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In case you missed it my baby rat likes baths [R]

2 months agoApril 14, 2019

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2 months agoKarmiKoala posted comment on Eyebleach.
April 15, 2019

They're getting old, 2 in about a month, but they're doing well so far, haven't slowed down yet. It is a sad day that I know is coming :/

I think if I had a lot more pee would probably be much more of a problem, but with just two, aside from one peeing on the other when above the other in the cage (which I've seen happen once or twice) they don't really smell bad themselves in my experience. They mostly hang out in one of these at the top of their cage, and I feel like it would be just pooled with pee if they peed in it, which they don't seem to.

Advice for new rat owners [R]

8 months, 1 week agoCorbinDallasMyMan posted submission on RATS.
Oct. 5, 2018

I am going to get two rats in December, my Christmas gift to me! I'm a planner and like to make sure I have everything I need before getting any sort of pet. I'm doing a ton of research and will slowly be gathering the supplies and making a large custom cage for my new family members. What advice do you have for new rat owners? Anything you wish you had known or done going in?

8 months, 1 week agoCorbinDallasMyMan posted comment on RATS.
Oct. 6, 2018

Cheers to planning! When I first got back into keeping rats, it was a bit of an impulse and I didn't do any research or planning. I made a lot of mistakes.

Rats can be timid and skittish until they've gotten comfortable and learned to trust you. Some rats are quick to come around, others can take a long time. Don't be discouraged if your rats are timid. Keep bringing them out of their cage and interacting with them and they'll get better.

The basic set-up costs can add up quickly. Being a rodent owner, you know the basics but the essentials would be a good cage, a good bedding/substrate, a couple of water bottles, a litter box with a "pee rock", a quality diet like Oxbow or Teklad blocks, stuff to fill the cage with, and a place outside of their cage to run around and play.

Filling a cage with accessories, hammocks, huts, etc. can be very cheap and easy, The garbage and recycle bin, dollar store, and remnant bin at the fabric store will be enough to outfit a cage full of fun things to do and comfy places to hide and sleep. I try to avoid buying overpriced stuff from pet stores as much as I can but a few good cage accessories worth their weight in gold are space pods, bendy rope perches, and lava ledges. Other than that, cardboard boxes, cheap plastic baskets/bins, and scraps of fleece make the perfect materials for a fun cage. As destructive as rats can be, cheap and easy to replace is good.

I've seen lots of great DIYs, hacks, and mods for hamster cages but notsomuch for rat cages. Most of the DIY cages I've seen don't look very ideal for rats. They usually rely on some sort of wood base or frame which really wouldn't last long with rats. I think most homemade cages absorb urine and odors and get smelly very quickly. They're often much more difficult to clean than good manufactured cages. I considered modifying a piece of old furniture when I first got into keeping rats again but the more I researched it and added up the costs, the less appealing the idea became. I ended up purchasing a single unit Critter Nation (which I later turned into a double) and I enjoyed it for several years. After several years of rat ownership, I made a list of all the things I liked in a cage and all of the things I didn't and I designed and built my ideal cage. It was a really fun project but it was more expensive than purchasing a good quality manufactured cage.

I would suggest that it would be a better use of your money to purchase a quality manufactured cage that was designed specifically for rats. If building your own is really something you'd like to do, the smart folks of this forum would undoubtedly be able to provide you with feedback on your design plans.

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Recommendations on bedding and hammock material [R]

1 year agoCorbinDallasMyMan posted submission on RATS.
June 5, 2018

I grew up with rats but haven't owned any in about 10 years. So, I did some research with all the resources available nowadays and am in a bit of horror. I loved my ratty babies when I was a kid, but oh man did I not know anything. Always got them in pairs (one good thing, at least) from a local hardware/pet store, fed them a mix of seeds and dried veggies with dog kibble, wire wheel, and shredded newspaper bedding. Only one out of the six I have ever owned died of something other than mammary tumors.

So, I've got a big new cage and supplies but I've still got some questions. I think my research has gone off the deep end and now I'm a paranoid rat dad. Everything is so dangerous... I suddenly understand anti-vax moms.

First, nesting material. I was really hoping to find a recycled paper bedding that could guarantee me no dioxins, but that doesn't seem to be possible. What would be a good choice that's eco friendly and good nesting material? I've got some FiberCore eco bedding right now, but it worries me. How high is the associated risk?

Second, sewing material. I've seen a lot of people using fleece to make covers and hammocks which would be a good alternative for the loose bedding, but I've got a few personal problems with fleece. Mainly, its environmental impact. It is an awful pollutant when it's washed, releasing microscopic plastic fibers into the ocean. I also don't really like the idea of my rats chewing on polyester and consuming it. Would a cotton jersey material be fine? I'd go for wool, but it's not cheap and I'm imagining the lifespan of these covers and hammocks aren't going to be very long. The big concern I've seen about woven fabric is limbs getting caught and strangulation with loose strings, but would trimming any fraying fix that? We used to give our rats the trimmings from my mother's quilting and it was a favorite nesting material, and we never had problems with the loops and fibers but of course, that doesn't mean it couldn't be an issue. Or is there another reason to not use woven cotton? A natural fiber would be nice, since it can be tossed in the compost pile when its been loved to death.

Oh, and I'm planning on getting two boys from a local rattery with good morals and care for the rats(don't worry, checked out adoption first but in the last three months there have been a total of three rats available, all over two years old. I know it's selfish, but I would kind of like to start out with younguns). Got young rat lab blocks for when I first get them, and a baking soda free bentonite litter to attempt litter training. On the lookout for toys, treats, and a solid wheel. Any help would be much appreciated! Please tell me if I'm being overly paranoid, I want the best life for my little babies! Also, sorry about wall of text.

1 year agoCorbinDallasMyMan posted comment on RATS.
June 5, 2018

Hello and welcome, mister!

It's totally normal for new parents to go a bit off the deep end. By their second or third child they're like "is that poop in your mouth or is it just dirt? Dirt? Okay, go back to having fun."

The dioxin thing is actually new to me. As for paper based bedding, is it more of a concern with the bleaching process of paper pulp? If that's the case, an unbleached paper based bedding should be safe enough. It also appears that exposure can come through animal products so unless your diet is veg, that possibility exists as well. The effects of dioxin toxicity can even be measured through generations. Honestly, though, this is too far. It's just too far. We can't be afraid of paper and meat and what our or our rat's grandparents slept on or ate :) Honestly, avoiding googling "dioxins" is as important as avoiding visiting WebMD.

For bedding options, the main considerations are absorbency, odor control, low dust, fragrance free, and cost. No bedding choice will perfectly meet all of the criteria. We just have to weigh our options and select the best of what's available. I've use Eco Bedding before. For crinkled paper, it's overpriced. You can get the exact same thing for much cheaper at Staples. My rats enjoyed digging through it but it wasn't great for ground coverage and odor control. I currently use a shredded aspen bedding on the floor of my boys' cage and it's pretty incredible for controlling odors. As long as my boys use the litter boxes most of the time and I spot clean regularly, the aspen only needs to be changed every couple weeks. The brand I get is pretty dusty so I actually hand-sift it with a mesh laundry basket. Other people seem to quite like fluffy paper based beddings like Carefresh and Clean & Cozy or compressed recycled paper pellet litters like Fresh News, So Phresh, and Exquisicat.

Microfiber pollution is a legitimate concern. So is the tangle-hazard that other types of fabrics present. We can diligently trim loose threads and replace frayed hammocks but we often leave our rats alone for 8-12 hours at a time. I use a mixture of fabrics including cotton, denim, flannel, fleece, etc. in my boy's cage. Know your rats, know the properties of the fabrics, and know what uses you're going for. Fleece is nice because not only does it not fray (causing a tangle hazard), it's also non-absorbent, allowing moisture to travel through it, leaving the surface dry. Keeping your rats from walking through puddles of their own urine is a good thing. Also, I believe there are ways of filtering your own laundry to help minimize microfiber pollution.

If the Critter Litter works for you, keep with it but it's expensive stuff. I change out my litter boxes a couple times a week so I aim for low cost. Baking soda as an ingredient in litter or bedding shouldn't be concerning. I actually prefer a litter product with baking soda because of its odor controlling properties. I wouldn't sprinkle loose baking soda in my cage because it's basically just dust but in a compressed pellet form, I know of no reason to believe it's at all harmful.

As for cage accessories, you don't need anything special or expensive. It's good to spend your wad on the cage and then literally fill it with garbage. Stuff from the dollar store, garbage can, goodwill pile, and recycle bin makes for perfect cage accessories. There are a few accessories that are totally worth the money, though. Space Pods, lava ledges, and bendy rope perches are kinda amazing.

A wheel is not entirely necessary but it doesn't hurt to give your rats the option. 12" wheels like the Comfort Wheel, Silent Spinner, Silent Runner, and Wodent Wheel are often recommended. The Stealth and Magnum wheels are also options but they seem expensive for being made of bucket lids. The Chin Spin and Lenkas wheels are good if you want something larger than 12". I had a 12" wheel in my boys cage and then play area for a year or two and those boys never used it so it's now somewhere in the basement.

new rat toys! [R]

1 year, 1 month agoCorbinDallasMyMan posted submission on RATS.
April 16, 2018

hello all, i'm upgrading my rats current toys & such and i was wondering if any of you have suggestions!! i've been looking on amazon bc i have hella gift cards but of course i'd spend money somewhere else if you guys have something to share. so far i've found a lil coconut, a cute circular hammock type thing and another cloth hammock. also, i'm getting them uhaul moving pads and fleece to put on the bottom of their cage and everywhere else but i don't understand how to put it together so that would be helpful lol. thank you!

1 year, 1 month agoCorbinDallasMyMan posted comment on RATS.
April 16, 2018

These aren't really toys but Space Pods and lava ledges are a must for any cage. I use lava ledges instead of ramps.

>i'm getting them uhaul moving pads and fleece to put on the bottom of their cage and everywhere else but i don't understand how to put it together so that would be helpful

The method of using fleece/absorbent liners may vary depending on your cage. What cage do you have (brand/model) or can you post a picture?

I'm in college, and living off campus next semester. In the next 6 months, I hope to have two buddies of my own to love. Tons of questions inside! [R]

1 year, 2 months agoSwtcherrypie posted submission on RATS.
April 7, 2018

Title! I've been researching and looking into what kind of pet I'm getting next year. I'm sharing a home with people who already have a dog, so my options were down to small pets. I love animals and with missing my own dogs so much, I figured why not get some companions of my own! I ended up on rats due to their intelligence, affection, cuteness, and overal uniqueness. They just seem like so much more fun than say a bunny, or guinea pig.

