New Rat Bit my Son
Newratowner

Glasgow, UK

#1 Jul 17, 2011
Hi all, I adopted two rats yesterday. Both about a year old. A father and son. They came from a great home, were well socialised and have never bitten. Anyway i put them upstairs to settle in before attempting to handle them but my 8 year old unknown to me took one out the cage and ran back downstairs with blood gushing from his hand. I know its only because the rat was scared and didnt know him but now im really anxious about them and a bit scared to handle them. They are my first rats, i have hamsters and gerbils but this is new to me.
I want them to be happy but im a bit scared now. Any tips?
Gubz

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Aug 22, 2011
I have similar problems, but can still give you some good tips that worked for me.
It is important to let the rats get used to their home. My rat is beginning to get pretty comfortable with his home after about a week, but some can get used to it pretty quick.
Make sure your rat has plenty of toys, things to climb, and chew on. Also, though they may be scared, give them treats. At first they will be nervous, so they won't take it from you. My rat did bite me the first day I tried to give him a treat. What I did was put some yogurt on a small spoon, and let him eat it. Rats LOVE yogurt. Each day, move the yogurt farther from where the rat is, until your rat must come all the way out. My rat, who is very scared to leave his cage, has come out even if there is not a treat involved lately. When they seem comfortable eating outside of their cage, gently pet them. DO NOT MAKE ANY SUDDEN MOVES. Don't lose hope when they run away, they will come back for the yogurt. Most rats don't like to be picked up, though some do. If you do attempt this, only do it when your rat seems very comfortable with you.
Good luck! Hope this helps.
Ash

Las Vegas, NV

#3 Aug 30, 2011
My Pet Rat NEVER bites me but when i dont like someone my rat bites them. Its pretty funny but i dont want to get sued . What shuould i do?
Katie

Austin, TX

#4 Oct 4, 2011
Newratowner wrote:
Hi all, I adopted two rats yesterday. Both about a year old. A father and son. They came from a great home, were well socialised and have never bitten. Anyway i put them upstairs to settle in before attempting to handle them but my 8 year old unknown to me took one out the cage and ran back downstairs with blood gushing from his hand. I know its only because the rat was scared and didnt know him but now im really anxious about them and a bit scared to handle them. They are my first rats, i have hamsters and gerbils but this is new to me.
I want them to be happy but im a bit scared now. Any tips?
was your son handling it roughly? Pet rats can actually die if squeezed to hard. Rats only bite if they are in great distress, in danger of their lives, or unexpectedly awaken while sleeping (it's a way of protecting themselves). Be sure to give your ratties alot of attention and love. I hope I helped and good luck!:)
Katiee

Pocono Lake, PA

#5 Jun 30, 2012
Thats sad. Looks like you love them and don't wish to leave them, but rats are harmful. You should call rat exterminators I would say.http://www.positivepest.co m/
Newratowner wrote:
Hi all, I adopted two rats yesterday. Both about a year old. A father and son. They came from a great home, were well socialised and have never bitten. Anyway i put them upstairs to settle in before attempting to handle them but my 8 year old unknown to me took one out the cage and ran back downstairs with blood gushing from his hand. I know its only because the rat was scared and didnt know him but now im really anxious about them and a bit scared to handle them. They are my first rats, i have hamsters and gerbils but this is new to me.
I want them to be happy but im a bit scared now. Any tips?

Since: Jan 12

Western Hemisphere

#6 Jun 30, 2012
The child will need rabies shots. A hammer will work nicely to get rid of the rats.
sophie

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Dec 10, 2014
GlobeStar wrote:
The child will need rabies shots. A hammer will work nicely to get rid of the rats.
And you have no business owning pets....get serious.

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