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Rats typically own the place. You’ll find quick enough that pet rats have no qualm being in charge of your home if you let them free roam – just make sure you ratproof your place first.

 

And as they go about their daily duty to check up on their territory, they get to know your place inside and out. This includes – and I guess we all, including the ratties, agree on this – the best place to sleep: The bed!

 

When I see ratties running about on the bed, I want to be a rat!

Just imagine this giant duvet that when you jump about it just lets you sink in like a fluffy cloud.

 

However, there is a downside to it: Rats gnaw.

They can’t help themselves, they have ever growing teeth and need to grind them down regularly.

 

And if your sheet gets in the way it simply gets shredded:

That’s why when I’m #RatSitting I put on the rattie duvet – the sheets that have already been perforated by my pet rats. ;)

That’s why when I’m #RattieSitting I put on the rattie duvet – the sheets that have already been perforated by my pet rats. 😉

 

So make sure you put on some old sheets when you want your ratties to have access to your bed. You might also be lucky and your rats don’t shred.

 

Either way you’re going to be in for a treat: Ratties snuggling up to you under the duvet is just too adorable to miss!

 

 

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Caps make the perfect rattie hammock!

Caps make the perfect rattie hammock!

#RatSitting means I get to see a lot of rat cages.

And everyone and everyrat have their individual preferences. It’s fun to see the different layouts, the enterior design and what materials have been used. Often I learn something new and get inspired to improve my rattie cage.

Here’s a great tip from Caitlyne Young:

Caps make the prefect rattie hammock!

Simply tie them to the top of the cage and they’ll hang just right for ratties to enjoy. You’ll be amazed how many rats can fit into that cap, they love to snuggle up in it!

A word of warning though: The cap’s plastic straps are of course a temptation for gnawing. Tie them around the outside of the cage where possible.

 

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Young seedlings freshly sprouted from the food the ratties won't finish.

Young seedlings freshly sprouted from the food my pet rats won’t finish.

 

Do your pet rats leave leftovers? Such as this:

The ratties won't finish their food. What to do with these leftover seeds?

The ratties won’t finish their food. What to do with these leftover seeds?

 

My ratties never finish their rattie food. I’ve yet to find the perfect mixture, because often I end up with some seeds that just won’t get eaten.

 

I hate throwing away food, so instead I threw the seeds in a flower pot. The grass sprouting from the seeds is super healthy and the ratties love it.

 

They eat the grass straight from the pot like this munchkin:

Growing wheatgrass from the leftover seeds also provides the ratties with a piece of nature to explore.

Growing wheatgrass from the leftover seeds also provides the ratties with a piece of nature to explore.

 

So in the end, the seeds do get eaten! 🙂

 

 

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Every rattie loves to snuggle up in a tissue box, it's like the perfect rat size!

Every rattie loves to snuggle up in a tissue box, it’s like the perfect rat size!

 

I first thought this would be too small, but every rattie loves it:

Not the rectangular, but the cubical tissue boxes work super nice as rattie houses.

The opening is just big enough for a rattie to squeeze through and the box indeed is big enough to hold an entire rat. It’s a tight fit, but for the ratties this seems to be cosy. The opening is just at the right height for a pet rat to rest their head. Seriously, as if made for rattie comfort!

See how the ratties love it!

Settling in right away: A tissue box is a comfy rattie house.

Settling in right away: A tissue box is a comfy rattie house.

Pet rat boy Ratatouille fits snugly into the tissue box.

Pet rat boy Ratatouille fits snugly into the tissue box.

 

 

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Rat City is reaching new heights!

 

When I #ratsit I get to look after different ratties from different clans.

Rats have quite a strict hierarchy. When there are more than one clan around, rats might display agonistic behavior to keep the order.

At the same time, they’re super intrigued to get to know new ratties and want to check them out.

The solution: Rat City!

Keeping the different rat cages close to each other, but in a safe distance, means the ratties get to interact, but not to fight.

The conflict handling through bars is quite amusing to watch, and luckily they’ll get tired of it eventually.

So far my rats have successfully integrated. It might take a week, but in the end rats prefer to get along and will find a way to compromise.

 

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Ratties Ratatouille and Cappuccino love the Watermelon Sticks!

Ratties Ratatouille and Cappuccino love the Watermelon Sticks!

 

Did you know how healthy watermelon rind is? Besides that it’s completely edible, like with most veggies and fruits, many of the nutritions sit in the skin!

It’d be a shame to simply throw it away…

But as a rattie owner you don’t have to! Instead prepare a yummy healthy rattie treat:

Recipe: Watermelon Sticks

Ingredients:

– Watermelon rind: After cutting half moon slices out of the watermelon flesh, whatever is left over.

Directions:

Cut the watermelon rind into dice sized squares, leaving the remaining watermelon flesh to stick out.

Bonus tip:

On hot days serve fresh out of the fridge to cool down your ratties.

 

Watch how much pet rat Cappuccino loves the Watermelon Sticks:

 

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Super practical: For quick and easy rattie treats simply freeze a veggie mix and defrost on the day of feeding.

 

As a RatSitter I get a lot of inspiration from other rattie moms. This idea comes from Chantal Adler. 🙂

Here’s a great #RattieTip if you like to feed your pet rats healthy fresh food, but don’t always have the time to prepare it every day:

Recipe: Frozen #Rattie #Treats!

Ingredients:

  • Mix of veggies: for example peas, sweetcorn

  • Cooked rice

Directions:

Simply mix together your rat’s favourite veggies with rice. It’s important that it stays granular, so small portions can be easily broken off to defrost for the rattie meal.

Peas and corn can be added raw to the mix, but rats seem to prefer broccoli, cauliflower and other cabbage cooked. Other root, stem and squash vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, should also be cooked. Make sure the mix doesn’t get mushy – that just ends in a mess when it defrosts.

Bonus Tip:

On hot days you can serve the veggie mix still frozen to your ratties. They will appreciate cooling down by snacking on some ice pops. 🙂

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