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My rat Ben bit me just now,
Which is not like him as in the many months I've had him he has never bit even though when I first got him he was very skittish (still is with
strangers) and i don't think this was a fear bite but can any one tell me what might be the reason?

I was sitting on my bed with laptop and playing with them like I always do Ben usually hides under my bed and climbs back up when he hears food or wants attention , so he came over to me and I gave him some strokes and scratches like always but then he tried to pin my hand  (the scratches off his claws are actually worse than the bites) and bit my wrist  but not a quick sharp bite  it was a slow bite and several times , I did try squeaking to show my disapproval (I've heard this is what you should do to show a bite hurts) but he still did it again, i put him in his cage and only after that did i notice it start bleeding ,

I wonder did I upset him or was he just playing to roughly or was it a dominance thing? sometimes I've heard Loki give an awful squeak when they play fight but this has only happened twice and usually they are very mellow with each other

ben has pinned my arm before but then only licked it or nibbled it so i don't know why he was more aggressive this time.

I tried searching the web but couldn't find a similar enough story :c
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luna141 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
maby he had a bite or sore or tender spot that you couldent see, and you touched it when you pet him and it made him freak out a little? thats the first thing that comes to my mind...
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Brownie-12 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well :/ reasons could be that he doesnt feel good or is under pain. I don't think he'd bite you like that for attention.
Only when the rats don't know you yet they try out how far they can go :b. But Ben knows you already so that can't be it :I.
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Hanyuu-Kitty-chan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Ouch, that does seem painful. Either Ben wants some attention or just some peace and quiet, which I believe you were quiet at that time.
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LozIsNoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My guess with all animals at the moment is the fire works. Nearly all my animals at my dads got really scared, Pepper, my dads cat, was lying on my bed, I started to stroke her and we played a little, then a fire work went off and she hissed at me and bit me quiet hard. The chickens, horses and cows all had a reaction too, as we heard them all make funny noises. I don't know much about rats too be honest, only guinea pigs, gerbils and rabbits in the small animal category =3
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
after reading this I have taken fireworks in to account so many people have been setting them off all week very close to my house too
ben is very jumpy
it may easily be the cause of his distress
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LozIsNoo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll agree with you on this one. At my mums we have my cat and my snake. Jet doesn't mind them, but we wouldn't let him outside for a few days at night. Phoenix seems to not mind them,although, he doesn't come out much, but then again, he always sleeps in his hide XD I hope he doesn't bite you again, I highly doubt he will, he seems lovely =3
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varoujan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He was probably just playing and accidently got a bit too rough.
Rats don't generally bite out of fear, they would rather run away than attack, so it's probably not that.

I got bitten by a rat for the first time a few days ago. One of my girls thought I had food and caught my finger. She realized I had no food and immediately let go, so it barely even bled.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah the bite I got wasn't serve or fast or sharp like it would b with fear I do think he was moody
though i wonder if it could be linked to fireworks as bonfire night is tomorrow and every day until then since Halloween people have been setting off fire works.

though he also went all puffy when i pulled him out of his new hiding place which is somewhere he isn't supposed to go >w>

hes been fine since I posted this though i even let him out later that day and though he did the same thing this time he did not bite as hard and only nibbled :3
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varoujan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's possible he is a bit sick. Changes in behavior and puffing up their fur can both be signs of illness. I recommend you just watch how he's acting for a few days and if he keeps being strange take him in to the vet.

I have also heard stories of males becoming aggressive due to hormones, but once the owners nutered them they settled back down.

Having rats can be so expensive >_>
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well...he is sick
both Ben and Loki suffer from myco and though Loki has been treat twice before b it didn't clear up and after that failed ben starting showing symptoms too

I am trying to earn and save up money to treat them both at the same time now but alas being a student with no job makes it tough.

both had a scuffle today both puffed up
however over the last few night including tonight propel have been celebrating bon fire night with fireworks some only next door to us and Ben is a very flighty rat so I'm hoping that is the cause and not aggression or his illness, if it is illness once I have the money to pay for treatment they should both clear up hopefully
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