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I was wondering what rats look like if they have mites.

I googled pictures and neither of the rats have sores or anything on their bodies. But something weird is happening - they're both kind of turning pink. Like, they're whit, and Gracie has always had a slight pinkish tinge to her fur on her head. But slowly since we have them Gracie's pink shade is getting bigger and Cocoa is starting to turn pink too. And when I was pregnant I got really itchy but I was told it was something wrong with my liver and it would go away when Jamie was born. So they induced me and it kind of stopped, then it started again but not so bad, then a few weeks ago my boyfriend started getting itchy.

I was thinking really hard and the only thing I can come up with is that, around the time we got the rats was when I started getting itchy - within a couple of weeks of it anyways, if I can remember right.

And I was also wondering if anyone knew what the pinkness is if it's not mites?

I was trying to look all this stuff up but I got a lot of conflicting answers and opinions.
 

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You will not be able to see mites on rats, since they are so tiny. If they seem to be scratching themselves more frequently, check their skin for red, pin-sized spots. You will often find them on their chin or at the base of their neck. If they do have these signs, you should take them to the vet for a dose of Revolution.

If the fur itself is turning a pink shade, you might need to give them a bath. Could you take a picture so we can see what it looks like? I'm not sure what would turn a rat's fur pink other than coming into contact with something red/pink in color... Males often get an orange grease (called buck grease), and females might get this a bit, too, but I've never heard of pink fur...
 

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It's hard to get a picture of, but I will try to. The best way to explain it would be that when we bought them they were pure white with black spots on their tails and red eyes. There was a little spot on Gracie's head where, in the right light, her fur looked almost translucent and you could see right through it to her skin - it made her fur appear pink. But in the last few months it's like their fur on their head is going slightly translucent around both ears and their eyes and stuff. It doesn't seem to bug them, they don't scratch much, and aren't acting out of the ordinary or eating new food or anything. They're just... I don't know.
 

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Hmm, how old are they? If they are only a few months old, it could be possible that they are transitioning from baby fur to adult fur. My boy Stanley, in particular, looked really goofy at that stage. He had a triangular patch on the top of his head that was lighter in color--and wispy in texture.
 

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I was able to find a couple of photos of Stanley at that stage to see if this is something similar. Since he's a dark rat, it will have a different color effect than with your white ones, but perhaps similar somehow? He was two months old in these photos, and this lasted for a couple of weeks.


 

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It does look a lot like that, only not so uniform and of course not tan. The flash on the camera whites it out but when I shoot with no flash it's usually all a dark looking sort of dirty white color. My camera isn't the greatest. I will try to get pics.
 

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I will answer both since someone might come here looking for pics of rats with mites

Classic mites on both of these foster boys.
Scabs on shoulders



and face, cheeks and chin (this boy had it bad)


As for pink skin showing through white fur? It could be thin fur during a molt like little baby Milton here...

You can see behind ear and over the back of his neck the fur is thinner and the pink skin is showing through


and here
 

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Well thank you! It is definitely not mites, they must be shedding their baby fur or something. That's exactly what it looks like, only in a broader spot.
 
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