After making my decision, I've learned quite a bit so far from browsing this lovely subreddit, but have tons of questions! In connection with my excitement for the day I get my own little rats, I wanted to ask some now!

First! I'm very curious how much space two rats would need. I'm going to be living in my own room, about the size of a small dorm room, in a four person house. They'd only ever be in my room, and would definitely be allowed to scamper around occasionally, but I'm most curious about what kind of measurements I should be looking at for a two rat cage. Are they going to take up my whole room? Also any smell prevention tactics?

Second! I live around 6 hours from home, and return home for winter, spring, and summer break. Obviously my rats would need to come with me for these extensive breaks. What kind of amenities will I need to prepare to make that 6 hour trip doable for them? Any cage/travel suggestions?

Third! I'm super indecisive about what gender of rat I want. I know this seems silly, and maybe downright dumb to many of you, but as cute as I find all rats, male rats massive balls really kind of gross me out. I also have learned that male rats seem to be messier, smellier, and do a lot of marking. All things I don't love the thought of. So I leaned towards female rats at first. But then I learned that male rats are way more chill/cuddly, which is really what I'm looking for. I would love for my little guys to fall asleep on me/cuddle with me. If girl rats hardly do that, which is what I'm gathering, I'd be really dissapointed. So the question becomes two things. Those of you who were grossed out by the balls, did that ever go away? And second, is it wrong to potentially get them both neutered? I know that can also preemptively help with aggression issues and the like, but it can also be expensive. Any thoughts?

My last question for tonight, is where should I be looking to buy my rats? I've gathered that pet stores are a bad idea. I'm between northwest Arkansas, and northeast Kansas, if anyone is from those areas and knows of anywhere that's good to buy from? I want to get them youngish, since their life spans are sadly so short. Do I need to look for specific things in finding two that will happily live together? Brothers/sisters? Anything like that?

If you have any other tips or thoughts for a first time rat owner, please share! I'm super excited to eventually own these guys, and want to be the best owner I can!

1 year, 2 months agoSwtcherrypie posted comment on RATS.
April 7, 2018

Just gonna copy a comment I made on a similar post, with some minor editing:

Warning: This is long, but it covers most of your basic information.

Let me preface this by saying I've only had males. There are differences between the two genders, though. Both will be very hyperactive as babies. Females tend to be more active throughout their lifetimes than males do. After a certain point males tend to calm down quite a bit and are generally more cuddly than females. That doesn't mean they always are cuddly or that females can't be, but generally speaking males are more cuddly after they grow up. With females, getting them spayed seems to be recommended as they have a tendency to get mammary tumors. Even after tumor removal they usually will come back, sometimes very quickly.

You need at least 2 rats, but I suggest getting 3. If there are rat breeders in your area, go through them and not the feeder bin at a pet store. Breeders care about the health of their rats, whereas feeder breeders don't because they're just going to be food. You can also try a local shelters, craigslist, or petfinder.com. Get rats of the same gender, unless you want lots of babies. Having 3 rats is very helpful if something happens and you lose a rat. It helps the remaining rats if they can cope with the loss of a buddy together and may lessen the chances of them getting overly depressed. Depressed rats have a weaker immune system making them more prone to illnesses. And in most situations, the more rats you have, the happier they'll be. They're highly social and tend to like having a bigger family. Having more than 2 rats also helps with some dominance issues like one rat seemingly being picked on more than another; it spreads out the dominance behavior. Rats will wrestle and box a lot to determine their hierarchy, but it generally lessens as they get older. It's normal, and sometimes it sounds bad. The general rule of thumb for rats wrestling is no blood, no foul.

If you're getting food at a store, stay away from seed mix foods such as this. It's not healthy for them. Get a lab block rat food such as Oxbow Regal Rat. You can buy the adult formula of Oxbow and just supplement with extra protein (scrambled eggs, chicken) once or twice a week until around 6 months old. In general, most rats don't like the Garden Select or the young rat variety, so keep that in mind. You'll want to give them fresh veggies every day or two and fresh fruits once or twice a week. I like referring to this guide or this guide when introducing new foods as some foods are very dangerous for rats, and some are only dangerous for a specific gender.

When getting a cage (NOT an aquarium) make sure you get 1/2" bar spacing to avoid escapees. Horizontal bars are better than vertical bars because rats like to climb, though it's not a bad thing if you end up with a cage with vertical bars. And you can use this handy cage calculator to make sure your cage will be big enough. Some cages sold as rat cages are not actually big enough for adults to comfortably live and stretch out in. Check craigslist for cages before going out and buying a new one. Sometimes you can find really nice cages for a very reasonable price, but make sure it's not rusted or damaged. If you use a loose substrate bedding, stay away from cedar. Aspen tends to be the most recommended wood shaving bedding. There is some debate on the kiln dried pine, though I've never had an issue with it. Some people use recycled paper bedding, though it isn't as good at absorbing smells as aspen. If you use fleece, you'll need to change it more frequently than a loose substrate. It's much less messy, though terrible at controlling odor. I personally do a mix of both, loose bedding in the bottom of the cage in a large cement mixing tub and fleece lining the rest of the shelves. I have to change the fleece out more frequently than the aspen. (Note: I no longer use aspen in my cage as I'm apparently allergic to it. I had been using this though my local PetSmart discontinued the product. Not sure what I'll be using next time I need litter.)

You'll also want to get a litter pan to litter train them, and use a different type of litter in the pan so they associate it with a bathroom area. I personally like using the paper pellet litter in their pans. Also, find a smooth flat rock to keep in the pan. For some reason rats like peeing on rocks.

You'll want to make sure to have enough hides, hammocks, etc for each rat to have their own if they aren't feeling like cuddling or just need a break from the other rats. Space pods are highly loved by most rats. Cardboard boxes are a big hit as well and really cheap. I buy boxes of tissues and put the whole thing in the cage (after removing the plastic bits around the opening.) They love decorating their cage with it, and they can use the box as another hide when they're done. PVC can also be used; you'll need 3-4" diameter PVC depending on the size of your rats. You can make little tunnels for them to hide or play in and some people even drill holes in them for ventilation and/or to suspend them from the top of the cage.

You can use all kinds of things for toys. I buy a lot of bird toys for my rats. I like buying something like these and hiding treats inside so they have to work for them. Some rats like ping pong balls, though mine just shred them. Some like those little cat toys that have the jingly balls in them. There are also puzzle toys made for animals to keep their minds stimulated. There's this site with tons of ideas for cheap/simple toy ideas.

You'll want to spot clean/pick up stray poops throughout the week until cage cleaning day comes. When cleaning the cage, leave 1-2 dirty things in their cage to prevent over cleaning. If their cage is too clean, they'll scent mark even more to make their cage smell like home again. I suggest completely rearranging their cage each time you clean it. It keeps their minds stimulated and makes them interested in exploring their "new" home each time. It's especially fun for them if you hide treats throughout the cage for them to find. For a cleaner, I use a vinegar/water (25% vinegar, 75% water) solution as it disinfects and deodorizes very well and the rats aren't sensitive to it like some cleaners. I put between 1/2 and 1 cup of vinegar in with their laundry when I wash it. You'll want to use free and clear detergent (no dyes/perfumes) like this. Don't use fabric softeners or dryer sheets with their laundry either.

You'll want to keep an emergency vet budget set aside. Rats don't need routine visits like a dog, but it is likely your rats will need to go to the vet at some point during their lives. They have a very delicate respiratory system and URIs (Upper Respiratory Infection) are very common, as well as myco flareups, as almost all rats carry myco. You can read the post linked in the sidebar for more info on that. In my experience, it tends to be emergency/short notice needs for the vet. Rats are prey animals and will hide an illness until they are too sick to hide it. By then they are usually really sick. If your rat is sick, it's not a good idea to wait to take them to the vet; time is of the essence with these guys. 2-3 days might not seem long to you, but it could be enough for them to go from bad to worse or dead. Prices vary from area to area, but where I am, I expect to spend around $70-100 for a visit, including medications; from what I've read on here though, I'm on the lower end of the price range and some people easily spend double that. I'd set at least $200-300 aside for emergency vet visits. Look for an exotic vet now before you need one rather than waiting till you have an emergency on your hands and are stressed out and scrambling to find a vet. This is a good place to start.

If you have any questions, this sub is a great place and has a lot of great and very helpful people here. Good luck with your future babies.

[Contest] Pets deserve gifts, too! [R]

1 year, 3 months agoDizRN posted submission on Wishlist.
March 16, 2018

Contest closed.

Winner - /u/dblue236

Why should we have all the fun?

Qualify if you have a ~$5-$10 pet-related item on your wishlist (feel free to tell me what it is/link it). Winner will be chosen at random when contest ends at 9pm EST today.

1 year, 3 months agoDizRN posted comment on Wishlist.
March 16, 2018

I have some stuff for my rats and [dogs] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CAO4DJI/?coliid=I30API70T4H5Q6&colid=1A9Q350WXYATQ&psc=0&ref=lvovligdp_it) on my list.

It's a bit chilly tonight [R]

1 year, 3 months agoChasuwa posted submission on RATS.
Feb. 24, 2018
1 year, 3 months agoChasuwa posted comment on RATS.
Feb. 24, 2018

[Contest] Gift for your pet [R]

1 year, 4 months agokevinsb posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Jan. 22, 2018

For my first contest, I want to give someone's pet a gift. So:

  1. Have something on your wishlist that is for your pet (it must be $10 or less, fairly near the top so that I can find it, not an add on item, and eligible for prime)

  2. Tell me about your pet(s) and why you want that for them

  3. Spam your pet pictures (optional)

I'll choose a winner in about 3 hours (around 7pm EST).

CONTEST OVER batfacecatface won thanks to the random generator thingy!

Over the weekend I adopted my first ever rats from a local Shelter. Meet Kurt (Vonnegut), Orson (Scott Card) and Isaac (Asimov). Will be a regular visitor here for more ideas on how to keep them entertained [R]

1 year, 6 months agoferal-melody0 posted submission on RATS.
Nov. 29, 2017
1 year, 6 months agoferal-melody0 posted comment on RATS.
Dec. 1, 2017

they're adorable! :) I would try and get them a sputnik, every rat I've known absolutely loved them (hanging) in their cage. https://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr13?ie=UTF8&qid=1512123386&sr=8-3&keywords=sputnik - just look at the reviews <3 If you look at suggestions from Amazon in that offer, you'll also see a cargo net. Mine love to climb and play with theirs.

