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O.k., so I've been surfing the internet and I have been looking for some rat toys that I could "DIM" (Do it myself) to make for my new and friendly rat Crackers. As I was looking through all the pages, i found that people like to make "Pinatas" with absolutely no nutritional values to them. So I'm here to give the public my first "step-by-step" instructional on how to do it the right way.

Step 1: Materials

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The materials used within this instructional are vital in order to get the full benefit and pleasure your lovely rat deserves!

Here are the things you will need to make a fun and crazy Pinata-
~4 TBs. of all natural fresh nuts with no preservatives
~4 TBs. of natural and fresh fruits that your rat finds most favorable (cut them into small bits to bring out and enrich the flavors)
~4 TBs. of natural and fresh vegetables that your rat finds most favorable (cut these into small pieces as well)
~2 TBs. of regular store bought gerbil and/or rat food
~1 TBs. of shredded cheese and/or peanut butter (read the labels and nutrition facts to interpret is these ingredients do not poses any MSG's within them)
~Paper towels (and/or tissues/kleanex, quantities may vary if you want to make it more difficult for your rat to obtain the treats and bits of food within the pinata)
~Cage (this is something your rat resides and seeks shelter in)

Note: You can change the arrangements of food by taking certain ingredients out of the pinata mix, though i would advise keeping all of the measurements as is just to make sure your rat stays in a healthier state of being.
Mauigerbil4 years ago
I made a gerbil pinata for my Maui! She loves it!
jany4 years ago
great eating toy! But rats are very social and you need at least two so it wont get bored to death and die from lonliness.
Eric955 years ago
Awesome, but I should tell you that you should never have only one rat. No rat should ever have to be alone.
shrek1506 years ago
what are TBs
TBs = tablespoons = 3 teaspoons
I usually use binder clips, and clip it to the top of the cage...but the best toy for a rat, is another rat :D they are really socialanimals, and need attention of another rat..., also, if you want to makethem work for their food a little bit, and have fun... I found athing, that you can hang wooden blocks off from... and skewered andapple on it... drove my rats nuts, trying to get it, and they had ablast eating it... I also found dried corn on the cob, as well asfresh cooked corn on the cob makes them chatter :D
PublicArt5 years ago
String is something that can caught in Rat's throats, so something thicker than thread or string is better.
goatgirly6 years ago
In step one I thought the rat was crawling on a knife and he had red eyes. I was a little scared. Then I realized he was on a spoon with stupid camera glare. He is actually very cute.
wow i have the exact same measuring spoon i have never seen one like mine b4..... :)
bobhill1256 years ago
your able to make these for gerbils
joypad6 years ago
no i miss my rat.
Cute rat.
blind_guardian (author)  Vangle Simtri6 years ago
thank you!
bruno130696 years ago
If this was your first time posting, bravo! The instructions are very clear, and I like the use of the 2 bowls for measuring and loading. I've used the bowl method to wrap a teddy bear in tissue. It was a lot easier than trying to grab each of the corners individually.
viviluk6 years ago
will the paper towels harm the rat? what if it eats it?
blind_guardian (author)  viviluk6 years ago
im sure there would be no problem sence i have done this countless times with Crackers. It is also a good maybe the best idea to purchase organic paper to even get the most values out of that instead... Be well, Andrew,
Pyrocantha6 years ago
I have a gray and white pet rat named Possum. That is what she kinda looks like. She likes things like this because she is very smart and gets bored easy. One of my favorite things about her is her whiskers tickle when she walks on my shoulders!
emr716 years ago
oy, you've got wood chips in your cage. those'll cause respiratory problems in your little guy. try to get a different bedding :)
blind_guardian (author)  emr716 years ago
Well I'm really glad that your looking out for my rat Crackers. Yet I have a bigger cage and i now use Compact Shredded Paper, and carpeting for my 7 floor cage (she doesn't rip or tear it). But yes, I believe that I should make an instructional on how to make Compacted Paper for rats. Be well, Andrew.
beet1957 years ago
lol it kinda looks like a chicken
ZyZZyvette7 years ago
Oh man, I need to make one of these things! I have a hamster, not a rat, but he's easily bored, and range of hamster toys available in stores + diy hammie toy sites are not enough to satisfy him. :< Maybe I should start looking at rattie toys in general.
blind_guardian (author)  ZyZZyvette7 years ago
well, you do have a good path straightening out. but always keep in mind that some toys may injure or harm your small animal. always make sure that there are no inadiment objects on the store bought or home made toy that will put your animals life in danger or even in fatal situation. with that said, i hope you have a great time with my instructional and make your animals happy. be well, Andrew.
Oh, trust me, I know. Some of the stuff on the market is utterly terrible -- even cages these days are built to look good for people rather than be a good home for a hamster. Hammie and I have been cohabitating for quite awhile. It's just that he has a bad attn span so I'm constantly refurbishing his place. :)
Haha. He's so intrigued by it. I strung it up fairly high, so he has to stand on his hind legs to reach it, and he can't get a proper grip on it because he keeps swinging it around. :] But he's persisting.
reynwrap5827 years ago
We have 5 male rats in one really large cage, so a standard rat pinata usually lasts all of 30 seconds, which is fine, but we wanted something to keep them occupied longer. I was just using more and more layers of paper towels but it became hard to fold into a ball shape effectively...then I realized if I laid all of the treats out in a long line at the end of a few paper towels, I could roll it up and have a very thick walled pinata... All you have to do is bend it into a horse shoe shape and bind the two ends together with the string... It lasts a lot longer and the bending actually breaks the internal part of the pinata into a lot of little "chambers" so the rats have to tear apart the whole thing to get all the treats...
blind_guardian (author)  reynwrap5827 years ago
oh well thank you on the input!
TangMu7 years ago
There's no hope for me... At first reading your title i thought this was an instructable on how to make a piniata shaped like a rat... and was marveling at how lifelike you got it in the pics. I guess my imagination is too imaginative... Still, cool instructable Tang Mu
Nabil TangMu7 years ago
I bet u are the fist in admit it, but not the first that thought that lol me included!
Crackers is cute!
Kevvixx7 years ago
Very Nice first instructable! Flawless. And you should do that Paper Sandals instructable too.
blind_guardian (author)  Kevvixx7 years ago
thank you so much!
blind_guardian (author) 7 years ago
hey guys i was just wanting to inform you'll that this is my first intructable and i hope you enjoy what i have to offer in the magnificent instructional!