Games and Toys for Pet Rats

Rats are very social creatures, and any time that you have to spend with your pet rats, is much appreciated. There are several safe games that you can play with your rats. And, there are many safe toys that you can provide them.

Just remember no matter what toys you provide your rat(s) or what games they play. Always, spend time with your rat and provide a clean setup for it (them).

If you notice any wear and tear on the toys such as chew bits, pieces missing, or excess strings, you need to throw them away and replace them. Your rat could choke on a stray particle from the toy.

Toys

  • Cat toys without catnip.
  • Ferrer toys.
  • Cardboard boxes and tubes. Be cheap, they don't care. Instead of throwing away the toilet paper rolls, give it to the rats.
  • Bird ropes and ladders.
  • Tubes and tunnels.
  • Hammocks.
  • Dog ropes.
  • Nylabones (avoid the Healthy Edible Nylabones)
  • Branches (bird perches work well. Never get branches from outside)
  • Wine corks
  • String
  • Boxes of all shapes and sizes- stuff them with shredded paper and treats.

Give them a digging box. They'll love it from what I hear. I've never tried it, as it sounds a little messy to me. But, basically it's a small tub filled with sterilized potting soil. Plant grass seeds or put bird seeds in it, and let the grass grow. Don't water it a few days before you give it to your rats, and once you do, they'll have fun diggin up the sprouts and grass. To help minimize the mess, you can put the box in the bathtub lined with paper.

Lexi climbing down the poles of my daybed.
Lexi climbing down the poles of my daybed.

Games

As for games. Stay safe.

A rat friend- Rats are social, and like the interaction from other rats. Try getting your rat a friend.

Bean Bags- Get some old socks or fabric and dried beans or rice. Fill the sock or the fabri with the beans or rice and sew it up. You can use the in cool or warm weather. For cooler weather, heat the bean bag; and for warm weather put it i nthe freezer. These bean bags are, also, great for sick rats, as a temporary heat source.

Bob for Peas- This game is not just fun, but refreshing. Take a bag of frozen peas, and put a small handful (maybe 20 or so peas) in a small container of warm water. The water will thaw out the peas. Give the container to your rat(s), and they'll go bobbing for peas. It's not only refreshing but they get a fresh treat. And, it's entertaining.

Chase- You can take a ribbon or sort and slowly drag it in front of your rat(s), and watch them run after it.

Hide and Seek- If you're not a big fan of letting your rat run around on your bed, then you can alter it a little. What I like to do is put all three of my rats on my bed and just let them run in and out of the sheets and pillows. They LOVE it. If you would prefer to leave your rats off the bed, you can set up a pinned in area, like a bath tub, and fill it with pillow cases and towels.

Swimming- You can fill the bath tub with lukewarm water, and let your rat(s) go. Make sure that they can still touch the bottom if they want to. Some rats love swimming, and some do not. Here's your chance to find out if your rat likes water.

Training- Rats can be trained. Spend time teaching your rats fun tricks like sit, roll over, and fetch. I've even seen rats trained to play basketball. Let your imagination run wild with this one. The best way to train a rat is through positive reinforcement and clicker training.

Walks- Purchase a ferret harness and take your rat out for a walk.

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Comments 288 comments

Katy 4 years ago

I hate rats when my cat Felix comes in whit a rat I scream ah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


teeny 4 years ago

Very helpful! I was wondering if any one knows what it could be but my pet ratty has developed a small black spot and has started to lose her fur. She is quite an old rat (2.5 years old) but i don't know if this is a common thing or if there is something wrong with her. Please help!


Clo Clo 4 years ago

Hey, I recently got 2 female rats. One - Clownfoot, Is really outgoing and crazy, She's amazing! But the other - Vito, Is really shy and scared of everything I've had them Almost a month and they are about 12 weeks now. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get Vito involved?

I used to let them both run around on my bed which was fine - But one time Vito spooked and hid under my bed for about 12 hours until me and my boyfriend managed to get her back to her cage. I have since let her out on my bed since, but after about 5 minutes she just went straight back to the same place. I would really like her to trust me and be excited to see me like clownfoot is. Any ideas much appreciated! :)


amber toerien 4 years ago

Hi i have 4 rats and i can't get them too do tricks alone and this really helps:)


scoopearly 4 years ago

I love rats. They are on my lap right now!


zozo 4 years ago

i am wondering if i could get a pet rat... do they need 2 story cages and i have an aquarium that had mice in it that is about 40 cm long and 1 story will that be ok?


Grim 5 years ago

Buddy, my pet, is a baby, and he's so hyper! I'm going to see if he likes these games. This is sooooooooooooo helpful!


;) 5 years ago

I have 2 albino gerbils and am finding it difficult entertaining them, do you think this page would be suitable for gerbils too, including the toys recommended?


Hannah :) 5 years ago

Hi i just bought my first rat hes a lovly little hooded boy. As i have younger sisters who get jealous easily im only allowed one :/. if i interact with him will he be ok living on his own? thanks


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Crobin28 5 years ago from Pelham, Alabama

I'm not sure if putting them in the bathtub is such a great idea. (I mean for the swimming part) Rats needs to introduced to water, starting off with a small pan of water and then letting them go in on their own terms. They normally do pretty good that way. Later you can move up to the bath tub.

Also, another great game is to get a pen and wiggle it on the floor in front of the rats and let them chase it. IT kind of falls in with the ribbon chase, but the pen always seems to grab their attention much better in my case! Everything else is great!! You always have good posts!! Good job!!


ALPtrix 5 years ago

Hi, I have two girl rats, an agouti self, Chessie, and an albino, Luna. They are around 3 months.

I was wondering, how do you train them to sit, come, and roll over? Thanks so much!

-Amber.


PinkRatLVR 5 years ago

Hi! I have 2 rats, Luna Lovegood and Ratatouille. It gets really hot here during the day, and I was wondering if I could put a few ice cubes in their water. They have a water bottle, so they won't be able to eat the ice. The thing is, can rats get brain-freeze like we do?


flowerpot 5 years ago

thanks for the ideas they will help me out a lot


Emerald 5 years ago

I have two three month old rats. One is very alert and enjoys running and playing to no end. My other rat is of normal size but would much rather snuggle up in my jacket than play. He seems fine (no outward signs of illness) but I still worry because of how drastically fatigued he seems compared to his crazy brother. Is this ok for him to be so calm?


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ttrash 5 years ago from Australia

@elfmirfkin:

Barbering will not stop. If you have more than two rats and you remove the "barber", another rat will take his place and continue to barber the remaining rats.


ratattack 5 years ago

Hello,

I'm going to be rescuing a few male rats soon, all littermates. I have a ferret nation cage with two levels, I believe the dimensions are around 63 inches tall, 36 inches in length, 24 inches in width. I've already put wire mesh around it so they can't escape. But how many adult rats do you think this could comfortably hold? Also, are there any particular foods that are very good for growing babies?

Thanks,

Sydney


Kayla 5 years ago

I have 4 female rats 2 grown and to baby's! There names are Sookie, Temperance, Quin and Santana! Do all rats do OK in water? Because my husband is scared to put them in bathwater bc they might drown! What would U suggest??


elfmirfkin, 5 years ago

Hi,

I have two boys and they are best friends but the older one is barbering the younger one too much and now he has scabs all over his shoulders. Is there anyway to stop this? I am unwilling to separate them.

Ps, the younger one is larger than the older one.


rebecca 5 years ago

Hi my 3 boy rats Dominic, Damen, and Drake are turning 8weeks old today I have had them since they were 3 weeks old which I know is to early for them to have separated from their mom. Anyway I was wondering how do I tell what type of rats they are?


ratlovebutno 5 years ago

Please! I am dying for a ratlike friend. any help? id love some help.


