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I just became a new ratt lover my oldest son has snakes (I know) but they have to eat too. One of the lil ratties a male was not eaten and I fell in love. He had a pretty rough start and was mishandled (he was not a feeder rat my son got him from a breeder).He was very loving at first but I knew he needed company so I got a pair of brothers to keep him company, he did not want company he chased both out and I had to separate him he seems content on his own but he has serious territory issues when cleaning his cage. If you put your had in to clean he charges,postures and snuffs. If you put gloves on he goes crazy and will seriously maul my hand. I can stick my hand through the bars and rub him all over and he bruxes and is so sweet but as soon as the cage door opens he turns into a monster. After the cage is cleaned he stomps around mad for awhile till he settles he doesn't like his things touched but I have to clean. Please help I love him so much and I have built up a lot of trust w him but I fear he will never get past his hard beginnings.

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Hi Brandy,

Sorry for the delay.. Anyway I almost answered as though you had a mouse, and then realized you have rats:) but that makes it easy because in my Facebook group Rats are Awesome we keep collections of links for common issues. Here is the best we have found; I am sure you will find what you need-- if not here then by following links on these excellent rat sites:


Biting rats


Rats are people, too: Biting Rats: The rules of rats and how to counter them
http://ratballs.com/RatTails/Tails074.html


Join rats: Working with biting rats
http://www.joinrats.com/BitingRats


Join Rats: Help for biting and anti-social rats > Links
http://www.joinrats.com/gallery/8326674_QydGb


Critter City: My rat is scared of me! Now what?
http://www.sandyscrittercity.com/trainingshyorbitingrats.htm


Rat Behaviour & Biology: Agression in Norway Rats
http://www.ratbehavior.org/Aggression.htm


Join Rats: Rat temperament and behavior aggression > Links
http://www.joinrats.com/gallery/8326674_QydGb




Handling and Taming Scared or Timid Rats


Join Rats: Earning the Trust of Pet Rats
http://www.joinrats.com/EarningTrust


Join Rats: Earning the Trust of Pet Rats > Links
http://www.joinrats.com/gallery/8326674_QydGb


The Rat Fan Club: Trust Training
http://ratfanclub.org/trust.html


SITH Rattery: A Basic Guide to Socializing Rats by Positive Reinforcement
http://www.sithrattery.com/Socializing_Rats.htm


Good luck!

squeaks,

Natasha




PS. If you would like to join my rat and mouse group, feel free:

Rats Are Awesome
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Consider me a sub, when no one else is available. NOTE YOU MUST NOT HAVE ONLY ONE RAT. JOIN MY FACEBOOK GROUP (because there are smarter people than me there!!): ***** https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/. ***** Excellent sites: http://ratguide.com/ **** http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/ **** http://www.ratbehavior.org/rats.html **** http://www.ratfanclub.org/ **** http://www.sandyscrittercity.com/ **** http://www.ratwhisperer.net/ ****

Experience

I have had rats for 3-1/3 years and have researched them extensively. I am a mouse expert with 40 years' experience with mice. The two species are similar and yet also quite different.

Organizations
My Facebook group is Rats (and Mice) are Awesome. https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/

Education/Credentials
I have a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees in Linguistics

Awards and Honors
I am honored that my rats love me!

Past/Present Clients
My Facebook group, Rats are Awesome, serves at the moment 5300 members, and, considering all the huge rescues, probably averages 5 rats per member. That means my clients are about 25,000 rats!!!

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