Join Date: Jun 2009
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She does have a cagemate, actually. This sort of raises another question I have. So here goes.
The first rat I ever had (daisy) is about 15 months. She's so sweet and social and laid back, but when it comes to food, she likes to hoard everything away and steal food from Minnie (the one who's losing hair and the tail 'scales', and who's about 10 months.) Honestly, though, they get along fine everywhere else. When food (or sometimes water) isn't an issue, they are perfect buddies. I'm kind of worried because Daisy seems to bully Minnie when I'm not around, and that very well could be the cause of Minnie's hair loss. I seriously doubt it's age, Minnie's pretty young and came from a reputable breeder. I was wondering what I could do to keep them from fighting. Should I feed them seperately? I wanted to get a new Martin cage, but I'm still kind of raising the money, so I don't have an extra cage on hand to fully seperate them.
On a seperate note, Minnie's tail seems pretty normal. The places where her scales are missing look healthy. What I'm concerned about is that she's missing a number of the scales. Her tail's not near bare, but there are patches that are entirely missing (maybe 20 in a patch?) I'm increasingly nervous about this, as none of my previous rats have ever had this problem. Help?