Tips [R]

1 year, 8 months agoSwtcherrypie posted submission on RATS.
Oct. 16, 2017

I've had rats before, I was younger so my parents took care of most if the care. But I'm planning on getting rats again soon this subreddit is making me want thane more and more.

From what I've seen here everyone is much more well-informed in this than I am so I was looking to get some useful tips, do's and don'ts and whatnot!

1 year, 8 months agoSwtcherrypie posted comment on RATS.
Oct. 16, 2017

Just gonna copy/paste a comment I recently made on this similar subject, with some minor editing:

Warning: This is a long read, but it covers most of your basic information.

Let me preface this by saying I've only had males. I know there are differences between the two genders, though. For instance, females tend to be more active throughout their entire lifetimes than males do. After a certain point males tend to calm down quite a bit and are generally much more cuddly than females. That doesn't mean all males are cuddly or that females can't be cuddly, but generally speaking males are more cuddly after they grow up. With females, getting them spayed seems to be recommended as they have a tendency to get mammary tumors, and even after removal they usually will come back, sometimes in just a few weeks.

You need at least 2 rats, but I suggest getting 3. If there are rat breeders in your area, go through them and not the feeder bin at a pet store. Breeders care about the health of their rats, whereas feeder breeders don't because they're just going to be food anyway. You'll want to get rats of the same gender, unless you want lots of babies. Having 3 rats is very helpful if something happens and you lose a rat. It helps the remaining rats if they can cope with the loss of a buddy together and may lessen the chances of them getting overly depressed. Depressed rats have a weaker immune system making them more prone to illnesses. And in most situations, the more rats you have, the happier they'll be. They're highly social and tend to like having a bigger family.

Having more than 2 rats also helps with some dominance issues like one rat seemingly being picked on more than the other; it spreads out the dominance behavior. Rats will wrestle and box a lot to determine their hierarchy, but it generally lessens as they get older. It's normal, and sometimes it sounds bad. The general rule of thumb for rattie wrestling is no blood, no foul.

If you're getting food at the store, stay away from seed mix type foods such as this. It's not healthy for them. I'd recommend a block/kibble type rat food such as Oxbow. You can buy the adult formula of Oxbow and just supplement with extra protein once or twice a week until around 6 months old (scrambled egg, chicken.) In general, most rats don't seem to like the Garden Select or the young rat variety, so keep that in mind too. You'll want to give them fresh veggies regularly and fruits as a treat (as too much fruit can cause runny poops.) I like referring to this guide or this guide when introducing new foods as some foods are very dangerous for rats, and some are only dangerous for a specific gender.

When getting a cage (NOT an aquarium) make sure you get 1/2" bar spacing to avoid escapes. And you can use this handy cage calculator to make sure your cage will be big enough. Some cages sold as rat cages are not actually big enough for adults to comfortably live and stretch out in. If you use a loose substrate bedding, stay away from cedar or pine (unless it's kiln dried pine) though kiln dried aspen tends to be the most recommended wood shaving bedding, and there is still some debate on the kiln dried pine. Some people use recycled paper bedding, though it isn't as good at absorbing smells as the aspen or pine. If you use fleece, you'll need to change it more frequently than a loose substrate. It's much less messy, though terrible for controlling odor. I personally do a mix of both, loose bedding in the bottom of the cage in a large cement mixing tub and fleece lining the rest of the shelves. I have to change the fleece out more frequently than the aspen shavings.

You'll also want to get a litter pan to litter train them, and use a different type of litter in the pan so they associate it with a bathroom area. I personally like using critter litter by Kaytee. Also, find a smooth flat rock to keep in the litter pan. For some reason rats like peeing on rocks.

You'll want to make sure to have enough hides, hammocks, etc for each rat to have their own if they aren't feeling like being cuddled up or just need a break from the other rats. Space pods are highly loved by most rats. Cardboard boxes are a big hit as well. I buy cheap boxes of Kleenex and just shove the whole thing in the cage (after removing the plastic stuff around the opening.) They love "decorating" their cage with it, and they can use the box as another hide when they're done. PVC is also a big hit with rats; you'll need 3-4" diameter PVC depending on the size of your rats. You can make little tunnels for them to hide or play in and some people even drill holes in them for ventilation and/or to suspend them from the roof of the cage.

You can use all kinds of things for toys. I buy a lot of bird toys for my rats. I like buying something like these and hiding treats inside they have to work for. You can buy baby toys or small kids toys. Some rats like ping pong balls, though mine just shred them. There are puzzle toys made for animals to keep their minds stimulated as well. There's also this site with tons of ideas for cheap/simple toy ideas.

Also, you'll want to spot clean/pick up stray poops throughout the week until cage cleaning day comes. After the cage is clean (leaving 1-2 "dirty" things in their cage to prevent over cleaning, thus leading to over marking after you spent all that time cleaning) I suggest completely rearranging their cage each time. It keeps their minds stimulated and makes them highly interested in exploring their "new" home week after week. It's especially fun for them if you hide treats throughout the cage for them to find. For a cage cleaner, I use a vinegar/water (25% vinegar, 75% water) solution as it disinfects and deodorizes very well and the rats aren't sensitive to it like some cage cleaners. I also put between 1/2 and 1 cup in with their laundry when I wash it. You'll want to use free and clear detergent (no dyes/perfumes) like this. I don't use fabric softeners or dryer sheets with their laundry either.

Lastly, you'll want to keep an emergency vet budget set aside. Rats don't need routine visits like a dog necessarily, but it is likely your rats will need to go to the vet at some point during their lives. They have a very delicate immune/respiratory system and URIs (Upper Respiratory Infection) are very common, as well as myco flareups, as almost all rats carry myco. You can read the post linked in the sidebar for more info on that. And in my experience, it tends to be emergency/short notice needs for the vet. Rats are prey animals and will hide an illness until they are no longer capable of hiding it, and by then they are usually pretty sick. If your rat is sick, it's not a good idea to wait to take them to the vet; time is of the essence with these guys. 2-3 days might not seem long to you, but 2-3 could be enough for them to go from bad to worse or dead. Prices vary from area to area, but where I am, I expect to spend around $60-90 for a visit, including medications; from what I've read on here though, I'm on the lower end of the price range and some people easily spend double that. I'd set at least $200-300 aside for emergency vet visits. You'll want to look for an exotic vet now before you need one rather than waiting till you have an emergency on your hands and are stressed out and scrambling to find a vet.

If you have any questions, this sub is a great place and has a lot of great and very helpful people here. Good luck with your future babies.

If you made it this far, thank you for reading!

unexpected new rat mama... help! [R]

1 year, 8 months agoSwtcherrypie posted submission on RATS.
Sept. 30, 2017

gather around, friends, it’s story time.

my friend from work, K, and her boyfriend, R, each have a snake. R went to their regular reptile store to purchase a feeder rat for each snake (sorry). he brought home a bigger rat than usual for K’s snake and it ended up not being eaten. instead of returning the lucky little guy (Charlie), he went out and got him a habitat. K wasn’t excited about this decision being made without her so I told her if she needed a new home for the rat, I’d be happy to take Charlie off of her hands.

well, Charlie gave birth to about 10 little ones today and after a little bit of mama bonding time, I’ll get first pick. which I’m jazzed about. I have a habitat from my dearly departed ferret that will be very roomy for two or three little ladies so the hardest and most expensive part is done.

I’ve been around rats in the past, but I’ve never cared for them hands on. I would love tips for budget friendly healthy eating, bedding and toy recommendations, training tips, or really any little nugget of knowledge that will help me raise these babies!

1 year, 8 months agoSwtcherrypie posted comment on RATS.
Oct. 1, 2017

Just gonna copy/paste a comment I recently made on this similar subject, with some minor editing:

You need at least 2 rats, but I suggest getting 3. If there are rat breeders in your area, go through them and not the feeder bin at a pet store. Breeders care about the health of their rats, whereas feeder breeders don't because they're just going to be food anyway. You'll want to get rats of the same gender, unless you want lots of babies. Having 3 rats is very helpful if something happens and you lose a rat. It helps the remaining rats if they can cope with the loss of a buddy together and may lessen the chances of them getting overly depressed. Depressed rats have a weaker immune system making them more prone to illnesses. And in most situations, the more rats you have, the happier they'll be. They're highly social and tend to like having a bigger family.

If you're getting food at the store, stay away from seed mix type foods such as this. It's not healthy for them. I'd recommend a block/kibble type rat food such as Oxbow. You can buy the adult formula of Oxbow and just supplement with extra protein once or twice a week until around 6 months old (scrambled egg, chicken.) In general, most rats don't seem to like the Garden Select or the young rat variety, so keep that in mind too. You'll want to give them fresh veggies regularly and fruits as a treat (as too much fruit can cause runny poops.) I like referring to this guide or this guide when introducing new foods as some foods are very dangerous for rats, and some are only dangerous for a specific gender.

When getting a cage (NOT an aquarium) make sure you get 1/2" bar spacing to avoid escapes. And you can use this handy cage calculator to make sure your cage will be big enough. Some cages sold as rat cages are not actually big enough for adults to comfortably live and stretch out in. If you use a loose substrate bedding, stay away from cedar or pine (unless it's kiln dried pine) though kiln dried aspen tends to be the most recommended wood shaving bedding, and there is still some debate on the kiln dried pine. Some people use recycled paper bedding, though it isn't as good at absorbing smells as the aspen or pine. If you use fleece, you'll need to change it more frequently than a loose substrate, and it's much less messy, though terrible for controlling odor. I personally do a mix of both, loose bedding in the bottom of the cage in a large cement mixing tub and fleece lining the rest of the shelves. I have to change the fleece out more frequently than the aspen shavings.

You'll also want to get a litter pan to litter train them, and use a different type of litter in the pan so they associate it with a bathroom area. I personally like using critter litter by Kaytee. Also, find a smooth flat rock to keep in the litter pan. For some reason rats like peeing on rocks.

You'll want to make sure to have enough hides, hammocks, etc for each rat to have their own if they aren't feeling like being cuddled up or just need a break from the other rats. Space pods are highly loved by most rats. Cardboard boxes are a big hit as well. I buy cheap boxes of Kleenex and just shove the whole thing in the cage (after removing the plastic stuff around the opening.) They love "decorating" their cage with it, and they can use the box as another hide when they're done. PVC is also a big hit with rats; you'll need 3-4" diameter PVC depending on the size of your rats. You can make little tunnels for them to hide or play in and some people even drill holes in them for ventilation and/or to suspend them from the roof of the cage.

