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Games and Toys for Pet Rats

Updated on September 12, 2015

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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      Kristen 23 months ago

      Hi, thank you for all the ideas! I've had my rats for about 2 months, and I want to be a really great rat mommy, so I want to keep them entertained as much as possible.

      I have two rats, Lily Evans and Luna Lovegood (with my last name after their last names with a dash). I can't wait to see if they like these games! As for the ribbon game, I find that using a pen is also good. It catches their attention more than a ribbon.

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      Katy 5 years ago

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

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      teeny 5 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!

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      Clo Clo 5 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! :)

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      amber toerien 5 years ago

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

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      scoopearly 5 years ago

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

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      zozo 5 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?

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      Grim 6 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!

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      ;) 6 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?

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      Hannah :) 6 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 6 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!!

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      ALPtrix 6 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.

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      PinkRatLVR 6 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?

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      flowerpot 6 years ago

      thanks for the ideas they will help me out a lot

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      Emerald 6 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 6 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.

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      ratattack 6 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

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      Kayla 6 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??

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      elfmirfkin, 6 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.

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      rebecca 6 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?

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      ratlovebutno 6 years ago

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

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      RatLover 6 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???

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      ratlovebutno 6 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?

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      amira1295 6 years ago

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

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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?

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      Sarah Ogilvie 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It could be from dyed wood in the enclosure

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      Sarah Ogilvie 7 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?

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      Anna 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Anna 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Anna 7 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.

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      Willow 7 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?

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      Anna 7 years ago

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

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      Anna 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Anna 7 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.

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      rodentfan 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      koko(kolby) 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      koko (kolby) 7 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?

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      michelle 7 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 ?

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      Kate  7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'd go with galvanized.

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      Padfoot 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Padfoot 7 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?

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      Yuni 7 years ago

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

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      alyssa 7 years ago

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

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      Naomi 7 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

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      shivy 7 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??

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      naomi 7 years ago

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

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      Chickadee 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      naomi 7 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

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      ratmom 7 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.

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      Tania 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      lori s. 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      lori s. 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Purchasethe chew blocks from the pet store to be safe.

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      raymondsmith 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      raymondsmith 7 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

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      Lori s. 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Brendan 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Marshall 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Ratlover23 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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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      claire 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Treat it like a scab.

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      RattyLover 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      RattyLover 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      RattyLover 7 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?

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      emily 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      susie 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      There is a link above on tips for training.

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      susie 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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

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      Anna 7 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.

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      Ana 7 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??

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      BabyxMimzy 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      lousy26 7 years ago

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

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Tinkerat 7 years ago

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

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Tinkerat 7 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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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      RattyLover 7 years ago

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