geo614142 wrote:I said i tried, and i have tried so has my OH but were both scared of touching them now, as they bite all the time. If it all make you feel better ill keep the rats, but they will stay in there cage never getting picked up and stroked and only coming out to be cleaned and then being put into a carrier, as i feel i cant touch them for fear of being biten. I do want to learn more about rats, but due to circumstances, nothing to do with Babies i am not up to trying any more.
I have 4 unhandleable rescue rats and I am too frightened to pick them up, but I work around it. If they want to come out for freerange time, they are shoo'd into a cat carrier. If they won't go in, they can't come out but that is very rare. They can then enjoy freerange time, and I just shoo them back in to the carrier at the end and let them go back into their cage.
You don't have to be able to handle a rat to give the rat a good life. I am too terrified to handle them, but I feel really satisfied that with me they have a huge cage, toys, hammocks, a varied diet, company of their own kind, freerange time and vet care when they need it. Last time Lexi went to the vets she was desperately trying to attack/bite the vet, we had to wrap her in a towel, but we worked around it! I really don't feel that my rescues are missing out on anything just because I can't stroke or hold them, and I really don't feel they'd be much better off with anyone else!