The rats got a bit of remodeling recently.
Georgie and Lucy have been living for the past month in Blaze’s 30 gallon aquarium. The tank was plenty of room for goldfish training. However, it’s a bit cramped quarter for two young rats who seem to enjoy quite a bit of rough housing and racing about.
I found these neat aquarium cage toppers online and decided it would be perfect for them. The cage toppers come in a variety of sizes and fit directly over an aquarium. So far they seem very pleased with their new quarters! There was quite a bit of scurrying around and noise the first few nights. That’s one downside to having rats–the goldfish never kept me up at night with his antics!
Rat potty training has been great so far. I have a wooden pan in the bottom of the cage that I put paper bedding in. It took them a little while to figure it out. However, now they do their business in the litter box about 95% of the time. Makes cleaning the cage A LOT easier and we don’t go through bedding quite as fast.
I haven’t done that much training with them yet. Well, there have been a few attempts, but not much success yet! Lucy was pretty terrified of people at first. She’s starting to be much more comfortable with being picked up and handled, but we haven’t really tried any clicker training yet.
Georgie is a little bit too gregarious and out going–she does not stop moving! I was having trouble at first with training because I didn’t have an effective enough reward and I didn’t have a way to contain her. She kept leaving training sessions because something across the room would catch her interest!
I’ve found a few treats that they really like, so hopefully in the next week or so we’ll start getting serious about rat training. Be on the look out for some rat training videos!