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Post by OceaneKS on Mon May 11, 2015 6:42 am

Hi all!

I was wondering if anyone had any kind of advice concerning recoreverng the original white color of my ratties ?
They tend to turn yellowish, although I am not sure that it is due to "pee" because they smell nice and are litter trained...
I know that for horses using piece of carbon (black stuff for fire) is quite efficient but I have no clue for rats...
Any ideas?

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Re: recovering whiteness

Post by DJF on Tue May 12, 2015 5:43 am

I never wash mine so have no advice. I believe rat saline is slightly pigmented so that's the like source of the yellow.

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Re: recovering whiteness

Post by DJF on Tue May 12, 2015 5:43 am

Saliva not saline Smile

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Re: recovering whiteness

Post by Tribble on Tue May 12, 2015 1:27 pm

I am not an expert, I just play one on TV... but, as I understand it...........
Rat mucus membranes produce pink tinted secretions; so present in saliva and the little mucous bits on their noses and eyes after a nap (called porphorin). The yellowing of their coats are likely due to the natural oils produced by the sebaceous glands in their skin.
Like any animal with hair or fur, the natural secretions build up and are beneficial, but will cause a colour change in light toned hair/fur. If a human had white or silver hair our sebaceous secretions would show up more, so greater effort would need to be taken to make the hair look clean, even though there was no change in routine and the hair is as clean as it ever was.
I'm not sure how to maintain a white or very light coat, but it's my understanding that washing too often strips the protective oils completely and can irritate the skin and damage the fur/hair in both humans and animals, so it may not be an option in rats.

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Re: recovering whiteness

Post by OceaneKS on Tue May 12, 2015 8:17 pm

Hi !
Thanks a lot for your replies !
Well, I had no intention to wash them because they are super clean and smell nice ! And now I know it is natural, there is absolutely no way that I am going to wash them !
Yellowish will be their color and I'll be happy with it now Smile !
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Re: recovering whiteness

Post by Zoundz on Mon May 25, 2015 11:14 pm

What substrate do you use in the cage? Some substrates are known to turn coats yellow - mainly hemp.

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Re: recovering whiteness

Post by OceaneKS on Tue May 26, 2015 8:48 pm

hahahaha... Laugh ! I use hemp bedding Sad !
Damn, I found it so great (super absorbant, no smell, no dust... and cheap!)... Will this effects be reversed if I switch to wood bedding ?
Do you know how it does turn the coats yellow ?

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Re: recovering whiteness

Post by Zoundz on Wed May 27, 2015 4:47 am

Not sure why it does it - but I know others have said they have found it to cause yellowing. It should be reversed, but might take a long time.

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