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Q: Allergy to Pet Rat?

February 5, 2009 | By Tamara W. | 3 answers | Expired: 2068 days ago

Tamara W.

Every time I play with my pet rat Jasper, I get welts on my skin (only where he scratched me however) and they itch like crazy. They only last for 10 minutes or so then they go away. Does anyone know if this is an allergy to my rat, and if so, what can I do to prevent this from happening. I do not clean his cage already, my boyfriend comes over to do it. This is upsetting because I can not play with Jasper much.

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Jessica P.
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Feb 06, 2009

people can be allergic to anything, so it is possible that you have a slight allergy to Jasper. Or you may be allergic to his bedding, dust or something else in the environment that he is carrying on his his nails and when he scratches you it get into your skin. You can clip your rat's nails (use a small fingernail clipper, and/or file) to help lessen the chance of scratches. You can also try to switch bedding material (corn cob works well with rats, as long as your rat is not allergic to it as one of mine ones). You can also add sandpaper to the bottom of your cage or on top of ladders/climbing toys to help naturally file down the nails. Good luck!

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Katie Y.
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Feb 06, 2009

I work at a pet store and have found that I have the same reaction to the rats when I handle them. It usually goes away once I wash the scratch with soap and water. I am not sure if it is an allergy though...

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JVbarkley
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Feb 08, 2009

I have the same problem. I just wash my arms with soap and water and clip their nails and it seems to keep the issue at bay. No promises though.

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