Introduction: Giving Your Rat a Bath

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Many people think rats don't need bath, but a rat should get a bath once every six month, and i'll show you the correct way to do so.
First you will need a bath tub, or sink remember to always have a plug in the drain, because rats down a drain is not good. Well fill the the bath tub with luke warm water only about two inches deep, or less.

Step 1: Rat

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Gently place your rat in the tub, but remember to watch out, and where a long sleeve shirt and gloves, because rats don't like baths they will use your arm to claw their way out. Let your rat get used to the water before starting the real bath let them play around first.

Step 2: What to Use

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You will need baby shampoo since any other shampoos are to strong, and could make your rat ill. I recmind Johnson's Head-to-toe baby wash it is nice, and gentle.

Step 3: How to Scrub

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Be very gentle as you wash your little guy use only a teaspoon of soap, and gently move your hands back and froth, and use and thin tooth comb to brush it in. Then rinse it off with luke warm water make sure you get all the soap away. And never scrub your rats head avoid that even as you rince.

Step 4: Drying

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When drying your little rat make sure you don't get their ears that can hurt your little guy use a circle mosion to dry your rat make sure your rat is all dry before putting back in his cage.
That is how you give a rat a bath!


JenniferB120 (author)2015-12-01

My pet rat must have had a panic attack. He acted almost dead and breathing super hard and fast. I may have held him to tight while rinsing him or got water in his nose. He was screaming before that.Its like he fainted. Is that normal? I dont have a tub per say so i used the kitchem sink sprayer and he was freaking out!

skylarmg (author)2015-08-06

my rat Willow LOVES baths. just ease your way into it. hold him or her while you get her a little wet. otherwise they'll get scared and try to claw their way out

rachelsmodernlife (author)2011-09-24

My rat Verdell loves the bath. Is it possible to bathe them too often?

If Verdell loves the bath, then just make sure to not use soap. I suggest getting a little kiddie pool for the summer!! One of my rats, Neko, loves her little kiddie pool!

i have a pet rat he hate the bath how can i get him us to the bath i tryed everythin for him

AUG-5OM3 (author)2012-10-02

Lol I tried this once with my rat. She climbed my arm wich was vertical leaving scratches everywhere. Now everytime i get her near a sink/bath she completele freaks out the poor thing

LisaYum (author)2009-12-06

A wet rat can climb just about everything...

..Including hair.

beehard44 (author)LisaYum2010-11-07

by inference i believed you learned the hard way

Totysheep (author)2010-08-15

I'm sorry, not to be mean, but I just read your instructable and I find it a bit distressing for the rats. so I published my own. I hope you would just read it. And I'm not saying this to be mean because I used to bathe my rats like this too! So you're not a bad rat owner if you've done this before!!!! I'm just saying there's an easier way.

CookieLuver (author)2009-05-07

I bathed my two mice today and they hated it.

ratgirl (author)CookieLuver2009-08-10

mice shouldn't be bathed, they aren't as big as rats. It may cause your mice to be very ill.

Apple Rule (author)ratgirl2009-11-28

can hamsters be bathed?

Sinick (author)Apple Rule2010-02-11


In the wild, hamsters live in deserts and should NEVER get wet. They get colds/flu very easily when wet, and can die.

They keep themselves clean if given a dish of fine sand to roll around in.  You can get sand from pet stores.

Don't buy chinchilla dust, it's too fine, like powder. It gets into their lungs and gives them breathing problems.

CookieLuver (author)ratgirl2009-11-28

Thanks for the info, I haven't bathed mine since but I think one got sick from wet tail and died.

infernisdiem (author)2009-10-15

I fill the tub about wrist deep, and put stuff in it for them to climbon, this allows them to swim around if they want, and with washing,I usually dip, rough up with soap (like I do any other time)and then dip again, making sure that all the soap is off... and theycome out smelling baby fresh :D

I just slowly pour a cup of warm water on him while he's in the sink (That is plugged up, and filled about 1" with water) and then i use a really soft small scrubbing brush and apply some baby soap =D
Then just for extra cleanliness, I give him a rub with a warm washcloth then I dry him off.

mivzi (author)2009-08-13

baby wipes work too, my rats wont get in water but baby wipes and pet wipes work just as well.