RatLover 5 years ago

I juat got 2 new adorable rats cookie and cream ( i love the names ) and i have a 30 inch cage and i wanted to know if that is big enough for teo hooded rats??? And also i have a wheel for them and i wanted to know if they don't use that do i have to takr them out and let them run around or no???


ratlovebutno 5 years ago

I love rats! but... my parents despise them. any other pets similar that my parents my like more? maybe a hamster or guinea pig?


amira1295 5 years ago

Never feed rats celery. They can choke on the stringy pieces.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

That is odd. Can you get a picture to upload to photobucket or somewhere so that you can pot the URL to the picture here?


Sarah Ogilvie 6 years ago

no its not just coulor coming off and getting stuck in their fur its like little dead fleas but its not.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

It could be from dyed wood in the enclosure


Sarah Ogilvie 6 years ago

I have 2 male rats and they have red all over their back and i have bathed them and some of the redness has come off and is in their fur. Is that from peeing on each other?


Anna 6 years ago

Ok thanks! but i found the best cage! It has 3 stories, but i'll need to cover wire.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes.That would be fine. If you notice that the rat doesn't use the wheel, remove it and add something else.


Anna 6 years ago

Thanks! I also have a cage (I WILL be adding ledges) thats the same size with metal. That would be better, right?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Anna/Willow, She may have a reaction to your rat, yes. She may not be able to handle it. That cage is not really the best; it's ok, but definitely not what I would choose. It's up to you though. Personally, the solid metal ones from martin's cages, are the best. They chew the plastic. The ferret hammocks are fine, but it will get chewed up. My rats loved theirs, but slowly chewed up the straps that hung the hammock to the cage, and with each replacement, they destroyed it faster. Playtime is playtime. The rat will get out of a playpen unless it has a roof on it. Rats climb.


Anna 6 years ago

Okay, I promise last question. Is it okat to split his outside playtime between roaming my room and playing inside a playpen filled with toys? sounds good to me.


Willow 6 years ago

Hi Whitney. I have purchased a ferret hammock for my pet rat I'm going to get soon. Is it a good choice?


Anna 6 years ago

Also, would the Super Pet Deluxe Critter Home work? It's 24.5 * 12.5 * 24.5.


Anna 6 years ago

Thanks! I'll definitely consider that. By the way, do you have any advice for allergies? My younger sister handled a rat a copule days ago and only had symptoms after a scratch. would this mean she can't pet my rat? she seemed to have no problems.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Although, it's small, it should be ok with one rat, as long as you provide plenty of outside exercise. I would add some of the wooden ledges in addition to the one that is built in to the cage. If you can get something a little larger, like the Super Pet My First Home Deluxe Extra Large Cage (40.5"L, 18W, 20D"), it would be better, as the rat would have much more room for toys, ledges, and perches that you can add to the cage.


Anna 6 years ago

Hi Whitney. I'm 11 and am planning to get a rat in about a month. i have done my homework and know its big enough for one rat (one is all i can afford and i am planning to give him extra human playtime), but would you use the Super Pet Deluxe Rat My First Home? It is 24.5*12.5*14.5'' and has one ledge.


rodentfan 6 years ago

hi whitney i have jst been reading a couple of your hubs and would like to say i am very impressed with the info you have provided, also after reading through your past comments i would also like to commend you for your patients regarding the stalker like antics of one avid commentor lol kind regards x


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

No. Like I said, they commonly pee little bits at a time when out, so if on the bed, they will pee a few drops at a time.


koko(kolby) 6 years ago

oh,well my moms friend knows someone with rats and she said that they pee and poop all over the place,so are they just bad rats or is something wrong or what?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, it is possible. Typically, when the pee, it is a little here and there, so if they're on the bed, it's likely that they'll pee on it.


koko (kolby) 6 years ago

me again!bet your probebly gettin tired of me (lol)

but i have another question,do your rats ever you know go (use the bathroom) on your bed/floor?


michelle 6 years ago

hi guys , i have 3 rats 2 are 10 months old and the other 2-3 years the oldest one has a really big tumor next to her leg and she can hardly walk what should i do ? , also my 10 month old rats arent trained i want them to be able to come to me when i ask them what's the best way to teach them ?


Kate  6 years ago

guys i need help my rat is rlly sick she has cancer and theres rlly nothing 2 do but watch her get slower...and slower....and slower.....:'(


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I'd go with galvanized.


Padfoot 6 years ago

Hmm, maybe I'll just go with the Rat Tower instead then. It's a little more money but better off just buying it now instead of wasting money on a smaller one and then spending even more on a bigger one later.

Powder-coated would be better than galvanized right? Or does it not make a difference?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

It would be ok. It's a little small, but I guess it would be ok. I had two smaller females in the Rat Retreat and they loved it. It's wider and longer than the High-rise, just doesn't have as many ledges and balconies. I added wooden ledges and plenty of things to run and jump on. When I got a 3rd female, I bumped them to an empty Tower that I had; of course they liked that even more.


Padfoot 6 years ago

I've been doing some research on fancy rats lately and was considering getting 2 males. I'm looking into housing and supplies before I even start looking at rats, and found one called "The Rat High-rise" from Martin's Cages. The dimensions are 18" x 11" x 24". I was just wondering if this was big enough to house 2 rats?


Yuni 6 years ago

The pea fishing sounds fun. I'm going to try it for our ratties! :)


alyssa 6 years ago

we are getting two rats soon..this should really help..thx!! :)


Naomi 6 years ago

hi, so my mom and i were wondering if it means anything when a rats tail sticks straight out like maybe its "on alert" or something cuz something spooked it cuz my pet rat does that sometimes


shivy 6 years ago

hey uhh well i got two male rats from the same litter and they're about 7 weeks old apparentley they're in a glass tank at the moment and seem quite happy but im going to buy a multistorey cage for them soon...but when i try to pick them up they just wont let me they go up my sleeve but as soon as i lift to take them out they jump off...any ideas??


naomi 6 years ago

ok thankyou, and its ok if she chews it i can always make another thing for her


Chickadee 6 years ago

One of my rats, Sunny, I learned hates water. It only got up to her chest at one point, and she jumped up high enough to grap the faucet and she clutched it for dear life. Very funny, but I learned she does NOT like water ^^


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Cardboard is fine. It'll probably be chewed up rather quickly though.


naomi 6 years ago

Hi Whitney, so i made my rat a homemade igloo thing out of cardboard...and i was wondering if that was ok to put in the cage for the rat


ratmom 6 years ago

hey, ive owned my three babys (Sable, Ivory, and Bob) for about a year now, and they are probably the most loving creatures ive ever had. another great thing ive found my boys love to play with are clean, smooth river rocks (the kind you buy at wal-mart for your fountains and things) it also helps to keep their claws blunt, not to mention they love to grab the smaller ones and stash them away.


Tania 6 years ago

Hey thanks so much, i got my first rat, and i cant wait to try and teach em new games :)


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Try wooden chews that you can purchase at the store. As well as hard treats.


lori s. 6 years ago

My rat feels safest inside my robe. I've had rats before and most of them have been ok with my dogs. Squinch just seems to get nervous about ten minutes after he's in my robe. I can't let him run free because of that. What treats can I give him to help with wearing down his teeth? I've had Squinch for only a few months. Do you think he'll mellow out in time?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

He could be bervouse from smelling the other animals in the house. Do you let him just free roam the room or put him in a safe place to run around? Definitely make sure that other animals aren't around the rat when you let him out. Some are ok with the other pets, but it seems your rat may be scared. It is hard to tell. I would limit the dog biscuits.


lori s. 6 years ago

My rat loves to chew on dog biscuits. They satisfy his urge to chew, are safe and provide protein. Hey Whitney, How come my rat is calm for a while when he first comes out of his cage but then gets hyper and tries to get away? The only time he stays calm is when he hides in my robe. By the way, I also have 2 dogs and a cat. Do you think my rat smells them and becomes nervous? I'd really like some help?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Purchasethe chew blocks from the pet store to be safe.


raymondsmith 6 years ago

hey thank you for advice im not going to get a 3rd 1 now

they seem happy how they are i was wondering what type of wood can i put in my cage for them to nibble on i got toled not treated


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I would recommend a quarantine period and then slowly introducing the third rat. They may accept another friend, but it's hard to say for sure or not whether it would work, as all rats are different. I had a trio of females, but males can be different.


raymondsmith 6 years ago

hey i got 2 male rats that love to play and rune around eat my hair but do you think they will get along with a 3rd male rat if i get 1


Lori s. 6 years ago

I've got a good idea. I make pinata out of cardboard tubes and put treats inside of them. It's so much fun to watch my baby Squinch try to get at the treats. I had a little trouble taming him at first but I put him inside my robe and he is just as contented as can be. I've found that as rats grow out of babyhood they tend to get more social and less jumpy. Hope this idea gives all of your ratties some fun.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

when does the rat sneeze? it could be excitement. is there any drainage from the nose or eyes? what bedding are you using? Since it's been going on for a year, I wouldn't really worry about it.


