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Bonding With A Pet Rat

Use these tips to bond with your rat.

By Audrey Pavia

It’s important to bond with your rat if you hope to handle it, train it and play with it.

A good way to bond with your rat is to spend time with it. Sit near the cage while your rat is eating and talk to it. After your rat has at least a week to adjust to its new home, start opening the cage door and calling it to you with a treat in your hand. Your rat will quickly learn to come to you and take the treat.

Next, let your rat out of the cage to roam in a rat-proofed room and hang out with it. Offer treats from your hand. Once your rat comes to you regularly, begin picking it up and putting your small pet in your outstretched hand. Offer treats while your rat is there so it associates being held with something tasty.

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I let my rat hang out in the big pocket of my hoddie while I watch tv or do homework she loves the warm space and I feel like it bonds us :) I will also give her treats and talk to her while she's in there!
Jessie, Denver, CO
Posted: 11/13/2012 10:15:40 PM
I got a rat a couple of days ago and I adore her. Her name is Pudding and im going to get another one once shes settled in. Everyday we practice a new step and shes really enjoying it .Thank you!!!
jazmin, perth, WA
Posted: 4/21/2012 7:48:05 PM
I actually got my 2 dumbos for my son on his 5th birthday and wasn't too keen on the idea of "rats". BUT once the breeder brought them to our house and I held them...I was in love! I got them when they were six weeks old and couldn't be happier in my decision in getting them. I ADORE my little guys....ironically, more than my son does. They both are sweet teddy bears and both have different personalities. They just want to be loved on all the time.I would say they are VERY spoiled We have "Bob (Marley)" and Bernie (Mac)". They are 6 months old now and are members of the family. When I have company and they see that we have rats, their first reaction is "WHAT? That's gross and why do you keep their cage open?" I simply reply with, "Just sit down on the couch and see how they get out of their cage and with such ease come right to you.You have to give them a chance...people are so misguided about rats." Needless to say, my friends love them now too! They are gentle, sweet and brilliant creatures!" My lil guys are getting big. The breeder I bought them from is now a good friend of mine. She breeds healthy rats...very beautiful too.Bob and Bernie are in perfect health per the vet and breeder. I keep them on a very strict, very well balanced diet. They are like my babies. Mine are litter box trained as well. LOL!!!!
Noelle, Helena, AL
Posted: 1/4/2012 11:00:58 AM
ive always wanted a blue rat but im just happy with my hooded, naked, and dumbo rats.
Nikki, Roselle, IL
Posted: 12/26/2010 10:23:37 PM
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