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I'm not sure how to go about breaking my new baby rats in and getting them used to being touched and held. I bought them from a pet store 2 days ago. They're boys and they seem to be very afraid of the new environment which is understandable. I have two little houses in their for them to sleep as of  right now and I have a very big cage with multiple levels. I used old t shirts as bedding for the houses in hopes that they would get used to my smell. I often put Cheerios right infront of the opening of the house very slowly so that they see my hand giving them the treets. both rats are very skittish and spend all their time hinding when I'm home. I don't want to rush them or anything but some people say to give them time and some ppl recommend handling them everyday so they get used to me and being handled. Please get back to me your help would by much appreciated.

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Hi Cody,

All of the links at the bottom are relevant to you. Of course the ones you asked for are under Handling and Taming (Scared or Timid) Rodents. JoinRats is a terrific site for behavior. Yes it is overwhelming and too much!! These links are all from the document Common Issues in my Facebook rat and mouse group Rats are Awesome. I can't recommend more that you join. You will have the links available and can go more slowly, as well as other links for 95% of your questions. It is a nice community and we also solve your medical problems with vets and vet techs.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/

To find Common Issues and a whole bunch of other useful and fun documents and collections, click on 'files' under the banner; click on the banner on a phone.

I apologize deeply for my belated reply. Real life sometimes sets in :(

Squeaks n giggles,

Natasha








YOUR FIRST RAT: BASIC CARE

The Rat Fan Club: Rats! The Perfect Pet?
http://ratfanclub.org/report1.html

Lilspazrats: Expected cost of keeping a rat
http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/Cost+of+Keeping+A+Rat

Lilspazrats: Where to get a pet rat
http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/Where+To+Get+A+Pet+Rat

AG Rattery: Why not to buy from petstores.
http://agothicrattery.weebly.com/why-not-to-buy-from-petstores.html

Wolf Rattery: "Red Flags" (How to tel a good breeder from a bad)
http://bwr-rats.blogspot.com/2011/10/red-flags.html

Selecting A Rat For You
http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/Selecting+A+Rat+For+You

Lilspazrats: Bringing Home Baby (what do you need to buy?)
http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/Bringing+Home+Baby

NFRS: Why Rats Need Company
http://www.nfrs.org/company.html

RMCA: Why Rats need Company
http://www.rmca.org/Resources/apair.txt

Why it is important to have two or more rats:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDy3bMRuobE

Ratty Rat: Guidebook : In the beginning
http://rattyrat.com/guidebook/guidebook_index.html

Lilspazrats: The Big Purchase-A Cage
http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/The+Big+Purchase-A+Cage

CageCalc 2: enclosure calculation for rats
http://www.cagecalc.de/size.py?lang=eng&conf=rats



HANDLING AND TAMING (SCARED OR TIMID) RODENTS

Aggressive rats are scared

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

Trust Training for Your Pet Rat
http://youtu.be/ipZp4Lb3ZQ8

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

Trust training for Pet Rats
http://youtu.be/ipZp4Lb3ZQ8

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

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

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

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



UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOR

For unusual changes in behavior please go to the section Recognizing Health Issues and First Aid: for sudden aggression to humans or rats, or lethargy, please especially look under the link The Rat Guide: Signs of Pain; for strange behavior please read about pituitary tumors at the link Health Care- Pituitary Tumour - Failing the Cheerio Test

JoinRats: Normal Play Behavior in Rats
http://www.joinrats.com/Intros/NormalRatPlay/

JoinRats: Establishing the Social Hierarchy: Normal Rat Behaviors
http://www.joinrats.com/Intros/NormalAgonisticBehavior/

JoinRats: Submission, Dominance, Appeasement
http://www.joinrats.com/ModifyBehavior/SubmissionDominance/

JoinRats: Are these two rats' behaviors 'over the top?"
http://www.joinrats.com/ModifyBehavior/Tworats/

Ratty Language and Behavior
http://www.rattyrat.com/guidebook/language.html

Rat Behavior: What is my rat doing? FAQ
http://www.ratbehavior.org/WhatIsMyRatDoingFAQ.htm

Behavior-Are My Babies Fighting or Playing?
http://lilspazrats.wikispaces.com/Behavior-Are+My+Babies+Fighting+or+Playing%3F

Curiosity Rats: Behaviour
http://www.curiousv.com/curiosityrats/files/infopsych.html



FAQS/GENERAL INFORMATION

A selection of quick answers from Rat-Help and Rat-Info:
http://wererat.net/rathelp/

Dublin Animal Hospital: In depth answers to rat FAQ
http://dublinanimalhospital.com/faq/rat-faqs/

Curiosity Rats: Debunking Rat Myths
http://www.curiousv.com/curiosityrats/files/infotrue.html

RMCA: Pet Rat Info
http://www.rmca.org/Resources/jratfaq.txt

The Dapper Rat: Rat Information
http://www.dapper.com.au/articles.htm

PetRat.Info (Formerly the Pet Rat Information Sheet)
http://www.quite.co.uk/rats/

North Star Rescue: Pet Rat Care
http://www.northstarrescue.org/pet-care-information/pet-rat-care

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Natasha Millikan

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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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