Rat Bites Me When Being Hand Fed

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Morrigan

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So I've never had this issue before. In general, I've never had a rat continuously bite me when feeding them. Certainly, I've never had it happen twice AND draw blood like it has here with this rat.

He's normally a very sweet guy! Very gentle! But when I feed Nerves (my rat) around other rats he'll lunge for food, grab my finger and won't let go.

Now, should I just avoid feeding him around other rats? Or is there a way to address this behaviour so he can chill out when I'm handing them each a treat? I always make sure to give each rat a treat if I'm giving it to one, so it's not like he should have to compete.

He's a year and a half, and this behaviour has just gotten worse recently. I'm wondering if it has to do with vision loss in one eye.
 

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instantjazzy

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Maybe he doesn't like being fed with the others. or it could also be the latter. You can wear something to protect your fingers.
 

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Offer his food and treats from a spoon and if you can do just soft foods that he needs to lick, even better. Eventually he will stop biting especially since he won't like biting the spoon.
 
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