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TokenBlinkie

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They were getting REALLY tame, hopping onto my hand for snacks, grooming themselves in my palm, giving me little licks and tiny nibbles (gentle ones!) and starting to enjoy rubs behind the ears. But after the escape, they got really skittish (well, I can't speak for the escapee because it was busy having the time of his life having full control of our bathroom!)

I can only assume that when the escape happened, something happened to spook them about being handled.

I have started the taming process again, we are making slow but steady progress ( they are beginning to show an interest in food I hold in my hand with my hand lay on the floor of the cage) and are also once again occasionally coming to the bars of the cage as if they are interested in me.

I'm not going to build my hopes up, but I'm going to do the very best I can. I'm buying an extra cage when I get paid, so that I can attach it to their current cage to double it's size.
 

TokenBlinkie

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The escape was a blessing in disguise somehow.:) Is she in a separate cage now? Hope she'll be okay.
We separated the girl, and had the cage next to the main cage, so that she was still near to the others.

It was a disaster.

She didn't eat, drink, or come out of her bed for over 24 hours, and seemed extremely distressed and depressed.

We put her back in with the others, and she perked right up. I know that rats are supposed to be in pairs or groups, so I wasn't happy about separating her, but obviously we are running the risk of her being pregnant if she stays with the boys. None of the vets will neuter her as they say the anaesthetic would be too risky. So, I had to put her back in with the boys, rather than her die through not eating, drinking, or stress, or all 3.

We have to assume that she is either already pregnant, or will become pregnant. The client of mine who helped me when they were very young has said she MIGHT be able to take the girl rat, even if she is already pregnant, because she already has girl rats, some are fancy rats, some were originally wild, but she is recovering from an operation at the moment and not going anywhere!
 

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Yes. I know that some people might see this as irresponsible, and yes, I do admit that I feel extremely guilty at basically "dooming" her to get pregnant, but, the way she was when she was separated seemed very cruel.
 

TokenBlinkie

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Im keeping a very close eye on her every day, checking for larger stomach, because she is not fully tame yet. We have a large cage ready with closely spaced bars and a medium sized solid sided cage, so we have two housing choices when the day comes....but I do worry, definitely.
 

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