These boys came to us on 9/17/19 because their owner had too many rats to care for all of them.
Fostered by Kerry in Merrimack, NH.
#2019451N, “Michael”, Rat, Black, Berkshire, Rat, Male, DOB: 09/01/2018, Spayed/Neutered?: No #2019453N, “Rafael”, Rat, Agouti, Hooded, Rat, Male, DOB: 09/01/2018, Spayed/Neutered?: No
“Rafael loves being pet and runs to the cage door as soon as I come home. He is friendly, curious, gives kisses and loves to get pet and scratched. He is the more confident of the two and in charge. He is okay with being picked up but gets a little nervous out of the cage. I think overtime he will be totally fine out of his cage and interacting with someone.
Michael loves to be pet on the head and runs right out to the door when I go over to the cage. He gets very scared when I try to pick him up. He is shy but curious, slow to warm up, likes to interact on his own terms and will run away if you try to pet him too much or if he thinks you are going to pick him up. I let him do what he wants and go at his own pace.
They were definitely handled in the past because they are okay with interacting but seem unsure of things like being picked up and quick movements. I think with being in a box for so long this transition has been very hard for them. I don’t want to rush them into doing something that scares them.”
“Michael and Rafael are such sweet rats. They are hesitant at first but will allow me to pat them and interact in the cage. They’ve been more comfortable being out and cuddling. They are very calm and friendly and will be amazing pets!
Rafael seems to like hiding in my hair when on my shoulder. They like the huts in the cage and so far are uninterested in the rat wheel or hammocks, but this may be all new to them based on being previously kept in a Tupperware. They will take food from my hands and will come out to play with some coaxing.
They seem to be getting the concept of the litter box. They have never bitten and I can’t imagine they would! They are friendly when being introduced to new people. They don’t seem bothered by my dog.”