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Offline foxontherox

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Winter coats?
« on: October 22, 2011, 10:22:51 AM »
Does rattus norvegicus grow a thicker coat in cold weather?  I've been noticing my kids looking a little bit more fluffed lately (especially my lady rat) and I wondered if they were getting in their winter coats, or just gaining weight?

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Re: Winter coats?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2011, 11:06:32 AM »
Mine definitely have a noticable shed in the fall and spring but their coats feel no different to the touch the way my cats and dogs do. I really don't know if the fur is any warmer. I do know though that if the room is chilled they fluff a little like when we get goosebumps. That's when it's time to make thew cage a little cozier or turn up the heat ;)

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Re: Winter coats?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2011, 11:22:28 AM »
Hmmm, sounds about right...  Guess it's time to move the cage over by the furnace vent.  :P

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Re: Winter coats?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2011, 11:29:16 AM »
They will go through moults at different times of the year, but I don't think they actually grow a different or thicker fur type. I would suspect they are probably just fluffing up their fur because they feel chilly.
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Re: Winter coats?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2011, 11:32:00 AM »
I have changed up their bedding from the summer cottons to the winter polar fleece, which they seemed pretty excited about.  Now if I could just get them to wear tiny sweaters (or chip in on the heating bill)...

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Re: Winter coats?
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2011, 06:46:14 PM »
All my rats fluff up when they're cold, or mad.
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