Rats are very fun creatures who always love a new toy. However, because they aren't as popular there aren't as many options in the stores for great gifts and toys to buy them. You can still offer your furry little friend a huge variety of toys to play with inside and outside of their cage.
If you are good at sewing there are tons of things that you can make your little ratties. These things will be loved by your furry little friends and if you aren't good at sewing there are ways that you can cheat.
- Hammocks. Rats love hammocks and they are easy to make if you know how to sew. For hammocks that last longer you should put metal rivets in them and hang them by these. If you don't know how to sew there are several selling these types of hammocks on Etsy and eBay for small amounts or you can get a ferret hammock from your local pet store.
- Tunnels. Tunnels are a great way to have fun inside and outside of the cage. You can sew them in all shapes and sizes. If you want the tunnel to be held open cut plastic rings by cutting "slices" out of a water bottle. Sew these into the openings of the tunnel. Fabric glue can be your friend and using the pant leg of an old pair of jeans is acceptable.
- Corner cubbies. You can make corner cubbies of all shapes and sizes too. The more creative you get the more your rat will love you. At the same time, if this isn't going to work for you there are many cool ways to add more to your rat cage without sewing or spending a lot so check out the article Rat Cages: Accessorize Super Cheap.
Hit The Hardware Store.
You can also buy your rat some cool items at the hardware store (or from scraps). There are lots of ideas and you can always have fun making more. Remember that the rats will love toys in their cage and toys out of their cage.
- Boxes. Using wood scraps or small pieces of wood you can make boxes, mazes, and an assortment of great toys. You only need to make sure that you use untreated wood and safe products for your rats should they chew.
- PVC pipes. Rats love running in and through PVC pipes. You can place some in your cage for fun tunnels or use them around the house or in their play pen for out of the cage fun. You can also hook them together for long tunnels.
Rats love garden boxes. You can get a small plastic bins and put clean dirt in there. You need to make sure that the soil is sterilized so it doesn't have any bugs or other nasties in it and you need to make sure that it doesn't have any fertilizers in it (because your rats will be digging and eating it most likely). Add some yummy seeds (such as bird seed or parrot seed) and water them so they will sprout. Then you can let your rats dig in it. They will love digging in the dirt and nibbling the yummy sprouts and seeds.
Inside and outside of their cage a good box is a great toy. You can cut holes into your box or a group of boxes so that they can move from one location to another and travel the "box maze". Get creative with it and offer them a wide variety of options.
Old socks can be used for rags, or you can get creative and add to your rat toys. There are lots of ways to play with your rats and to offer toys for your rats.
- Sew or glue a plastic ring to hold the open end of the sock open wide. That simple and a new tunnel has been created.
- Tie the socks together with lots of knots so that you can make a rope or a ladder.
- Add treats to the inside of the sock and tie a knot above that. Your rats can chew the sock and get the treats. This doesn't last all that long, but it is so much fun.
Any size piece of fleece can be loads of fun for many rats. You can throw it on a flat surface such as the couch or the bed, toss the rats in it, and fold it over. They will love finding there way out of it. This can also be done with blankets, but there is always a chance that an accident will happen.
You are by far the most fun that your rat has. At least usually. They want to spend time with you, play with you, and all of your friends too. Make sure that you are taking time regularly to spend with your rats. Get them out everyday. Many rat enthusiasts will tell you that you have to play with them at least two hours a day, but most of us don't have that much time to spend with rats. If you are unable to spend two hours with them then aim for at least 15 minutes two or three times a day.
- Take them to new locations. They like playing outside as long as you are there keeping them safe. They like going visiting with you. They also like spending time in every room of your house.
- Expand their social circle. While some rats are a bit shy, most love people and will love them even more if you are there to show them that you aren't leaving them. Introduce them to your friends, take them to the park, and make sure that they have a wide circle of friends.
- Play new games with them. You can play games that you would play with your baby with your rats including "I'm gonna get you!" and "Where's so and so?". It takes a little while, but most rats will catch on and have a lot of fun playing these games (over and over again).
- They also want to try new things and see new things. You can use all the toys above to make their world exciting. Change their cage around and offer them new things to do outside of their cage for an exciting world.
Your rats will love playing with you, love spending time with you, and will enjoy all the toys that you can make for them to play with. Have fun with it and be creative. The more creative that you are the more options you will have for your ratties.