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crazyboxblog replied to your post “I have two ratties and one is outgoing and friendly, but the other is a scaredy rat who hides and bites me if I try to pick her up. Because of the biting, I usually can’t get her out of the cage for play time, and if I ever can, she runs and hides and is VERY difficult to get back in her cage. I know I need to do something about it and help her get better, but I’m not sure where to start. What should I do? -Truebuggy”

>.< thankies! Yep she is albino, that’s true. And she does seem to have worse vision than my other albino. I’m going to try the things you said other than the food, only because when im holding food out to her, she bites WAY HARDER to get the food

Good luck! If she’s biting with food in your hand, do it on a spoon instead so she learns that what food is being offered on is not food.

I forgot to mention eeping! You know that eep noise rats make when their buddy is going to far doing grooming/play/fighting/whatever? Make it.

It’s so dumb feeling, I know, but eeping at a rat that is biting makes it realize that it’s doing something wrong. 

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I have two ratties and one is outgoing and friendly, but the other is a scaredy rat who hides and bites me if I try to pick her up. Because of the biting, I usually can't get her out of the cage for play time, and if I ever can, she runs and hides and is VERY difficult to get back in her cage. I know I need to do something about it and help her get better, but I'm not sure where to start. What should I do? -Truebuggy

Ah, biting rats. No fun at all! 

First things first, what color are her eyes? Rats already have really poor vision but red/pink eyed rats’ vision is even worse. If she can’t see very well, you may be accidentally scaring her.

Second thing, what do your hands smell like? Food? Soap? Sanitizer? Again, these things could trigger biting. 

Eliminating those two things, or at least being aware of them, you can then simply try getting her used to you. I’d look up some various trust training techniques. My favorite are food involved ones! It might sound silly but teaching a rat that good things come from hands is super important. My guys go nuts for blueberry puffs (baby puffs) and I always offer them out of my hands so that they have to smell me/touch me in order to get the food. 

Yogurt or baby food on a spoon is great for that too. 

Some quick other thoughts;

  • Trick her into a box of some kind to pull her in and out of the cage. Like a small shoebox or something. That way you aren’t touching her and she can simply get used to being outside of the cage.
  • Take her out of the cage with two hands. Scooping her can provide a more stable surface for her to feel steady on. I tend to pick up my boys around the ribs just behind their arms, and then my other hand goes on their butt. 
  • Provide plenty of hides and keep her limited to a small space - table, couch, bed. One of my rats absolutely HATES being outside of his cage. He very rarely feels safe enough to leave unless I can put him in an area where there are lots of places for him to hide. Remember that rats are prey-like animals! Their instincts tell them to stay away from open spaces because birds attack from above (along with other predators).
  • Look into something like a RatToob for trust training. Make or buy one! They’re basically pouches you put the rat in and hold close to your body so that they can smell and feel you and get used to you.

Most times, biting seems to be a fear response. Remember that a rat can only feel afraid for so long before its body calms down. I think it’s something like 10-15 minutes. This gets into forced socialization which may or may not be for you, but you can simply “force” the rat to accept that you’re not going to harm it. 

I know this is really long and I’m sorry about that but there’s so much to consider with biting/scared rats! Let me know if you need clarification or anything though!

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