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Rokk somehow managed to remove the collar he's been wearing for a little over a week (to keep him from being able to get at his neutering incision and the staples that are in). Apparently he spent most of his time since getting off scratching his head and face, and there are patches of fur missing. I brought him out and set up the old play area (I had to alter it because he couldn't fit in every space with the cone) and now he's distracted with exploring. But he still stops occasionally to scratch. Is this barbering? Will he stop doing it after a while on his own? Is there anything I can do to prevent him from doing it now?
 

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...The way I see it is, Think of having a cast, now think of getting an itch, Now think of having absolutely NO way of scratching it... after a while you're just going to rip the cast off and scratch...or go crazy,... I haven't had any experience with rats wearing cones, so its just my guess...
 

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Yeah, that's what I think it is too. I just hope he's satisfied soon, because now he has a big bald patch on top of his head... :(

*sigh* At least I know I'll never use one of those again. And I'm sure the vet will just brush it off :?
 

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Hmmm...a rat scratching the fur off his head? How long was the cone off and he managed to bald his head? Usually that's the sign of barbering from others. If he's scratching a lot and its been more than a day then he might have mites. :(
 

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i have a little double rex who has a bald patch on top of his head....it looks funny, but thats just cuz his hair didnt grow there, i watched him go from bald to looking like he is wearing a wool coat and has a mohawk in the middle of his head from just above his eyes to the tip of his nose.....he's so adorable, i should put him in my siggy when i change it.
 

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Luckily, he has stopped scratching. I was worried about him overnight scratching away all of his fur, but he seems to have gotten done with that shortly after my last post, because no more fur is gone. The cone couldn't have been off more than 6 hours before my original post. But I don't think it's mites or anything, he isn't scratching anywhere else, and I checked him over just in case.

And yeah, double rexes are so cute! I love their patchwork fur. But I don't think a regularly furred rat looks so cute with bald spots! ^^
 
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