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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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A rat chewing its own tail off? No, not to escape or anything...just putting its own tail casually in its mouth and biting it off? I have a friend that says she witnessed one of her older rats do this a long time ago. Any thoughts? Maybe a psychotic rat? Or maybe it was causing him/her lots of pain?
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nope never heard of it but it sounds like a horrible thing to watch


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ouch maybe the rat was senile or had dementia
i know when people are senile they do some pretty insane stuff
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or maybe that tail part is paralyzed, or has very little feeling, perhaps the nerve endings are constantly triggered? does it flinch if its touched? does it have to constantly chew it?...if its just casual then perhaps there is little feeling in the tail..


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Not too sure, she said it was a long time ago and the rat was really old.
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I have herd of a dog chewing their tail and actually wagging it into something until it actually fell off, the tail had nerve damage and he couldnt feel it and wagging it led to it getting injured then he licked it and bit at it.. he had it amputated. was just on emergency vets the other day. so my guess it had nerve damage and maybe injured before it started chewing it..... My rat has bitten her own tail before, i think it snuck up on her and then she squeeked. silly ratty patty

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My rat has bitten her own tail before, i think it snuck up on her and then she squeeked. silly ratty patty
ohh my gosh...that is hilarious


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