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We recently adopted 3 girlies from our local RSPCA. They have lived together their whole lives, not had any problems at the shelter, they sleep together but also sleep separately at times.

The 2 bigger girls (1 is tiny) keep scuffling. They roll around with each other and chase one another. There is also some squeaking involved.

There isn't any blood and they socialise with one another.

Is this play fighting or perhaps a TIFF for dominance?
 

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Young girl rats love to play fight, it looks pretty fierce but they are only mock biting.

Rats have very sharp teeth, it's easy for them to puncture or tear flesh... when rats don't draw blood it's because they are being very, very careful.

We had a part wild rat and she was sweet as pie and one of the most lovable rats you have ever met, but when she lost it and attacked there was blood... lots and lots of blood... and torn flesh.... It's not something you would likely ever confuse with play... As a pup her idea of play fighting was to jump from my desk into my face and attack my nose she would lay a dozen mock bites on my face before I could swat her off... but never, ever did she break the skin or leave a mark...

If your rats are mock biting, they are play fighting, if there's blood all over the place, someone is serious.

Best luck.
 
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