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Subject: Entertaining Rats
Date Posted: 4/24/2008 12:12 AM ET
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Anyone else that has rats if you have an idea on how else to entertain them I would love some ideas. I have given wheels, tubes, chewy things, a kind of climbing toy, and the big boy enjoys a hammock... not sure what else to look for. Again any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks
Date Posted: 4/24/2008 2:12 PM ET
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bird toys are often a lot of fun. mine always found toilet paper rolls stuffed with goodies and the ends folded in to be entertaining. and nylabone edibles bones.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 3:50 PM ET
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When I worked at a pet store, the owner told me we were getting a few baby rats in for snake chow. When they came in three of them were running around and one was so young it wouldn't of made it over the long weekend. I took it home with me and fed it baby formula. I had no idea how to keep this baby alive. Well it lived and I was totally attched to him. Needless to say I kept him. He was so cool. I played with him all the time. He loved playing with my hand. I would put my hand under some bedding and he would jump and grab it gently. He would run up my arms, sit on my shoulders and play hide & seek in my hair. I would buy him dog toys to play with when I wasn't home. I think like birds, chewing is playing to them. He like to hide in old washclothes to. He would drag them around. He also liked ice cubes, cat balls and and my socks to play with. Good luck with your rat. They make terrific pets. Just a note: I talked my boss out of getting baby rats for snakes anymore after he saw just how lovable rats are. They are amazingly smart too!
Date Posted: 4/24/2008 4:10 PM ET
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I find the love to climb,  Fruit wood cutting from trees are a big hit.  Also starw and hay, cardboard packaging etc.  I just 'recycle' anything non-toxic into their cages to rip up.

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 7:31 AM ET
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Take them for walks--on your shoulder.  They love new experiences.  Teach it tricks.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 10:45 PM ET
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I have to say all of mine loved any activity with me involved...

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 7:51 AM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions I will be trying quite a few of them