Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
Some rats just have temperaments like that. My Windham was not a people rat at all. He was very shy and fearful. He and his two brothers Tucker and Jeffrey came from the same rattery, with the same loving hand raising. Jeffrey is a troublemaking explorer, and Tucker is my lap hound. It wasn't until they were 7 months old that I made any real progress with Windham, and he was a little shy until he died at 9 months from an accident. Interestingly enough, Jeffrey and Tucker became extra friendly with me after that, so it was obvious they were affected by Windham's shyness in their group dynamic.
All that to say, you're doing fine, and rats are socially more complex than we give them credit for. On the up side, you are making great progress and your breakthrough day is coming. He may never be as cuddly as the other, but that's okay, he'll do well.
Side note: Your avi cracks me up.
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Hanging out in the Land of New Feetsies:
Melon, Skinner, Black Pete, Zanna, Custard, Tucker, Jeffrey, Zmei, and Windham.