My two boys, Beauregard and Marcellus, have been very difficult to entertain. I have tried many different kinds of chew toys, timothy hay, balls with bells inside, climbing ladders and climbing ropes, wooden wheels, a parrot "kebob," a treadmill, certain types of doggie chews, even rosemary and lavender twigs, recommended by a pet store employee. The one thing they reliably enjoy is ripping up paper, so I keep some packaging paper (no ink) around to put in their cage. They shred it small and line their various homes with it. I also have made some food toys--things that make them work to get a little treat. But I can't do that too often, because they are overweight.<br><br>The maddening thing is that, when I let them out to range, they chew the heels of my shoes, the edge of my doors, they will shred carpet in the attempt to get under a closed door, they chew the leather of my couch, and, of course, speaker wire and electric wire (I have now secured against that). They don't seem to train well--I've had them almost a year, and they don't know their names, do not respond to "come," and lose interest in hand or finger games really fast. What they seem to love most is free-ranging and eating, and curling up in their little homes. I take them outside now and then on leashes, and they do explore, but move around slowly, checking everything out. If they smell me nearby, they come and climb on me.<br><br>I'm not able to let them out of their cage as often as I would like, and they have gained a lot of weight and I'm worried that they're bored. I know ratties are different, but does anybody have any surefire toy ideas?