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Getting angry now...

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So I had just written a post about giving up on ever getting my rat William to stop biting me, and was going into it refreshed and ready to work on him some more, but now I'm really freakin angry. He bit me three times today, and I didn't even attempt to hold him or pet him today. He bit me while I was playing with the other rats, putting food in the cage, and spot cleaning. God, I am just so sick of this. The last bite drew a bit of blood, and it took all my will power not to scream at him. He's just getting worse as time goes on, it's like he knows he can get away with being a bit freaking A-Hole, so he does whatever he wants to me. Seriously, I don't want to give him back to the rescue, but it's getting to the point where I can't even enjoy my other rats because he'll run up and bite me every time I touch one of his cagemates. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :evil:
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You have a cage aggressive rat. It happens with rescues. They usually come from bad beginnings and a tiny cage they are never let out of. Then they are moved to a shelter where they may or may not have adequate caging, then on to you. At this point the confused and neglected rat only feels that the cage is his and will defend it and his cagemates. He's not being an a**hole, he sounds more like a fear-biter who is doing pre-emptive strikes.
It doesn't sound like you are able to deal with his behaviours so your best bet is to give him back to the rescue. Someone else could try to work with him who is more experienced with this sort of thing, and you can enjoy your boys. Removing him from the other boys just to see if it improves him, would be cruel at this point and would possibly make him worse, since he's fearful to start.
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