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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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Hey Missy Bean, how do you like your freshly cleaned cage?

Hey Missy Bean, how do you like your freshly cleaned cage?

 

I actually enjoy cleaning the rattie cage.

 

Maybe it’s because the ratoots are so very interested in everything that’s happening in or around their cage, this interaction alone makes me happy.

 

But it’s also the opportunity to escape everyday life and all its worries and enter the rattie world.

 

And because in their world ratties are boss, a lot of things are determined by them. For example, how the cage is structured:

Who sleeps where, who eats first, where is the toilet, what material is being used, which nest is being moved, who gets to choose their favourite spot and who has to stay out, is all being decided by the rats.

 

These are entertaining dynamics which change and evolve all the time, so it’s like watching a soap opera.

 

The creativity how to build and revamp your rattie cage is endless. There are even rat cages made from cupboards or doll houses, so you get a chance to play architect, too.

 

This is where the analogy to the zen garden comes in:

Even if my world is in chaos, in rattie world I can easily achieve order. It’s a confined space I can manage to overview and maintain.

Cleaning is an accomplishment and because rats are so interactive, I get feedback, or at least acknowledgement, right away. I can make changes and I can make improvements.

I can come up with new clever ideas for toys or things to gnaw on or other little entertaining gimmicks.

 

And then I get to see how much fun the ratties have with it.

 

And because rats have their own mind, their reaction is often different and unexpected, so there’s always an element of surprise.

 

As with this scenario, where my ratties were not impressed with my cleaning attempts and sent me a very clear message to stay out:

They dragged toys and stones from different levels of the cage into their box to build proper obstacles and then pulled the lid of the box shut.

I find this hilarious!

And it is these moments that make even a daunting task such as cleaning the pet cage a fun story to experience: Rats make great pets! 🙂

 

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Ever curious, ratties love going new places. Give them the confidence to feel comfortable in their new environment by packing plenty of their familiar things.

Besides being super lovable, rats are also super practical pets to keep.

For example, you can easily take them with you on holiday. Or you can easily bring them over to a friend or ratsitter. What ever you decide to do, here’s a quick list what to pack:

Travel Cage

You might need to disassemble the cage, in any case it is a good idea to keep the ratties in a small cage or box while travelling.

Don’t clean the cage

Wherever you go will be new and full of unknown smells, so it’s good to have a familiar home as a safety point. Don’t scrub your ratties’ cage clean just before travelling. Of course keep it clean, just ensure everything you pack has a comforting smell for the ratties.

Toys and Treats

To keep everything as homely as possible, remember to pack your ratties’ favourite blankies, maybe a t-shirt that smells of you, gnawing toys, treats and snacks.

Dry Food

Prepare a mix of your ratties’ favourite dry foods. Even though the environment changes, try keep most of their essentials the same.

Extra Water

Make sure there’s always enough water around, especially when travelling in hot weather or long distances.

Replacement Bedding

Instead of changing hammocks and cleaning houses, use bedding as an inlay and swap it regularly.

Old Newspapers

To catch any pee or poos that slip past the loo and dispose of them easily, put down sheets of newspaper and remove one by one from the top down.

Spare Litter

Ensure there’s enough litter to easily clean the rattie toilet. Like with cat litter the wet areas can be removed to keep the toilet clean. To avoid any bad smells, it helps to have plenty litter.

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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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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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