The most popular rat toys

Rat raising as a pet is becoming popular for everyone, especially young people. So, to own a cute mouse, what issues do you care about? Besides demands as food and shelter, your small rats also need to entertain. On the market today, there are many different types of rat toys with full size and style. It also makes the rat owner nervous when choosing the most appropriate one. Understanding that concern, in this article, I will give you some of the best rat toys to help you quickly select the best toys. Are you curious about what they are? Don’t ignore the following helpful suggestions!

Suspension Bridge

The first product I want to mention on this list is a suspension bridge. Its primary material is wood, so it is very safe with pets and easy to assemble. It is quite light and small, only about 3.9x11x7.9 inches, so that you can put in mouse cages or their play area. Your rats will feel happy when running, climbing on bridges, and chewing toys. These functions will help rats increase their movement, avoid boredom, and lead a healthier life. You can find suspension bridges for the rat at pet stores or online stores with a variety of designs.

Plastic Rat Tube

The rat toy I highly recommend to you is a plastic rat tube. These long tubes are like a tunnel system where your rat can free to explore. Because they made from plastic, so these tubes are very flexible. You can bend, twist, shorten, or stretch them to your liking. Besides, you can also connect the tubes segments under the joints to form a maze for the rat. It increases the curious and flexible self of the mouse. However, because it made of flexible plastic, the only drawback of this toy is the rat can bite it and make holes. If your rat has a hobby of gnawing around objects, this may not be a suitable toy.

Chewing Toy

The next product I would like to suggest is a chewing toy. This type of pet toy is suitable not only for rats but also for other small pets. A chewing toy set includes five items made from wood, such as ball, bell roller, bicycle wheel, dumbbell. If your rat has an interest in gnawing on objects, this is a perfect choice. These toys designed to attract the attention of the rat.

Moreover, it also covered with a layer of natural and non-toxic paint when it enters the rat’s stomach. Chewing toys help the rat to increase movement, entertain, sharpen teeth when you can’t spend a lot of time with them. If you’re looking for a rat toy when you’re away, this is one of the perfect mouse toys. It keeps your rats active, entertained, and keeps him out of trouble.

Cotton Rope Net

The fourth product on this list is the cotton rope net. Besides making toys, it also is a perfect hammock or cushion. The two commonly used colors are purple and green. They create a natural and comfortable feeling for your rat. The mesh made from cotton, which is 13.4 x 8.3 inches, durable, suitable for many types of rat play together. Also, at four corners of the net are four wires so you can hang on the naked. Thanks for this net; your rat can climb, sharpen claws and entertain. With such outstanding benefits, they have quickly become a popular choice for many rat owners.

Nut Knot Nibbler

The last rat toy I want to mention is a nut knot nibbler. Like the chew toy above, this is a good thing if your rat is gnawing on anything while bored. However, it also has another plus point, such as made from 100 percent natural wood and dyed in natural colors. Therefore, it is very safe for pets. It measures 4 x 3 x 3 inches with a very complex design that consists of many sticks assembled. Another plus point is that it has a lot of tabs to chew. In the middle is a small bell to make a sound when the rat is playing with it. When using it, your rat can increase movement and keeps teeth healthy instead of chewing on unsecured objects. This toy is suitable for guinea pigs, chinchillas, pet mice.

In short

Above are a few rat toys that are currently the most popular for your reference. Before buying the toy, you need to consider choosing the right item for your rat and economic conditions. We hope the above suggestions will help you in selecting toys for your lovely rats. 

Cool Sites With Great Info On How To Make Your Pet a Cool Hoodie, Sweater, Etc……….

Everyone LOVES Pinterest! Right??!!!!

Well I always cruise through their site and check out all the cool stuff people are creating.
Since it’s a very chilly time of the year, I came across some super cute pet hoodies!

Urban Threads has this free tutorial on how to make a cute hoodie for your doggie.

If you have an embroidery sewing machine, you can create some custom art or text on your pooches cool jacket!

