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So I was at Michael's and they have tons of Popsicle sticks and wooden dowels! I got a few packs and I'm going to make something for my hamster with tubes and ladders. If you get the bigger ones you could definitely make a cool think for rats to play with.
 

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Hi Everyone, I noticed that this thread about toys is pretty long but there don't seem to be any other discussions about toys for your babies. I posted in the Marketplace forum about some cool rat toys that I have in my shop. Head over there and take a look!

But also, I really want to know: do your babies play with toys much or are they more about just exploring their surroundings?
 

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I love tying knots...and it's nice having a reason to! Take any roundish nut (walnuts, hazelnuts, etc) and tie a monkey fist knot around it. Don't throw out those walnut shells when they chew it up either...smear a little peanut butter on the seams, stuff them with treats and then reuse them. I use coconut fiber or jute. Easy and cheap.


 

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I have a double bed high off the floor. My baby loves the exploring room, and fortunately doesn't leave the bed. I am in the process of designing a tunnel system using 4" PVC piping. I want an end that curves up to the height of the mattress, so she can have tunnels. Unfortunately PVC is rather smooth, so I am afraid she won't be able to climb back up. I am thinking of using dryer vents to slide into it because of it's ribbing. Any thoughts on the durability of the aluminum metal and the little one? should I just use a hemp rope and knot it into a hole for a ladder type thing?
 

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Not so much a "toy" but I've had to improvise and attach small baskets to the sides of my cage with zip ties for the boys to sleeps/play/climb in and on. Since I ended up having to buy a rabbit cage and making it suitable for rats, this is the cheapest way I could think of giving them levels to play on. Add little ladders or rope to help them climb up and down (mine just ignore the ladders i put in lol!). I got that red basket second hand for 2 euros and they absolutely love it!! Best purchase ever haha.

Mine also seem to LOVE the larger plastic baskets too - the pink one in the picture is my storage basket for extra toilet roll tubes, baby wipes, tennis balls, the pooper scooper etc, but they still love exploring in it haha!
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Fun Rat Toys

I have a lot of bridges, etc. They require some balancing, and the ratties love them. We have a rope bridge acting like a ramp, although it needs more climbing then one. We also have a nice sandpapered stick whittled to click into the bars that I made, and a old tunnel that I've attached to the hammock-below-top-level-from-celing bars and the regular wall bars- they actually sleep in there and like it more then their space pod!
 

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I have a double bed high off the floor. My baby loves the exploring room, and fortunately doesn't leave the bed. I am in the process of designing a tunnel system using 4" PVC piping. I want an end that curves up to the height of the mattress, so she can have tunnels. Unfortunately PVC is rather smooth, so I am afraid she won't be able to climb back up. I am thinking of using dryer vents to slide into it because of it's ribbing. Any thoughts on the durability of the aluminum metal and the little one? should I just use a hemp rope and knot it into a hole for a ladder type thing?
Whay if you used something like this instead? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Brown-Downspout-Extension-85019/100047958
 

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A tennis ball!

When we had Blazy for a couple of weeks I offered her one in her cage. She grabbed it dragged it into her nest box and shaved all the fluff off it!
It provided her with a good hour of entertainment and exercise.
She did it to a second ball a feew weeks later, too, but from then on the novelty had worn off and any further tennis balls were ignored.
 

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I put one of those wheat grass thingies for cats inside the cage last night and the girls immediately took to it. I could tell they were very excited. Today it is almost gone, with most of the grass having been either chewed or pulled out. I'm going to make a much bigger digging box for them, I think that they really enjoy their interaction with soil and grass.
 

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Though I haven't bought one, I have always thought that rats would LOVE cat trees. Can't you just see them running around, playing, and nibbling on this: https://www.amazon.com/Go-Pet-Club-Condo-Furniture/dp/B007UI47PY/ref=sr_1_4?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1525577006&sr=1-4&keywords=cat+tree
I have multiple cat trees for my cats and my last rat liked checking them out but didnt care too much. I get 2 new babies in 2 weeks and im hoping they like them! Would be so cute

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This is a very involved food craft, but the rats LOVE it. You take elbow pasta (macaroni) and cook it so it's somewhat firm, but still cooked (Guess that would be al dente?). Take baby food and an eye dropper and squirt the food into the center of the macaroni. I find it's a great way to deliver medications and just a fun way to interact with the rats. You could probably do the same thing with penne and canned dog food if you have a nursing mom.
 
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