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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 2 Jun 2012 06:16


Anyone keeping rats as either feeders or pets? I'm looking for some suggestions on good products to use with them.

I went out of town last weekend and picked up some rats. I bought 1 male hairless, 2 female hairless, and two female dumbo rats.

I have them set up in a 30 gallon tank with an exoterra cage lid. I also have a spare 20 gallon.
They have Aspen shavings as bedding, a 1 gallon pail that has been converted into a hide and a giant "der-der" cardboard tube that I got from the roll of plastic wrap at my work
A ceramic food dish, and a glass "chew proof" water bottle by "SuperPet". I have a red metal holder so the bottle can be attached to an aquarium instead of a metal cage.
I bought two different types of foods, one was from walmart and it has dried seeds, nuts and corn in it, the other one I picked up from the pet shop, and its a type of rodent blocks.

I am interested in getting them litter trained, and also wondering if I should get them a running wheel.
I was wondering if anyone had any books that they recommend, or websites, or forums.
Also, what are your favourite products, supplements, toys etc... to use with your rats.

Cheryl Andrews
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# Posted: 2 Jun 2012 15:19


I had rats as pets as a child and they were so much fun, though we did have some issues with their incompatability with other pets such as our parakeet...but that's a long story...but the rats were great pets, the male was by far the sweetest, but the female wasn't nippy either, even after having babies.

We just used regular hamster setup for them in 10gal tanks, but we got them out a lot. I was young and I had fun building mazes for them out of cardboard and tape and they rode on my shoulder around the house.

I'm interested to see the responces on here because I'm curious as to the neat things that may be out there for people who have rats as pets nowadays.

bschwinn
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2594 posts

# Posted: 2 Jun 2012 19:03


I use Mazuri Brand 5m30 Lab Blocks, I did not like Harlan Brand as production dropped and they did not eat much of it.

Sandy_Bear
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1842 posts

# Posted: 3 Jun 2012 02:39


My buddy that lives next door also keeps rats, and she gave me some toys to try out on them tonight. I got a blue mesh running wheel, some cat jingle bell balls and a wooden chew toy. They were all a big hit. One of my dumbo rats can't get enough of that running wheel. She spent two hours on it, then needed a nap, and she's back on it again.

Bill, I will check around to see if anyone in town carries it.

Phineas
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# Posted: 4 Jun 2012 12:17


I don't have rats but do have 8 wild field mice of reasonable size that were caught in a HavaHeart trap. I, too, wondered if they would adapt to using wheels and I can say now that they used them immediately, usually with 2 or 3 in the wheel at the same time. It's rather humorous when two are in there running in tandem and then a third joins and tries to go in the opposite direction ....they all then flip like monkeys. They use the exercise wheels all night long and I've had to oil them on a couple of occasions to keep the noise down.
They eat Kaytee FortiDiet pellets for mice/hamsters/rats, and really enjoy bananas in any form, particularly the dried type. Romaine lettuce is popular as well.
The hairless rats are surely interesting ....the only animal I've seen that looks "Himalayan". Good luck with them !


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A lizard or two,
Rana Sylvatica (hundreds),
... and a pair of raccoon.
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