So I’m a new rat owner. Yay! Bear with me as I explain seeing as it’s kinda a long story. I picked up my two boys from a girl who said she bred rats. (I’m not too sure about her, considering she also is posting them for feeders) Anyways, Annubis is a Russian blue Masked and Braxton is a hairless. They are both almost a year old,a month apart in age with Braxton being a month older. I’ve have had them for about a week now, and when I first brought them home I had hardly any issues. Braxton is a little scaredy cat so I’ve just been letting him become comfortable to his new surroundings and sounds but overall he chills in his igloo.Ill talk to him and pet his head when he allows it. Annubis is more nosy and curious, coming out of the cage when I have it open to free roam and explore. Everything was going great until Annubis sunk his teeth into my finger worse than I’ve ever been bitten by any animal. :/ He came up to smell my finger like normal and just bit down out of nowhere.I had rubbed my hands all in their blanket, so no food smell was involved. I’ve let him do his own thing the next couple of days because whenever I go to pet him or he seems curious in me and I put my hand down to let him smell, but he lunges and tries to bite. He will even come up to me between going in and out of his cage and try to get him another little bite 😐 And then when he’s done free roaming and goes back into his cage, he attacks his brother! I swear I thought he was going to kill Braxton. They were tussling very hard and my poor nakie boy was screaming. Thankfully he only has a few marks to show for it. Yesterday I tried something my friend suggested. I put them in about 3 inches of warm water in the bath and let them chill until I was done cleaning their cage with a water/vinegar solution (I bought a used cage from the girl I bought the rats) and figured maybe the previous owner had different rats using it that he was smelling inside his little happy place. After bath time (which no biting or scratching happened surprisingly!) I put a tiny dot of vanilla extract on both of them so that maybe if they smelled the same they wouldn’t fight? So far I haven’t heard anything out of them both. They just chill on seperate sides of their cage lol so onto my advice questions.
1: Is it an agressive thing or a nervousness thing still. I’m just terrified to be bitten again. Even when giving treats now he seems to just go for my finger and wants to overpass the food lol
2: Could It be my cats? My cats (3) are very curious of their new friends. For the most part they just sit and watch the movements. Occasionally putting a paw on the cage, but Annubis doesn’t really ever lunge at them. Mostly just smells them. Maybe he’s nervous of them?
3: When I try to pick Annubis up he gets instantly puffy and screams. I chalk it up to still being in a new place. He will let me do it ,and when I first got him he even slept in my shirt for a few hours. However then he tries to bite and I’m scared so I put him back where he can get into his cage.
Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Anonymous said: Should I adopt my little furry friends from a petshop (like petsmart) or from a breeder?
This is a question that is often asked and everyone has a different opinion on. You need to do your research and meet and examine the rats from both places to be totally sure. Some pet shops can take good care of their rats, and some don’t. Some breeders take good care of their rats, whilst others are only in it for the money.There are also numerous animal shelters that take in rats, so you could even go there to give a lonely friend a new home.
You really need to make the assessment for yourself :)
It makes me really sad to see rats in aquariums with wood chips. I wish I could give all of the rats proper cages! :(
If you are currently using an aquarium and would like to switch to a proper cage, we have a ‘cage inspiration’ tag that might help to give you some ideas :)
anesthesiah said: Hey, i had a rat question, I'm scared my rat is sick :( he seems to not have any energy and lays around all the time. sometimes when i pick him up he squeaks as if i am hurting him. It may just be because it's summer and hot here. Thanks!
It definitely sounds like he could just be too hot. I would suggest placing a fan near him or taking steps to ensure that he doesn’t feel overheated. You can find more on how to cool down your rat in summer here.
If his condition doesn’t improve after that, I would suggest looking into his diet and cage conditions (I am unsure what food and bedding he currently has, but there is a list of things here, here and here that can help).
If he still hasn’t improved after that, I would take him to the vet just to help rule out anything serious.
I hope this helped!