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Offline RattyRodent

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Remy biting
« on: February 01, 2020, 10:18:38 AM »
     Our rat, Remy, is an intact male and is prone to occasional biting.  Most of the time, he's nipping, but he wants to nip soft tissue body parts.  I (Mrs. Ratty) have to resort to putting my fist against my lips because when Remy crawls on me, he likes to sniff, lick, and nip.  But last night (1/31), Remy drew blood.  As Mr. Ratty was cleaning the cage, Remy suddenly jumped on his arm and bit down.  It startled Mr. Ratty enough that he yelled, "What did you do that for?!"  The only thing we could figure was that Remy thought Mr. Ratty's arm was food.  The thing is, Remy has been doing this more and more as he gets older.  Remy is black/brown with a white underside and is nine or ten months old.  He has a littermate named Emil, a hooded rat, same age, overall smaller than Remy, he doesn't bite and only nips at extremities as a form of greeting.  They were brought up together and occasionally play fight, no blood drawn. We adopted them in August 2019.
     Should we neuter Remy?  Will that cut down on the biting?

Offline gramma2jaakk

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Re: Remy biting
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2020, 03:23:42 PM »
Hi! I have not had a rat neutered to prevent biting/nipping, but I have heard it helps. I have only neutered one male, and it was because I was going to adopt 2 girls, and I sure didn't want an intact male in the same cage with them! Good luck with Remy, and come back to let us know what the outcome is.

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Re: Remy biting
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2020, 07:02:16 PM »
Thanks for replying. Since I wrote that post Remy has stopped nipping. Maybe he overheard us say "neuter" and suddenly understands English. - More likely I think those nips are just food-testing and  that one blood-drawing incident was just a case of Remy thinking I had a treat and he wanted to nab it before Emile got to it. Anyway. he's been behaving fine lately.