My rat has started nesting, and has become fierce and fatter.

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My rat has started nesting, and has become fierce and fatter.

Post by Jonathan Horniblo » Mon, 04 Oct 1999 04:00:00



My rat has started nesting, and has become fierce and fatter.

I sort of inherited her from a younger family member who got bored of
rats, so I don't really know too much, apart from the fact that her cage
size, food, and environment is OK for a rat.

She has just started nesting - she has completely re-arranged her cage,
moving "upstairs" out of her plastic house and into a nest made from
newspaper from her plastic house. She has also got fatter. Could this be
that it is getting clder here in the UK? We think that she's acting
pregnant, although there is no chance of that. Do rats have phantom
pregnancies?

But more interesting was her behaviour towards a friend who came around
last night. Now "Arfer" as we call her ("r for rat", see?!?) is amiable
towards everyone. But this girl, when she heard we had a rat, went
"urgh! I'm not touching that thing" before she'd even seen it. She
eventually chilled out a little, and started to go towards the cage. At
which point, my always-placid rat grabbed the bars, and went mental,
hissing and squeaking at the girl! I never knew rats were so sensitive
to things like that. Anyone else had a similar experience?

Also, any rat FAQ's to be had?

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My rat has started nesting, and has become fierce and fatter.

Post by SARAH HARVE » Thu, 07 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I have a 7 - 8 month old male who has recently started also to get
aggressive and jumpy, he started to hide in his house,

Before this he was a lovely friendly thing very tame and very easy to
handle.  I went on holiday & my sister who was considering having a pet rat
offered to look after Lestat for me.

    Needless to say withing two days he had savaged her scaring her finger,
I took him to my vet as I was quite worried with the change and the vet then
administered a hormone injection.

This to date is working quite well ( he hasn't attacked anybody for two
weeks ).  So fingers crossed he'll return to the angel gabriel rat that he
was before.


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>My rat has started nesting, and has become fierce and fatter.

>I sort of inherited her from a younger family member who got bored of
>rats, so I don't really know too much, apart from the fact that her cage
>size, food, and environment is OK for a rat.

>She has just started nesting - she has completely re-arranged her cage,
>moving "upstairs" out of her plastic house and into a nest made from
>newspaper from her plastic house. She has also got fatter. Could this be
>that it is getting clder here in the UK? We think that she's acting
>pregnant, although there is no chance of that. Do rats have phantom
>pregnancies?

>But more interesting was her behaviour towards a friend who came around
>last night. Now "Arfer" as we call her ("r for rat", see?!?) is amiable
>towards everyone. But this girl, when she heard we had a rat, went
>"urgh! I'm not touching that thing" before she'd even seen it. She
>eventually chilled out a little, and started to go towards the cage. At
>which point, my always-placid rat grabbed the bars, and went mental,
>hissing and squeaking at the girl! I never knew rats were so sensitive
>to things like that. Anyone else had a similar experience?

>Also, any rat FAQ's to be had?