Strange event

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Strange event

Post by Shiranui-chan » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:00 am

Hi everyone! :D
Today I post photos of a friend's rat.
This rat is very particular because of her gradual colour change. (not husky...)
Here there are photos with her when she was very young:
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And here there are photos with her now:
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What's that phenomenon? Why does it occur?
And what's the colour of the girl?
Thanks to everyone for help us!
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<:3( )~ Papaya <:3( )~ Black Hooded Mismarked Standard Doe
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Re: Strange event

Post by Betterstar » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:11 am

She is moulting. The pale patch on her head will soon disappear and she'll be the darker colour.

Colour wise I'd say british or powder blue.. But that's a guess from someone who knows nothing!
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Re: Strange event

Post by StormySkye » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:20 am

That's the exact same as my Layla, she went through the same moult etc, here's a pic from a few months ago:

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I wonder if it might be dove, but I've never seen pics of dove rats, only read the description. Sorry that's not very helpful, but at least you know that there are others with the same colour :D
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Re: Strange event

Post by Cyber Ratty » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:22 am

Looks like a british blue (pale) to me too, and yes, in the middle of the kitten moult. :D
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Re: Strange event

Post by Shiranui-chan » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:54 am

Thanks guys! :D
But why this "kitten moult" happens?
It depends on the colour?
The "normal" rats don't change their colour patchy.

PS: Nice Layla!<3
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<:3( )~ Papaya <:3( )~ Black Hooded Mismarked Standard Doe
<:3( )~ Kiwi <:3( )~ Mink Masked Mismarked Standard Doe

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Re: Strange event

Post by acapae_wolf » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:47 am

Kitten moult is them losing their baby fur and getting their adult fur - which every rat goes through. All rats have the potential to be patchy, but it's more obvious with certain varieties to the human eye. I personally find light-coloured rats and selfs a bit more obvious, while with agoutis the ticking hides things like that a bit more. It's probably also slightly down to the family/ line traits, feeding, and the individual. But they don't lose all their hair to the adult sort at once, because that just does't happen. When I picked up my babies a couple of weeks ago, the agouti had a perfect circle of adult hair over her shoulder blades :lol:
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Re: Strange event

Post by annc » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:26 pm

I can't get over the change in Badger's blue/black roaning when he had his kitten moult.
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