Help with my rats?

Discuss rat companionship, introductions and behavioural problems such as biting or shyness or tell us about your rat's unusual habits.
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Help with my rats?

Post by adammounsey » Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:41 pm

Hi, i have just taken on 2 7 month old female rats that were unwanted. I'm looking for advice on how to tame and train them as i really have no idea!! I've had them 2 days now, and have had them climbing on my head and shoulders, but, they're still a bit skittish and don't like being picked up! Any help would be appreciated. I live in betchworth in surrey if there is anyone local? Thank you, Adam

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Re: Help with my rats?

Post by kammi_sparky123 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:49 pm

Hey, it sounds like you are doing fab already :)
Just keep picking them up and stroking them as much as you can. Can you let them run around on a bed/table? So you can keep lifting them and putting them down again?

Also what I do is sit on a chair with them, so that they have to stay on you, it is known as "forced socialisation", it sounds scary but it isn't and it works :)
Sometimes a big hoody with pockets and a hood for them to climb in is good :)
Good luck :D
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Re: Help with my rats?

Post by Mcfluff » Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:55 pm

Hand-feeding tasty foods is a good way to win a rat's heart! Try letting the rats lick yoghurt off your fingers - if you're nervous they might nip you, use a spoon to start with, then progress to fingers - that way they'll soon learn that your hands are good things, and not be scared.
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Re: Help with my rats?

Post by adammounsey » Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:47 pm

Thanks for the advice. They realy seem to like shreddies which i am using as treats. Still having problems picking them up and handling them! Marmite squeals big time when i try to stroke or pick her up! Any ideas?
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