You can use all kinds of things for toys. I buy a lot of bird toys for my rats. I like buying something like these and hiding treats inside they have to work for. You can buy baby toys or small kids toys. Some rats like ping pong balls, though mine just shred them. There's puzzle toys made for animals to keep their minds stimulated as well. There's also this site with tons of ideas for cheap/simple toy ideas.

Also, you'll want to spot clean/pick up stray poops throughout the week until cage cleaning day comes. After the cage is clean (leaving 1-2 "dirty" things in their cage to prevent over cleaning, thus leading to over marking after you spent all that time cleaning) I suggest completely rearranging their cage each time. It keeps their minds stimulated and makes them highly interested in exploring their "new" home week after week. It's especially fun for them if you hide treats throughout the cage for them to find. For a cage cleaner, I use a vinegar/water (25% vinegar, 75% water) solution as it disinfects and deodorizes very well and the rats aren't sensitive to it like some cage cleaners. I also put about half a cup in with their laundry when I wash it. You'll want to use free and clear detergent (no dyes/perfumes) like this. I don't use fabric softeners or dryer sheets with their laundry either.

Lastly, you'll want to keep an emergency vet budget set aside. Rats don't need routine visits like a dog necessarily, but it is likely your rats will need to go to the vet at some point during their lives. They have a very delicate immune/respiratory system and URIs (Upper Respiratory Infection) are very common, as well as myco flareups, as almost all rats carry myco. You can read the article linked in the sidebar for more info on that. And in my experience, it tends to be emergency/short notice needs for the vet. Rats are prey animals and will hide an illness until they are no longer capable of hiding it, and by then they are usually pretty sick. If your rat is sick, it's not a good idea to wait to take them to the vet; time is of the essence with these guys. 2-3 days might not seem long to you, but 2-3 could be enough for them to go from bad to worse or dead. Prices vary from area to area, but where I am, I expect to spend around $60-90 for a visit, including medications; from what I've read on here though, I'm on the lower end of the price range and some people easily spend double that. I'd set at least $200-300 aside for emergency vet visits. You'll want to look for an exotic vet now before you need one rather than waiting till you have an emergency on your hands and are stressed out and scrambling to find a vet.

This got * a lot* longer than I expected, and if you read it all, thank you. If you have any questions, this sub is a great place and has a lot of great and very helpful people here. Good luck with your future babies.

Snuggle Pod [R]

1 year, 8 months agokyliemtren posted submission on RATS.
Sept. 30, 2017
1 year, 8 months agokyliemtren posted comment on RATS.
Sept. 30, 2017

Lixit Critter Space Pod 2 Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=cmswrcpapi_kWf0zbYVHZ3ZA

Thinking of getting my first rat (rats) ever and just looking some advice. [R]

1 year, 9 months agoSwtcherrypie posted submission on RATS.
Aug. 27, 2017

Cage size/type, companionship, food, bedding, toys etc. Ives never had one but have kept hamsters and gerbils and many reptiles. Thanks!

1 year, 9 months agoSwtcherrypie posted on RATS.
Aug. 27, 2017

Just gonna copy/paste a comment I recently made on a similar subject, with unnecessary parts edited out and a few things added:

I would suggest getting at least one friend for your rat but preferably 2. And you'll want to get rats of the same gender, unless you want lots of babies. Having 3 rats is very helpful if something happens and you lose a rat. It helps the remaining rats if they can cope with the loss of a buddy together and may lessen the chances of them getting overly depressed. Depressed rats tend to have a weaker immune system and are more prone to illnesses. And in most situations, the more rats you have, the happier they will be. They're highly social and tend to like having a bigger family.

If you're getting food at the store, stay away from seed mix type foods such as this. It's not healthy for them, and the dried corn in it can cause liver cancer. I'd recommend a block/kibble type rat food such as Oxbow. You can buy the adult formula of Oxbow and just supplement with extra protein once or twice a week until around 6 months old; and, in general, most rats don't seem to like the Garden Select or the young rat variety, so keep that in mind too. You'll want to give them fresh veggies regularly and fruits as a treat (as too much fruit can cause runny poops.) I like referring to this guide when introducing new foods as some foods are very dangerous for rats, and some are only dangerous for a specific gender.

When getting a cage (NOT an aquarium) make sure you get 1/2" bar spacing to avoid escapes. And you can use this handy cage calculator to make sure your cage will be big enough. Some cages sold as rat cages are not actually big enough for adults to comfortably live and stretch out in. If you use a loose substrate bedding, stay away from cedar or pine (unless it's kiln dried pine) though kiln dried aspen tends to be the most recommended wood shaving bedding, and there is still some debate on the kiln dried pine. Some people use recycled paper bedding, though it isn't as good at absorbing smells as the aspen or pine. If you use fleece, you'll need to change it more frequently than a loose substrate but it's much less messy, though terrible for controlling odor. I personally do a mix of both, loose bedding in the bottom of the cage and fleece lining the rest of the shelves. I have to change the fleece out more frequently than the aspen shavings.

You'll also want to consider getting a litter pan to litter train them, and use a different type of litter in the pan so they associate it with a bathroom area. I personally like using critter litter by Kaytee. Also, find a smooth flat rock to keep in the litter pan. For some reason rats like peeing on rocks.

You'll want to make sure to have enough hides, hammocks, etc for each rat to have their own if they aren't feeling like being cuddled up or just need a break from the other rats. Space pods are highly loved by most rats. I have 2 in my cage, one on each level. Cardboard boxes are a big hit as well. I buy cheap boxes of Kleenex and just shove the whole thing in the cage (after removing the plastic stuff around the opening.) They love "decorating" their cage with it, and they can use the box as another hide when they're done. PVC is also a big hit with a lot of rats. You can make little tunnels for them to hide or play in and some people even drill holes in them (for ventilation and) to suspend them from the roof of the cage to help change it up a little.

You can use all kinds of things for toys. I buy a lot of bird toys for my rats. I like buying something like these and hiding treats inside they have to work for. You can also buy baby toys or small kids toys. Some rats like ping pong balls, though mine just shred them. There's puzzle toys made for animals to keep their minds stimulated as well. There's also this site with tons of ideas for cheap/simple toy ideas.

Also, you'll want to spot clean/pick up stray poops throughout the week until cage cleaning day comes. After the cage is clean (leaving 1-2 "dirty" things in their cage to prevent over cleaning, thus leading to over marking after you spent all that time cleaning) I suggest completely rearranging their cage each time. It keeps their minds stimulated and makes them highly interested in exploring their "new" home week after week. It's especially fun for them if you hide treats throughout the cage for them to find. For a cage cleaner, I use a vinegar/water (25% vinegar, 75% water) solution as it disinfects and deodorizes very well and the rats aren't sensitive to it like some cage cleaners. I also put about half a cup in with their laundry when I wash it. You'll want to use free and clear detergent (no dyes/perfumes) like this. I don't use fabric softeners or dryer sheets either.

Lastly, you'll want to keep an emergency vet budget set aside. Rats don't need routine visits like a dog necessarily, but there is a high chance your rats will need to go to the vet at some point during their lives. They have a very delicate immune system and URIs are very common, as well as myco flareups, as almost all rats carry myco. You can read the article linked in the sidebar for more info on that. And in my experience, it tends to be emergency/short notice needs for the vet. Rats are prey animals and will hide an illness until they are no longer capable of hiding it, and by then they are usually pretty sick. Prices vary from area to area, but where I am, I expect to spend around $60-90 for a visit, including medications; from what I've read on here though, I'm on the lower end of the price range and some people easily spend double that.

Sorry this got * a lot* longer than I had expected it to, and if you read it all, thank you. If you have any questions, this sub is a great place and has a lot of great and very helpful people here. Good luck with your future babies.

Rattit, what makes rats good pets? [R]

1 year, 9 months agoAug. 27, 2017

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1 year, 9 months agoSwtcherrypie posted on RATS.
Aug. 27, 2017

Just gonna copy/paste a comment I recently made on a similar subject, with unnecessary parts edited out and a few things added:

I would suggest getting at least one friend for her but preferably 2. And you'll want to get rats of the same gender, unless you want lots of babies. Having 3 rats is very helpful if something happens and you lose a rat. It helps the remaining rats if they can cope with the loss of a buddy together and may lessen the chances of them getting overly depressed. And in most situations, the more rats you have, the happier they will be. They're highly social and tend to like having a bigger family.

If you're getting food at the store, stay away from seed mix type foods such as this. It's not healthy for them, and the dried corn in it can cause liver cancer. I'd recommend a block/kibble type rat food such as Oxbow. You can even buy the adult formula of Oxbow and just supplement with extra protein once or twice a week until around 6 months old; and, in general, most rats don't seem to like the Garden Select or the young rat variety, so keep that in mind too. You'll want to give them fresh veggies regularly and fruits as a treat (as too much fruit can cause runny poops.) I like referring to this guide when introducing new foods as some foods are very dangerous for rats, and some are only dangerous for a specific gender.

When getting a cage (NOT an aquarium) make sure you get 1/2" bar spacing to avoid escapes. And you can use this handy cage calculator to make sure your cage will be big enough. Some cages sold as rat cages are not actually big enough for adults to comfortably live and stretch out in. If you use a loose substrate bedding, stay away from cedar or pine (unless it's kiln dried pine) though kiln dried aspen tends to be the most recommended wood shaving bedding. Some people use recycled paper bedding, though it isn't as good at absorbing smells as the aspen or pine. If you use fleece, you'll need to change it more frequently than a loose substrate but it's much less messy, though terrible for controlling odor. I personally do a mix of both, loose bedding in the bottom of the cage and fleece lining the rest of the shelves.

You'll also want to consider getting a litter pan to litter train them, and use a different type of litter in the pan so they associate it with a bathroom area. I personally like using critter litter by Kaytee. Also, find a smooth flat rock to keep in the litter pan. For some reason rats like peeing on rocks.

You'll want to make sure to have enough hides, hammocks, etc for each rat to have their own if they aren't feeling like being cuddled up or just need a break from the other rats. Space pods are highly loved by most rats. I have 2 in my cage, one on each level. Cardboard boxes are a big hit as well. I buy cheap boxes of Kleenex and just shove the whole thing in the cage (after removing the plastic stuff around the opening.) They love "decorating" their cage with it, and they can use the box as another hide when they're done. PVC is also a big hit with a lot of rats. You can make little tunnels for them to hide or play in and some people even drill holes in them (for ventilation and) to suspend them from the roof of the cage to help change it up a little.

