My pair of rescue-rats have started squabbling quite seriously over the
past week; I had to take one of them to the vet because of an open wound
in her abdomen, in addition to a superficial bite on her shoulder.
Tonight she had fresh *** on her cheek from another bite, and there
seems to be some kind of damage to one ear. Most of the time they are
still cohabiting quite happily, but every so often they seem to be
inflicting real damage.
The vet said that he didn't think it was normal for females to fight
like this; is that right? It certainly isn't one-sided -- Annabel was
chasing Natalie round and round the floor yesterday -- but it always
seems to be Annabel who ends up bleeding. I'm not even sure which is the
alpha (I used to think it was Annabel, but Natalie always did seem to
nip her when they were out of sight), and I wonder if the trouble could
be related to a *** challenge by whichever used to be the
I've had them for about six months, and they're probably something
around nine months to a year old. So far as I know they were living
together as part of a larger group when I got them, and they've been
together ever since I've had them, with no previous injuries; now three
in a week. I can't think of any recent changes that could have sparked
this off, save that Natalie has started grooming the inside of my mouth
-- and I really don't see how that can be related!
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