Q: Rat Fur

April 20, 2010 | By Anonymous | 2 answers | Expired: 2106 days ago


I have two female rats who are both young, about 2-3months old. One is albino and the other is half white half brown. Their fur is starting to become discolored and "yellowish". I clean their cage out once a week and I've tried cleaning them with wipes and putting them in a sink but nothing is really helping. Does anyone know what to do to turn their fur back to white? Thanks!

Readers' Answers (2)
Stephanie  C.

Apr 21, 2010

You could try bathing them with a whitening shampoo. Usually (for dogs) the shampoo will be blue or purple. Bathe them gently in a sink of warm water and diluted shampoo. Dry them carefully.

The yellow stains is because they are sitting in urine. I know you said you clean the cage, but try a different bedding material, or clean more often. If you give them hay or batting material (for a quilt) this can 'scrub' the coat as they crawl through it.

Good luck!

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daryl b.

Apr 22, 2010

stef is right. try a gentile whiting shampoo. make sure it is gentile and make sure you get it all off.

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