Brendan 6 years ago

Hi my rat mate Ronnin sneezes all the time, he's nearly 12 months old and has done this ever since I got him as a baby, he is otherwise in great health, any ideas what this could be?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

NEVER get a pet unless you have proper housing. See the link above about housing a rat. They need proper housing, and a 25 gallon tank isn't it.


Marshall 6 years ago

Hi I'm 13 and I just got my first pet rat. His name is Gino and I'm a bit worried about where we are going house him. Me and my father recently built a large "Playpen" out of an old dining room table but the walls aren't tall or smooth enough to keep out this little escape artist! Also it is too large to keep anywhere other than the basement so it gets rather cold in the winter and also because of the size we cannot built a lid that will fit it either. So for now while the rat is young we are keeping him in a 25 gallon fish tank. I know that this wont work for long so do you have any pointers on where to get a large habitat that is affordable for me and also an ideal temperature for keeping a rat. I thank you.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sounds like some sort of abscess, definitely consult a veterinarian to have the drainage tested and antibiotics started.


Ratlover23 6 years ago

Hey I have a rat named stan and I have had him for about 1 1/2 years.... he ahs recently developed a swelling on his jaw/cheek and his ear is draining yellow liquids... I think it is an ear infection.. could you suggest a website I could go on for this?

Thanks!

Ratlover23


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I wouldn't bathe her twice a day unless the vet gave you a medicated shampoo. You can severely dry out the skin by bathing twice a day.

The only thing you can really do is make sure the water isn't cold or too hot, fill up the tub and put the rat in it.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I wouldn't bathe her twice a day unless the vet gave you a medicated shampoo. You can severely dry out the skin by bathing twice a day.

The only thing you can really do is make sure the water isn't cold or too hot, fill up the tub and put the rat in it.


claire 6 years ago

i have recently had the same problem. mine had a big lump come up on her back. thinking it was a tumor or something took her to the vets and he gave me antibiotics as he said it was a abcess.

i have also been told to bath her twice a day. is there i good way to introduce rats to water? last time i tried with anther rat he covered my arms in scratches trying to avoid the water!

xx


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Treat it like a scab.


RattyLover 6 years ago

Could you give me any ways of helping it to heal, i have heard of a warm compress for abcesses but nothing for scabs.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

You can't always see exernal parasites. Mites are VERY small and you generally can't see them. It's probably bullying. You may have to separate them. You need to get the wound healed before infection sets in.


RattyLover 6 years ago

Well sometimes they fight each other for a few minutes o maybe that would have caused it. i have checked for parasites and found no signs.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

could be a lot of things. isn't the rat housed with another rat? could be bullying, could be external parasite, could be allergy. it may heal on its own, but determining what cuased it will help.


RattyLover 6 years ago

i have spotted a small reddish scab on the back of one of my rats, do you know why it may have come up or how i can help it to heal?


emily 6 years ago

i just got a rat! her name is waffle! she is so awesome! right now she is sitting between my shoulder and my neck and i can't see her but i think she is asleep. she likes the snuggie i am wearing. (those weird blankets with sleeves) she sits in the collar and makes herself comfy


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

It's a case of socializing them and getting them used to it.


susie 6 years ago

thankyou, i will try doing that! do you have any tips on how to pick them up without frightening them, or is it just a case of them getting used to it?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

There is a link above on tips for training.


susie 6 years ago

hi, i have just got two lovely male rats four days ago and have been playing putting my hand in the cage regularly so they know my scent and stuff, i would love to play with them outside their cage but how do you start training them to? i'm worried that i'll frighten them, thanks for the help :)


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

i would be leery because hariless rats catch cold much easier. you would need to dry off the rat thoroughly before putting her back in her cage. if you feel that she's too old, it may be best to not put her in a bath tub. like you said, it may cause too much stress on her aging heart and body


Anna 6 years ago

I own a hairless rat. Would she like swimming? I don't want to try because shes getting old and I don't want to stress her.


Ana 6 years ago

Hmm i wud really like to train my new rat Whiskers..it seems very confusing. i just got her today..ive had pet rats in the past but i was much younger and had no idea you could train them in soo many things! id really like to try now..i set her across from me and called her name and nothing..i know it takes parctice but i don't get how you can train them to do these things..where to start??


BabyxMimzy 6 years ago

Hi!

So I have two pet rats. Baby and Mimzy. I got Mimzy from my science teacher. They were our projects. We watched them grow up, needless to say Mimzy is very social. Loves exploring, runs to the cage bars and shoves her face through whenever i'm around, or pass by. However Baby had a rough start. We got her from the pet store and on their first encounter Baby got attacked. We tiik her back and they took her to their pet store vet....unfortunately she would run away from the people from the vet so they would grab her and have to give her medicine and now she runs away when you try to hold her. She is a little faker though, she will run up to the bars like Mimzy but when I go to get her she flinches and runs away...how should I handle her? I mean..she see's how Mimzy is really warm towards me. She also is always trying to hide somewhere.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Find a toy that the rat likes. Not all rats will play with toys. These are just some suggestions that you may want to try.


lousy26 6 years ago

how can i get my rat lousy good play stuff to run around in


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

It shouldn't be a problem, every store that sells soap and/or detergent will have a non-scented.


Tinkerat 6 years ago

Okay, thanks! I will see if I can find any today! Your articles are so helpful!


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Just find another soap or detergent to wash with. Try non-scented. They have sensitive respiratory systems, and it's not a good idea to use anything scented. You could use a non-scented hand soap to hand wash the material. You'd hand wash it like you'd hand wash an article of clothing- soak in warm water, lather with the soap, rinse until all soap is out, and dry.


Tinkerat 6 years ago

Hi! My little rat tinkerbelle Is potty trained, and I use material for her bedding.The thing is I think that she is allergic to the stuff my mom uses to wash the clothes. (downy- apple scented) she sneezes with no other symptoms like the red mucus. How can I wash her bedding without purchasing a Eco safe washing fluid( my mom doesn't like the smell of the fluid) can you help me? I can try to handwash it if you tell me how.


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I wouldn't recommend the carrot leaves. As for indoor plants, do not feed it if grown in fertilizer. Check toxic plant lists so you can make sure what you're thinking about feeding the rat is not toxic. I really wouldn't recommend feeding plants just to make sure.


RattyLover 6 years ago

Thanx, urm can rats eat carrot leaves or any other plants grown indoors?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

More than likely you're not going to have the rats free roaming the house. It's the same as getting a cat and a dog- not all dogs hate cats and not all cats hate dogs. It's going to be training and socialization.


RattyLover 6 years ago

Hi again, In the future if i get a kitten and rats at similar times how will i be able to introduce them to each other?

Also can rats eat carrot leaves?


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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

The rat would be happier with a friend. They can live by themselves, but do much better with a friend.


RatLover 6 years ago

I want rats, but my father says i cant have 2. Will it be unhappy if its only 1?


