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  1. Rat Behavior
    I have a rat, he’s been with me since September. He wasn’t a biter to start with, but I’ve noticed since the start of this month he’ll walk up to me and start bitting me. I’m not sure if it’s his way of saying let’s play but the bitting isn’t just a nibble anymore, he is drawing blood and I...
  2. Rat Behavior
    I adopted a baby boy rat, grover, around june of this year. He was super shy and gentle, introductions didn't go to plan [bath tub meet-up method] and my rat bert attacked him viciously. bert began bullying ernie, my other rat, so I had 2 rats that got along fine and 1 aggressor. I got rid of...
  3. Rat Behavior
    Hi! So I just bought my rat Remi last week. I have tried to socialize with her but every time I try she just bites my fingers instead of the food. I have a big latched door and when I go to open it she climbs up it and bites me. I can’t even open it without her trying to bite and/or escape. I...
  4. Rat Behavior
    Hi all, We have a male rat ~ 3months old, we let him out his cage regularly for a couple of hours daily and try to handle him in this time. In general he doesnt like being handled e.g. will get suspicious of strokes and generally wriggle backwards from hands but i think we're making small...
  5. Rat Behavior
    I have 6 boys that I rescued (These are my first rats) and they have been completely fine, one of the oldest rats (I believe he's 1.5 years) Suddenly became aggressive. He bit me which drew some blood. the first few times I put it down to just misidentify since he didn't show any signs of...
  6. Rat Behavior
    My boy escaped his playpen as he often does and got onto my bed. He hasn't been there before so it shouldn't be a place he's protective of. Can anyone see any body language or something here I'm missing?? I'm starting to think he needs a lot more help than I can possibly give him. Video here
  7. Rat Behavior
    My boy Ratsputin is normally very sweet though very energetic. I've only had him about 3 weeks but he's had no issues taking things from my hands, letting me pick him up, etc. Earlier today we were working on him being okay with being handled on his back and "come" with no issues. This evening...
  8. Rat Behavior
    Hi all, I have a rat who is very bitey to the point of breaking skin and 'latching' on. She does not give it up even if you try to pull a way or make a noise. It doesn't have to do with catching her off guard as she'll check out my hand with her teeth (gently) and hands prior then bite down a...
  9. Rat Behavior
    Hi all, I posted a short while ago asking for help with what I thought was an aggressive rat, Trudy. Unfortunately, the situation is no better. After 3.5 months of gentle talking, offering treats, seeing if she'll learn and take confidence from her sister and lastly, forced socialisation she is...
  10. Rat Behavior
    Good day I recently adopted a new rat from a rescue. He apparently had been found in somebody's garage, so it's unknown how long he had been living feral. He is a pretty siamese, probably an escaped pet. He bit me on the second day. I was touching him in his cage, so fair enough he probably...
  11. Rat Behavior
    So i rescued two rats around 2 months ago and one of them has had a problem with biting me since day one. I thought it was just because his eyesight is bad as hes an albino rat but now im not too sure. I also dont think it could be hormonal aggression as he has bonded very well with my other...
  12. Rat Behavior
    My sweet Jasper was thrown out near a bush and we rescued him. He has a nice big cage. I'd like to say we have yet to get him toys and a play mate. I was scrolling through my phone with Jasper on my bed when he just suddenly came up to me and bit my hand. It slowly progressed into a harder bite...
  13. Rat Behavior
    I’d like some advice. I have 4 rats - Basil 1+ y/o, Charlie 1 y/o, Puff & Ash (littermates) 4 months. My oldest boy Basil has multiple bite wounds on his back from Puff. I’ve observed Puff relentlessly chasing Basil up and down the cage as Basil is very standoffish with him (putting his paw up...
  14. Rat Behavior
    Hi all, I adopted two 6-month-old sisters from a lady needing to rehome (time constraints). They came from a group with 3 other older females and was told they are the result of a friends oops litter. A day or two after I got them back, they both bit me fairly badly while I was tidying up the...
  15. Rat Behavior
    Hi all, I have an aggression issue with two female rats! I adopted these two 6-month-old sisters from a local lady needing to rehome (time constraints mostly). They came from a group with 3 other older females and was told they are the result of a friends oops litter (the lady seemed legit). A...
  16. Rat Behavior
    So, about a week ago i got two new rats (Jack and Vincent), and besides them both being very underweight, Vincent is very hostile and he stands with his ears back in a corner every time i try to interact with him, hes also bitten me quite hard a few times. Of course ive been feeding them plenty...
  17. Rat Behavior
    So I was playing with Juniper a few minutes ago and out of nowhere he bit me and now he keeps biting me. I have created other posts like this and I tried reintroducing the days like someone told me to do but that didn’t help. And now he is biting me and fighting me?? I am going to call the vets...
  18. Rat Behavior
    My rat Diego today bit me twice. The first time this morning was on my finger and I admit, part of it was definitely my fault since i woke him up with yogurt on my finger and half awake he probably just smelt food and his instincts kicked in but the second time I was kissing my lovely, super...
  19. Rat Behavior
    We have to rats, one around 6/7 months and one around 5/6 months. Both so sweet, very cuddly, just total love bugs. Until yesterday…yesterday, the older one bit me for the first time. We were playing and I was wrestling/tickling him with my hands, nothing out of the norm, but all of a sudden he...
  20. Rat Behavior
    I just got 3 female rats from a breeder, they're just over 7 weeks old. I got rats because Google kept saying they were friendly/clever/curious/the perfect pets, but: One of them bites me. The breeder handled them every day, and they've been treated well, and I was told none of them ever bit...
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