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Tips for Taking Your Pet Rat out to Play

Aug 29th 2016 at 12:07 AM

Getting your rat set up in a large, clean, and comfortable cage is an important step to making sure your pet lives a happy and healthy life, but that’s not all. No matter how wonderful his cage is, your little rodent will want to come out and play from time to time!

Whether you want to take your rat out to play in your home or outside, make sure you follow these tips from a professional veterinarian.

Indoor play

Rats have a blast when they’re allowed out of the cage to play in your home. The first step is finding a safe place for your pet to play. Consider letting your furry friend run around on the bed, inside a large box, or rodent-proof a room in your home. Make sure there aren’t any places where your critter can hide, and make sure there aren’t any dangerous objects that he can chew on, like power cords.

It’s also a good idea to lay down an old blanket or a flat piece of cardboard. Although you can partially litter train your rat, you shouldn’t be surprised if he has a potty accident or two when he comes out to play.

Outdoor play

Heading outside has the potential to be way more fun than staying indoors, but it also has the potential to be much more dangerous. You don’t want your pet taking off and hiding in the bushes!

It is important to build a secure playpen that your furry little critter can’t escape from. Make sure that it sits flat on the ground and isn’t textured. Metal bar cages are not a good choice because rats are good climbers. Instead, choose a playpen with smooth sides, like plastic or cardboard.

Interact with your rat

No matter how you choose to let your pet rat come out to play, it is important that you provide him with direct supervision. That way, if he does escape, you can see where he went.

Make sure you play with him too! Your rat would love to climb on your lap and hang out on your shoulder. The more time you spend with your pet, the more likely he’ll be to want to come out and play again next time.

For more tips on playing with your rat, plan a visit with your Pet Care Tips.

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