There are some great examples of some fun little outfits here too!

Another site I came across shows you how to make a pet coat out of a flannel shirt! I have to try this one and make a wee coat for one of my little squirts!!

So since it’s cold out!!! Get crafty and make something cool to keep your pet warm!!!

Kitty needs her meds!!!

I posted about Chase no Face kitty many moons ago!

She is one special little feline! If you have not heard of her she is a Facebook celeb! She was hit by a car when she was a wee little kitten and was badly injured but thankfully saved by a good Samaritan.  She needs meds to thrive and her people have put out some campaigns to earn some much need coin for her meds.

You can go to her blog page and donate or you can also help by purchasing one of her custom designed products. We just ordered a sweatshirt with this image on it to help!!

They have a Tee Spring page to sell some cool designed shirts by graphic designer Josh Ellingson to help raise money.

I pulled this from her FB page so you can read her story.

I was a stray cat that wandered into a road and was hit by a car (not intentionally) at about three weeks old. A Good Samaritan brought me to a clinic and donated money to help me but advised he was not in need of a cat. I became the clinic cat. My mom worked there and took care of me at night and on weekends. Then I became hers once she moved away.

I am not in pain. Just don’t have a nose (so I can’t smell or beg for food) and no eyelids. I just need eye drops to keep care of my eyes. There are humans who have these issues as well and function just fine too. For me it is a cosmetic issue more than a health issue.

I sleep w my eyes open. I don’t have any other option and I’ve been doing it since I was a few weeks old. It doesn’t faze me. I do enjoy a dark corner or hiding spot but can still gladly sleep on a couch by a window.

I eat dry cat food and drink water out of a bowl.

I meow extra loud (no muffle) and enjoy doing so at 2 am up and down the steps.

Oh I also lost a back leg in that accident.

I am 8.5yrs old and love to give head nuzzles and licks. I don’t mind being dressed up by my little human siblings and have participated in more tea parties than I can count on my toes.

You can donate to help w cost of eye medicine via PayPal on my blog chasenoface(dot) blogspot(dot) com. Or message me for information. Or if you happen to have Refresh or Genteal or Systane brand eye drops laying around you can mail them to me smile emoticon

I use a mixture of prescription steroids (as needed), prescription antibiotics and currently use eye drops and gels to help with my eye lubrication (I DO still make tears).

I’m happy, well loved and taken care of. I hope to spread a little joy and help others realize its really not the outside that matters and being different isn’t a bad thing and definitely doesn’t give a cause for not living and living happily.

My heart is breaking……………………..

So I have always done my best to be a caring consumer. Will not buy any pet food, toys, products made in China. Too many stories of pet deaths by ingesting toxic chemicals. Companies who cut corners just to make sure they make a profit, etc………

I support local, USA made products, or other socially responsible countries.

This morning while I was scrolling through my Facebook page and reading all who I follow their comments and posts, I came across one that caused me to bawl my eyes out. I know there is cruelty all over the world and more than we probably even know. But this one single image killed me. And trust me, I have seen some horrible images from petition posts.

I immediately followed the link to sign their petition. It was for animal cruelty in China over the inhumane treatment of animals for their fur. Which I of course, like everyone, have heard over many years about the atrocities that are being done to these poor animals to supply fur for cheaply made products for the demanding fashionista that must have that latest trending item to complete his or her wardrobe.

I have signed many but don’t always share so I don’t bum out others. Cause I know I don’t like to see it but I get it! I understand why it needs to be done. Well this one was basically the tipping point for me. I had to share, discuss here, and talk about it amongst my friends.

I won’t tell you the details of the photo but it was probably the most shocking image (for me) out there about animal cruelty. I am pretty sure others that have seen it have it burned into their brains now and have hopefully started to share, blog, donate, do what it takes to stop this horrific practice.

