September 15th, 2007, 03:43 AM
I am a new rat owner. I purchased two rats from a pet store. They are both three months old and we have had them for 1.5 weeks. One of them, my outgoing daughter's rat adapted immediately it seems. The rat is as outgoing as my daughter, though she has exhibited aggressive signs for two nights now toward the rat that is not developing as quickly and is more insecure. It seems like some of it is grooming where she might pin the smaller rat down and groom her, but on the other hand it seems as if she chases the smaller one and is attacking her, getting on top of her and biting her while the smaller one squeaks. I am worried about our smaller rat and don't know what to do. There is no blood. The bigger rat many times sleeps on top of the smaller rat. Is this dominance? Will they sort this out? They are both female. Do I need to intercede at all or stay out of it? My kids and I hold them and play plenty throughout the day. Another issue I am having is the smaller one is shy and seems to want to hide all of the time and not really spend time close to us. How long does it typically take for a shyer rat to adjust and want to be near us. My son is a very calm person and is very loving and gentle and protective over her. I have been so gentle with her myself, though she runs away. My daughter's new rat sits on her head and shoulder and is happy to stay there as long as she could. I know they have different personalities and that is a good thing. I'm just concerned about the adjustment period. How long is that?