young rat trust issues

Since: Oct 12

United States

#1 Oct 23, 2012
hi..thanks for reading this. i bought a young (about 7 months) male rat. well being that i have only owned adult male rats i need some advice on this young one. at 1st he would not let me even hold him at all. he would run away. so i started giving him treats by hand. now he lets me hold him but only on my bed and by my leg. if i try to pick him up he resists me and runs. he also bit my finger and drew blood. but what gets me is my husband can hold him no problem and he barely spends time with him!? why doesnt he trust me? i also started luring him on my lap and out the cage with baby food on a baby spoon. and chocolate pudding. he now comes to the cage door and wants treats when i walk in the room. but here is another he constantly looks for food when i hold him. but he cleans himself next to me. and if he goes to far off he runs back to me if he gets scared. also he nips at my fingers until i give him a treat. and he is starting to eat his food less and wanting treats now. he is as of right now laying down still next to my leg. so what else can i do other than treats to gain his trust? im used to rats being cuddly and sweet and wanting to be held all the time. any advice is appreciated :) also...i have a 15 month old child should i let him bond with her too?

Since: Oct 12

United States

#2 Oct 25, 2012
wow what a great forum. nobody has helped me. this site should be taken down if nobody is going to help anyone anymore or even post it seems. so glad i wasted my time signing up and then typing my question. thanks. alot.
Smart Person

Eau Claire, WI

#3 Dec 30, 2012
Not everyone will know the answer or maybe no one even looked at this! And uh how do you know no one is helping others on here? You don't. Get over yourself.

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