Introduction: A Better "Rat Pinata"

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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.

Step 2: Pinata Assembly

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1) Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl to give a small twist on what your rat may find within the pinata.
2)Place 3 to 4 paper towels in another bowl and pour your values in the paper towels. (this makes it easier to assemble your finished product)
3)Take your string and tie all corners of the paper towels. (be sure to make it a tight snug so your rat can have full potential at mutalising it without it falling apart)
4)Take some more string and make a hang line for it to dangle from the roof of your rats manor. (I advise the bottom of the pinata be at LEAST 3' in. above the base of the cage bedding so when its torn it can fall and your rat can run to all of the suprises like a hyper child in a room full of balloons)\
5)Tie it to the roof and vualah! watch your rat pal it around and incise it, this will provide about 2 minutes worth of fun for both of you!

Step 3: Hanging Alternative

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1)Take your toothpick and tie the string on it through the roof of your rats cage. (this is for those curagated wire roof like mine is and creates less of a hassle of trying to get the string off when the pinata is mutalated)

Step 4: Observe and Be Entertained!

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Well here are some photos i had to quickly capture in order to get all of the action. I hope you all have enjoyed my first instructable, i know i sure have!


Mauigerbil (author)2011-07-31

I made a gerbil pinata for my Maui! She loves it!

jany (author)2010-09-10

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.

Eric95 (author)2010-04-03

Awesome, but I should tell you that you should never have only one rat. No rat should ever have to be alone.

shrek150 (author)2009-04-17

what are TBs

TBs = tablespoons = 3 teaspoons

infernisdiem (author)2009-10-15

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

PublicArt (author)2009-10-03

String is something that can caught in Rat's throats, so something thicker than thread or string is better.

goatgirly (author)2009-04-18

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.

annapetro1881 (author)2009-04-18

wow i have the exact same measuring spoon i have never seen one like mine b4..... :)

bobhill125 (author)2009-02-06

your able to make these for gerbils

joypad (author)2009-02-06

no i miss my rat.

Vangle Simtri (author)2009-01-16

Cute rat.

thank you!

bruno13069 (author)2008-10-11

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.

viviluk (author)2008-10-10

will the paper towels harm the rat? what if it eats it?

blind_guardian (author)viviluk2008-10-11

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,

Pyrocantha (author)2008-10-10

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!

emr71 (author)2008-10-05

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)emr712008-10-09

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.

beet195 (author)2008-09-06

lol it kinda looks like a chicken

ZyZZyvette (author)2008-08-03

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.

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. :)

ZyZZyvette (author)ZyZZyvette2008-08-03

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.

reynwrap582 (author)2008-07-31

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...

oh well thank you on the input!

TangMu (author)2008-07-29

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 (author)TangMu2008-07-31

I bet u are the fist in admit it, but not the first that thought that lol me included!

musicalbee2003 (author)2008-07-29

Crackers is cute!

Kevvixx (author)2008-07-28

Very Nice first instructable! Flawless. And you should do that Paper Sandals instructable too.

blind_guardian (author)Kevvixx2008-07-28

thank you so much!

blind_guardian (author)2008-07-28

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!

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