I took my 9 month old female rat out of her cage yesterday morning for her pre-breakfast snuggle and
it looked like she chewed off all the hair on her front legs. She's still eating & drinking, and still very energetic. It was winter in Iowa when I brought her home and she went EVERYWHERE with me, but during the summer it was too hot, so she's been spending more time in her cage than she's use to. I'm wondering if this was the result of boredom, or if something is going wrong?? THANK YOU!
It may be boredom but it could be a diet issue.
If she is scratching a lot & appears to have any other areas of hair loss with flakey skin I would get it looked at & read up on diets for rats.
If you disinfect her cage when you clean it out, make sure you use pet safe disinfectant or no other harsh chemicals, as rats are very sensitive in this respect.
I hope she gets well soon! (she's gorgeous!) X
One other thing... Have you by chance changed her bedding material? May a new bag? There may be something in it to cause her to have a reaction.
Rats are the best!!! Have 3 here at home.
* Reaction to a bedding or dietary change
* Mites or another external parasite that's causing itching and loss of hair.
IMHO the most likely cause are rat mites. These are too small for the human eye to see and very irritating to the skin. All rats have them and they sometime build up enough to cause itching and even scabbing of the skin.
She doesn't seem to be scratching more than usual, and there are no scabs that I see, yet. I don't disinfect her cage, and I haven't changed her bedding. I HOPE SHE IS NOT STRESSED, but I did pick up some rat blocks from a different place this time, and I thought they looked different (color) from what she's been eating since I got her, maybe that's the cause. I will go back to her regular blocks TODAY and see if that helps. How long should it take her hair to grow back? Also, if it is mites, what do I do for that? THANK YOU ALL!
by L C David 4 years ago
While the message says QAP can take up to 24 hours, I haven't had a QAP last more than a little over two hours in a long time. I'm now on 5 plus hours in limbo waiting on QAP. Wonder if they've changed it to be longer or something? I do see others in my news feed who have...
by SpaceShanty 4 years ago
Some people seem to manage it after a few months, some after a few years, whats your story?
by Brie Hoffman 7 years ago
Is it just me?It's pretty odd for it to be completely zero. I am wondering if something is going on.
by angiem 8 years ago
I have a 9 month old female Pit Bull, I noticed vaginal bleeding about two weeks ago, and she...was acting moody and sleeping alot, the bleeding stopped a few days ago, but I noticed the area between her anus and vagina is very swollen, and she squats like shes going to pee, but only drops come...
by Andrew Orrell 5 years ago
I logged onto my account today and noticed my earnings for the month had dropped drastically! I have never seen this happen before so I was not to happy. I had a look and the problem was that yesterday my eBay earnings were just over -$25! What is that all about? About ten days ago I made a sale on...
by lgyjwill 8 years ago
I have a variable life insurance. I took out a loan of $6,700.00 on 04-27-09. I received a...notice in the mail that there was a loan of $224.91 made to pay the interest on the loan. I did not authorize this. It also appears that my premium is going up from $114.04 per month to $1,368.48 per month....
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|