Toys don’t have to cost a fortune, there are many ways to amuse your rats with toys and games that you can make yourself.
Inside the Cage
Hang some apple or carrot to keep your ratties amused.
Rat piñata – fill a toilet roll with treats, fold down the ends and it tie up on a string.
When you see workmen laying pipes, ask if they have any offcuts.
Cozy boxes are good to cram into.
Paper bags are just as good, and you can line your nest with them later.
You can never have too much nesting material!
Inside or outside the cage, boiled eggs can take a long time to open!
Punch a hole in the corner of some phone book pages and hang them in the cage.
Out of the cage
Box houses and castles will keep your ratties busy.
Make a ‘toybox’ of shiny stones, seashells and wooden parrot beads.
Feather boas and clean feathers are irresistable too.
Make a digging box with sterile potting compost.
For less mess, a diving bowl of shredded paper.
A diving box of old wrapping paper, maybe with a hole or two near the bottom of the box.
Look out for pots of cat grass at your pet shop to grow for your ratties.
Grow them their own herb garden.
A climbing frame made from a wine rack.
Fishing for peas in a bowl always goes down well.
Tumble dryer ducting threaded in and out of a box.
The best toys of all… are other ratties to play with!