Also, you'll want to spot clean/pick up stray poops throughout the week until cage cleaning day comes. After the cage is clean (leaving 1-2 "dirty" things in their cage to prevent over cleaning, thus leading to over marking after you spent all that time cleaning) I suggest completely rearranging their cage each time. It keeps their minds stimulated and makes them highly interested in exploring their "new" home week after week. It's especially fun for them if you hide treats throughout the cage for them to find. For a cleaner, I use a vinegar/water (25% vinegar, 75% water) solution as it disinfects and deodorizes very well and the rats aren't sensitive to it like some cage cleaners. I also put about half a cup in with their laundry when I wash it. You'll want to use free and clear detergent (no dyes/perfumes) like this. I don't use fabric softeners or dryer sheets either.

Lastly, you'll want to keep an emergency vet budget set aside. Rats don't need routine visits like a dog necessarily, but there is a high chance your rats will need to go to the vet at some point during their lives. They have a very delicate immune system and URIs are very common, as well as myco flareups, as almost all rats carry myco. You can read the article linked in the sidebar for more info on that. And in my experience, it tends to be emergency/short notice needs for the vet. Rats are prey animals and will hide an illness until they are no longer capable of hiding it, and by then they are usually pretty sick. Prices vary from area to area, but where I am, I expect to spend around $60-90 for a visit, including medications; from what I've read on here though, I'm on the lower end of the price range and some people easily spend double that.

Sorry this got * a lot* longer than I had expected it to, and if you read it all, thank you. If you have any questions, this sub is a great place and has a lot of great and very helpful people here. Good luck with your future babies.

I just found this little guy/gal... help! [R]

1 year, 9 months agoSwtcherrypie posted submission on RATS.
Aug. 24, 2017
1 year, 9 months agoSwtcherrypie posted on RATS.
Aug. 24, 2017

I would suggest getting at least one friend for him but preferably 2, assuming you want to start the cycle of rat ownership again. And you'll want to get rats of the same gender, unless you want babies once a month. Having 3 rats is very helpful if something happens and you lose a rat. It helps the remaining rats if they can cope with the loss of a buddy together and may lessen the chances of them getting overly depressed. And in most situations, the more rats you have, the happier they will be. They're highly social and tend to like having a bigger family.

If you're getting food at the store, stay away from seed mix type foods such as this. It's not healthy for them, and the dried corn in it can cause liver cancer. I'd recommend a block/kibble type rat food such as Oxbow. You can even buy the adult formula of Oxbow and just supplement with extra protein once or twice a week; and, in general, most rats don't seem to like the Garden Select variety, so keep that in mind too. You'll want to give them fresh veggies regularly and fruits as a treat (as too much fruit can cause runny poops.) I like referring to this guide when introducing new foods as some foods are very dangerous for rats, and some are only dangerous for a specific gender.

When getting a cage (NOT an aquarium) make sure you get 1/2" bar spacing to avoid escapes. And you can use this handy cage calculator to make sure your cage will be big enough. Some cages sold as rat cages are not actually big enough for adults to comfortably live and stretch out in. If you use a loose substrate bedding, stay away from cedar or pine (unless it's kiln dried pine) though kiln dried aspen tends to be the most recommended wood shaving bedding. Some people use recycled paper bedding, though it isn't as good at absorbing smells as the aspen or pine. If you use fleece, you'll need to change it more frequently than a loose substrate but it's much less messy, though terrible for controlling odor. I personally do a mix of both, loose bedding in the bottom of the cage and fleece lining the rest of the shelves.

You'll also want to consider getting a litter pan to litter train them, and use a different type of litter in the pan so they associate it with a bathroom area. I personally like using critter litter by Kaytee. Also, find a smooth flat rock to keep in the litter pan. For some reason rats like peeing on rocks.

You'll want to make sure to have enough hides, hammocks, etc for each rat to have their own if they aren't feeling like being cuddled up or just need a break from the other rats. Space pods are highly loved by most rats. I have 2 in my cage, one on each level. Cardboard boxes are a big hit as well. I buy cheap boxes of Kleenex and just shove the whole thing in the cage (after removing the plastic stuff around the opening.) They love "decorating" their cage with it, and they can use the box as another hide when they're done. PVC is also a big hit with a lot of rats. You can make little tunnels for them to hide or play in and some people even drill holes in them (for ventilation and) to suspend them from the roof of the cage to help change it up a little.

Also, you'll want to spot clean/pick up stray poops throughout the week until cage cleaning day comes. After the cage is clean (leaving 1-2 "dirty" things in their cage to prevent over cleaning, thus leading to over marking after you spent all that time cleaning) I suggest completely rearranging their cage each time. It keeps their minds stimulated and makes them highly interested in exploring their "new" home week after week. It's especially fun for them if you hide treats throughout the cage for them to find.

Lastly, you'll want to keep an emergency vet budget set aside. Rats don't need routine visits like a dog necessarily, but there is a high chance your rats will need to go to the rat at some point during their lives. They have a very delicate immune system and URIs are very common, as well as myco flareups, as almost all rats carry myco. You can read the article linked in the sidebar for more info on that. And in my experience, it tends to be emergency/short notice needs for the vet. Rats are prey animals and will hide an illness until they are no longer capable of hiding it, and by then they are usually pretty sick. Prices vary from area to area, but where I am, I expect to spend around $60-90 for a visit, including medications; from what I've read on here though, I'm on the lower end of the price range and some people easily spend double that.

Sorry this got * a lot* longer than I had expected it to, and if you read it all, thank you. If you have any questions, this sub is a great place and has a lot of great and very helpful people here. Good luck with your new baby (and future babies.)

Help us enrich our rat home! [R]

1 year, 11 months agoLaTortugaConQueso posted submission on RATS.
July 17, 2017

Hey guys,

I just finished freshly cleaning the rat cage, and decided to share some photos for tips and advice onto how we should better enrich our ratties' home. The pictures below is our double critter nation (we did not add the extra floor). The top-most shelf has their food bowl and two toys. The middle shelf has their hide, a tube from a toilet paper roll, and a wooden stick ball-type chew. The bottom level has their kebab chew, one waterbottle, a crinkle tunnel, and another toy.

http://imgur.com/a/axNNJ

WHAT IS NOT IN THE PHOTOS: I'm drying out the hammock I have that's attached to the bottom of the top-most shelf (size for ferrets). I'm also cleaning out their second waterbottle for the middle floor.

What else can I buy to enrich this cage for my 4 rats? Also I apologize for the incredibly low-quality photo, as I took it from my phone.

Thanks!

1 year, 11 months agoLaTortugaConQueso posted on RATS.
July 18, 2017

One thing I do for my rats is give them empty pop cases. They absolutely love nesting in them and it costs me nothing. I change it out probably once a week. Another thing you could get is a space pod. Most rats love them and they're versatile, you can hang them upside down if you want. I also give my rats children's wooden blocks and popsicle sticks to chew on. And I've done things like filling penny rolls with treats and closing them up and giving that to them, or the sock pinata method where you hang an old sock somewhere they can barely reach it, and fill it with treats. Also it doesn't look like you have anything for them to nest with, getting a yard of fleece from the craft store and cutting it up will do wonders, or giving them tissue paper to tear up and nest with.

I'm getting myself a rat. Help! [R]

2 years, 1 month agoApril 28, 2017

I want to spoil him/her rotten. What do I need to get for him to have the best life possible? What are your tips and tricks for me? Thank you!

2 years, 1 month agoJPersnicket posted on RATS.
April 28, 2017

I think a lot of things are kind of up to your rat's preference. I wouldn't bother buying a wheel unless you knew they loved it because most rats don't care about running on wheels. I'd invest in a Sputnik because it's universally loved by rats. https://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ You'll need some sort of bedding. I've put fleece covers down and litter box trained my rats. I tried all sorts of bedding but I really ended up liking Aspen shavings (which is the only safe wood for rats because the others give off scents that irritate their breathing). PVC pipe joints are good for them to run through and hide. http://www.allrightmachinery.com/pvc/pipe-fitting2.jpg My rats like Lava ledges to climb on and this helps wear down their claw without clipping. https://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Lava-Ledge-Assorted-Colors/dp/B00176F466 Also put some bricks near their water/food bowl to help whittle their nails down too. Binder clips and safety pins are your friends for hanging things. A ton of my stuff is from the dollar store so I can just throw it away when it gets really disgusting/torn up. And plenty of soft fleece pieces/fabric scraps for them to snuggle and nest in. Save any cardboard boxes you can because they love playing in them.

Boopable Snoots [R]

2 years, 2 months agofederationoffear posted submission on RATS.
March 25, 2017
2 years, 2 months agofederationoffear posted on RATS.
March 25, 2017

Suggestions for a desk nest? [R]

2 years, 2 months agoadogapagoda posted submission on RATS.
March 19, 2017

I read here that having a desk nest can be a good way to get in more quality time with the ratties and make them more affectionate, which is perfect because a) I work from home and b) I've been looking for ways to bond with one of my rats in particular (Agnes), who isn't as affectionate as the other (Magrat).

With that said, I trialed a desk nest tonight and even Maggie wasn't that enthusiastic - she kept trying to jump off the desk, which obviously was not what I had in mind. Can I get some input on how to make the rats love the desk nest so they'll actually stay on the desk and not knock themselves out because they're so bored with the desk?

Right now the "nest" is just an old towel and some toilet paper, because they looove toilet paper.

All suggestions are welcome - I want the ratties to be happy!

2 years, 2 months agoadogapagoda posted on RATS.
March 21, 2017

if we fits [R]

2 years, 3 months agosamizaki posted submission on RATS.
March 9, 2017
2 years, 3 months agosamizaki posted on RATS.
March 10, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1489157661&sr=8-1&keywords=space+pod+for+rats

Sputniks? [R]

2 years, 8 months agoSept. 23, 2016

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2 years, 8 months agoSykirobme posted on RATS.
Sept. 23, 2016

They're a little over $10 on Amazon currently. I think I got mine at a reduced price during a pet supply sale they ran a few months back.

My ratties love it. One, and sometimes two or all three, will be sure to be occupying it at any given time. I love it, too, because it's really easy to clean (previously, I used a hamster exercise ball zip-tied to the cage roof...it was well-loved by the rats, but hard to clean well).

Hi Rattit! Please help me upgrade my boys cage. Looking for suggestions on some things I can buy to spruce up the place :) [R]

2 years, 10 months agoJuly 30, 2016

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2 years, 10 months agoCorbinDallasMyMan posted on RATS.
July 30, 2016

You don't really need to buy stuff to make rats happy! (except for the Space Pod, that's totally worth spending money on) The rest can be stuff from around the house or from garage sales and thrift stores.

