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  1. Rat Behavior
    Hi, first time rat owner with 2 males that i have had for 5 months now. The bigger male is a biter that has bit since the day i bought them (they were bought as babies from a pet shop). I noticed from the day i got him he has never been interested in human interaction compared to his cage mate...
  2. Rat Behavior
    I have 3 rats. Two are adult siblings (neutered male and female), and one senior female. My senior, Socks, has never been aggressive and neither have the other two. Socks has bitten me twice and tried biting me through the cage recently. Sometimes when offering a treat, she would miss and latch...
  3. Rat Behavior
    Hello hello! I'm a completely new rat owner - Just got my two boys, Coco and Boris, of 5 months about 2 weeks ago. They are both very sweet, but has not been well socialized by their previous owner, which I am working towards changing. Things were going pretty great, they're accepting treats...
  4. Rat Behavior
    I have a very timid rat named Clover. She is very food motivated. I just had brought another one of my rats, Fairy, back into the cage after riding around on my shoulder, and I got out the Yogies so I could give one to each of my rats. I had poured three into my hand and gave one to faerie, and...
  5. Rat Behavior
    Hi! I’ve recently gotten a pet rat from a pet store. His name is PB&J. We’ve been together for over a month now. I tried to follow what the pet store people and Google both recommended when trying to get him to where he will let me handle him, by offering treats to get him to understand that...
  6. Rat Behavior
    TL: DR - rat is aggressive ONLY over food. Tried scatter feeding. Didn’t work. Tried two bowls on separate levels. Didn’t work. Today I found a gash on my sweet rat, should I separate them? They are currently snuggled together in their cage :( Hi all, so it’s gotten to the point where I can’t...
  7. Rat Behavior
    Hi Everyone! I have a new baby rat named Arlo, and he's super timid and jumpy. Every rat I've had was jumpy and scared of me from the start but Arlo bites.. HARD. He's made me bleed pretty bad before. He would look super curious, walk up to my finger, sniff it, and bite the CRAP out of it. He...
  8. Rat Behavior
    Two days ago I purchased a young rat from a pet store. I would say she's around 3 months old. I put her in her cage and gave her some cloth that smells like me and whatnot. I have been feeding her with a spoon and she lets me pet her a little but looks very cautious while I do. She's a nibbler...
  9. Rat Behavior
    I got my male rat, Joseph, in November last year. He is about 5 months old and was the sweetest rat ever. I brought him around the house with me on my shoulder, in hoodie pockets, he climbed in my sleeves, etc. When trimming his nails we didn't need gloves, he would just squirm a bit and let out...
  10. Rat Behavior
    Edit: Some have suggested this could be mites and I think you're on to something. However I'm not sure how they'd get mites, as I use fleece and incontinence pads for bedding, no shavings or such, and I haven't introduced any new rats. Is there anything else mites could spawn from...
  11. Rat Behavior
    Hello! This is my first post, and it's quite a broad topic. I'm not a first-time rat owner, and I'm experienced with skittish and occasionally nippy rescues for that matter, But I feel like I've found myself in a relatively odd position with my new pair. Recently I took home a pair of PEW...
  12. Rat Behavior
    Aubergine is probably about six months old now and I would say we generally have a good relationship. He is on his own but I make sure I spend a lot of time with him - he used to come to work with me which at the moment I cannot do, so I am aware that he is spending a fair bit of the day alone...
  13. Rat Behavior
    Hey, friends! I've got a problem. My rats like to nibble on me. It's mostly fingers, and it's usually completely harmless. If I reach out to pet them, they'll usually want to sniff me too, and sometimes they'll put their mouth over my finger, probably because I smell like food. Please note that...
  14. Rat Behavior
    Ok so we've had our 2 rats for about 2 months now (from the pet shop). I've been working on getting them used to being handled and it seems to be going ok with Rosie, she is getting more used to me and will climb onto my hand when I put it in the cage. Rita however is a different story! She...
  15. Rat Behavior
    Just created this account so sorry if I'm doing anything wrong. So, a few weeks ago, six to be precise, got my first ever pair of rats! But it hasn’t been all sunshine and lollipops. One of my rats Ra, a dwarf, has a temperament problem. At first it started with nipping my hand. It wasn’t...
  16. Rat Behavior
    Hello, new rat mom here. I recently adopted an 8 month old male rat from a rat breeder that had to put him up for adoption because he wasn’t getting along with other rats and needed to be alone. He is sweet as can be and has no problem coming up to us in his cage and will even climb into our...
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    I got my first pack of rats ( 4 girls ) 5 months ago. I was really exited to teach them tricks and pet them. At first I wanted to buy them from a breeder but since I couldn't find one, I got them from a pet store. When they bit me the first few times I thought it was gonna take care of it self...
  18. Rat Behavior
    So I have new rat babies I’ve had them nearly 2 weeks. And I’m struggling to stop them from biting so I can start stroking and holding. I recently just tried the spoon technique (make an eek when they bite it) and now I’m using soft foods so they’ll learn to lick instead of bite. They only seem...
  19. Rat Behavior
    Hi, thanks for reading and any help you have to offer. We have four female rats, two are about five months and two are about three months old. They like playing with us and aren't afraid. The only problem is, we were bitten by pretty much all of them at one point (blood drawn) so we started...
  20. Rat Behavior
    I have two rats, both are sisters about 1 year and 1 month old. One of my rats has become blind in one eye, while the other eye has very poor vision. The vet has told me in a few months time she will be totally blind. I have taken precautions to help her get to food and water, my only problem...
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