After more than a month of living with us, it was time for our ratties to experience their first free-range run. We’ve let them run on the furniture so far, but last night we braved it to set them loose on the bedroom floor for the first time. And really, it wasn’t that bad. My vague fears of being unable to retrieve them from some tight spot melted away as I watched them bounding around with glee
Moon and Knight were naturals, Vodka was the first to leave the castle, and Mishka took a very l-o-n-g time to warm up to the idea of roaming…
Our new ratties arrived today! Whoop whoop! I’ll share all about that in a moment, but first I want to brag about the super rat castle that my creative husband made 🙂
It’s finally done, so here are all the levels and how they fit together:
The rats enter through a classic ‘mouse-hole’-shaped doorway and have to navigate a maze (it even has a wrong turn with a dead end built in).
The second storey has a viewing window (covered with clear plastic) and a fenced-in area that can be filled with stones through which the rats can snuffle for treats 🙂
Levels 1 and 2 set up
The whole contraption is made from nothing but strong cardboard and plastic packaging tape.
The third level can also be filled with interesting items for the rats to crawl through – I’m thinking of using scraps of old material. As you can see, each level is covered with tape so that any pee spots or food messes can be wiped up with ease.
Levels 1, 2 and 3 set up
Levels 2 and 3 both have cute viewing windows and staircases with steps for easy grip when the rats ascend or descend.
Finally, the rats will emerge into the open space on Level 4. It has a small shaded area on the one side though, because we know how much ratties like scurrying straight to dark, safe places
The complete castle
What a labour of love! I’m so impressed with my husband’s ideas and hard work. In my mind’s eye I picture this as the ratty version of a gorgeous fancy hotel, and if I had time I’d paint it Mediterranean white with palm trees and cute details all over… but I know the ratties don’t need that – they’ll love it exactly as is 🙂