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Bathing my rats.

My rats smell. They are constantly grooming, but they still smell like urine... is it safe to bathe them in the sink? Or should I spray them with something? What can I use to help neutralize the scent in their fur (that won't endanger them)? Will I risk getting bitten if I put them in water? (They are very mild-tempered and have never bitten anyone, including my rough 2-year-old but I don't want to risk it if rats hate being wet.)

 
WomanWitty

Asked by WomanWitty at 5:47 PM on Sep. 22, 2010 in Pets

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Answers (11)
  • Sure! I used baby shampoo on mine all the time.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 5:50 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I used ferret shampoo on mine!
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 5:51 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • i'm not bashing rat owners but isn't that a little unsanitary especially letting your child play with a urine soaked rodent? you know there are toxins in their urine right?
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 5:53 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • we had rats and the few times i had to bathe them, I did it in the sink with pet shampoo. she didn't much like it but didn't bite.
    RJNEELEY

    Answer by RJNEELEY at 6:25 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I don't see what's wrong with the question either... I used to have 2 rats, but I never really noticed any kind of urine smell on them. Of course, I was obsessive about cleaning their cage on a daily basis, maybe that's the problem?
    Anouck

    Answer by Anouck at 5:57 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • Who said she was letting the child play with them while they were dirty? Maybe she isn't playing with them until they get washed?Geeze people. If it doesn't pertain to you find another question that does. Domestic rats don't carry the same diseases as field mice and wild rats.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 5:58 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • wow..i just had no idea people kept rats as pets. there's so many practical jokers on CM, i figured this was one of them.

    but thanks, whomever, for the DV!!
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 6:06 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I was serious! I have had several as pets, and actually belong to a fancy rat association. I didn't think it was a joke at all.
    I have also had salmanders, chickens, mice, hamsters, toads, a tarantula, small snakes, . I was a really Elli Mae Clampette!!
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 6:13 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • again..are you serious??
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 5:52 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • What's wrong with the question?

    Forgot to tell you, make the water tepid. Not too hot, not too cold. Mine didn't seem to mind it at all.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 5:55 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

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