Fredrick_chilton (author)2008-05-07

Get this out of the Bike, Flower, Robot, AND Green Science contests. It has nothing to do with a single one of them.

ratgirl (author)Fredrick_chilton2009-08-10

shut it

I couldn't agree with you more

rocksalt2342 (author)2008-07-31

i now think differently about rats now.

ratgirl (author)rocksalt23422009-08-10

hopefully in good way. See hollywood goes out to get them to make them look like filthy creatures when they are really smart, and clean. they make wonderful pets.

ratcrazy648 (author)rocksalt23422008-10-19

in a good or bad way =O?

rocksalt2342 (author)ratcrazy6482008-10-20

well, I used to think rats lived in sewers, carried disease, and made an endless population. in otherwords, a pest. Which, I'm sure there are rats like that, but this rat seems... cute. and the fact that there are step by step instructions on how to keep this creature sanitary lets it be known that alot of rats are this way. I'm sure many people think of only the stereotype rat, such as the ones portrayed in Peter Piper. I too thought like this. but know that I have seen this, I know think that they make wonderful pets, that they are just as acceptable as dogs or cats. So to answer your question if I think differently about rats in a good or bad way: in a good way.

brandon borick (author)2008-12-02

here kity kity . . . no but i like some rats some times iv had a few

ratgirl (author)brandon borick2009-08-10

i have cats too, and they get along with my rat...

ratgirl (author)2008-05-12

I do not appreciate this at any level, nor does Emile (the rat in the picture) or does any other of my 149 animals plus the 12 new borns and the other two litters on their way. So please never ever do something like this again my animals are my children.

DIYDragon (author)ratgirl2009-02-12

Wow! 149? All rats or different things? I've had rats before - they were very good pets. Smart, surprisingly clean , and never bit anybody. Fancy rats can be very pretty too - I had a few that were a nice "pinto pattern" with beige and white coloration. : D

ratgirl (author)DIYDragon2009-08-10


LisaYum (author)2009-08-09

Your rats seem tame and not so scratch attack. Also, I know rats don't need bathing often, but my rat, Cecilia, has really dirty fur. It's not coming out or anything and a bath cleans it right up, but the more she cleans herself, the ickier she gets!

The Fishfrog (author)2009-07-15

i thought i would have a go at this but not with a rat. I tried it with my bearded dragon (lizard) and he was swimming for about 30 minutes and he was really enjoying it.

taleya (author)2009-04-02

Odd note: I've found rats like showers better than baths (strange but true) While you'll have those that skate about or swim, and those that panic and try and jump out of the tub, if you're there with one of those doggy shower hoses they love it. They'll even get up on hind legs to make sure you wash their belly.

feralbeagle (author)2008-11-01

Do not wear a long sleeve shirt. Wearing a long sleeve shirt is bad unless you want a soapy wet rat in your armpit! I learned my lesson and it only took once. I wear a short sleeve shirt now, she gets a bath and I might get a few scratches but no screaming to get the wet rat out of my shirt.

ratgirl (author)feralbeagle2008-12-26

ture but then again my rats still climb up my arm but hook their claws to my skin trust me your safer with long sleeves

Phiris (author)2008-12-11

true i also find it easier to reward them afterwards. whats really funny is that one rat just sits still while i dunk him in the water while the other gives me some pretty colors on my arm

agdollison (author)2008-05-07


ratgirl (author)agdollison2008-05-07

why is it so weird it just common steps like giving a dog a bath I give my dog a bath the same way

Sensai (author)ratgirl2008-05-08

I agree, it isn't weird at all! I own a rat, and she's one of the greatest pets I've ever had. I really think rats make some of the best pets.

ratgirl (author)Sensai2008-05-08

you are so right rats are simply adorble

refinder (author)ratgirl2008-08-01

is rat smarter than dog?

ratgirl (author)refinder2008-11-26

yes, smarter than most animals, and have a better learning capability than a human being.

yes I think they are

plus they are the most intelligent/doglike rodents...

wolf555hound (author)ratgirl2008-08-13

yes they are! but..*sniffles* both of mine died form breast cancer=[=[=[=[]

ratgirl (author)wolf555hound2008-11-26

so sorry, may they rest in peace.

rhodonite (author)2008-10-23

Thank you for putting this up. I have been wanting to give my rat Fiona a bath but like you said, most people think they don't need them. I think I will go for it, as she is over a year old now and has never had a bath before! :0)

ratgirl (author)rhodonite2008-11-26

well you're very welcome

justoldjt (author)2008-08-26


agdollison (author)justoldjt2008-09-09

reminds me off a sewer

Sunny124613 (author)2008-09-01

coolio I like rats

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