Do rat nip hurt I,m getting a rat and I'm worried?
I'v been reading about how rats play and they keep truism they will probably nip you .does nipping hurt?
If the rat is biting aggressively those bites CAN hurt. The best way to avoid being bitten weakly is to make sure you get a well-socialized rat to start with. Try looking for a breeder in your area, nearly all breeder rats are wonderful and loving pets that would never bite a human.
What I'm going to propose, you're not going to like - but if you're already scared, don't receive a rat. Animals pick up when humans are afraid, and they will test you even more than usual by nipping or biting you. So if you show concern, you're doomed. Spare yourself, and the rat, and don't get one unless you know you can handle it, love it, care for it, AND NOT be afraid of it.
Get at least 2 rats.
They occasionally nip to groom, and it feels virtuous. A scared or mishandled rat will also nip. Rats nip each other if they play argue. There shouldn't be any injuries, it's normal behavior.
Your boyfriend probably bites harder than a friendly rat would.
However, being sure you hold no food smell on your hands goes a long way toward avoiding nibbles and nip. Just to be on the safe side, I'll sometimes run my hand through the bedding to dilute any smells I carry into the round up.
I have 2 rats and they won't usually nip at you and whether they do it may hurt a little but not much, don't worry!
I've had seven rats altogether. The only time they bit me be when I had food on my hands, and even then it wasn't a bite so much as a snatch. I've always had females, though. A male might be a bit more territorial or something. A rat that have had poor socialization with humans might bite harder as well. I bought one rat who be about two years old once and had be used as a breeding rat but had been retired. She bit me a few times, but only drew a tiny amount of blood. And I be being a bit irresponsible too (ie. I poked my fingers into her cage). She actually ended up giving birth three days after we bought her and her babies, which be partially hand-raised (I left most of it to her) were great. I kept two and they be both great.
So a rat shouldn't bite you hard enough to draw blood without one provoked/threatened. Just make sure you're friendly and gentle beside your rat and you should have a loving little buddy!
Mine only nip me if i stick my fingers through the pen and they think it is food (don't feed your rat through the bars to avoid this), whether they are tired and hot they will nip if I approach them too quickly, or if they are on my knees and need to use the toilet they will nip me. The nips are just pressure, they just about ever break the skin.
When you first get your rats, leave them their cage for a afternoon. The next day put your hand within the cage, hold it still and let them come to you. Later on you can start patting them, and consequently you can handle them. They will get more an more settled with you over the subsequent few weeks (always give at least 2weeks to settle in).
Your rat will only bequeath you a big bite if you do something really wrong (like dogs). Just respect their space and what they are trying to tell you and you should be fine.
No, nip doesn't hurt. It's kinda cute actually. :)
However biting does hurt! I have had 18 rats within the past, and only one has ever bit me-- several times, and immediately I have an infection in my hand and enjoy to take antibiotics.
All rat books, websites, and rat owners I have come across say "Rats don't bite!" Well, customarily they don't. I have the exception.