Meredith 6 years ago

Since I see there are several posts related to rats fighting, I thought I would share some advice that worked perfectly for me when I brought home 2 new rats to share with my 1 year old. Find a new area that none of the rats are familiar with. Add them 1 by 1 to the area, covering them with vanilla extract before you do. The extract masks the rats' natural scent and will allow them to get to know each other without instinct taking over. It's also non-toxic, so you don't have to worry about them licking it off. It is natural, especially with males, for them to establish a pecking order. Just make sure you don't allow them to "side up" to each other...things can deteriorate rather rapidly. I socialized my rats for about a month this way before I allowed them to share a living space and it was probably another week or two for them to get used to living together. You just need some time and patience. The sooner and more often you socialize them, the better.

Also, rats need about 2 cubic feet of space per rate at a minimum, so please keep that in mind when purchasing cages.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Depending on the rat, it may or may not. Not all will just sit on your shoulder. If that's the only reason you got them, then that's not a reason to get a pet. If they're young, they'll be more apt to explore. Females are more apt to explore, as well. Rats are curious by nature, and it's no uncommon for them to explore and want to check everything out from day one to their last day.


ali 7 years ago

I just got my first two rats like week and im sure that is just because they are adjusting to their new environment but they will not sit still. ill put them on my shoulder and they have to jump off and explore. will this pass with time?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes. It is fine. They actually sell apple twigs for small animal pets


RattyLover 7 years ago

Hi Whitney,

Is it safe for rats to eat apple stalks because there was one in the packet of excel apple snakck treats that i bought and Kiwi Loved it?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

What type of cage are you using? If a wire cage, how far apart are the bars?

Why would you only want to interact with them, while they're in their cage?

I'm not understanding what you're asking, or what you're trying to do.


ratties4life =) 7 years ago

i've just got two male rats and I've started to handle them after I've hand fed them but they keep on trying to escape and I don't know what to use to keep them inside an enclosure when I want to interact with them and spend time with them.

Plz help, thx very much =)


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

It's recommended, yes.


Darcy (11) 7 years ago

Umm, I'm getting two 6-8 week old female rats and I'm wondering if I need to get my cage and toys and stuff before I get them.

Please help,

Darcy


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

You can have wire ledges and ramps but you want the bottom of the cage to be solid bedding no wire. It is recommended to use some covering for the ledges, so that there is some relief. You can use tiles, towels, etc. Just remember towels will be chewed, as with more things.


Sparks 7 years ago

Hey, I might be getting two baby female rats in a few days and I heard that for cages with wire bottoms, ramps, and the other floors is bad for rat feet, so what should I put on the wire to make it okay?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

If you just got the rat, it's important to leave it alone until it gets used to its new surroundings. Don't try to force it out, and don't try to rush it. The rat will remember that. Give the rat at least 5-7 days before trying to get it out.

Make sure the cage is big enough, and make sure you're offering good rat block as food.

Carrots are fine treats, but I'm not sure about the humus.


nootootheratties 7 years ago

Okay so I got a baby rat a bit ago from a pet store and I was wondering if carrots and a bit of humus on the end would be a good treat because he's hiding behind this thingie and i don't wanna like grab him or drag him out and I can't seem to entice him with banana. any thoughts?

Thanks


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm not sure. I think I saw something about candles a while back, but I don't remember what it said. I personally would be iffy about using any candles because of the smoke in the room, but I'm not sure if it would be detrimental.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Hi again, I have been wondering,

Is it safe to have a scented candle in my room or is the scent harmful to rats?

Many Thanx


Mick s 7 years ago

im getting 2 female rats this should be a lot of help thanks a lot!!!


jenny 7 years ago

thanks :)


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Because the rat is older, it will be harder to introduce him to cagemates. Males can be funny that way. Some females, too. You can try it, but you'll want to quarantine new rats for at least 2 weeks and slow try introductions. The adult may bully the babies. Try getting a rat about his size. A larger rat and new small babies probably won't go over so well.


Jenny 7 years ago

Hey i am 14, I have a ''teenage'' male dumbo rat, biscuit, and recently my other rat olly passed away, i had tried to introduce them before but all they did were fight, so i housed them seprately, i think it was because olly was an adult when i got him from my auntie and he had lived on his own his whole life, but i don't know if the ratty i have now is unsociable! hes very kind and well generaly perfect with me, never ever bites.

i have been converting my build in wardrobe into a ratty mansion and i know he needs cage mates.

i was just wondering if it would be safer to buy two baby male rats to introduce to him.

please help! thanks


RattyLover 7 years ago

ok, thanks for the advice.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

If there is a wheel in the cage, they'll be fine. Otherwise play as normal. Just remember it can be stressful moving aorund from one house to another. They may want some interaction, but I'd say leave it up to them.


RattyLover 7 years ago

hi again, over the summer holidays my friend (who's family are familiar with looking after pet rats) is looking after Kiwi and daisy whilst i am on holiday for a week. How would you suggest he gives them exercise because they have never been to his house before. Or would it be better to just leave them alone in their cage?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

That should be fine as long as it's an actual rat cage.


Ty 7 years ago

If I have 4 rats and a 4 story cage how often will i have to clean it?Thanx


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I've never heard of critter care, if it's dusty don't use it and if it's made of pine or cedar don't use it. Not all rats like water, it's hard to force them to like it if they don't.


Ty 7 years ago

Its me again i have a few ?s. My rats hate the water even my older one, is there anyway i can get them to like it and, is the bedding crittercare a good bedding to use?Thanx you've been A lot of help.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Sounds good.


Ty 7 years ago

Thanx i gave my rat some space and now she doesn't bite and hangs out with me.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Ty,. it takes time for proper socialization sometimes. Most rats are very susceptible to people, but others need a little work.

Chloe, you'll want separate cages as there will be serious bullying and potential pregnancy. If being housed together, the female is probably pregnant. She's probably also older than the male.


chloe 7 years ago

hi i just got two rats almost a week ago the boy is really small and and the girl is like three times his size is this normal?!!!!


Ty 7 years ago

On of my rats just bites me every time i try to hang out with her, why is she doing this is there anyway i can get her to stop?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Ty, your welcome and if you need any other questions please ask.

cjv2788 I wouldn't suggest it.


cjv2788 7 years ago

Hello, I was wondering if it's okay to give rats edible ferret chew toys (Marshall Super Chew Ferret Toys)as a treat. The package says sugar-free and is made up of 40% animal protein.


Ty 7 years ago

Thank you, that's very helpful.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

You should always quarantine new pets so that you can ensure they don't have any illnesses that can pass to your current pet, same with the current pet considering that it's cagemate just passed away. carefresh is fine, as is the plastic igloo. Just watch to make sure that they aren't chewing the plastic. If they are, then consider a wooden hide. a three story cage should be fine as long as it's not a small one (ie three story hamster cage or something).


Ty 7 years ago

Hey Whitney I was reading all your stuff very helpful a few days ago one of my rats died so i got 2 more to comfort my other one i already owned. They bonded right away i might get one more,i was wondering if a 3 story cage would be big enough for 3 or 4 female rats. And none of my rats like water is there any way i can get them to like it?

My rats live in a big plastic igloo is that a good shelter? What kind of shelter would u suggest? One last ? i use carefresh 4 their bedding is that bedding good 4 them? Thanx sooo much


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

If they're a year old, then no they won't grow. It's abnormal for them to grow after say 4-6 months. Because of short lifespans they grow fast.


Wolf/rattylover 7 years ago

Yah the ones I still have are both small maybe the size of limes (that are on the small side :) ). Their parents are fine though. Thank you for answering so fast. So you really don't think they'll grow?? It just frustrates me cause I don't know if it's because of how I feed them. They weren't the runts or anything. All of the babies stayed the same size until the past three months. Any other advice?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Rattylove, there is a list of toys that you can include in the cage at the top of this page. That should give you an idea of things that your rats may like.

wolf/rattylover the two that you kept just may be small. a year old and they're not going to grow any except weight wise. just feed them normally, and as long as they're eating and acting fine, they shouldn't have any problems. Are they both small?


