It's been an interesting few days here for me and one of my rats.
The night before last one of my rats ran away from his cage a bed time. I had
just taken my sleeping pills, had no idea where he had gone to, and was falling
asleep fast so I decided to let him have the run of the house for the night and
crashed on the bed. The next morning I was awoken by a deliberate nip to the
finger. My cat was sleeping beside my head, and when I opened my eyes I saw my
rat looking up at me from the floor. I picked him up and put him in his cage.
Was rather perplexed by the bite he gave me. It was just hard enough to wake me
up, but was harder than any of the other bites my rats have given me in the
past (all accidental nips while feeding them by hand). Perhaps he crawled up
beside me and was frightened by my sleeping cat? My rats have never been
frightened of my cats before.
Anyway... This morning I was again woken by my rats. This time the same rat as
before had gotten his leg caught in the bars in a most uncomfortable manner,
and was crying and screaming in pain. My boyfriend rushed in and I got up. I
opened the cage, picked him up, and manhandled him till I managed to free his
leg withough paying much attention to what he was doing. When I got him loose
his leg seemed to be alright (although he may be suffering from a sprain for a
while) and I put him down. Afterward my boyfriend told me that he was surprised
I hadn't been biten by him considering how scared he was. "He was just sitting
here***ing your hand."
Now is this just bizarre behavior or are my rats much smarter than I ever took
them for (waking me up and not being scared when I came to help him)? At the
very least it's two unusual stories for you all.