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Sometimes when i have my rats on my shoulders, they leave red marks that get horribly ichy :'( :( and i love keeping them there because i can walk around with them. I find they do this on my arms and legs as well!! you think their nails are too long or maybe do i have an irritation??
 

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wen my rats have their next party on my body i shall take pic its amazing how many scratchs my rats can leave on me! my arms chest and back are red raw i think its just a case of how they scracth not that you have a irritation, if you think their nails are to long/sharp i found the best thing for it it to buy a concret ladder they are made for parrots but are safe for rats as i have one for my boys! or ive hurd summit about putting a rock under their water bottols but u wuld have 2 look that 1 up as im not sure of that, cement ladders are the best tho!
 

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I get the same thing and, if they break the skin even slightly, I get hives. The best solution I've found is to go wash the area straight after handling them, then take an allergy tablet - Benadryl (http://www.pfizerch.com/brand.aspx?id=34) or something similar. My itching stops about 10 minutes later.
 
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