Wolf/rattylover 7 years ago

I know this is long but you need to know the story. My rats had seven babies almost a year ago this August 27th 2009. I kept two of the babies and of course I still have the parents. The rest of the babies I gave to my friend and my vet. My friend's babies from the same litte are about the size of a large potato (not including tails). My two babies are about the size of elongate tomato (about maybe three times smaller) Should I feed them more or what?? Cause I know how big rats are supposed to be, the mother and father are the right size, and so are the siblings. What should I do??


RattyLover 7 years ago

Which toys would you recommend for my rats to have in their cage especially at night for something to do.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

They should be fine outsidet he cage, you just don't want them to chew on the rocks.

A wire cage would suffice, but with 4 rats, you'll need a relatively large cage. I really don't recommend taking them with you. I'm not sure what to tell you.


Vanessa 7 years ago

They're in a rock/crystal form and would be used outside the cage. I know the rats may be a bit stressed over the travel, but I cannot find anyone suitable to care for them properly :( My cage is too big and heavy (it's a homemade cabinet-style cage made of laminated wood shelving-really neat but not good for travel). I was looking for something roomy enough for the 4 girls but not too cumbersome. They would get time out of the cage and I may take them outside with a leash in the shade for a little bit, not too long though 'cause I'm scared something could happen to them. Do you know of a cage that may be suitable?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

John, you can but you just want to make sure that it is clean and sterile. They will chew on it and you don't want there to be any chemicals on either. I would worry a little with the leather, but you could but a dog rope in the cage.

Vanessa, As long as it isn't a spray type deal, there shouldn't be a problem. I wouldn't put it in the cage though. Traveling will be hard, and possibly stressful for them. Depending on the size cage that you have, it may be best to just bring that one if they must go with you.


Vanessa 7 years ago

Hello. In a catalog for ferrets, I saw a couple of odor removers. One uses volcanic zeeolite in crystal form to absorb odors from the air and the other uses activated charcoal to absorb airborne and surface odors. They can be renewed by placing in direct sunlight. I wanted to know whether you know if these would be okay to use in the room where my ratties are? I can't find anything about them, but I'm thinking they may be okay; they are used with ferrets and they are also in the cat and dog catalogs. I have 4 girls- all rescues :o) Also, would you be able to recommend a travel and vacation cage? I am going on a weekend trip with my family (camping) and I would like to take them. (They would not be outside! They would be in the cabin with me.) Thank you for your time!


john 7 years ago

could i use leather to put in the rats cage or rope?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Congrats. Try a wheel. If they already have the toys, chews, and multiple hides, that's really all they need. Definitely consider a 2 story when they're a little bigger, which won't take long at all- they grow fast. How old are they? I figure at least 4-6 weeks, as that's minimum for separation from mom. Also be creful as it can be hard to properly sex them at young,young ages. If they are boys, you'll know soon.


Erin 7 years ago

Hello, I just got two baby girls from my friend who had a litter of 11!

but yeah anyway, they seem to love being out of the cage and just chilling on my shoulders or in my pocket, or any other place they can fit!

but when they are in the cage the don't seem to enjoy it! I have a large cage for them. It is only one story but they are just babies and i figured they didn't need HUGE to start. they have lots of toys and chewies but is there anything else i can do to make the in cage experience any better for them?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

RattyLover, typically you don't have to trim them. It's nothing that's a real big serious concern. They're going to be a little sharp, but you can use small baby nail clippers and trim the white area.

Heather, don't let the rat loose when the dog is around. It should be kept in a cage and not allowed to free roam. When you do let it free roam, put the dog in another room, and only let the rat free roam one room.


Heatherx3 7 years ago

i have a sweet rat named Stars not Star.But my daushund is a killer :( iwant to play with her but then He wants to kill her..I tryed by using a plush rat toy to see what he whould do.I LOVE Stars but my dog so i always have to chain him up outside.But its worth it espically since once she hears something she runs to me!She is just so adorable and cuddley!


RattyLover 7 years ago

hi, how do i know when my rats claws are too long because when i pick kiwi up her claws feel really long and sharp and they can be felt through my t-shirt. They were not like this a few weeks ago.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

It's fine. Glad I could help.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Sorry, it was a stupid thing to do. Please forgive me. Thanks on all the advice you have given me.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Ratty lover, please do not leave comments under other s/ns saying how you hate rats when you then comments about concerns with your pet rats. It's not a good idea to walk around the neighborhood with your rat. Just because she is used to your cat, it doesn't mean that other cats are used to rats. You also have to worry about birds and other animals. It's a bad idea.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Know that Kiwi is confident as i take her on my shoulder around the house and onto the front drive should i take her up and down the road where i live because it is a relativly quiet area but with lots of cats. ( i have introduced her already to my cat and she only seems intiqued not scared)?

P.s She would always be on my shoulder.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I just wouldn't suggest the ice cubes. It would probably hurt teeth. They will have a smell. Clean the age thoroughly weekly and you shouldn't have a smell. There's not much you can do.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Why not the ice-cubes?

I have read that male rats smell more than females but i have noticed that my room has started to smell musty.

I know that air fresheners are bad because of the chemicals in them but is there anything else i can do other than open the window more often to reduce the smell. For example: strong smelling flowers.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I wouldn't do the ice cube. But cool fruits and veggies. As long as you can feel ribs or se excess fat, you should be fine. ONLY water.

No need for a harness; I've tried them and mine hated them. Although I know others who have used them and theirs tolerated them. I find the harnesses aren't a necessity. No sunscreen; the rat shouldn't be outside long enough for that.

If then don't like it, it's hard to encourage. Some love it; some don't. Try toys in the water.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Should you ever put sun cream on your rats body where there is no fur, for example, their ears or not?

How can i encourage my rats to play in shallow water, they have never been in water before?


RattyLover 7 years ago

Sorry, i forgot to include this in my last questions,

Should i bother buying a rat harness or do rats find them uncomfertable like my cat did?


RattyLover 7 years ago

Can i give my rats an ice-cube to lick or will it cause brain-freeze?

How to i know if my rat is underweight or overweight?

Can rats have any other drinks other than water?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Bob for Peas is a good game for warmer days. Just don't do it all the time. It's a good once in a while thing. Frozen carrots or vegetables as treats. Things like that will also be good, just remember only once in a while.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Hi there, again,

As the weather is getting warmer i have put a ceramic tile in my rats cage so they can cool down on it.

What else can i do for them: toy wise, food wise, drink wise and game ideas to keep them cool?

I gave Kiwi her first shoulder ride today and she loved it she sat down happily even when i sat down, she is a real cutie. I am still working on Daisy's behavior because she is still aggressive.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes they will do a chattering sound. Just let him relax. If he has a problem with you, he'd show it.


Kayla 7 years ago

No he isn't biting me... he just runs up my arm when I offer him my hand and makes this clicking sound. I heard that if they are stressed they make that sound or if their excited. i don't want to stress him out and make him hate me.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

If the cage will be too small for him as an adult, you'll definitely need to get a bigger one for two. The small space could be another reason for him being grouchy. But as long as he's not biting then there really shouldn't be much of a problem.


Kayla 7 years ago

Thanks so much!! I'm going to keep working on my mom into letting me get him a companion. I also know that the cage I have for him will be to small for him when he gets a little big. I did have to take him out today because I realized yesterday that I had pine bedding in his cage, so I went out and bought CareFresh and switched the pine bedding with the CareFresh bedding. But anyway I'm just him right back in after and I won't bug him for a few days.

Thanks again!!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

He's better in a pair, but if you provide plenty of mental stimulation and exercise, he should be alright. Make sure you have a plenty big enough cage so he c can run around and play, as well. He's new, you really shouldn't be messing with him right now. You are supposed to let new pets acclimate for a few days before trying to play with them and overstimulate them with yourself; you can be doing more longterm damage than short-term by forcing him to play with you. Just let him settle in.


Kayla 7 years ago

Hi!!

