Some really playful rats often sneeze and jerk/hop around as they play. It can sometimes be difficult to determine between a playful ratty and a nervous one. Most scared rats will let out squeaks or screams when handled, letting you know they are scared. I have a couple hyper rats that are often mistaken for being skittish... not the case, they just want you to chase them!
Also, if she's your only rat, you need to get another. The spastic movements can be neurotic, from chronic boredom and unsatisfied natural habits. Rats are VERY social. Try getting a same sex companion for your ratty and see if it helps the situation.
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Last edited by CapriceCritters; 01-11-2009 at 11:32 PM.
Reason: thought of more advice!