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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question Arther and HIS food...

well as most of you know I have 2 new rats that I got at the weekend & they are sooo beautiful, sweet and cuddly.
I would not change them for the world, but I have a problem with Arther...

Arther seems to strangly be spending 20-30mins in the food bowl, without stopping for breath and just eating and eating and well, eating! Im finding this quite unusual, however, that is not the end of it...
He also seems to be food aggresive! I put my hand in his cage to pick him up, snuggle with him and in general handle him so he is handlable for the future, and this was when he was eating which he had been for half an hour and thought that was enough, but he tryed biteing me! It does not hurt too much, I do stay calm and just leave him. I did also make sure that he was not just a nipper and went to pick him up when no food was about and I could with no problems, so while he is young I wanted to know if there is any way of trying to help this food aggression, also if any one else has experianced this and what they did?

I want all my rats to get the same amount of food though and I dont want to keep filling up the food bowl if its going to be gone in an hour, please help if you can or just give some advice...

I dont want to end up with a diabetic or obese rat... could he be diabetic?
thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 10:05 PM
 
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Thats totally weird! Good luck, cant really offer any advice.
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i'm not sure what to do about this. what i would do personally, is refill the food bowls by hand. take a fist of food, put your hand in the cage, if he bites, take food hand out. repeat. i'd think he'll learn not to bite the hand that feeds

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thanks Natalie, thats such a great idea, I'll start straight away and keep you updated... thanks again!
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hows he doing hun ?
maybe he wasn't getting enough food at the pet store maybe the others ate all his there and hes just over whelmed by coming to yours and being spolied ?
sorry i don't know much but maybe that did happen because when i got my hammie all he does is EAT he doesnt stop untill he empyties the full bowl !
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haha, lol!
He is doing just fine! It seems like the more we handle him the better he gets, which is good! He never ever draws blood so everything is going great, hopefully he will grow out of it anyway because I also get the impression that it is his 'baby play' if ya get me lol!
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Good !
aww my babies are getting better each day my TOTO is so affectionate towards me and at the start he was the shy and really skiddish one.
he runs up onto my shoulder licks my cheek and sits and chats to me !! LOL
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