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Rat Training Miracle: What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?

What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?

A pee rock is a rock that is sworn by in the world of experienced rat owners, trainers, and breeders. Pee rocks are named as such because they are used to encourage territorial marking and urination. They are placed inside of a rat’s litter box, persuading the rat to use the box instead of the cage. If you haven’t tried the pee rock, you should today! It is one of the most useful tools when training rats to use a litter box. We’ll even show you where to get them! Continue reading Rat Training Miracle: What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?

My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Lice and mites are hard to get rid of when they infest pet rats. This is especially true when you are not equipped with the proper medications. Both lice and mites can become immune to chemical or medicinal treatments, requiring a change in formula when drug resistant specimens are found on furred rats. External parasites on rats can become a massive problem in homes with several ratties. To better understand the difference between rat specific mites and lice, we’ll give you a small overview: Continue reading My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

Pet rats can cause allergies to flare up in humans. Sneezing, congestion, coughing, hives, swelling, watering eyes, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing could all occur in those with a rat allergy. Know how to manage the symptoms to save your relationship with your small pet!
Pet rats can cause allergies to flare up in humans. Sneezing, congestion, coughing, hives, swelling, watering eyes, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing could all occur in those with a rat allergy. Know how to manage the symptoms to save your relationship with your small pet!

Unfortunately, some of us will have allergic reaction to rats. Much like dogs and cats (as well as other allergens), rats can cause some pretty hefty reactions. But, they can be worked with a little bit easier than dogs or cats. Since rats are kept in a cage, they are restricted to a single area in the home. Larger free roaming pets do not; therefore, they can cause more adverse reactions. Before you get rid of your rats, try these methods below to live happily with your rats! A few changes and sacrifices can greatly reduce reactions! Continue reading Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?

Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?

2 (2)Rats absolutely love to pee, I’m telling you! Rat pee doesn’t exactly have the friendliest odor, making it important to keep the cage cleaned often. Unlike dogs and cats, rats pee quite often. Their little bodies move through food and water quickly, so frequent urination is to be expected. Continue reading Rat Pee: How Often Do Rats Urinate & What Is Normal?

Pet Rat Eye Infection

Pet Rat Eye Infection

Beautiful siamese point rat Photo Credit: Alexey Krasavin
Beautiful siamese point rat
Photo Credit: Alexey Krasavin

Eye infections are no fun to deal with. At all. Rats are much more susceptible to eye infections than we are, as they live in close quarters with their own waste. They don’t have quite as clean of environments as humans do. While a dirty environment can have a lot to do with any infection, an eye infection for a rat does not necessarily mean that the human owner is at fault. They do just happen sometimes, and all we can do is treat them properly! Continue reading Pet Rat Eye Infection

How to Give a Rat a Bath: Can You Give a Rat a Bath?

 How to Give a Rat a Bath: Can You Give a Rat a Bath?

A bath can be a very relaxing experience for a rat once he or she is used to being bathed. Photo Credit: Jim Kenefick via Flickr
A bath can be a very relaxing experience for a rat once he or she is used to being bathed.
Photo Credit: Jim Kenefick via Flickr

Rats who don’t seem to get baths often just don’t really enjoy the idea; much like a dog or a cat who does not get a bath very frequently at all. Just because the animal refuses a bath, does not mean that he or she does not need to be cleaned. Rats, like other animals, can get funky build ups and parasites on them. Bathing is the best way to remove all of the funk that accumulates over time. Continue reading How to Give a Rat a Bath: Can You Give a Rat a Bath?

Review: Critter Nation & Ferret Nation Scatter Guard for Rats

Critter/Ferret Nation Scatter Guard Review: For Rats, or Just Ferrets?

rat cageThe critter nation and the ferret nation can make a HUGE mess of your home. This is at its worst when you have no scatter guards and use bedding in the cage. Within the hour, you will have so much of a mess that it could fill your dust pan twice! How do we solve that problem? Scatter guards! But… are these PARTICULAR scatter guards good for rats? They are found on Amazon, as is the rat approved critter nation, but do they live up to the price like the cage itself does? Depending on your preferences, they might just!

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Why Does My Pet Rat Stink? How Can I Control Rat Urine and Feces Odor?

Why Does My Pet Rat Stink? How Can I Control Rat Urine and Feces Odor?

rat poopUnfortunately, our fancy rats just aren’t so “fancy” when it comes to their stink. Now, we can’t judge them; after all, you cannot say you haven’t had to whip out the air freshener after going to the bathroom at least a few times in your life. We’re all guilty of poisoning the air with our fumes; even our rats. However, there are ways around this issue, but first we must understand why this stinkiness occurs.

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Coroplast Corrugated Plastic and Other Scatter Guards: Why They Are Important and What You Should Use

Using Coroplast and Other Scatter Guards for Your Rat Cages: How to Keep Your Rats From Being Messy and Floors Clean!

4 week old baby rat kitsWe all love our rats dearly, we truly do. From their cute little noses to their long, perfect little tails, they steal our hearts with every ounce of cuteness within their little bodies. However, the mess we don’t love so much! This is why coroplast, other scatter guards, litter catchers, and floor mats are so important to catch bedding, poop, food, and other things that the rats make a mess of outside of the cage. When they kick all of their waste and bedding outside of the cage, it tracks all over the home- and it doesn’t smell very pleasant. For those of you who are suffering, LOOK NO FURTHER! We’ve got the answers!

What Is A Scatter Guard, and How Can It Help Me Keep My Pet Rats’ Waste and Bedding In the Cage Instead of On the Floor?

juvenile roan blaze rat sleepingScatter guards are these glorious headache solving, work eliminating, floor protecting ideas that will keep you sane! If you have a mountain of bedding, rat poop, seed shells, and shredded remnants of toys currently taking up residence on your floor, it is time to get them. They mount on the cage (preferably the inside, so dirt and waste doesn’t get trapped between it and the cage bars), and keep bedding and waste from being kicked out by your rats. Rats are notorious for just tossing stuff outside of the cage. They literally do it on purpose; and sometimes? I swear they look right at you and do it, as if to say, “Do something, bro!” Maybe I’m the one that is crazy, but they truly are devious creatures at times. Anyways, they really do put an end to this rat parent torture and you can make them yourself! Even though you can get better rat cages with some protection, even the best ones have flaws (such as the double critter nation). Continue reading Coroplast Corrugated Plastic and Other Scatter Guards: Why They Are Important and What You Should Use