Please read: This video should help to show a good way to introduce your pet rats to water and one day could result in them diving and swimming in it :). However, it’s important to understand that some pet rats will just not like water. Your success will vary depending on your individual critter(s). This description runs along-side the video so please read: Important Rules: * Never place your rat in the water, if your rat has not chosen to go in itself then it will instinctively just want to get straight back out again. This will not be a good water experience and can really set progress back. * Always use fresh, clean water and clean the tubs out well before each use. * It’s really important to take the increase in depth slowly. Base it on your rats progress so that you are going at their speed not your own. They will go in deeper water in time but if you make it too deep too early they will just not go in and you will end up taking steps backwards. * Its again important that your rat can at all times get out if they want to. So, if the sides of the tub are too high for the rat to EASILY jump out of, there really must be a ladder. If the rat does not have an easy route out they will feel less secure and this will lead to either not wanting to go in, or once in they will just want to get straight back out. * With the last point in mind I’m against using the bath tub as a swimming place for rats. The sides of the bath are too tall for easy and safe escape, also there is …
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Whiskey walks us through the steps of how to teach a pet rat to spin by voice command. When trying this, don’t spend too long training the rat each day, 5 minutes a day is long enough and even at that they are clever enough to pick this up in a few days. This is important too to make sure they are not over-fed during training. Also don’t be in too much of a hurry to move on a step, take time to get the rats used to each stage so that they can understand what is expected of them. Best to basically let your rat dictate how quickly they learn it. Finally, whiskey made the “step” videos today when he can already spin really well, so if the stages look “too neat” i appologise, especially stage three :P. He’s just not used to having so much help with the spins anymore. Feel free to ask any questions or give your own tips.
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Food for thought for those considering buying just one rat on its own, or those who already have just one rat: Rats are really sociable animals and need company all the time, not just human interaction and cuddles but rat companionship. Someone to groom and to groom them back, someone to curl up with for warmth and safety at night, someone to eat food beside so that they don’t feel vunerable. No matter how great an owner you are or how much time your rat spends with you, you still have to sleep and work and no human can replace a second rat for the interaction they get from one another. It’s so important for their quality of life to have a buddy with them at all times. Please ask any questions and leave comments. I hope the video can start to show the connection and bond that two rats form. Whiskey and Womble would never want to be without the other. Please note: If you do only have one rat at the moment then it’s important that you don’t simply get another rat and put it into the same cage. In that situation rats will often fight and could kill each other. For advise on introducing rats to each other please message me. I also just want to add that recently Womble has been pretty ill and Whiskey has been so great to him. He cuddles and grooms him and won’t leave his side. They know when something is wrong with the other and will do what they can to help. Thanks for watching
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Training pet rats is easily done by handling them often, finding out what their favorite treat is, rewarding good behavior and even putting a litter box in their cages. Train a pet rat to come when called or use a littler box with tips from the manager of a pet store in this free video on pet care. Expert: Ashlee Bio: Ashlee is the manager at Pet Planet in Riverton, Utah. Filmmaker: Michael Burton
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Lil Ratscals Rattery shows her pet rats Piper and Precious doing their Ice Fishing trick. Three of her rats performed this on the TV show “Pet Star” with Mario Lopez. Carole’s cute web site is at www.lilratscal.com where you can learn lots more about pet rats and see lots of cute rat pictures.
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My pet fancy rats (frats as we like to call them) can do some amazing things. They are arguably the smartest mammal of the rodent kingdom. Watch them squeeze in tight spaces, jump, eat, and crawl right over each other. When they are eating pudding, their names are from left to right (Kira, Loki, Martini, and Tandum). The jumper is Kali. The frat on the box is Martini and she then steals food from the plastic bag on the floor. Note – all these were feeder frats destined to be snake food before I bought them. The custom cage plans and all our frat knowledge can be found on www.dapper.com.au but it’s not my site.
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