Toys for Pet Rats Made from Items You Already Have

Fancy Rats, husky and cream coloured, climbing on a rope

Pet rats are lively and clever. To keep children entertained and active, they require a range of toys. You can make affordable and engaging handmade toys to augment any store-bought toys with a little imagination.

Safety First

The most crucial factor to consider when purchasing a pet toy is its safety. Anything you offer your rat must be harmless, and you should keep an eye out for any parts that might be eaten and create a digestive obstruction. Fabric and rope threads can induce intestinal obstructions, while loose threads can wrap around toes and cause strangling. Fleece toys are ideal since they do not include ropes or threads.


Toys may be made out of cardboard boxes and rolls of paper towels and toilet paper. Boxes are ideal for hiding in, however they are frequently shredded (which is also fun!)

Another wonderful option is to make a rat playhouse out of various boxes and other materials for fun outside of the during playing. Create a network of rooms by taping together a number of boxes and connecting them with doors, ramps, bridges, and ladders.


The majority of rats enjoy shredding paper. Plain brown paper lunch bags are excellent for both playing and shredding. Crumpled paper produces a delightful, though fleeting, ball. Your rats will probably like digging, diving, and hiding in a crumpled or shredded paper bin or box. Paper towels and tissues are also excellent for shredding, and your rats can use them to construct a comfortable bed. Wrap or fold a sheet of paper over a favorite reward in layers; shredding and unwrapping the goodie will keep your rat occupied for a while.

Wood and Nuts

Wood is ideal for chewing, which rats require to maintain their teeth in excellent shape. Ascertain that the wood is untreated, unpainted, and non-toxic. Apple or willow tree branches can also be used; just make sure they are pesticide-free. Hard-shelled nuts give a pleasant treat inside as well as fantastic chewing chances. Because many nuts are heavy in fats, use them sparingly.

Digging Box

A digging box is a favorite of most rats. Fill a small cat litter pan or another shallow plastic box halfway with disinfected potting soil (not treated with any chemicals or fertilizer and with no additives like vermiculite). Plant some birdseed or wheat grass and water it for a few days to allow the seeds to sprout and flourish, then let your rats into the box. Avoid watering the box for a day or two before giving it to your rats, and place it in a bathtub or cover it with a tablecloth or newspapers to contain the mess. Your rats will enjoy digging in the soil for sprouts or seeds to eat.

Tubes and Tunnels

PVC pipe is virtually unbreakable and is available in a wide range of diameters and designs. It's available at your neighborhood hardware shop. To make a tube network, buy a single straight piece or utilize a variety of connections. Choose a size that you are confident your rats will fit through without becoming stuck. You can also build fantastic collapsible tubes out of fleece or other durable materials if you are adept with a sewing machine. To keep it open, sew a ring cut from a plastic bottle or a broad cardboard tube into the ends. Tubes/sleep sacks can also be made from the sleeves of discarded sweatshirts.

Other Containers for Hiding and Climbing

Clean jars and clay plant pots put on their sides make excellent mouse hiding places. Mini stacking bins (such as those used for office or workshop supplies) can make excellent concealing places. Coconut shells that have been washed are also useful for hiding, climbing, and eating.


Rats are quick and like climbing ropes. In the cage, you may create little rope ladders and bridges. Cotton ropes are commonly found in hardware or horse supply stores in thick widths. Simply ensure that the rope structure does not represent a strangling hazard and that your rats do not unravel the strands.