After an off-and-on discussion with a rat-friend of mine, I'm thinking
that my older rat (about 2 months old) might have been abused or at least
treated badly. She still cowers and bolts if there's a way open.
I'm nervous about how to handle it. I've got a small cage set up as an
isolation box that I could put her in, then put my hand (without touching
her) in so she can see it and come to me as she likes. Sometimes it works,
sometimes it doesn't. If anyone approaches the cage, she bolts.
I'm torn between giving up (putting her up for a rescue to someone with
more experience) and wanting to help her settle down.
How do I deal with this? I want her to have a happy life; she can't be
happy if she's scared all the time.
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