new company and my last girl was an old rescue who passed not much longer after we got her due to a tumor. These three ladies are lovely and were very...
  2. T

    Little shy

    Hiya, so I have two female rats. My one rat Trixie is playful happy and naughty and we have a second rat which is Clara and she’s very shy. When both are let out the cage; trixie will run and cause trouble and Clara will slowly walk somewhere and just hide. Both rats are about 10 weeks old...
  3. C

    General advice?

    Wasn’t sure where exactly to put this since I wanted to combine a bunch of questions in to one big post. I want to give my ratties a good life, and maybe spoil them a bit. I know I could always google things, but I love the individual advice I get ^^ y’all are wonderful! first off, I’ve only...
  4. J

    2 rats - 1 Really playful - 1 Won't leave cage - HELP

    Hi, I have 2 rats which I have had for about 5 weeks. Pixie - Not shy, a little mad Dottie - shy/ cage bound. I am struggling to get Dottie out the cage at all. She will come to me for food and let me stroke her. There isn't any aggression at all, they don't nibble through the cage or at...
  5. A

    Handling Skittish Rats?

    I think by now it's safe to say that my rats are tame. They come to the front of the cage to see me, they take food from me, and climb on my legs during free range/taming. But one aspect of this taming thing that I'm struggling with is getting my rats used to handling. I don't really know what...
  6. A

    Struggling to Bond with Unsocialized Rats

    I have three young rats, about 12 weeks old I believe, and it's about to be our two month anniversary together. Even though I've been making the effort to interact with them everyday for a while now, it seems we aren't making any progress. I feel like I'm doing everything wrong. The other day I...
  7. K

    New Rats help

    hey so I’ve only had my rats for 4 days and trying to learn as much as I can about them. One of my rats keeps hiding away and doesn’t really like coming out unless I have a grape. He bit my partner on the first day. I assume he’s just shy. Is there anything I can do to help him and calm him down...
  8. M

    Will a Companion Help a Shy Rat? How would I bond them?

    Hi everyone! I had gotten two female rats about six months ago. Unfortunately, one of them passed away a month ago due to a sudden upper respiratory infection. My rat Dixie has always been very shy. She comes up to the cage and is curious, but she does not like to be pet sometimes (most of the...