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Old 05-03-2010, 10:38 AM
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they are very nice looking boys!
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:58 PM
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So cute! and great set-up, its so cool that they go in the litterbox!
Haha....mostly they go in the litterbox. They were awesome about it for the first couple days and then they started trying to figure out who's the boss. I'm not sure if its related to that but it started happening around the same time. I'm assuming the poll results aren't in yet so they're still pooping in random spots (but mostly in the litterbox).

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awwww! They're so cute! I really like the dark one!
Cogs (the blackish one) is kind of creepy actually....lol. If you reach in the cage and try to do anything he gets this super freaked out look...and I've never had rats so I'm having a hard time reading his body language and you can't tell where they're looking EVER! Lol. He hasn't bit anybody (ok maybe a little but I'm pretty sure he thought I was a cheerio) so I'm thinking he just needs more time to get used to us.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:47 PM
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Do you handle them daily?
I wondered about how I should go about handling mine when I first bring them home.
I was told to give them a few hours to settle in, but that I should try handling them shortly afterward because they should be social.
And since you got your guys from a good breeder, they should be social, too.
I know that doesn't mean they're going to wave "hi" to you and then jump on your hand, but do you stick your hand in their cage and have them come sniff you?

See, I don't have rats, so I don't know. I know I let my mice sniff me and come up to my hand before I grab them (usually).
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:51 PM
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Do you handle them daily?
I wondered about how I should go about handling mine when I first bring them home.
I was told to give them a few hours to settle in, but that I should try handling them shortly afterward because they should be social.
And since you got your guys from a good breeder, they should be social, too.
I know that doesn't mean they're going to wave "hi" to you and then jump on your hand, but do you stick your hand in their cage and have them come sniff you?

See, I don't have rats, so I don't know. I know I let my mice sniff me and come up to my hand before I grab them (usually).
I think this all depends on how social the rats are. My girls were very well socialized before I got them, handled daily... and so when I brought them home, despite being in a new environment, they were completely comfortable running up to me and checking me out, and so I've always just went and picked them up when I want to take them out. My first rats were from a pet store and so they were much more timid, so for a few days I took things very slowly--I would just sit next to the cage and hold my hand in there, giving them the opportunity to come sniff me if they wanted. I'd put food in my hand to entice them and to make them comfortable, or I'd put yogurt on my finger so they were "forced" to stay by my hand while they ate, they couldn't just grab it and run off. So I never just went and grabbed them, I'd let them sniff me first until they become more comfortable with me.

That's just me thuogh, don't think there's a right or wrong answer to this one
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:59 AM
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You guys need to stop this RIGHT NOW.

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:23 AM
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I miss my ratties.

Yours are adorable!
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