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    Rat Toys Guide

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Toys for rats are extremely important for a rodent’s development, health and mental stimulation. There are a number of different rat toys that can help in various ways, as well as give a source of entertainment for a rat. With a bit of imagination, you can provide the necessary items for your rat cage. For more information on choosing good toys for rats, see the following tips.



    • For a simple way of keeping a pet rat entertained you should always try to have more than one pet rat. This will mean that your rats get enough attention and play without you having to spend all your time playing.

    • Go to a pet shop and see what rat toys they have to offer. If you are in doubt as to what to buy, check with a salesperson who should advise you on what is most appropriate. You might find that some of the toys for smaller animals are just too small for a rat to play with.

    • Some of the best toys for rats will actually be toys designed for cats or birds. Take a look amongst these sections. However, remember to ensure that cat toys do not have any cat nip in them and do not have any potential choking hazards. Rats tend to like rat toys that have mirrors and bells on them.

    • It is important that you provide toys for rats that let the rat chew. Rat toys made from wood or paper are good for this need, whilst plastic is not a recommended choice.

    • For younger rats, you could supply toilet paper rolls as little tunnels for the rats to crawl through. These also double up as good chewing rat toys. Try placing treats within them for extra fun, closing the ends by folding so that the rat has to challenge himself to get inside.

    • A rat wheel can be quite useful too. When a rodent is young he will enjoy a rat wheel greatly. Buying a wheel that is actually designed for a ferret will be just the right size in order to be used as a rat wheel.
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