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Biting rat

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:38 am
by Katy Eyre
Hi all, I got 2 female rats from pets at home on the 28th Dec. One keeps biting me every time I go near her and she bullies and attacks her friend. They lived together in the shop with no problems. I really need advice on taming and making them get along better. Thank you

Re: Biting rat

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:30 pm
by ElizabethW
Hello and welcome to the forum :)
Pet shop rats don't tend to be very well socialised, so your girls need to gradually learn that people are nice! This might take some patience but they should come round eventually. Do you know how old they are approximately?

When you say she is biting, could you describe what happens when you put your hand near her? Rats tend to explore things with their mouths and may sometimes grab a finger and give it a little nibble just to check whether you are food or not; if they are being a bit too enthusiastic a high pitched 'eeping' noise can let them know that they need more manners. But obviously there is a difference between 'test' biting and proper biting...I'm not really an expert on this so will leave advice to someone who knows more than I do.

It's possible that the biting is through fear, in which case she will take time to get used to her new environment. Try taking all hidey holes/igloos out of the cage and only give them open beds for a while; this will help them realise that even out in the open nothing terrible is going to happen to them. You could also try offering something nice (like yogurt) on a metal spoon - both rats will have to come close to you to get to it, and if there is any biting it'll be metal that they bite, which should help deter them.

Hopefully someone else will come along soon, but I hope this helps in the meantime :luck:

Re: Biting rat

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:32 pm
by Bandit45
Depends what you mean by biting. Test biting I believe is fairly normal for young rats - however it shouldn't hurt. My did this and it was quite cute. But more of a nibble than a bite.

Re: Biting rat

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:31 am
by Katy Eyre
Thanks for your replies.

My rat bite was a real rat bite. It bled a lot, and was wound inflicting. I can't put my hand into the cage, as of fear so will bite me. She wasn't trapped in her hiding spot when she bit. My rats are only between 2 and 3 months old. She viciously attacks her cage mate, and they bites do pierce the skin. I am seriously concerned her her cage mates health. Anything could be happening to her when I'm not there to stop her. She leaps at her, and bites her stomach, tail, ears and neck. She also wakes up and comes to the bars of the cage whenever I'm in there. She tries to bite me and my family through the bars of the cage. I adopted her and her friend from Pets At home. They weren't given up for any particular reason. She was very friendly in the shop. Her cage mate in incredibly terrified, to the point that she will try to escape from the cage when the aggressive rat approaches her. She pounces at her from the ladders and hammocks in her cage. I can't even clean them out with gloves on because she tries to bite me so much. She bites anything that enters her cage. I carelessly left a hammock on the chair next to their cage, and one of the clasps slid through the bars. When I next entered the room, she was hanging by her teeth from it, and thrashing violently. She actually tore off the clasp and carried it away in her mouth. I strongly believe that I should separate them, but I only have a small carrier. We have carefully considered rehoming the aggressive rat for our safety and her cage mate. Please help!