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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-01-2010, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive new rat, how can i start building trust?

Hi, Im a new rat owner, 4 days and I have two beautiful female rats, Lulabelle and Chi Chi. My problem is that one of them(lulabelle) has already bitten me twice, and ill admit ive gotten a little timid getting near her, So i was wondering how to build trust between us. Ive read tons but i keep reading a variety of trust building techniques and dont know where to begin. Tonight Im going to place the cage in our bathroom and open the door and see if they feel comfortable enough to get out and explore. Is this a good idea? the only reason im not doing so in my bedroom is because they have way to many places they could run and hide without me being able to reach them if they decide to get away, so i wanted a nice controlled situation. Im going to sit and calmly talk to my boyfriend while they do their thing, but any info on what i should do would be great, im kind of just stumblin in the dark with this until i get some advice, pre thanks all around to any advice!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-02-2010, 02:28 AM
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Lulabelle is probably just scared, it's a new home, new situation. What i've done with mine to avoid any biting what so ever is just out right pick them up. Don't poke around, and definatly don't put your fingers near their mouth of course. Building trust by picking them up firstly, then let them crawl around on you, or perhaps even your bed if you can put them on your bed, and keep a close eye on them. Then, after holding them, give them a treat and put them back. When they bite, Make a loud "ouch" sound or something, so they know they hurt you. They don't want to hurt you, rats aren't aggressive in nature. :3 If it makes you more comfortable, put on gloves (Not plastic ones) when holding them at first, but be very gentle! That's what I do at the pet shop when risking a potential biter of any animal. Even the animals we sell there, I tend to bond with so that they're a little nicer when going to their forever homes.

Make sure you don't smell like food when holding them too. That's about the only time i've ever been bitten by mine, but I learned quickly on that lol.

If you put them in the bathroom to do that, make sure they can't get into any air fresheners, and if you have an auto-freshener that plugs in or sprays so often, take it out. That is bad for them.

In general too, if they ever get out in your room, they're pretty easy to catch. When my husband and I first got rats, our cage door was faulty and they escaped. Good thing our door was closed. Problem was all the hiding spots. But we found them and after an hour of searching lol.

Good luck on the new ratties! Just remember never give up! Where there's a will, there's a way. Rats are so great and the reward of having them as your pals is one of the best things ever.
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