> > So I now have two boys, and I am letting them play (under strict supervision
> > only), and I noticed a few things that I dont know if they are normal. I've
> > had Scooter for a few weeks now, and he is the bigger of the two rats. The
> > baby (who hasnt been named yet) is smaller than Scoot, and I notice that
> > Scoot tends to run on the baby, use him as a climbing post/ step stool. He
> > did some serious cleaning of the baby's back earlier, and tends to go up to
> > him when he is cleaning himself, or even just heing alone and trying to sleep
> > on the couch and moves him by running into him, pushing hi with his head,
> > squeezing between him and the couch, basically doing what I would call a big
> > brother being annoying to a little brother. Is this normal? Also, when the
> > two are sepearte, the baby is super active, and Scoot is slower and doesnt do
> > much other than sleep, but when they are together, the baby does nothing than
> > sleep, and Scoot is crazy hyper. Is this normal? I am worried because it
> > kind of seems like Scoot is taking advantge of the baby since he is bigger.
> > I know you guys have lots of experience of this, so I am hoping to get some
> > great help from you guys. Thanks
> It does sound to me like Scoot is being *** over baby boy. But this
> is normal behaviour. Baby boy is quiet around Scoot because that's what
> he needs to do with the alpha. So far it sounds like intros are going good.
> Owned by 26 rats.
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I agree with Joanne. From your description, it doen't sound like
anything he is doing is *agressive* towards the little guy, and the
little guy is doing exactly what he's supposed to.
Jack and Rocky are littermates, same size, been together since birth-
and they use eachother as steps, ladders- but Jack is more ***
than Rocky. When there is *any question*, Rocky rolls over and Jack
grooms his belly.
There are a few short articles online about behaviors to watch out
for. If you'd like the links I'll be happy to post them. From
everything I have read and been told, *usually* a problem only happens
when the subserviant guy doesn't act subserviant but even then *most
times* it is worked out quickly, without any major problems- and that
is normal behavior also.
I'm so happy you got Scooter a friend. I'm sure he is very happy too.
Hopefully everything will be ok with him :)