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Rat is going grey from stress/being sick or is it just a normal process?

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litvinod

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Hi Guys, just general question. My baby rat is nearly 3 months old ( around 10-11 weeks now) and he started getting grey/white hair all over his back. I havent noticed the same kind of change with my previous rat who was also grey/black in colour but we adopted him at later stage of his life. I am just curious whether it's a normal process for them to change the colour of their fur or it's smth to be concerned about ( maybs he is sick or stressed?) as this is quite extreme change in colour.
 
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Kye

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He's just going through a baby molt.! Some rats don't change at all while others change a ton.! People have had babies born with husky marking but when they were adults they were almost completely white.! I wouldn't worry too much about it as long as they aren't showing any signs of illness or stress.
 
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My boy is the same, was jet black until he hit around that age. He's five months now and his coat is all salt and pepper, but he's totally fine, it's just genetics.
 

Kit

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My baby girl (Fudge) seems to be changing her coat as well. From what I’ve read she’s just moulting, but I thought I’d attach a picture just in case someone is also as worried as I am 🤗image.jpg pardon the dirty food bowl, they made a mess of it 🙈
 
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