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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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New rats....question for all you rat lovers.

Hello everyone. I have only had rats one other time, which were more my mothers then mine. So I was wondering how I can tell if these two are fighting or playing. I got two females to keep from having babies and I got them both from the same place. I am not sure if there is a dominancy issue or what but once in a while they will start squeeking and they look like they are wrestling. I just want to make sure that they aren't fighting so I can put my mind to ease.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 07:33 PM
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I think they are playing. I was worried about that too but they may have dominance issues but if you see any blood then you should seperate them. My rats do the same thing. When I hear squeaking I look and see they are just playing and trying to flip each other over. Dont worry!
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i think you're safe. with rats the rule is no blood, no foul. as long as no ones obviously hurt then you're okay. rats play wrestle for fun and they squeak sometimes to say "i give!"

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Most rat communication is above the human range of hearing. Generally the sounds that we can hear are sounds of protest or pain. The squeaking you hear is most likely just protest. The wrestling is "play" but it also establishes dominance. From my experience, you will KNOW if they are fighting, it is a totally different sound, more like a shrieking. As others have said, no blood, no foul. Try not to worry!


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No blood...then there is no problem.
Rats can be quite loud during dominance issues and playing.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-17-2008, 04:33 PM
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As long as they aren't biting each other and drawing blood,everything should be ok.I once had a female rat who would try to bite the private areas of all the knew rats.Once we had to take one to the emergency vet because she had torn that place.Rats that are the same gender will most likely fight each other to be the alpha.All my rats have done and I find it completely normal.They will eventually work it out.

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