Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
Sounds like he's got a personality more like a little girl ratty; A silly explorer. As long as the exploration area is safe as you've done, he's fine. One of my boys prefers exploring to loving.
As for your shy boy, continue spending time with him, talking, coaxing and bribing him, and just being near him. Let him come to you on his own terms. Let him tell you when he's ready. You'll know when to try something new because he'll be completely relaxed with whatever stage he's at now. Tiny steps at a time.
My black boys came from a litter with sweet temperaments and were handled from birth. They were all a little shyer than some rats I've seen. The breeder was in fact 3 generations into a project of crossing her people friendly Russian blues with her shy yet pretty chocolate line to try to make friendlier chocolates. My bravest boy didn't become completely relaxed with me until he was almost five months old. My shyest wasn't comfortable until 7 months. But they all get there, and once they do, you forget you ever had issues.
Think of it as a journey, not a destination.
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