How do you deal with rats who destroy everything? I had a hammock for them and they absolutely shredded it. Same thing with their bed and a fabric covered hanging tunnel. Anything I give them that’s fabric gets completely destroyed almost instantly and the scraps are stuffed into their hide-away. I’ve tried providing nesting materials, but it’s like they won’t touch anything unless it’s stolen from outside their cage or part of something else they’ve torn apart. Any tips?
You are not alone! Many rats view their cloth beds and hammocks as “delicacies” upon which to freely chomp.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help decide upon your best course of action:
Besides wheels and/or saucers, do you give them much free roaming time in which to exercise? (Be sure to rat proof any room in which your rats roam so there’s no access to electrical cords, no cracks under doors or small holes in walls, furniture or underneath cabinets through which they could crawl without your being able to retrieve them.)
If your rats are young, as they mature they may grow out of their fabric-chewing habit. In any case, eliminate all-things-cloth for at least a month. Then try re-introducing one cloth item at a time and see how they do.
Feel free to give me an update after you try out some of the above ideas. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have further details to give or more questions to ask. I’m here for you and your rats!
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