aww such sweethearts
She was ill, malnourished and dehydrated initially. But rusting and a poor coat are often indicative of a poor diet.Wow, what a difference!! Was it simply better nutrition that grew her dark fur back or other things as well? An amazing difference between the old and new pics...I am so happy for this beautiful girl! Hooray!!
Dehydration is also something that can make a coat look light and dry, but sick rats can look very different. Sorry about your Wolfgang.Poor baby. I am so glad she is happy and doing so well. The reason I asked about her coat is that, although the memory is painful, I remember when I went to the animal hospital where the doctors were keeping little Wolfgang in an oxygen "hospital room" for his respiratory problem, his coat seemed so pale and light brown, not the usual rich dark chocolate agouti coat that he had just a couple of days before. They were taking excellent care of him of course, but I assumed that since he was a sick boy and probably not eating much, that all those factors affected his coat. Not a fun memory to bring up but the early pictures of Shade's coat reminded me of Wolfgang's fur on that last day at the hospital when I held him before the doctor put him to sleep.
Awwwww!!!P.S Message from my husband...I just showed him the before and now pics of Shade and he was so stunned and happy about her transformation...he wanted me to THANK YOU for taking her and making such a difference in her life. He was so touched and happy to see her current photos. Beautiful.