Bestest Ratty (or Other Rodent) Toy Evah!




About: I love DIY! Love originality and love saving a buck by making fabulous copies of stuff I love on celebs, but could never afford. Right now I just started my own version of the kick-ass Fiona Paxton Coco Nec...

Fun toy for your ratlets :)

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Step 1:

Pick out a treat - rat yogies were a favorite of my little boy, but any little thing works. A dab of peanut butter is especially yummy and keeps the rats busy longer than non-sticky things. My rats used to go nuts for Nutella, too. (Me, too!)

Step 2:

Take a small piece of non-toxic paper and wrap the treat up good. I used plain white typing paper a lot because I was pretty sure there wouldn't be toxic ink. I wouldn't recommend any newspaper or stuff with dye in it.

I usually tore a strip of paper, wrapped the treat up so you couldn't get to it (about 3 or 4 times around in no particular order, just so that it wouldn't come out easily - so fold it randomly like on the dotted lines in the picture). Then I'd do that two or three more times so it was really wrapped.

Step 3:


You can just throw it in the rat cage and watch them tear up your hard work


Tie it on the end of a string and make a ratty-pinata. (I liked to hang them on a short string so that they had to work to get it - give them some exercise for their little bodies and brains)


Tie a bunch on a single long string like a string of delicious Christmas lights


put them all in a toilet paper roll and squish up the ends really good and watch the kids tear up the roll and stash treats here and there. (this is Ed from

Sorry - my computer is crash-tacular today. When things look up I will try to make pics to show what I am talking about in the last two steps.

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    9 Discussions


    10 years ago

    Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I used to have some pet rats. Rats are smart, intelligent and very cute! However, lots of people underestimate their charming nature. Silly, they will never realize how wonderful the radical rodents are.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Zoos do this kind of thing with the more intelligent animals (primates, for example). They call it enrichment, and will hide food all over the animal's enclosure, put it in tubes or logs, etc.
    So you've definitely got the right idea!


    10 years ago on Step 3

    Wow! Sounds awesome!!! I LOVE RATS, MICE, GUINEA PIGS, AND ALL OTHER ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    OMG I love the "ratty-pinata" idea of making it more fun for them (and us). Did you use an old pair of jeans in the cage for a cuddly hideaway too? Very cute ;)

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Big Kisses for your ratty. I have two handsome boys named Victor and Ricky.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    We have a rat and tried this out. It was so funny watching her "open" her treat! Good toy!