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

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.
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!
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
My rat Verdell loves the bath. Is it possible to bathe them too often?<br>
<p>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!</p>
i have a pet rat he hate the bath how can i get him us to the bath i tryed everythin for him <br>
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
A wet rat can climb just about everything...<br /> <br /> ..Including hair.<br />
by inference i believed you learned the hard way
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. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-bathe-a-rat-THE-NICE-NO-FUSS-WAY/
I bathed my two mice today and they hated it.
mice shouldn't be bathed, they aren't as big as rats. It may cause your mice to be very ill.
can hamsters be bathed?<br />
No!<br /> <br /> In the wild, hamsters live in deserts and should NEVER get wet. They get colds/flu very easily when wet, and can die.<br /> <br /> They keep themselves clean if given a dish of fine sand to roll around in.&nbsp; You can get sand from pet stores.<br /> <br /> Don't buy chinchilla dust, it's too fine, like powder. It gets into their lungs and gives them breathing problems.<br />
Thanks for the info, I haven't bathed mine since but I think one got sick from wet tail and died.<br />
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&nbsp;usually dip, rough up with soap (like I&nbsp;do any other time)and then dip again, making sure that all the soap is off... and theycome out smelling baby fresh :D<br />
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&quot; with water) and then i use a really soft small scrubbing brush and apply some baby soap =D<br /> Then just for extra cleanliness, I give him a rub with a warm washcloth then I dry him off.
baby wipes work too, my rats wont get in water but baby wipes and pet wipes work just as well.
Get this out of the Bike, Flower, Robot, AND Green Science contests. It has nothing to do with a single one of them.
shut it
I couldn't agree with you more
i now think differently about rats now.
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.
in a good or bad way =O?<br/>
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.
here kity kity . . . no but i like some rats some times iv had a few
i have cats too, and they get along with my rat...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
why is it so weird it just common steps like giving a dog a bath I give my dog a bath the same way
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.
you are so right rats are simply adorble
is rat smarter than dog?
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...
yes they are! but..*sniffles* both of mine died form breast cancer=[=[=[=[]<br/>
so sorry, may they rest in peace.
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)
well you're very welcome
reminds me off a sewer
coolio I like rats
Why are people being so childish when it comes to categories? You need help if you let this get you so flustered =( not to mention a life<br/>Rats are cute and great pets. People who say they are all disease carrying vermin are ignorant and cannot tell the difference between wild and domesticated. <br/>
You can use rabbit shampoo too. We use it on our guinea pigs. It is cheep and designed for small pets.
Cute rattie! If I can make a small suggestion, I found that my rats were much calmer when I bathed them in a shallow tupperware container that was just a little bigger than them. It made them feel more secure being a much smaller space than a bathtub. Also I kept my hand cupped underneath them the whole time, and used an extra cup of warm clean water that I poured bit by bit over them to rinse the shampoo off. They actually sat pretty still and seemed to enjoy the whole thing. Maybe give a smaller container a try?

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