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ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009



Meet my first rats in over 10 years! Trying to get them comfortable with me but they really like to wait until they don't think I'm around to leave their little nesting spot and explore the cage. Had them for less than a week but they seem extra skittish

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ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Just got bit hard enough to break the skin trying to pick up one of my rats . They do okay (if a bit squirmy) once you are actually holding them, but this one's been pretty defensive when my hand goes near her sometimes.

They both will take treats from my hand though, which is progress from a week ago I guess. And tje non-bitey one will actually eat when held or outside the cage.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Falstaff posted:

How long have you had them?
4 weeks. The amount of time I handle them everyday has been inconsistent though. Some days work has me dead and all I have time for is a few minutes. Working on that though.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Jaded Burnout posted:

I was perhaps too hands off with my boys, but I would suggest not pushing their boundaries too hard too fast. Just gently ramping things up as they get comfortable with where they are with you already.

Yeah, I think my wife and I rushed in a little too fast with our expectations. Also getting rats right at the start of Retail Hell Season was probably a bad idea. So tonight I got a box of Cheerios and spent a few minutes luring Truffle (the bitey one) to the cage door and taking them from me. Even let me pet her while she ate one. so yay.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


My wife started off as "no rats," moved to "we can get rats but they have to be out of the way and they're your responsibility" then after we got them, to "the girls are so loving cute and I'm glad we got rats." I'm still doing most of the work with them but oh, the look on her face when she's holding one

Also I heard rats like bandaids but I didn't realize how much until one of them tried to pull my finger off. So now I'm sitting here with them having to hide my thumb and handle them.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Good news: the rats are comfortable enough that they'll crawl into my hoodie and hang out. One of them will find a sleeve, crawl through and come back like it's some kind of ride.

Bad news: Same rat has also found the arm hole for my t-shirt. And really needs her nails trimmed.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Any recommendations for a carrier for 2 rats? I have this and when I wasn't looking they chewed a decent-sized hole in the mesh. I was thinking the Living World Hagen carrier, but even the large seems a little small?

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Falstaff posted:

It's world rat day today! And I am still, sadly, ratless... I miss my little goofballs a lot in these days of self-isolation.

As a World Rat Day thing, could those of you privileged enough to have rats share some pics with those of us who are ratless, like me? From each, according to ability, etc...


This is Truffle. She loves climbing up my sleeve and getting fed. Looks grumpy most the time.


And this is Snorkel. She's a sneaky jerk who likes stealing treats when I'm not looking. Does not like being photographed.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


After weeks of access to to the desk during free roam, the rats have suddenly developed a disturbingly strong attraction to my computer cables. If I'm not watching them, they're usually trying to taste the forbidden licorice. Time to rearrange things and block off my computer until I can order some cord protectors.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Jack Trades posted:


I love these two assholes.

Those are some adorable assholes. Mine just discovered my USB-C cable. Which is white. Much like the twisted up sheet of paper towel I've been using to play tug-of-war with them. So now I have to hide that too. Along with a couple journals, my tablet and sometimes my phone. They've gotten extra chew-happy lately and it's been a pain.


Also, here's Snorkel trying to dig a carrot out of some cardboard. The carrot fell out right next to her but it took a while to figure that out.

ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009



Bought a Kong toy today and, uh, is this normal?

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ThreeStep
Nov 5, 2009


Falstaff posted:

Perfectly. Chewing things is among the top three ways rats learn about the world around them, unfortunately.


Jaded Burnout posted:

As long as they're not actually eating it

Don't think they're swallowing any of it, but I've been keeping an eye just in case. Just didn't think their teeth were that sharp but every time I think that they find a new way to surprise me.

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