I really liked this article because it gave me good advice on games and toys for my pet rat. I just got my first rat on Sunday. I know it has only been a few days since I got him, but I'm afraid he doesn't like me. I read that I should offer him treats to show that I'm good and won't hurt him. But he won't take them. He just crawls up my arm and hides behind my neck. Then he crawls around underneath my shirt and makes this noise like he is gritting his teeth.... Does this mean he is nervous? I know I should get another rat for him, but my mom won't let me... will he be okay just by himself?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Burry them.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Hi again,

when my rats pass away what would be the best way to dispose of their limp bodies. :(


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

NewRatty, no it will not cause them to be any less affection, as it will only be for a week.

Brynna, I'm glad that the page was able to help you.


Brynna 7 years ago

Hi! I have 2 male rats. Spongebob and Patrick.Lol weird right? anyway, I'm only 7 and these tip really helped! I'm gonna favorite this page!


NewRatty911 7 years ago

My friends are about to buy me some rats for my birthday.

For the first week they will be with my friend not me.

Will this make them less affectionate towards me when I get them?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I'd stick with very little if any cheese, and only no fat no sugar plain yogurt., again at very little amounts. You won't finish the cup of yogurt before it goes bad.

You'll notice the tumors by visible growths.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Can rats be fed small bits of cheddar cheese or low fat natural yoghurt once in a while as a treat?

What are the signs of a tumor in rats?

Thanks, once again, YOU ROCK WHITNEY!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

That is good that her behavior is improving.

Out of 3 rats, I only had 1 who obsessed of the wheel. She loved it and ran on it so much that her tail started to curl to the shape of the wheel. It's really your call.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Hi again,

since your latest answer i have monitered daisy's behavior and it has imroved, i think the reason why she was biting me when i was putting her into the cage was because she felt uncomfertable, now i take out their hammock-igloo and let them climb onto it then i transfer that to the cage. This method seems more suitable for her.

Since before getting my pet rats i have been debating wether to buy them a plastic wheel like the pets at home "Rolly Giant Rodent Wheel" i have heard some rats totally ignore it and that others (Mostly females and yong rats) love them. This wheel is £16.99 and i am worried that if i do buy it and they don't use it at all it will have been a waste of money. What can i do? And should i bother getting one, on average both my rats spend about 2 and a half hours every day with me out of their cage running about so they do exercise quite a bit.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I wouldn't feed citrus period; not even to females. There could be something wrong as to the behavioral change.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Thanks, it's just that when i actually brought them home over two weeks ago Daisy was really tame, over the last week she has turned into a really aggressive rat. By the way at night i have heard them both nibbling at wood in their cage. Can you feed female rats tangerine? I have heard that it is really bad for male rats?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm not really sure what to tell you. I've never really experienced a rat that feisty. I would just say work with her slowly. You haven't had them that long, and they're still pretty young.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Dasiy, one of my rats is biting me every time i offer her my hand, even with food and twice she has made my finger bleed, i can't even stroke her without her taking a bite at me! My other rat, Kiwi, the runt, is the tamest creature i have ever met what can i do to stop or prevent Daisy from biting me and is there a way of taming her?

Sorry to be such a bother but you seem like the only one i can rely on for answers!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

That is something you will have to decide when the time comes. I'm not sure what you want me to tell or suggest to you. They will grieve, yes, but there's nothing that you can really do.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Urm.. i know it might be a little early to be thinking this but as i have a pair of rats from the same litter what should i do when one of them dies? I hate to think of it but i know it is reality.:(


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

They generally will chew when needed. My rats never really chewed that much either, but with the rat block they typically kept their teeth short. I also gave them the Hamsteroids Cosmic Chew Balls


RattyLover 7 years ago

I will try my best to get a pictures but they are stll slightly shy, i think the runt, Kiwi will be easier because she stays still for longer and trusts me more! What else can i do to get them chewing things, it seems very unusual for a rodent not to chew anything.

Thanx


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

If the teeth are touching, they should be fine. If you could get a picture and post the link here, it'd be easier to tell. It's hard to determine from your description.


RattyLover 7 years ago

What i mean about the teeth is that when you touch just below the nose where the mouth is you can feel the tips of their teeth without even opening their mouthes. this morning i have noticed some more little nibbled areas on the wooden log.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Newbie, yes there is a high risk that it'll cause them to become ill.

Eternal, definitely try it out and let me know how they like it. Mine didn't particular care for it much, but I've heard many love it.


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Eternal Evolution 7 years ago from kentucky

Great hub, i have two female pet rats, Sickle and Scythe. They are so cute, I'm going to try the bobbing for peas :D


NewbieRatLover 7 years ago

Hi Whitney ~ Thanks for the fantastic info! I was wondering why you recommend cat toys without catnip? Will it make them ill?

Thanks!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Have you opened their mouth and checked out their teeth? I'm not sure what you mean by you can feel their teeth when you touch their chin. Where are you touching the chin? Are the teeth overgrown and overlap?


RattyLover 7 years ago

hi again, sorry to bother you, but in my first ever comment when i told you what i had put into my rat's cage well they would nivvle or chew anything!Today is the sixth day i have had them i have noly seen a few little chips in the log hut. This is concerning me because their teeth can be felt when you touch their chins, what should i do?


RatQueen 7 years ago

hi, i have recently bought two female rats and they were very skittish now they are more confident, there is a chew cube, wooden log and a wooden hideout inside their cage but they don't ever chew or nibble it, when i stroke under their noses i can feel the edges of their teeth. Is this normal and what can i do to get them chewing?


RattyLover 7 years ago

Thanx for everything Whitney, you have really helped me, i know i can really on you for future answers, Kiwi and Daisy send their squeaks of thanks too!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Runt means the smallest of the litter. This can sometimes mean health problems in the long run. As for if the cage is large enough or when it's too small, that's hard to tell exactly in words. Hard to describe anyway, it's something that you should just notice.


RattyLover 7 years ago

How do i know when my rats have grown out of their cage.

P.s: I got my two rats from the shelter one was the runt of the litter i have named them Daisy and kiwi. What exactally is the runt of the litter?

PPS: The RSPCA lady said the cage is more than big enough!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

There isn't that much difference betwee the two cages. Bigger is always better. I did go and convert the deminsions, and that sized cage would be ok for one adult rat, two pushing it.


RattyLover 7 years ago

Thanx for the advice it was nice to know, Urm could you also answer this, When will i know when my rats have grown out of their cage and would the "Ferplast Jenny Rat Cage" be worth getting when the time comes.

P.S.: The Freddy 2 cage looks tiny on the pictures but the cage measurements are 80x50x63cm.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I looked at the cage that you purchased, and it is going to be too small for two adult rats. For now, it may be fine, but they will quickly grow out of it.

Otherwise, it sounds like you've got most things. Just make sure that you have a good rat block (rat food). Check out my other rat hubs:

http://hubpages.com/animals/Caring-for-Pet-Rats


RattyLover 7 years ago

Hi i am 12 years old and on monday i am going to an RSPCA shelter to get 2 baby female rats. i have already bought a cage it's called "Freddy 2" By savic. I have bought an edible log, jingle ball, nut knot nibbler, cooling tile, large water bottle and a bowl. What else should i add to the cage? This will be my first time having pet rats but i have been researching them for a few months. Please could you give me some advice on anything else to put in the cage and if the cage is suitable. Thanx.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

You should have quarantined the new rat, as I said to do initially. I would worry about upper respiratory concerns transfering to the existing rat. Also NEVER EVER rub any perfumes or sprays on your rat AGAIN!! Rats have sensitive respiratory systems, not as sensitive as chinchillas, but sensitive enough that sprays can affect their respiration and cause serious problems. If the rat has a smell, bath it in warm water and a mild small animal pet shampoo that you can purchase at pet stores. Although, the warm water is typically enough to clean the rat without the shampoo.


