Hi! I'm new to the forum, but I have been browsing topics for awhile. I have four furbabies, all about one year in age. I adopted them a few months ago after my first three rats passed away naturally.
I love letting them out to roam because it makes them happier and I feel like it's the right thing to do for these incredibly curious creatures. But they won't stop chewing everything they come across. I have tried buying and making chew toys for their cages; they chew those up heartily but it is not a deterrent. I have tried putting them in rat balls, but they soil it within seconds and it takes forever to clean again. I have tried isolating them to one room while I sit with them, but they still manage to find hidden corners to chew up.
At this point, I've already lost the security deposit for my apartment because of their chewing. And the damage they are inflicting now could cost me more money. I feel really lost, like I'm coming to a situation where they have to stay cooped up constantly but I get to save money, or they come out and I lose a ton of money paying for repairs.
How do you prevent your rats from chewing carpet or wood in your home?