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I really REALLY want to add a pair of hairless rats to the family, this time I want to do it the right way and get them from a rescue because my petstore that is respectable doesn't carry hairless rats because there isn't enough demand for them. So rescue which is obviously the best choice though farther to travel is what im looking at. First of all, is there anything specifically different in the way one would care for a hairless rat? and Second of all, has anyone had problems with rescues in the past?!
 

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Hairless rats get scratches and scuffs more easily than furred rats so keep a bit of neosporin on hand and make sure to apply sunblock if you take them outside. Else, I think they're normal, loveable ratties, though someone else would probably be better informed.

My one experience with a rescue was positive, the boys are loves and I was fully informed of their past and issues with them (one likes to get a little frisky with you at times.... 8O )
 

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LOL. wow. haha.

Are hairless rats more susceptable to illnesses and such? I imagine its easier for them to catch colds? I just have to wait until I move before I get one but that gives me time to plan exactly what to do anyway :) hairless rats are just so cute... I never thought so until i saw a bunch at a pet store. I wanted to take them all home but it wasn't the greatest of places so they would have just replaced those poor babies with other ones. :(
 

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Some hairless do have genetic issues so in general tend to have a shorter life span. Not saying that your hairless can't live over two years, it's just not as common for them to as haired rats. Also, hairless need special attention towards skin scratches and wounds as they are more prone to abscess. They are also more prone to eye problems as they have no eyelashes to protect their eyes.

Hairless also are very warm and feel so soft, like a baby and are wonderful to cuddle with. My hairless rat, Bert is a hyper boy who loves his hammock. He's such a good boy, I love him with all my heart and hope for him to be one of those hairless that live 2+ years!
 

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I know eh? Doesn't it suck that rats have such short life spans? I guess the only plus side to it is that you can own many over a short period of time and get to know each's personality without having 10 at a time :S its still sad though...

and what about colds... they must be really quick to catch those.
 

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they should be fine with colds because often, theyll be cuddled with your current rats.
i have a hairless and shes doing greatt.
 
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