Rats enjoy toys as much as any other pet. There are many things that will keep them entertained and make their home enjoyable, from store bought toys to items you find around your house. Seal wooden toys with shellac to make them last longer and not retain odors.Rats enjoy toys as much as any other pet. There are many things that will keep them entertained and make their home enjoyable, from store bought toys to items you find around your house. Seal wooden toys with shellac to make them last longer and not retain odors.

Ferret tubes make for good rat hideouts. They like to climb through them, hide in them, sleep in them and stash food in them. Just be careful that the tubes have nothing inside that may catch a rattie toe or foot. Alternatives to store bought tubes include PVC piping, dryer hose vents and Pringles chip cans. clover-tube
   
Hide out logs entertain some rats, particularly small rats. It provides a nice shelter to get away from other rats or a good place to sneak a treat. It is recommended that these type of logs be purchased from a pet store unless you are sure that the type of wood is rattie-safe and is parasite and mold free. These logs can be found in the reptile section of the pet shop. frosty_log2
   
Igloos and tissue boxes are two rattie favorites. Tissue boxes are temporary and only last a few days as rats love to chew them until they are reduced to cardboard strips. But, hey, it’s a cheap toy with high entertainment value! Igloos can be bought in most pet stores and are fairly cheap. Often every rat in the cage will try to cram into the igloo all at the same time. Igloos can also be made using old tupperware with doors and/or windows cut out. (Be sure when cutting these doors and windows you leave no sharp edges on the plastic). igloo
   
Plastic organizing baskets are also a favorite. They are very cheap and can be found in any office supply store. They can sit in the cage or be hung from the top of the cage. The baskets are easy to clean and don’t get chewed through too quickly – they last about a year on average. When lined with an old t-shirt it makes the perfect sleeping spot for one rattie or a rat pile. basket
   
The Wodent Wheel is a wheel made especially for rats and other small critters. It is designed so their tail cannot get caught and so their feet will not slip through bars. The running platform is solid and the wheel is mounted to a stand. The wheel comes apart for easy cleaning. Some rats like the wheel and some do not. Most rats that do enjoy the wheel are those that are exposed to them at a young age. Some rats prefer to sleep in the wheel and some ignore it all together. These wheels come in a variety of colors and sizes to best suit your needs as well as your pet’s needs. chloewheel
   
Roll around balls don’t seem to be a rattie favorite – at least not for their intended use. Most rats that are put into the ball just sit there and look pitiful, although there are some rats that will run around in it. However, if you have one of these that your rat does not use for running in, you can station it somewhere in the cage and fill the ball with old t-shirts for the perfect hideout nest. It can also be taken apart and each half of the ball can be used as a makeshift igloo. pixieball
   
Hammocks make great sleeping spots and space savers and are a rodent favorite. They can be store bought or made out of pillowcases, shirts, pants legs, towels, etc. They are easily attached to a cage-top with metal clips, cable ties or shower curtain rings. The great thing about hammocks are how easy they are to make and they are washable. Keep three or four on hand and rotate them weekly and as they get stinky just throw them in the wash. beethoven_hammock
   
This is a cool little treat dispenser that will keep the ratties busy for a while. It is perfect for sunflower seeds and yogurt drops. There is a bell inside that rings when it is pushed over on it’s side. Some rats like the challenge, others will just wait for handouts! treat-dispenser
   
Corner litter pans are great for litter training your ratties. They will connect to any wire cage and the high backing prevents your walls from being sprayed. They are made of a thick, virtually chew proof plastic and are easy to clean. Some rats prefer to use the litter pan for sleeping or a good place to stash food. 42_erzulie_litterpan
   
This is a Critter Cubby-hole Drum. It has a hook attached to the rope for hanging anywhere in the cage. Rats love to sleep in the drum and sometimes try to pile in all at once. It has a sisal surface with a stain resistant plastic center on the inside. simon