Your boys have a great cage that's really big but there's a lot of space they they just don't have access to because it's so open. It seems counter-intuitive, but if it's filled up from floor to ceiling with stuff to walk on, climb up, and sleep in, the cage will actually seem much bigger to them because they'll have more places to go and things to do.

You don't necessarily need to purchase hammock from the pet store or online because they can be made out of anything including old clothes. You can easily make a tunnel hammock from the leg of an old pair of pants. There are also lots of no-sew hammock tutorials different rat sites and on youtube. I like to use the hammocks like they're extra levels/ladders so my boys can move throughout the cage by climbing from one to the next.

Small cardboard boxes are also great. I usually close them up and cut a hole just a little too small for the rats and then let them chew it bigger and add however many more exits that they want. After a week or two, they're pretty well shredded and stinky and they can just be tossed and replaced. Tissue boxes, soda boxes, and small Amazon packages are perfect.

My rats love tearing up paper. I line the bottom of their cage with a solid sheet of kraft paper and put their bedding on top of it. They love pulling up and shredding the paper and carrying it all over the cage and stashing it in their favorite sleeping spots.

Flexible drain pipes are great as hiding spots on the floor of the cage or as tunnels that lead from one level to the next. They can also be attached to the inside walls of the cage with wing-nuts and washers or small cable ties.

Here's a great page with a bunch of different cheap and awesome cage-filling ideas.

Thinking of getting two rats... [R]

3 years, 1 month agosssmorgann posted submission on RATS.
May 4, 2016

They're adorable and I want a social pet that's not a dog. But what are some pointers you can give me? I'm thinking about getting two males, and getting a ferret cage with three tiers (making sure the ladders won't hurt the rats feet). I work from home so I'll be able to take them out multiple times during the day to train and play with them.

3 years, 1 month agosssmorgann posted on RATS.
May 4, 2016

As other people have said, ferret cages might have spaced big enough for smaller rats to escape.

I would definitely advise getting a Critter Nation cage: http://www.dog.com/item/critter-nation-small-animal-cage-single-unit/650231/?srccode=GPDOG&utmsource=google&utmmedium=cpc&scid=scplp9000136&gclid=CjwKEAjwu6a5BRC53sW0w9677RcSJABoFn4sXRfeqmFuLS7H4CZT3h2S5W9aCENq2GcHJ-XIfSsxhoCNhbwwcB Google it and go to shopping results. That's how I got mine for the low low price of $112, and that was including shipping! It's a great investment.

Pretty much anything you need for your boys you can get online: lab blocks, hammocks, chews, toys, litter boxes, etc.

I have three boys. They're not that smelly, honestly. They smell a little sweet sometimes, like cheerios and faint pee.

They're litter box trained, but occasionally miss or whiz outside their box. These are the boxes I have: https://jet.com/product/detail/fa77c55e49b84b21ad3482352a86bba8?jcmp=pla:ggl:genanimalspetsuppliesa3:petsuppliescatsuppliescatlitterboxesa3other:na:na:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&dsc=genanimalspetsuppliesa3&dscid&dsag=petsuppliescatsuppliescatlitterboxesa3other&productid=fa77c55e49b84b21ad3482352a86bba8&productpartitionid=161833679820&gclid=CjwKEAjwu6a5BRC53sW0w9677RcSJABoFn4snBzuFx8FUS2MnG0nvpNFwX7W3F7WqPO-I91Zrx3ygBoC62Pw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds The messiest things they do are leaving lab block crumbs everywhere, missing the litter box, or chewing up a towel or napkin they got a hold of. Occasionally poops/litter fall out of the cage, especially when you clean it.

I have my cage floor covered in an old towel, with fleece on top. A couple of times a week I sweep out crumbs/chewed up mess/ stray poops with a mini broom and dustpan. If you're lazy, use a vacuum cleaner.

For full cleans, I vacuum the floor fleece, all their hideouts and hammocks, and their scraps of loose fleece they use for blankets to clean up loose mess. Then pick up the towels and fleece, shake em out like a rug outside if they're still dirty, and throw em in the washer. Wipe down the cage surfaces with baby wipes or pet cleaner. Lay down another towel-fleece later for another week or week and a half, and repeat.

Be sure to supply plenty of hideaways, hammocks, boxes, space pods (http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ) etc. for them to sleep/cuddle/hide in.

Good treats are (most) fruits, non-sugary cereals like cheerios, nuts, pasta, pretty much anything you'd consider "healthy and natural". Occasional FrootLoops or dollops of ice cream won't hurt them either. I pretty much always share whatever I'm eating with those cute little faces.

As mentioned before, lab blocks are what you should feed ideally. They're specially formulated to have the perfect percentage of each amino acid and the right amount of fiber, etc. Plus lab blocks make their poops almost odorless! I use Harlan Teklad (also known as Native Earth, apparently) 2016 formula, which I get from "The Crafty Rat" online store: https://www.thecraftyrat.com It's pretty cheap since you can buy in bulk, and each 5 lb bag lasts a month or more.

Of course always have water in bottles available. I get the big 30 Oz critter sipper bottles from Walmart. Make sure to hang up a couple in their cage in case one leaks all out or gets clogged.

Lab blocks should keep their teeth worn down, but you can give them cardboard, wooden bird toys, lava ledges, or even deer antler to chew on. Mine pretty much never chew anything, but they love this and literally chew it to pieces: http://www.petswarehouse.com/8-in-1-wild-harvest-chewable-log-small/?gclid=CjwKEAjwu6a5BRC53sW0w9677RcSJABoFn4sQZZwP2wwvkg7wnxX5FVDadNP4EDvK9dXv3l505RAuRoC5cjw_wcB

Critter space pod [R]

3 years, 2 months agoYehoodi posted submission on RATS.
March 21, 2016

So, as one user suggested, I bought the critter space pod, but I want to ask, how do you hang it up? How did you guys hang yours?

3 years, 2 months agoYehoodi posted on RATS.
March 21, 2016

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr15?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1458580193&sr=1-5&keywords=rat+toys

4 days until I get my first rats and I have so much to ask! [R]

3 years, 3 months agoMarch 7, 2016

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3 years, 3 months agokidneysforsale posted on RATS.
March 7, 2016
  1. Do they NEED it? Eh, maybe not. Will they probably want it at some point, I wouldn't be surprised! You're fine for now, but in the long term, I'd recommend if you can, 1) the sputnick/space pod - fairly inexpensive and beloved by rats EVERYWHERE; and 2) making some more hammocks. It sounds like you're planning on using fleece, and it's really easy to make no-sew hammocks. Since the bra-mock is gonna get peed (they will all get peed on), you'll probably want a few more so that you can rotate them in and out.

  2. Rats are pretty good about monitoring their own eating habits. They also like to stash it away, so it can be difficult always to tell exactly how much they've eaten vs hidden. My 2 girls get a ~full bowl (which is a heaping 1/4 cup scoop that I use for their food) between the two of them daily. Some days they finish it all, some days theres a bit left. Often I'll dump some food out when I empty their box (cause they like to eat where they poop). Also, its too many treats if they either start to gain weight or if they eat less of their food because they are full/to accustomed to treats and thus loose nutrition. Overall, you want to use moderation. Some treats you can be more free with than others; baby puffs are popular as training treats because I guess they are low-calorie (and presumably low in sugar) so you can give a fair amount of them. I've never used them, but I've read it several times.

  3. Binder clips are popular across the board, but the answer to this question will depend a bit on what kind of cage you're using.

  4. I would say, regardless of the amount of time that has passed, follow their lead. If on day 1, they seem interested in you and will sniff your hand or even climb onto it, full steam ahead! And if you have a convenient place to let them run where you can be sure they won't get away, go for it. But if say on day 4, they're still don't seem to want to take a treat from you, just keep at it and you can look up some stuff about trust training timid rats, and spend a lot of time around them/their cage regardless. Since they are coming from the breeder as you said, they are probably going to be a bit more similar to the first example than the second. Either way, go slow, use food to get to their hearts, and don't be discouraged.

  5. As long as they get their out time and have toys/things to explore and play with wherever they get it, they should be fine without free run of a room. I would mainly say that whatever room they are in, you'll want "rat proofed" to the degree that in the event someone escapes from the bed (or wherever), there isn't anywhere they could get to that would be an instance emergency (like an open door to the rest of the apartment or a hole in the floor to a crawl space, etc).

  6. Well, for starters, they likely wouldn't forget you any more from being handled by another individual in your absence than they would without the handling. That being said, they also won't forget you over that time span regardless of being handled or not. Overall, they will be much happier the more they are handled so that is the goal! That's always the goal.

  7. Play it by ear. I've never had boys, only girls, who still pee everywhere but not quite as much. If it seems smelly, try cleaning it off and if it still seems smelly, toss it. It's possible they just won't ever pee on it, or its possible it will be their favorite thing to pee on and have to be replaced constantly.

  8. For the same reason you are asking about changing out the wooden toys, I would avoid having a permanent wooden fixture of any kind in the cage. At least not one that you aren't okay with tossing after some period of time. For something in the cage, I'd recommend sticking with a plastic container or cardboard that will get thrown away when the cage gets cleaned. It's not too uncommon for people to make dig boxes with shredded paper or cardboard or fleece for their rats, which is basically what this sounds like. If you like the wooden box you are planning on using, I'd say save it for out time and do that same thing. Or fill it with like... misc wooden blocks or whicker balls or some people use pingpong balls (but they get chewed up), and have a little ball pit thing.

Sorry for the length! I get a bit wordy with my answers!

Ideas for rat toys? [R]

3 years, 3 months agoSalxandra posted submission on RATS.
March 2, 2016

I want to get Templeton some toys, and im looking on Amazon. I know I want to get him some climby toys, but I am unsure what else to look for.

