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Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:54 am
by Caza66
Crowley, who is now nearly 2 years old and has been with me for 18 months, has suddenly started test biting/mouthing things, particularly my fingers. It doesn't hurt but I am curious to know why it has only just started. His eyesight looks okay.

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:23 am
by Alex197
One of my rats, Watney, has recently started doing this. Pretty sure that it's affection, and them showing that they trust you.

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:06 am
by RedFraggle
Any issues with him holding hard food in his front paws?

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:25 pm
by Caza66
RedFraggle wrote:Any issues with him holding hard food in his front paws?
No he doesn't. There has been something not quite right with him in the past couple of weeks but nothing obvious. He always used to be first at the door but he is more interested in licking himself :oops: . I can't see anything that is bothering him down there though. I'm stumped. He does seem to be a bit more like himself tonight.

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:01 pm
by petty254-
I ont think its something you should worry about, its quite normal for many rats.

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 6:33 pm
by Caza66
Just an update on Crowley, he looks like he has a pituitary tumour. Over the past couple of weeks he has started having trouble holding his food, first using one paw to eat but now he is eating from the bowl. He's losing weight, struggling to walk, not cleaning the porphoryn from his nose very well, having stained from legs from porphoryn.

I've never had test biting/mouthing as a symptom of a pt, something to remember for the future.

I know it is nearly time :(

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 8:02 am
by ElizabethW
How awful for you both, I'm so sorry. Sending you hugs x

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 7:45 am
by Caza66
Crowley went down hill so fast yesterday we decided to say goodbye. He was such a character, a cheeky boy who will be missed so much.

Re: Why would a rat mouth things?

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:13 am
by Anne
I'm so sorry to hear you lost your lovely Crowley xx