Meredith 7 years ago

Thanks for your help, we bought another baby rat yesterday and they get along GREAT!! I was woried at first, but nothing went wrong, the older rat grooms and sleeps with the younger one. But I am woried about a disease called mycoplasm, the baby rat sneezes a lot but I am not sure if it is because it is sick or if it is because I rubbed vinilla perfume from bath and body on it to mask its sent. I read that masking a rats sent when introducing two rats would help. I looked at the baby and did not notice any red discharge coming from it's nose or mouth, which i read is common in a rat that has mycoplasm. Could you tell me if I am just being paranoid or if their might be something wrong?! thank you


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Rats can be canabals, so to speak. Typically they have such a bond that they mourn over the lose of a cage-mate. I would be iffy about introdcing another rat. You would need to quarantine to make sure it's healthy and then slowly introduce them to see if the pre-existing rat starts to bully the new rat.


Meredith 7 years ago

I had two female rats both from the same litter and one of them died. Is it normal that the living rat tried to eat the dead one? It has been like five months since then and I really want to get another female but I am afraid that the same thing might happen? Can you tell me if this is normal behavior and if it is safe for me to get another one?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

There's really nothing you can do. Most rats just don't like the balls.


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the4bs 7 years ago from Naperville, Il

Im trying to train my female to roll in an exercise ball. And all she seems to be doing is sitting in it.....What can I do?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Typically, females don't act any different when on heat. Mine never did anyway. I'm not sure what it could be. What sort of sound is she making?


Samantha 7 years ago

my female rat keeps making funny noises i think it's calling a mate but I'm not sure and how do you tell if a female is on heat please tell thx love Samantha


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

It would be better to have the boys separate from the females. I'm not sure if the females going into heat would make much of an effect on the males, but definitely separate cages is a must.


Hana 7 years ago

I have two males, and am about to get two females from a lady that can't take care of them anymore. I'm planning on keeping them completely separated, in different cages- but in the same room. Will this make my boys "uncomfortable". I know the females go into heat quite a bit, and I just don't want this to bother my boys.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

That will depend on you. Males are typically more laid back, and females are typically more curious. But that doesn't mean that you won't have active males or laid back females.


Elise  7 years ago

What would you say is the best gender of rat to have? I had a male when I was younger, but I was like five at the time. Planning on getting a rat soon, so just wondering. I'm not planning on breeding them. Thank you ;)


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riotgrrrl 7 years ago from Cheshire, UK

another brilliant hub, i could spend all day reading your work! I am a huge fan of rats, and currently have two lovely boys! Thank you for another brilliant read

xxxxx


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Rebecca, I wouldn't use newspaper or shredded paper. I would stick with aspen or a recycled commercial bedding. The shredded computer paper may be fine, but definitely don't use newspaper as you dont' want your rat eating the ink. Yes a plastic bottom is fint.

Anthony, If I remember correctly males will attempt to breed around 4-6 weeks if left with the mother, but I could be thinking of hamsters. Females should not be bred that early though. They should be no older than 6 months, as after 6 months they're pelvis will actually shrink a little if not bred, making breeding for the first time after that point fatal in some cases.


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Anthony 28 7 years ago

I know this is a little off topic but, how young will your rat start breeding?


Rebecca 7 years ago

I was wondering...I'm planning on getting a rat soon, the cage I have has a plastic base, is that OK? Also, is it ok to use newspaper as a liner for the cage, or even shredded up regular paper? Thanks....


lemonfire233 7 years ago

just a comment I have 2 hairless and they are great i also have a black and white hooded and she is also great none of my 3 like water so it is funy with them being so different but each has her own personality and i find it amazing. have fun with your rats what ever you get or have.


Dr. Saurabh Dixit 7 years ago

u heave the great knowlage about rats... great..


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

For the most part, they're all the same. There are some larger rats, but they're not another breed necessarily.


Steph 7 years ago

Hey, I was wondering if you could tell me, is there a larger breed of rat then an other, or are they all generally the same size? thanxs


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Bree, if you breed rats, wouldn't you know...

Buttercup, it's seems normal. Just keep an eye on them. My rats wrestle a lot too. If you start to notice scratches, you'll want to separate


Buttercup 7 years ago

Hi,

I have had my to female rats for a week. They are very friendly toward me and each other however hey seem to fight every now and then. I am not to sure if they are playing or not as they some times squeak when they are doing it. Is this normal?


BREE 7 years ago

Thank you. That was very helpful. I breed rats and i have quite afew over 9 months but i also have younger ones. Thanks a lot!!!!!! =]


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, it could. Also the age of the rat can be fatal as well because after say 9 months females should not be bred. The bones start to fuse and shrink, forming a smaller hole which will cause problems when the rat tries to give birth.


BREE 7 years ago

My rat is a little bit fat =[ is this going to affect her from having babys?


Mwahh 7 years ago

So, I know this isn't completeley related to the article (which was very well written and easy to understand by the way! Yeesh, I sound like a critique...), but one of my rats just died. My other one is slightly skittish and seems lonley and withdrawn. I've read that I should get two young ones, get another cage, and take a few days getting them all used to each other. They're both females. I'm trying to gather a few opinions before I do anything--

Thanks.


Jenica 7 years ago

hi im jenica. im 12 and i have 3 females: a black hooded rat named mei-li, a brown hooded named eevee and an albino named angel. I'm getting chrsitmas and birthday ideas and you are SO helpful! thank you very much!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Just keep working with them. Rats are very social. Take your time with them. Get them to come to you through the cage door and work from there. Use treats if you have to, but typically rats are very curious by nature and will come to you without the treats.


Brian 7 years ago

I just took in two rats that my friend bought for his snake. i don't really know anything about rats but i wanna give them a good life.. they really dodged a bullet.. they are med size and i named them jose and willie. i was just wondering if i could tame them so they arent so jumpy when i hold them. Any advice you could give me, would be greatly appreciated.. thank you


Caitie 7 years ago

Nice advice! We have rats too and its pretty cool but they actually surf and they love it! its pretty fun for them, they love the water!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Wire bases are bad, wire levels are ok, just as long as there is solid floors to walk on such as the floor where the bedding is. You can cover the shelves and ladders if you want, but the main concern is the floor where the bedding is.


Hana 7 years ago

I've heard that wire floors are bad for rat feet...should I cover the wire floors in the cage with wood? Thanks!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Don't put carpet in the cage and watch her when she's out of the cage.


Eva 7 years ago

My rat chews carpet how can I stop her?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

kylie, you can't really tell unless you know when the rat was born, sometimes you can estimate, but reats grow at different paces. I have one that was nearly fully grown at 4 months, and I know wthe lady who had her mom when she was born so I know that her age was accurate when I got her. I'm not sure what you mom having rats before yours has anything to do with age and size, but rats do vary in size. Males are typically bigger but that doesn't mean that you can't have a small male rate. Because you just got him, you need to leave him alone for at least a few days to let him adjust. Use treats to get him to come out after the first few days. If you force him to come out you can tramatize him into not wanting to ever.


Kylie 7 years ago

My name is kylie i am 12 and i just got a male fancy rat yesterday. His name is Templeton and he is tiny but i don't know how old he is. how can you tell???? I know he isn't full grown becauser my mom had rats before but hers were girls. Also- how do get them to come out of the hiding hut to play?


nightwolfmoon 8 years ago

heh I just got my rat Alice today shes an american blue berksire dumbo rat. I have o say she is the sweetest little rodent I've ever had. Judging by her size shes no more then 4-5 months old thqanks for the tips!


sagita 8 years ago

i have 2 rats,and they love these ideas.just anouther idea is to get a net matirial;sew/weave string through,leaving some extra string.fill the bag with treats,and pull it around and your rats will follow.make sure to eventually give them the treats.my rats love it!


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

i wouldn't. you should get a multiple level cage, and most guinea pig cages are single level.


Jewel 8 years ago

Thanks i have 2 guineapigs and they need a bigger cage so could i use there cage?