3 years, 3 months agoSalxandra posted on RATS.
March 2, 2016

If you don't have a space pod yet, that's a loved toy by rats. http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr12?ie=UTF8&qid=1456948317&sr=8-2&keywords=space+pod

My rats love to chew, so I get them a box of kid's wood blocks. I make sure that they are non-toxic. http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-100-Piece-Wood-Blocks/dp/B000068CKY/ref=sr13?ie=UTF8&qid=1456948355&sr=8-3&keywords=wood+blocks

This is from ebay because it's vintage... but my rats love this ark, and it's fairly easy to clean as it unscrews.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Little-Tikes-Toddle-Tots-Noahs-Ark-Elephant-Giraffe-Sheep-Cow-Noah-Mrs-/182035576604?hash=item2a622a771c:g:fKIAAOSw5dNWhT6u

We got our "crate" at a garage sale. Fairly easy to clean and a favorite hide.
http://www.amazon.com/Battat-68029AM-Dalmatian-Vet-15-Piece/dp/B000BKGM1K/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1456948605&sr=8-1&keywords=toy+dog+crate

Orb of Solitude - Usually only one rat can fit inside at a time. We've never had a problem with a rat getting stuck. They seem to know when they've outgrown the small holes, but do keep an eye on them. http://www.amazon.com/Rhino-Toys-Oball-Colors-Vary/dp/B000ETREBK/ref=pdsim212?ie=UTF8&dpID=51gJTFCLf3L&dpSrc=sims&preST=ACUL160SR160%2C160_&refRID=11DD9ESJMT8P92RTW2RQ

Cage full of hammocks, but the Sputnik will always be their favourite. [R]

3 years, 5 months agobrittanyyyjean posted submission on RATS.
Jan. 6, 2016
3 years, 5 months agobrittanyyyjean posted on RATS.
Jan. 6, 2016

Did you search for the term "space pod?" :) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=cmswrotherawd_TrEJwbM8H7DPF

New Babies [R]

3 years, 6 months agokidneysforsale posted submission on RATS.
Dec. 15, 2015

I'm so excited I needed to gush somewhere and no one in my house understands! I'm finally, after years of wanting, adopting two baby boys!

I'm waiting on all their supplies in the mail so i won't have them till next week but I'm over moon excited. They're two agouti's, about 6 weeks. I don't know how to post pictures or else i would. I love that this forum is here, all your babies look so cute ((:

3 years, 6 months agokidneysforsale posted on RATS.
Dec. 16, 2015

This is also the same thing I am pretty sure but a little cheaper (at least if you have Prime, I can't see how expensive shipping is w/out it).

Anyone know where I can get a good hide that I wont have to throw away. [R]

3 years, 6 months agoSykirobme posted submission on RATS.
Dec. 7, 2015

Something I can wash and reuse would be nice. I need a website cuz my local pet stores have nothing. Best thing I found was a nice hammock which got torn to shreds within 2 weeks. My price range is up to 20 at the most.

3 years, 6 months agoSykirobme posted on RATS.
Dec. 7, 2015

Dollar store desk accessories and organizer bins are great.

I had an exercise ball zip-tied up in one corner of my cage, which my boys loved, but it wasn't the easiest thing to get inside and clean. I got one of these to replace it, and it's much easier to keep clean.

Girls laying with each other. Too precious for words. [R]

3 years, 10 months agohiphopsanta posted submission on RATS.
July 22, 2015
3 years, 10 months agohiphopsanta posted on RATS.
July 23, 2015

Amazon! Here's the one I bought;

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=cmswrawd9-lSvb2VVNYYA

How can I make my ratties' cage more fun?? [R]

3 years, 12 months agoJune 16, 2015

Okay so I have 2 younger rats (~7 mo) and one older rat (~1yr). The younger ones are rescues that lived at the shelter for about 3 months, so they are pretty skittish, even after I've had them for a month. I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of any hideouts until they became more accustomed to me, like until they get excited that I'm letting them out of the cage rather than hiding.

Their cage seems a little boring, though. It's a critter nation with one level and a ramp. They have a few hanging toys and I've bought them chewy toys in the past, but they don't really seem to like them that much. They'll chew them for a little bit but not a lot. They also have 2 hammocks which they love, and a wheel, which none of them run on. They don't have bedding because of the design of the cage and because the younger girls aren't quite litter trained yet, so I put a few scraps of old t-shirts/fleece so they can snuggle in it, but they don't really use those either.

Any suggestions as to how I can make their cage a little more fun?! :) Thanks in advance.

3 years, 12 months agotostada posted on RATS.
June 16, 2015

I agree that the cage should have at least a couple of hides so they can take breaks from each other and sleep comfortably. You can get the second-largest tinted-but-clear plastic igloos at pet stores so you can still see them, but they have a nice darkish place to go when they're stressed.

I have a SCN and I have a whole other level made from hammocks and a Lixit Space Pod. You can throw in a dig box (mine is a dollar store plastic bucket with little glass stones to weigh it down, with dollar store crinkled paper strips in fun colors to dig in and throw around. I sometimes make little balls from paper towel tubes, put a couple pieces of cereal in them, and throw them in the dig box. Fun to watch them swim in a dig box! Also fun, ferret toys like the Octo-Play, which you can probably make yourself from fleece or denim tubes (i.e. pant legs :P). Watching my rats pop in and out of the Octo-Play entrances is so adorable. They renovated him a little, but he's still a good place to play and fits comfortably in the first level. I rotate toys and hides a lot, so he goes in maybe every other week.

You can make chew toys by going to bird supply websites and getting some bird-safe string and wood/plastic beads. Rule of thumb, most materials that are safe for birds are safe for rats, EXCEPT mineral blocks. String some Cheerios through as well and entice your ladies to play and chew!

I've seen people get stuff like Little Tykes toys and playsets (from yard sales and such, sanitized with a little water-bleach solution and thoroughly rinsed) and throw them in the cage for decoration and chewing. I recall a little fire-house, a tree-house, and a castle. So cute. I myself have gotten plastic toys like sand-castle molds and thrown them in for my girls to chew up.

I love /u/SelfishIdol's suggestion of a poster tube; I have a shipping tube myself that I sawed in half and toss in the cage on rotation. Cheap hides that are fun to destroy and play with (as well as throwing in a pop of color) include empty tissue boxes with neat patterns on them (plastic removed) and any other cardboard box that you can then decorate with windows or pile on top of each other for other entrances. Stuff a little scrap of fleece in there and you have a cuddly hide that they can chew their way through.

Your bond with your girls will strengthen over time. Mine took many months of constant treats to come around because they came from a backyard breeder (do not recommend), but they love hiding in my hoodie and giving me kisses now. They squirm when held for too long, but they tolerate me well enough. They had their hides from day 1, and they love to run on their wheel even though I introduced it when they were a couple months old already. You can put a smear of baby food or two on the wheel so they figure it out, and hope they come around to it. It's great entertainment and exercise for you and the girls both if they use it.

This is Mabel, my first rat (her sister is hiding somewhere) [R]

4 years, 1 month ago[deleted] posted submission on RATS.
April 20, 2015
4 years, 1 month ago[deleted] posted on RATS.
April 21, 2015

Yeah, my babies didn't like the UFO wheel, although lots of rats do. I wound up getting a big silent spinner, instead--Daisy at least loves it and uses it every night. But yeah, that cage has been a great starter setup for my pair, and I've gradually replaced bits of it with higher-quality versions. Plastic bottle replaced with a nice glass one, some nicer hammocks, and I added a large space pod to the top, too!

Timmy and Felix be like "WE DEM BOYZ. HOLLA HOLLA" [R]

4 years, 4 months agoMessWitRohan posted submission on RATS.
Feb. 5, 2015
4 years, 4 months agoMessWitRohan posted on RATS.
Feb. 10, 2015

Thanks! :D it's a space pod. I got it from amazon.

Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Lixit-250-00194-Critter-Space-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr1fkmr01?ie=UTF8&qid=1423625270&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=rat+sputnik USA: http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423625324&sr=8-1&keywords=space+pod

Ripley suffers from a rare condition called Cheek-Tail [R]

4 years, 4 months agofreudjung_deathmatch posted submission on RATS.
Feb. 1, 2015
4 years, 4 months agofreudjung_deathmatch posted on RATS.
Feb. 1, 2015

It looks to me like a space pod. My boys have one and they love it. It is really nice because you can hang it from the ceiling of their cage or just have it sit on a level.

New ratty mom. Two male Rex rats. Any tips? [R]

4 years, 7 months agodottieblue posted submission on RATS.
Oct. 20, 2014

I just got some rats for the first time ever. I have had every other small animal you can think of, but these are my first rats. So far I have just done some pouch bonding, and they seem to be adjusting well. They're 4 and 6 weeks old. The youngest, Altair, had an immediate bond with me, and is a little cuddler already. Ezio, the older one, is a bit skittish still, but finally doesn't pee or poo all over me when I pick him up. Lol. Would love to hear everyone's rat stories! Especially with males, Rex's, and neutered rats!

4 years, 7 months agodottieblue posted on RATS.
Oct. 20, 2014

Hi there. Congratulations on your new boys! I love Rex rats! I've been a ratty mom for over 12 years. I currently have 3 males, all dumbos, one of which is a Rex. The best advice I can give is to make sure to socialize your new babies and let them get used to you, your environment, as well as each other. (I'm glad to hear you got more than one!) Pouches are a great start for that, so you are definitely on the right track. I love playing around and interacting with my boys, but I also make sure to sit back and let them explore on their own, too.

Having a good cage is crucial. I recently got space pods and they love them! Having it be plastic instead of fabric cuts down on smell, too. I always make sure they have a bunch of things to chew on and play with. Make sure they have good bedding as well. I use recycled newspaper and crinkle paper.

Diet plays a big role. I feed my guys mostly Mazuri blocks and Oxbow with some vegetables (they love broccoli and frozen peas). I try to stay cognizant of treats, since they're mostly sugar and fat. (Males are prone to weight gain, so you gotta watch out.) Fruits work really well as a treat for training.

If you have any questions as you guys get adjusted, feel free to PM me.

(Also, sorry all the hyperlinks are to Amazon haha. It's what Google pulls up.)

Congratulations again :)

Looking for a heavy duty rat hammock :D [R]

4 years, 10 months agomsktty89 posted submission on RATS.
Aug. 4, 2014

Hi,

I buy my rats the usual ferret hammocks you can find in the pet store, but after about three weeks the straps start breaking :( Any idea where I can find a sturdier hammock for them?

Thanks!

4 years, 10 months agomsktty89 posted on RATS.
Aug. 4, 2014

I like the plastic space pod, personally. Haven't had much luck with cloth ones! My past two rats have used this pod consistently and without really chewing on it.

You all said rats LOVED the spacepod, and you were right. (5 mins after they discovered it) [R]

4 years, 10 months agoGhostwoif123 posted submission on RATS.
July 31, 2014
4 years, 10 months agoGhostwoif123 posted on RATS.
July 31, 2014

amazon! I just bought one from there and my doods loooove it! http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ

Got my American rats a "sputnik" toy from Ireland... They love it! [R]

5 years agocoffeekittie posted submission on RATS.
June 1, 2014
5 years agocoffeekittie posted on RATS.
June 2, 2014

For Americans, Lixit also makes a "space pod", which is very similar.

