New ratties scared to free range

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New ratties scared to free range

Post by AnnieD » Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:36 pm

Tag is 13 wks old from a pet shop. Teeko is 7 wks old from a breeder. They have only been with me for 3 weeks and 2 weeks respectively.
They are babes!
Tag understandably is more timid than Teeko.
However neither want to free range.
I go in the bathroom with them and they just hide in a corner.
They are more happy when they are in my hoodie which I wear back to front especially for them!
Is it just a case of too early days?
Should I just let them stay in my hood rather than free range?
I have dogs and a cat so can't let them out of my hood
Anne
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:rainbow: Teeko now playing at the bridge xxx

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Re: New ratties scared to free range

Post by NewRat » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:44 pm

Mine were nervous when they were babies too. They did gain confidence and did venture around a bit, but they have grown into lazy males so they are mostly found in the corner sleeping during free range and occasional ventures into the open.
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Re: New ratties scared to free range

Post by Tammyrat » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:50 pm

See what they are like if you free range them on your bed. if your worried about them weeing everywhere then pop a couple of towels over the bed. My girls hate the bathroom and i put that down to the echoy sounds... I think its worth taking it slowly and trying a few different spaces :D Hope that helps.
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Re: New ratties scared to free range

Post by AnnieD » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:59 pm

Thanks for replying both. I'm happy with them in my hood if that's all they want but will perhaps try them on the bed anyway!!
Anne
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:rainbow: Teeko now playing at the bridge xxx

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Re: New ratties scared to free range

Post by dreamcatcher » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:20 pm

Mine were like that at first. They would only run on top of their cage, then they would venture to the sofa with me, then the bed etc. Now they run EVERYWHERE when free ranging, they love it :smileyrat: Once they get used to their surroundings and their new owner they will be fine. I was convinced for the first few weeks my ratties didn't like me,I was really sad, but they certainly do :)

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Re:UPDATE: New ratties scared to free range

Post by AnnieD » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:59 pm

Hi. I first posted this on 23 July
I am pleased to say that I am typing this post whilst sitting on my bathroom floor where both Tag and Teeko have been running and exploring and most importantly coming back to me for cuddles and reassurance!
I love 'em!!!
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Re: New ratties scared to free range

Post by burninglight » Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:23 pm

my most recent boys - from baby to large squishy buck never wanted to free range. If you put them on the floor anywhere they would just lean on my foot and look about as if saying "yup, thats a floor all right". They loved snoozing in my hood though.

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