Rats often seem filled with boundless energy, bouncing from one level of the cage to another, hanging from the bars, and poking their eager noses out at you as if to say, “Play with me!” So why not let your fuzzy babies use all of that energy productively?
Pet rats are perfectly happy wandering about a room, sniffing this and that and stashing yummy treats. If you want to provide more structured playtime for your rats, create an interactive environment they’re sure to love — the benefits of doing so are numerous.
“If a rat is exposed to a wide variety of new and constantly changing toys in its environment,” said Sara Trappett, a proud rat owner, “It will not only be less prone to boredom and depression, but will also be more inquisitive and intelligent.”
Plus, the more your rats enjoy exploring and playing, the more entertainment for you! You don’t have to spend a fortune. In fact, you can make just about all of the toys outlined here from common household items.
A Rat Playground
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First thing’s first — decide where your rats will play and what measures you’re going to take to make it a safe experience. If you want to let them free-roam on your floor, you must rat-proof the room. This means picking up wires off of the floor, covering up your outlets and protecting any items you value.