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How do you clean your rat's tail?

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:44 pm
by Nutty Muffins
I haven't been able to find an effective way to clean my babies tails and I was wondering what methods you all use. Keeping in mind my girls HATE water, getting wet, and or anything related baths. They won't even play the bobbing for peas game even though they love peas, they're so ridiculous. In the past I've used warm water with ferret soap and gently scrubbed with a toothbrush to get under their tail "scales" but it doesn't do a great job and my girls aren't too particularly fond of me scrubbing at their tails. So just trying to get some different options. :) Thanks!

Re: How do you clean your rat's tail?

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:49 am
by cyber ratty
Is there a reason why you want to clean their tails?

I only clean tails if a rat is being entered into a show as that is expected. I have a large bowl of warm water (slightly hotter than blood heat for us), wet the tail, spread with Johnsons baby shampoo, then gently run a green nylon scouring pad along from base to tip several times, and finally rinse and dry.

A toothbrush would work reasonably well too, but brush with it in one direction rather than scrub. Never go up the tail, getting under the scales is going to damage them and cause inflamation.