I am going to post the link here for you to hopefully read and sign the petition. If your offended, I am sorry but I think you will understand why I had to do this. This link when you open does not show the image I saw. Well I never did scroll down to see if it was there, I don’t ever need to see it again. But you can sign and share without it popping up I am hoping it won’t. The only image seen is one of a bunch of animal pelts all neatly stacked. Sad enough to see the harvested fur, but the image of the remaining animal (if you seek out the image) is what will break your heart.

Also I am posting this link: It’s responsibly made products! Please check them out and hopefully you will follow and check labels on products, buy local made, DIY your own things which are the coolest things when you have made them with your own hands!

Hip, hip….Hoooorrrayyyyyyyyyy!!!!

If you read my last post with the plea to help us save some wonderful dogs from being auctioned off to possible puppy mills, you will know by the title of this post, that it was a success that all were saved!!!!

46 Papillons were rescued! Yes I did say 46!!! I am waiting on the story of how the auction all went and can’t wait to hear. I guess the bad breeders/puppymills who attended there did not know what hit them.

From what I read, these dogs were kept in a dark dirty garage in wire cages stacked on each other. All of them with sore feet from having to stand in wire bottom cages. You can see from the below photo of little senior Jamie a.k.a James Bond, that his feet are red and sore from licking them as well as could be stained from the mud from going outside. 🙁  I don’t know how the woman who was claiming to be a reputable breeder would have dogs set up in this condition. Guessing in it for the money? Well now we can hope she will be closely watched and will not re-start up.

The fundraiser raised 50K + and the paps were all bought by the rescues for 80K+. So more donations will be needed to cover the extra cost and for their health evaluations. They will then go to all the foster homes to get healthy and ready for adoption!

Sweet senior named Jamie who is one of the 46 rescued papillons

This all has been so stressful for many people in worrying about these paps falling into the wrong hands. Now everyone can take a breath and relax! Then time to get these babies ready for adoption!

Once I get the detailed story of how these babies were rescued at the auction, I will post!

We all want to thank the following who started this effort in saving these dogs.

Some Dogs That Could End Up In Serious Trouble Need Help!

So there is a group on Facebook that has started a page called the Hazelbaker papillon fundraiser to help generate donations to help rescue 40+ papillons.

The dogs owner needs to sell them for personal and financial reasons. Selling them for auction is what she is doing to generate the money she needs. But unfortunately at the cost of the dogs potentially bad futures by possibly being bought by some bad people. Of course we can hope there will be some bidders with great intentions for the dogs. But from what I have learned from others, not always the dogs luck for a good new life after being bought at one of these auctions.

This group on Facebook is dedicated to raising funds to save the 40 + HAZELBAKER Papillons that are up for auction in OK, USA. These dogs at auction can possibly end up becoming breeder dogs in puppymills.

So many papillon rescue organizations such as are pulling together their resources to bid on these dogs and rescue them. I have learned a few of these women are already on their way to Oklahoma which is super awesome!!! 🙂

If they are successful, they will be needing many foster homes. But right now they need money. Lots of money by the 5th of December. So only a matter of a few days.

I don’t normally ask for help to donate. But papillons are in my heart and I can not see these dogs or any dogs be put into a life of being a breeder dog. Puppy mills need to be shut down all over the world. There are so many great responsible breeders out there and NEVER EVER buy a pet from a pet store. They are likely from a puppy mill…………….

Pancreatitis In Pets

Pancreatitis in pets is painful and horrible. This time of year, during the Holidays, pets can get too much fatty foods from table scraps during your families get togethers. So please always be aware of your pet when hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Don’t let Grandma or Auntie sneak a few morsels of food under the table to Rover or Mittens!!! 😉

Pets can get pancreatitis not just from eating fatty foods and can be triggered by medications, surgeries, etc……. Senior pets are prone to getting it as well as some certain dog breeds. This disease should be taken seriously and your pet must go see the Vet for care. Don’t just try and heal alone and hope for the best. Your pet should not have to suffer cause you think you got it and can handle it. No one wants to see any animal in pain and be so very sick. Be proactive and get your pet proper care.

