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Obviously, without fur, scratches will show more on a hairless rat. Is there anything I can do (short of trimming/filing nails, as we're still working on trust training) to help combat this a little? I guess it's not bothering them too much, but when I see a new bright red scratch I feel awful, like I should be doing something to prevent it. I think it's just from Prismo and Billy wrestling around, as there isn't anything in the cage that can cause a scratch like that. I just feel bad :p is there anything that can help?
 

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I trim my girls' nails when they get too long, basically I just use baby nail clippers and take off the part of the nail that doesn't have the quick in it. When it's all over they get a treat and all is forgiven :rolleyes:
 

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I use olive oil and rub it into Gadget's skin. Making sure that her skin isn't dry helps it not get so scratchy. Doesn't help that hairless rats seem to have sharper nails than the other rats, so when she grooms herself, she can get scratches.
 
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