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

YES! she needs a bigger cage now. You shold never house a rat in an aquarium If you do you need a rather large aquarium. Read this article about houseing pet rats:

http://hubpages.com/animals/Housing_Pet_Rats

You will find that if you want to continue using an aquarium, you will need to spend more money buying an appropriately sized one than if you were to just purchase a wire cage. Rats need stimulation. You can't leave them in an aquarium like a mouse, hamster, or gerbil.


Jewel 8 years ago

my rat ginger a female I got her about 3 weeks ago she lives in a aquarim does she have to move to a cage as she gets older? thanks


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

You really shouldn't walk them for extended periods. I would just stick with free playing. A lot of rats don't like water or swimming either. It's like a dog, there's not set age that you should start training and playing with them.


jessica1002 8 years ago

hi whitney05 i just got new rats and i NEED some help i don't know how old they r but they r both females and i need to know when i can start training,bathing,walking and letting them swim in the water


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Lots of wood stuff. a couple of hides, a large wheel, ropes, hammocks, wood bird toys (never any with plastic). ladders. That should help decorate the cage.


samantha 8 years ago

hi im samantha im 12 andi have two rats tweety and summer

do u no any ideas for decorating their cage

thanks

ttyl


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

I'd say 3-5 years is pretty average. Unfoturnately rats do not have a prolonged likfespan. Some life longer and some life shorter periods. Kind of like people and other animals. All rats are escape artists the color isn't going to effect that any. White rats are also typically pretty sweet, just like all rats. The color of a rat isn't going to effect its personality. Blues are prettty common at pet stores where I'm at, as they're in high demand as to the "rarity" that people believe of them. There's no specific traits to a blue rat that you won't find in any other rat.


Tracy 8 years ago

Hello. I have just purchased my third rat, Max a Blue Hooded male. My last one a Berkshire male (Templeton) was an amazing little guy who lived 5 years and 2 months to the day I purchased him. Although he was never vet checked, he seems to have out lived the average life expectancy for these little guys. My guess is a healthy diet, love and affection gave him so much to live for, however can you tell me if you happen to know anything about prolonging life on a realistic level? Is this hereditary that Templeton lived so lng? My first rat died after only two years, and she was also a Berkshire. Also if I'm not pushing it, I have read that brown rats are quite the little escape artists as they prefer to be close to the ground, and that white rats tend to be more aggressive. Can you tell me if you know anything specific to my new little buddy Max? He is actually the first blue I have ever seen, and fell in love with him instantly. Thank you in advance for your help.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Usually female rats are very curious and "on the go," so to speak. I have 2 females the like to sit on my shoulder, but when the opportunity arises they'll jump off and play. You've only had her for 1 week, give her time to settle in. But on average females are much more active than males. You shold avoid white bread, it's fatty for humans much less animals. Stick with healthy treats. There are links on this page for healthy treat ideas.


Leah 8 years ago

We just bought our rat, Reyna, 1 week ago...So far, she doesn't like to "play" with anything, she doesn't chew on the paper rolls, or the chew toys we bought her. She wont eat carrots, only thing she likes is white bread (as a "treat") and only a bite or 2. She just seems to want to sit on my shoulder, or in my shirt and be petted and sleep.... She is a teenager, as far as rats go... does this sound "normal" top you? Our 1st rat Oreo, died after 4 days of us having her, she was apparently sick when we got her... So I may be looking for something wrong thats not there.

Thanks

Leah


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Check out the following link, it'll give you tons of treat information. Just scroll down until you find the rat section.

http://hubpages.com/animals/Caring-for-Small-Anima...

As for food, I find that Harland Tekland and Marzuri are the best brands. The rest are very fatty. Stick with a rat block and not a seed mix.


ratloves 8 years ago

fudge is a little escape artist is there anyway i can stop that and what kind of treats should i give and also what kind of food


ratloves 8 years ago

thans a lot i can use that info to make my rats happy


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

toilet paper rolls. frozen peas. small balls of paper. and old rag with knots in it.

If you're looking at buying a toy then go with ferret toys.


ratloves 8 years ago

thanks this will help a lot can you recommend a cheap toy i can buy for both rats


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Separate them. Keep them housed individually, and slowly introduce them. You should have separated Fudge for at least 30 days to quarantine her to ensure that she did not bring any parasites or health issues. I'd recommend letting them play outside the main cage and then slowly letting them in the cage to play. But, until you can get them getting along, you'll want to house them separately. You may be safe to housing them together as long as they do fight till one is hurt or bleeding.


ratloves 8 years ago

hi i have an albino rat named cinnamon and another female rat named fudge they don't get along and the first day we brought home fudge the other female they fought what should i do? :)


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

If you make the training seem fun, then they won't know the difference.


me 8 years ago

Hey thanks! This is helpful! I don't have a rat yet though...So, um, question...Do rats like playing or being trained better? Okay...

Bye


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

You may need to separate them. Are them males or females? It's not uncommon for two unrelated males to fight. It's territorial concerns.


8 years ago

sometimes my rats fight and one of them sometimes bleeds what should i do?


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Ah... Yes a little. And no, I did not write this because of my gecko hubs. This is actually a hub I wrote a while back, versus recent. I just have a passion for animals, rats and geckos just being two of them.


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

:::comes out of the corner:::

Okay, I just re-read my first comment. sheesh no wonder it came across so poorly! I meant to not imply you (as a person) are trying to be popular. I meant to ask if you were writing this hub because you've had so many popular / successful hubs about geckos! Building upon the previous success of your gecko hubs. Does that help clarify?


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

No, I really am curious what you meant.


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

My apologies Whitney! Can I say "I misspoke" or would this conjure up all sorts of foul-play presidential candidate thoughts? It's a great hub, and I didn't mean to downplay that! Okay, I'll go hide in my corner now.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

No... I'm not sure why you would think that, honestly. I love rats and geckos and all other animals and have a variety of hubs on them. I happen to have a ton of rat hubs to help pet rat owners, so this is just one of many. Plus, I have other rat hubs that rank higher and get better traffic at times. This particular hub is a common question among many rat owners. I used to search all the time trying to find things to do with my rats and things to let them play with. I'm also not sure which gecko hub your talking about...


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

haha Whitney I have to ask- were you trying to build on your popularity by adding this hub hoping it would be as popular as the gecko hub?


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Those are considered blue or violet. The best place to find one is a rat breeder. Sometimes pet stores will have them, but not often, and with a breeer you can guarantee the health before you bring it home. I'd love a blue hooded and a hairless.


8 years ago

i either want to get one like the one in the picture or the dove color rats


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

It's not really a breed, just a coloration. A breed would be more like if it had different characteristics than an albino or hooded or whatever.

Like how chihuahuas and pomeranians have different physical traits as well as mental and health. Rats all have the same traits, just different colors. Similar to a long hair chihuahua and a short haird chihuahua and the hooded rat versus berkshire, rex, blue, hairless, or whatever.


8 years ago

i might get one of that breed


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

She's a black berkshire. Why?


8 years ago

what type of rat is the one in the picture?


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

For what? That's up to you and your rat. I know that mine could care less about the lazer.


8 years ago

should i get a lazer pointer?


george 8 years ago

im getting a rat and this will be heaps of help


8 years ago

thank you much!!


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

J yes that is a possibility, but usually because you are there, the hawk won't come down. Also, that isn't for walking down the street like you'd walk a dog, it's more or less play under the carport or in the driveway kind of walk.


8 years ago

won t your rat get taken buy a hawk outside if you take it for a walk??


xxmwah!xx 8 years ago

My rat just died, but i'm getting some new ones. this should help.


ashlyn 8 years ago

hi. I just got a rat and her name is Astrid.I am only 10 so the tips really helped.

Ashlyn


katie 8 years ago

i just got a 2 baby rats in this was a big help thank you


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Your welcome. I hope you have fun playing with your ratty friend. They love attention!


Krysta 8 years ago

omg , this was just the thing I was lookin for ! I have a pet rat and she sits with on the computer while I'm workin so this will keep her busy ! Thankyou Whitney!

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