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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2011 11:09pm (Nov 20th 2011)
     
    Were the biter boys neutered? Their hormones make a big difference to their personality when they hit a certain age (I think 6 months but am probably wrong about that - have never had bucks) and having them neutered can turn them back to big squishes!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2011 1:48pm (Nov 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm not a big fan of neutering rodies...Not for any moral reason, just because it comes with a lot more risks than neutering cats or dogs...we had the choice to neuter Bam so he could live with female mice as oppose to on his own, but when we spoke to our vet he said it's not worth the risk of anaesthetic and invasive surgery...

    My first two male rats were gorgeous, right up there with best pet I've ever had! Big chunky boys, lazy, affectionate, intelligent...bit gross when they crawled over your face and their *ahem* man parts scraped against you though! :rolling:

    I guess a lot of it is to do with poor breeding as they were pet shop rats. Good ratty breeders will choose not only healthy good-looking bucks to breed from, but also those with a very gentle and amiable personality.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2011 11:21pm (Nov 21st 2011)
     
    Very true, but I know of people that had very lovely, well bred boys but when puberty hit they became horrible demons! (Bit like teenage boys do!) It's not for every rat and I agree, any unnecessary surgery should be avoided, but if the biting is so bad that handling isn't possible then it should be considered for the well being of the human and their hands, and the comfort and happiness of the rat. It doesn't always work though, so is a final option.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2011 6:36pm (Nov 22nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yeah, they were a nightmare to look after...not only did they bite when being handled, but they *chased* your hand around the cage to bite you!! When cleaning the cage out they'd always sink their teeth into me, and the sides would end up splattered with blood and need cleaning again...yack :ack2:

    And no, I don't know why I didn't wear gloves either (other than the fact we didn't have any :P )...I guess I was only a kid and thought I could avoid them.