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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Planning A Make-Over For The Rats’ Cage

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her rats named Mouse, Slinky and Diddy.

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Rats Slinky (left) and Diddy might be seeing new accessories in their cage soon!

I’ve been trying to think up some new idea for rat toys and rat accessories to put in the cage of my rats Slinky, Diddy and Mouse cage this week, but so far I’m not having too much luck. My main concern is not putting something toxic in the cage with them that could hurt them, so anything plastic is already ruled out because you can’t be too careful! I’ve got plenty of cardboard boxes and tubes, but these must be getting a little boring for my ratties now, so I want to provide something they’ve never have seen before.

I would happily buy some new rat toys from the stores, but the trouble is, they are quite expensive and only end up being destroyed by ratty teeth and claws. I’m in the process of creating a little rope ladder for them out of some thick string, so I’m excited to see what they make of it when it’s finished. I think I’m also going to make them a new hammock or of an old T-shirt, the way I used to when Dumbo was alive. Diddy and Slinky have never had the opportunity to sleep in a hammock, and I’d love to see them curled up together inside one, all warm and snug. Maybe even Mousey will join them!

I really need to throw away a lot of the cage accessories they currently have. They’re getting a bit tatty and old now, so I want to refresh it all and give the cage a bit of a make-over. The tub hanging up has a crack in it, which makes the end fall off, resulting in the tub turning into a slide for ratties. My sister-in-law has this lovely pouch with octopus legs that her rats adore playing in when they’re out of the cage, so that’s also on my to-get list.

If anyone has any ideas for homemade rat toys, I would love to hear them!

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This site as the best information on home made toys for rats that I've found personally. All are very inexpensive.
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Racel, Amsterdam, NY
Posted: 9/24/2010 8:28:15 AM
i have an idea for a fun rat toy, you should get a laundry pile, of clean, but old clothes that you don't use any more, like worn out jeans or unmatched socks, i'm sure your ratties would love to go there.
Aiyanna, Eugene, OR
Posted: 9/18/2010 10:26:07 AM
You could use a box and cut rat sized holes then fill it with something they would be safe to burrow in like shredded paper. I have found one of my boys (Cinnamon) loves to climb to the top of my rat hammock wash box and then jump (well more like a undignified fall) in, on to all the fleece and have a good dig and a roll around. Also safe non pesticide fruit tree branches washed and then proped against the bars for climbing and chewing. They are quite easy to find in the UK and you can cut them to size easily. Brown paper bags are adored by mine and seem to induce playful wrestling whenever found. I find if they can reach it..it's a toy whether it be an expensive something from the pet store, an old sock, an important paper that you needed for a meeting or your car keys lol.
Hannah Robinson, Coppell, TX
Posted: 9/15/2010 9:51:46 AM
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