We had 2 cats in our past that had pancreatitis. One caused by a diet change. The other was unknown what caused it.

It was no fun for them as well as for me to have to worry and to really watch them closely. One of our cats actually became a diabetic after he had it. I don’t know if it caused it or was just timing since he was a senior. He did well for many years with his diabetes and insulin. Lots of monitoring and constant care and love.

Holding back food, water and meds for the first 24 hours was key for helping the pancreas rest. Hydration is very important afterwards. IV fluids or if your pet will drink, we bought plain Pedialite and put in there water bowls. Of course monitoring their drinking to make sure they did not get dehydrated from not drinking enough. I would check by pulling up their skin on their backs and if the skin bounced back, then they were hydrated enough. If it bounced back very slowly then they needed more fluids. (these are things I did and always listen to your Vet and don’t just go by my words here. Every situation is different. My Vet had me do home care since I work at home and was able to monitor their illnesses)

Info I found online about what to watch for:

Symptoms usually in a dog:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomits
  • belly discomfort/pain

Other symptoms:

  • A fever or low body temperature
  • Diarrhea
  • No energy
  • A hard time breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heartbeat

So never take a pets illness for granted. Take them to their Vet!!!

So Gotta Make Some $ For A Dog Cart!

Our Candy girl has a damaged front leg from her former home. We assume she was abused by some of her behaviors when we first adopted her,  poor thing 🙁 . Been with us for over 3 years now and is doing great! But her front damaged leg causes her to hop on her good front leg. Well after many years of hopping, she is getting pretty arthritic and is hurting more and more and is now needing some assistance to walk. She is fine around the house and we pick her up off the couch and the bed so she does not jump. We also have pet stairs for her and our other little senior dogs and cats with disabilities.

We have her on lots of glucosamine as well as other joint type suppliments. But have decided to save up for a front wheel cart. She loves to go for walkies but can only handle a going past a few houses now before she gets sore and tired. She has been trying to walk on her shorter damaged leg too instead of hopping like a bunny. The bad leg has no real strength and the elbow joint is all bundled up into a mess with a pin that is basically floating under her muscle and starting push against her muscle and skin. OUCH! For sure! Vet’s are watching it and will decide if she needs the pin to be removed.

We need to raise $500 for a custom cart for Candy. So we are asking all our fans if you can to check out our ETSY sites and see if there is anything you would like to purchase?! We are trying to sell as many of our items to raise money for Candy’s cart! If your into sewing, we have great sewing patterns of my handbag designs on my Mackerilla ETSY page. Or if your a pet fan, have some leashes, t shirts and other items on our Gimpy Pets ETSY page.

Please help if you can! You can also donate to Gimpy Pets too if you would like to help!

Here are our items and shops! 🙂

Have a Pet Safe and Sane 4th of July!!!

I always like to remind everyone who has pets to keep them inside and safe during the 4th. Where we live it’s like a war zone sometimes during this festive time. Lots of crazy fireworks all over the place. Since it is a beach town we have loads of tourists that come to Santa Cruz to hang on our beaches and go nuts! People bury fireworks in the sand days before and dig them up and have their own dangerous personal firework displays! It gets really really crazy!!

So with that being said and about your pets, please keep them home and indoors. Turn on the TV or music and play it loud. I put Rescue Remedy in their water bowls about a week before and call my Vet to get some doggie valium!

I also made my own version of a Thundershirt for one of our crew that pretty much loses her mind from the sparkly explosions. It breaks my heart to see her so upset. So we hope this will work on her along with taking meds and drinking calming water.

SO PLEASE!! Enjoy the 4th and keep your furkids safe!

Oh! And please don’t ask me if I sell these for other doggies. I did and got a cease and desist note from the people of Thundershirt! Even though mine is not the same, they still were crabby that I made a few of them…………………………

Candy modeling her “Orange is the new Black” anxiety coat I made.