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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2008, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Pepper very 'jumpy' in free range time today?

Okay, so today, like everyday I let my ratties out for free range. Pepper always seems a little bit jumpy for some reason when he is out, but today it was more than usual and I don't understand it.
When he was in the room, if he heard a noise he would like freeze and just stand there crouched close to the ground, so I went to get him and make him feel better and tell him it was all okay and as soon as I touched him he got really startled and freaked out and ran off. So I left him to calm down for a bit and went over to hand him a treat and he didn't want it, but he usually does take it. But every time he heard a noise he got scared and ran away and i don't know why he was doing this because he is not usually that jumpy. I did talk to him first to let him know it was me and it seemed to settle him down a bit, but if I touched him he would jump almost as if he wasn't expecting me to touch him and it made me feel like I was creeping up on him when I wasn't because I was right in plain sight! I'm getting so confused! Do you know why he might have been like this? Maybe something in the room spooked him out? I'm not sure...
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It is possible there was a new scent or sound or even some new object in the room that could of freaked him out.Did you recently add anything new to the room?




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not that I can think of, but I let my hamster out in the same room so maybe it was his scent?


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the hamster smell could be it. i really can't think of much else other than that the's hyper and not spooked. my timmy acts like a dork when he's hyper. hops everywhere. i'll pet him and he spazzes, but he just wants tickling lol

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It might be the hamster scent,but normally rats wouldn't be afraid of a hamster.

It could of been a sound that you couldn't hear or something.
Is he fine now?




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yeah he is fine now, thanks
Pepper is quite a clumsy and hyper rat so mulder could be right
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My sister had a couple of rats for a while. Actually a couple of our rats and they couldn't figure out why they were so jumpy and nervous. They finally figured out that they had plugged in these supersonic devises to keep pests out when they had moved in and forgot about them. Unplugged them and huh the ratties were much more calm. Anyway all that just to say it could have been a sound you couldn't hear that had him on edge. I noticed that with some of ours that sometimes they are just more edgy sometimes. Maybe he was having a bad day. You know hard day at the office or something.
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yeah lol, thanks! We don't have any pest controls, cuz we don't have any pests... well...there's a few I could name around my area... but we wont go there .. LOL

I will see what I can find i my room that might also have set him off, and what you've put have given me ideas, so thank you!


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Ya it could just be a new sound that you cant hear.
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