Its not mandatory at all. Maybe for mice and other rodents like that, but rats are different. There ARE some rats that absolutly LOVE the wheel and ball, but not many. Rats are very smart animals and would rather be outside of the cage, exploring and acually running! Keeping your rat in a ball is horrible; its cramped and theres nowhere for your rat to hide if he/she gets scared. As for the wheel, most rats wouldnt even notice it; its pretty boring, lol.penelope said:What do you mean very few rats like being in the ball or on the wheel. I thought everyone in here said you "have" to have a wheel for the rats...it's like mandatory
Reference this list, but in moderation is always good. Ratties enjoy fresh fruits and veggie. Lab blocks like Harlan make a very good base food.penelope said:This doesnt really fit with my original question in this thread but since you all seem to be responding...I was wondering if there anything that rats really shouldnt eat. I'm scared about letting my rats eat new and interesting things cause what if it's bad for them. I have guinea pigs and there are a lot of NO NOs for them. Can rats basically have anything, in moderation, or are there things that are really bad for them?\
Thanks for all the help!