So I've got a question regarding my 5 week old rats. I can't decide what to think of their behavior right now.
They're very friendly and don't mind being held, picked up, and scritched everywhere. That's mostly outside their cage... when they're in the cage they kind of like to play "catch me if you can" and run away from me. But when they're out they're totally cool with me. They are complete shoulder rats and will spend long periods of time perched up there nestled in my hair. They will curl up in my lap or in the crook of my elbow and take naps. So I am inclined to believe they at least kind of like me.
But, they don't explore like, at all. For example, right now all 5 of them (3 are mine, 2 I'm just keeping till they go to their new home this week) have been out on my bed for 2 hours. I have an empty box on the bed and they've all been jammed in there the whole time sleeping. One of them spent the first hour sleeping on me until I put him in the box with everyone else so that I could get up. Otherwise none of them are even making an attempt to leave the box and explore.
Even in their cage the most I really see them do is go eat and drink. During the night they will climb and wrestle some but for the most part they just SLEEP!
I don't really have a problem with this. I admit it's really freaking adorable right now that three of them are totally zonked out on their backs. It's just really weird to me that they don't explore. Are they just too terrified? I can't figure out if they're just afraid to explore the environment, or if they really just are this lazy and don't care to.