How to Introduce a pet rat to water

Posted by Mr.Rattitude on Jun 20, 2010 in Rat Videos | Subscribe

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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  • Indian girl says:

    ok, so, months before I watched this video, I made a big mistake (partly because i didn’t know better) by putting my two rats in a tub with water that was up to their chest…ever since then, my rats, Snickers and Twix, have hated going into water. I’m still a little iffy on trying to introduce them to water because I’m afraid that they wont want to even try it and still be afraid…does anyone have any tips?

  • ali says:

    Thank you so much all your rat information is very helpful. And it’s working. Is there anything else that would be helpful because i have 19 boys and 13 girls rats. I had 3 girls and they all had babys. So there are no cages that are big enough sold at pet stores. And i can’t get a cage threw Int. Im trying to make a homemade cage that is big enough, but don’t no if it will last long enough. Or be safe enough. Is it safe having all my boy rats together in one cage and same for the girls? I found out the boys are so much more hyper then the girls, and don’t no if this is going to be a problem. This is going to be alot of work ugh! HELP! lol… but i do love them so. :[) ~Ali

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