Let's see your cage! [R]

5 years, 1 month agotostada posted submission on RATS.
May 7, 2014

I love seeing cages just as much as I love seeing rats! Seeing cages gives me ideas to better take care of my babies, so please, post what your cage looks like.

5 years, 1 month agotostada posted on RATS.
May 7, 2014

Here's my Single Critter Nation as of a few minutes ago! It looks a little like a preschool threw up in it. And yes, that's a pair of ratties in the tiny wood house at the top left, one with a piece of food in her mouth!

It still needs hammocks (I'm waiting on a sewing machine and some scrap material my sister has). I was going to hang the green tub, but decided I still really want a space pod, so the tub turned into a dig box.

Also, here's my post from last week with more pictures of how I put the cage together.

Three little ratties all in a pod [R]

5 years, 1 month agoBri-ness posted submission on RATS.
April 30, 2014
5 years, 1 month agoBri-ness posted on RATS.
May 1, 2014

Here ya go! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002X2NBNQ/ref=ohdetailso06s00i03?ie=UTF8&psc=1

[Contest] It's time for a contest! [R]

5 years, 2 months agoShercock_Holmes posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 3, 2014

E* Please answer the question below:

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do with the money?

Link me something on your wishlist under 15.00$ (including shipping) or I can pick for you! I will pick a few winners depending on prices of items picked. I will pick my favorite! Contest Ends: April 6th 2014

Edit: will pick winners later today!

5 years, 2 months agoShercock_Holmes posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 3, 2014

I would re-sod my lawn.

I mean really, it needs to be re-sodded and if I had infinite money I would just get it over with. Same thing with buying hardwood floors. I'm going to do it anyway - infinite money isn't going to make me move house!

Here is a Spaaaaaace Pod for $7.99. For a rat. Because apparently I'm taking in a senior rat this weekend.

[Contest] Cool things under $10 [R]

5 years, 2 months agoShercock_Holmes posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 3, 2014

Show me the coolest thing you have on your wishlist for under $10. Prime preferred (or free shipping w/e). The contest will end at 8pm EST today. :D

edit: This contest is closed! Picking winners now!

5 years, 2 months agoShercock_Holmes posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
April 3, 2014

Lixit Critter Space Pod 2 Large by Lixit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=cmswrudpawd_P9yptb0H5ZNY9

Looks like I'm taking in a senior rat this weekend. Gotta prepare and look how cool this is!

New rat owner here! 2 male dumbos [R]

5 years, 3 months agoBurnedItDown posted submission on RATS.
March 13, 2014

My wife adopted two male dumbo rats a few weeks ago. Just wondering if there are any common mistakes that people make so I can avoid them! Any food they can't eat or behaviours to look out for?

Thanks!

5 years, 3 months agoBurnedItDown posted on RATS.
March 14, 2014

I've got hammocks and two of these pod things in the cage and my girls only sleep in the pods anymore. They probably like the cave/nest feel of the pod better than an open hammock.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=cmswrudpawd_.NSitb1PTE0ZG

The past week we built a cage and today we got our three girls from the animal shelter. Meet mother Leslie and her daughters Ann and April. We are really excited :) [R]

5 years, 3 months agoGhostwoif123 posted submission on RATS.
March 6, 2014
5 years, 3 months agoGhostwoif123 posted on RATS.
March 10, 2014

Im not sure if I can see or not but I would like to suggest hammocks! Rats looove to be bundled up in a small space like in a hammock or a hangy thing.. Kinda like this http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr12?ie=UTF8&qid=1394481573&sr=8-2&keywords=rat+hammock they seem to love those space pod things xD. Seriously awesome cage though! I'm jealous!!

Need some tips on a home for my boys [R]

5 years, 4 months agoJsterJ posted submission on RATS.
Feb. 5, 2014

I always used boxes for my boys to make a nest in but I got sick of having to find a new box every time I cleaned the cage as they love to sit on top of them which results in many.....stains. So I decided to buy them a wooden house which I believed would be a bit more permanent. Not even thinking they would just do the same thing to this. So long story maybe made longer, I'm looking for ideas. I need something to fit both boys but also like to give them something dark. I don't like the clear or opaque balls, I feel like the light would even bug me so it must bug them! If anyone has any ideas that aren't ridiculously expensive, I'm all ears! Thanks so much!

5 years, 4 months agoJsterJ posted on RATS.
Feb. 6, 2014

I've seen people have amazing success with a space pod.

Big Baby Boy (with questions) [R]

5 years, 4 months agobaccaruda66 posted submission on RATS.
Feb. 4, 2014
5 years, 4 months agobaccaruda66 posted on RATS.
Feb. 4, 2014

Here we go.

Lixit Critter Space Pod 2 Large by Lixit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X2NBNQ

Any advice on hammocks? [R]

5 years, 4 months agoSpokemaster_Flex posted submission on RATS.
Jan. 26, 2014

I have two girls. A while ago I bought them a hammock and they loved it. Slept in it all the time, snuggled, the whole nine. This went on for about six months. Then one day one of them chewed through the part that attaches the hammock to the cage. Confused, I went out and bought another hammock. Again they chewed through it. I got them a new cage that came with a hammock, and for a third time they chewed through it. I don't understand. They really seem to have loved the hammock at first but now they won't use one...let alone let it hang in their cage. Has this happened to anyone else? Anyone know where I could find a hammock with metal chains and clips so they can't chew it?

5 years, 4 months agoSpokemaster_Flex posted on RATS.
Jan. 26, 2014

Mine chew up their hammock when I forget to give them other chew sources. As another option, I got a plastic dome hammock as well that they looooove, as long as I put a washcloth in there.

It's this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002X2NBNQ/ref=ohdetailso04s00i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

[Contest]Help me find a gift and get a gift! [R]

5 years, 6 months agokittehmew posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Dec. 11, 2013

Ok so this is my first contest, so if I miss something, or if I do something wrong please let me know.

Anyway on to the nitty gritty. I need to purchase a gift for my SS and I got a pretty difficult match, so I need your help. She is into fashion and Olympic weightlifting. She says she likes anything by Esther Quek. Beyond that she has a hedgehog, a dog, goes to school, wears a size small in women's, likes the colors navy maroon & orange, and that's really all she gave me to go on. I've searched amazon and so far but a couple of trinket items I've come up empty. So here's where you and this contest come in...

To enter link me an item you think my SS might enjoy that is $20 or less including shipping (sorry no prime).

Then link me an item on your WL that is $5 or under including shipping (again sorry no prime)

I will pick the one I think is best and the person who links it gets their gift as well ;) Easy enough right? Contest ends around 5 or 6 pm cst tonight. Thanks in advance :)

Edit: Contest is now Closed Thanks soo much for all the suggestions! I will update with a winner shortly.

caraeeezy is the winner. again thanks to all who entered =)

5 years, 6 months agokittehmew posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Dec. 11, 2013

Aww man, I know what yah mean. The person I got doesn't even use Reddit, and the likes they gave me... so unhelpful. She mentions she loves scary and thriller books, but it's like... if you love those books, you probably have a bunch, so I don't want to get doubles and her hate the gift. Otherwise all I have is that she a diabetic and likes unicorns and decapitations. D:

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For your person, a cute thing for their hedgehog?

I woke up this morning to see that they'd destroyed their hammock. Like bitten off the clips. Advice please? [R]

5 years, 6 months agoStargleam52 posted submission on RATS.
Dec. 8, 2013

All they did was chew through the thread that keeps the hammock up. I think it's fixable with some needle and thread but I'm afraid they'll just chew it down again. Chromium is my chewer, she usually nibbles on things just to check them out, my girlfriend saw her doing this to the hammock last night but didn't really think anything of it.Has anyone else had this problem? And advice on how to stop it or chew proof stuff would be great

5 years, 6 months agoStargleam52 posted on RATS.
Dec. 9, 2013

I've seen suggestions for these things a few times recently, which can be hung from the top of the cage.

"Human. Stop waking us up, and get the damn camera out of our faces." [R]

5 years, 6 months agoGracefullyInsane posted submission on RATS.
Dec. 3, 2013
5 years, 6 months agoGracefullyInsane posted on RATS.
Dec. 3, 2013

I love it! You can let it stand, or clip it onto a wire cage. Add a small blanket of sorts and BAM! Rat bed of the century. http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1386061063&sr=8-1&keywords=lixit+critter+pod

Snuggle hammock! [R]

5 years, 7 months agotjhart85 posted submission on RATS.
Oct. 28, 2013
5 years, 7 months agotjhart85 posted on RATS.
Oct. 28, 2013

Amazing how rats love to cram themselves into tiny spaces.

We have three rats and they all cram themselves into these pods, I really don't see how they could possibly be comfortable!

[Contest] First ever contest! [R]

5 years, 9 months agoSoahtree posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 22, 2013

Contest is now closed, thanks for taking part!

So to make up with the negativity I've been venting on the Daily thread, here's a small contest!

Link me something $10 max from your wishlist. I don't have Prime unfortunately, but if the shipping isn't too expensive (like a few dollars) then it's okay as well.

What do you have to do? It's simple! Since it's a Friday, tell me all about your plans for Friday!

Oh and RedditRaffle phrase is TGIF (naturally). Contest ends Midnight, 24/8 GMT+0 (or about 12 hours from now).

Edit2

Since a few people are asking and I totally forgot it, here are my weekend plans:

Hit the arcade, attend my niece's birthday party (technically speaking she's the daughter of my mum's sister's daughter, I'm sure it isn't called uncle, but it's easier this way), and then watch Orange is the New Black. Been putting it off for a while. Probably do laundry and clean up a bit as well.

5 years, 9 months agoSoahtree posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 23, 2013

TGIF :) Friday's plan is going to be ferret proofing my house. I hope I have enough supplies to make it possible. @[email protected]

this is the item in question. Space ship for teh ferretssss

Early Morning Cuddles [R]

5 years, 10 months agoJuly 26, 2013

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5 years, 10 months agoTreeFrito posted on RATS.
July 26, 2013

It's a space pod! They usually ignore it, but it was the perfect spot this morning.

The spacepod was the best purchase, they love that thing. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoRichara9 posted submission on RATS.
July 7, 2013
5 years, 11 months agoRichara9 posted on RATS.
July 8, 2013

http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Critter-Space-Pod-Large/dp/B002X2NBNQ/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1373295985&sr=8-1&keywords=spacepod

not sure if you can get that shipped to you but that is where I got it. :)

What's your rat's favorite thing? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoJune 30, 2013

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5 years, 11 months agogilactic posted on RATS.
July 1, 2013

Yeah, my rats love their Space Pod, too. Space Pod on Amazon