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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.

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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 www.ratfanclub.org. Also there, you'll find an article called Trust Training that will tell you how to regain your rat's trust.
Deb

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Debbie Ducommun

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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 www.ratfanclub.org/helpfinfo.html. 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.

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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.

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President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society

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

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BA in Animal Behavior

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