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So when I first got my little girl she was very curious and would sniff my fingers etc. However she wouldn't come out of her cage so I took the cage apart with her in it cause I was told by the people at the pet store to just hold her as much as possible and every time I hold her she seems to get more comfortable and she will take treats from my hand now if I put them in front of her little home however she won't take them from me outside of her cage and now won't sniff my hand. Idk what to do I knew taking the cage apart like that was a bad idea that would be so scary.

Hi Mckenna,
First of all, is she an only rat? Single rats can feel very insecure, so if so, I recommend getting her a cagemate. You'll find an article about introducing new rats on my website at Also there, you'll find an article called Trust Training that will tell you how to regain your rat's trust.

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Debbie Ducommun


I can answer any questions about pet rats, but you will probably be able find answers to simple questions more quickly on my website at If you have a life-threatening emergency you can try calling me at 530-899-0605. I am not usually on the computer on the weekend.


I have been "The Rat Lady" since 1985 and am recognized as one of the world's experts on pet rats. I have 3 published books and already answer lots of questions about rats daily.

President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society

I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.

BA in Animal Behavior

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