I got 2 female baby hooded dumbo rats from the same litter about 5 months ago, and I understand that they have to sort out who's going to be the boss. But one of my girls continuously pins the other down with grooming and chases her all the time. She sneaks up behind her too. I hear lots of little squeaks. I know there's no aggression as they are not fluffing up. I check them both regularly and there's no blood, but I don't understand why she won't leave the other one alone?
Dominance displays are common in rat communities. It sounds like you have done everything right. Some rats are more dominant than others - I had girls who would stand up and "box" until the dominant female pinned the other down. It's natural social interaction, don't worry! As long as no one is getting hurt, it is fine.
Updated on October 6, 2019
By Jessica Peri