Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Trouble With Rats Chewing

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her first rat, Queen Dumbo Duncanson-Bryan, and a rat named Mouse.

Rats Mouse and Dumbo Courtesy Shellyane Bryan
Rats Mouse (left) and Dumbo are getting into trouble by chewing things they shouldn't chew.

I’ve noticed lately that my rat Mouse is really starting to get big. I don’t know why it is, but rats seem to reach a certain stage and stop growing for a while, and then have a sudden spurt — though this could be related to how much food they’re eating. Dumbo started putting on weight after Fidget died though, so Mouse has no excuse, because Dumbo is hardly eating any less than before! Dumbo now has a bald patch from playing a little too roughly with Mouse, but I’m happy to see she’s actually fighting back even though Mouse is getting closer to her size.

Irritatingly, I made the mistake of leaving my Nintendo DS charger plugged into the wall while my rats were running around. The plug, of course, wasn’t switched on (I make a point of switching everything off out of sheer paranoia), so it was obviously the perfect target for chewing. Dumbo and Mouse chewed the wire completely in half.

Aside from me being a little miffed that I would have to buy a new charger, it made me wonder what on Earth they do it for. Of all the things for rats to chew, why does it have to be expensive electrical goods? Either that, or clothes.

Now, I’ve been told on a few occasions that rats chew things to keep their teeth trim, but I’m certain there are more efficient items that would do a much better job. I also heard that it’s something to do with the warmth given off, which wouldn’t surprise me, because rats do like to cuddle into comfortable, warm places.

I’m concerned about my rats chewing through more important wires now, though. I know the wires won’t do them any harm when they’re not even plugged in, but replacing things because of rat chewing damage could get expensive! But I don’t want to stop letting my rats have the freedom to run around.

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g, g, KS
Posted: 11/3/2009 4:52:35 PM
great article
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Posted: 10/30/2009 11:02:47 AM
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