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socializing a rat?

Discussion in 'Oh, Rats!' started by cliffdog, May 28, 2012.

  1. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    So yesterday I got suckered into rescuing a little white rat from a bad situation, and she's totally antisocial towards people. Runs from your hand, won't take food from your hand, looks horrified if you open the cage, etc. This isn't surprising to me at all because when the previous owner removed her from her cage to put her in a box for me to take home, he yanked her up by the tail (and no, 'yank' is not an exaggeration for 'gently lifted', he grabbed her up rather violently, enough to make her squeal) and threw her in the box. I think he was afraid of her.

    I would like some tips on getting her used to people if anybody has any. Also she's my first girl, my other three were boys (and already people-friendly when I got them), should I expect her to behave any differently than my boys? I heard that females are more active, is that true? She's mostly been sleeping so far but it's probably because she's in a rather small cage at the moment until I get my bigger one scrubbed out.
  2. Gerry

    Gerry Big Dog

    Leave it alone, leave it alone for about a week or 2 let it first get comfortable to its new surroundings before you try to tame the rat after the time is over try just opening the cage and putting food ect leave done kind of treat of your choice then once you do that a couple times try giving it treats from your hand then once it comfortable with getting treats from your hand try petting once it's used to the petting try lifting only like an inch up let it jump off ect gain height every time eventually hold it, you can also try putting the cage in the bathroom (rat proof first) and let it free roam a little Sit in there gently talk to it sit on the floor give it treats let it climb on you ect these are some ways I tamed down a pair of rescue rats hope it helps

  3. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    I agree! Right now is the time to back off and let the rat settle down. Poor thing.
    I'm not sure about the boy vs girl behavior thing. I'm sure some rat people will show up soon with more info.
  4. Gerry

    Gerry Big Dog

    Also if you plan on keeping it adding a same sex rat buddy (after quarantine of course) would be greatly appreciated by the current ratty :-)

  5. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    The best method is to sit next to the cage while reading on watching tv and just keep your hand in the cage let ehr crawl all over you, nibble your fingers (not hard though obviously) and jsut do whatever she likes to your hand. she will probably avoid it like the plague to begin with but the longer you do this and the more foten the more trusting she will become of your hands.

    i used to be a member of the rat and mosue club of america forum, everyone would do this while reading a book,watching tv,reading the newspaper ect when ever hey had time to devote to jsut sitting they would sit next to the cage with there hand in it for hours every single day and basically your hand becomes something to trust becuase your not grabbing for her or moving around, once you do begin to move your hand around she will be more trusiting becuase more then likely she will have already "claimed you hand as hers"
  6. Lesa_b

    Lesa_b Big Dog

    ^this it just takes time and patience

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