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Our rat Mindy has gradually been loosing a patch of hair behind her ears on her neck. I noticed today she had a little bit of redness on her nose and a minor ammount of poryphin crust around her eyes. There is no scabs on either rat or the effected area on her neck. I am thinking maybe Lucy ischewing her hair to the point of loss while she grooms her. The grooming doesn't seem to be a dominance thing for them, but someone will nip to hard and it starts a heated argument (these girls cuss each other out :p) Other than that they get along great, share food, build & share a nest together. Anyways Lucy is a definite grooming maniac, she even grooms my mustache... is it possible she is just giving her sister a haircut? There is no sign of skin damage and she seems completely oblivious to it.
 

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Yep, it's possible. When I only had two rats, that used to happen a lot. Now that I've got four, Jay's got more rats to groom... so she doesn't go crazy with grooming like she used to.
 
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