Alyssabstan

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Hi guys... So I've been having a small problem with fighting between my two male rats. Both of them are about 9-10 months old now and are half brothers.

They don't often fight and I never seem to catch them doing it but I have noticed Moose (my smaller boy) has a lot of cuts on his back around his shoulder blades. They look like bites.

Roach seems dominant and always has. I managed to fix the food aggression he had at the beginning where he'd steal Moose's food and bite him for it and it seems like that is gone. They do not bite me or other people, they are good for that. But it's these little bites I see on Moose's body that make me thing, they must be fighting when I'm not home. They have adequate room in their cage and they get outside play with me too so it not that.
I've been placing an antibiotic creme on Moose's scratches so they don't get infected but I feel like every time I look at home, he has more and more chunks taken out of him. So far it's only 3 bites I've seen but I don't like it one bit.
 

lilspaz68

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Any chance your less dominant boy has mites instead? The neck and shoulders are classic spots for mite scabs.

 

Alyssabstan

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You bet I checked first thing for fleas! These are huge chunks. This week he has no new ones but I caught them fighting haaaard an hour ago.
I work in a vet clinic so I checked all the boxes ahaaha. No flea dirt, searched both for fleas and mites and they've had their fecals dowe (no worms/parasites)
I truly think this is a result of fighting.
 

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They are buddies, cuddling a lot of the time but yes he's often scared of roach's movements lately since this began.
 

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