Introduction: Rat Jacket/Sleeping Quarters

I decided to help out my Daughters friend and tend to their rat while her and Mom found a place to stay. After reviewing the rats cage, I decided there were some adjustments needed. A bigger wheel, more chew toys, a stationary dish and most important, solid sleeping quarters. I will post my stationary food dish I designed, they don't seem to make one for an aquarium type cage.

Step 1: Supplies

1. Old sock, knee high tube sock is best.

2. Small cardboard tube, I bought 2 inch inner diameter at Pet smart for a buck ands some loose change.

3. Scissors

4. Needle and thread.

Step 2: Trimming the Sock

1. Trim the tip off the sock by the toe area.

Step 3: Slide the Sock Over the Cardboard Tube

1. Push sock down through the hole and out the other side.

2.Make sure both ends meet.

Step 4: Sew Both Ends Together and Your Done.

Step 5: Put Completed Product on Bed and Train Your Rat to Go Through.

On the first try I had to put her head in the tube and push on her butt till she went through.

The second time she went easier, now the fear of the unknown was behind her.

The 3rd time she went through by herself and she was hooked.

She adjusted it to her liking and seems to not want to come out.

Comments

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ironsmiter (author)2015-12-07

Make sure the tube isn't too small, especially for larger boys.

And once the sock gets truly rattified (looks more like swiss cheese than a sock), it becomes time to make a new one, otherwise, they can get their teeth and nails caught in the shredded fabric strands. Probably every couple weeks. If it starts to stink(most likely peed-on cardboard stink), again, time for a new one. Especially with boys, who like to pee on everything.

2.5" or 3" pvc pipe would also work well, and last a lot longer since it is washable. Rats WILL chew the pvc, but it does them no harm(they chew on it, NOT eat it) and they have to do a LOT of chewing before it would need replacing. Usually PVC will outlast multiple generations of rats.

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Tinhorn1 (author)ironsmiter2015-12-09

Yes, good idea, PVC is the way to go, sock getting chewed up already.

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ironsmiter (author)Tinhorn12015-12-09

not saying it is a bad idea, just go into it knowing that it is a disposable item. Our boys like woven wiker baskets. The girls prefer decommissioned bras as hammocks. Both last a few days to a few weeks, then into the garbage and in with the newest creation. :-)

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DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-07

Rats are so much fun.

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