Movin' Up in the Pack
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: North Western PA
I have a rat who sounds like they would be the best of pals! Nancy.....Nancy and her sister Sid (yeah..Sid & Nancy!) were rescued from a feeder bin, and had alot of health issues. But first and foremost, Nancy was, and still is my little escape artist. She's extremely hyper, and if I keep the wheel in their cage, she will run on it, sleep on it, run some more, until she makes herself sick!
I've learned to deal with this...first I had to make sure that Nancy knew her name, you do this, (if you haven't already) is offer her treats, while saying her name, over and over, until she will actually come to her name! This way, if she manages to get out, you can call her, and chances are she'll think you have food, and come running. Second I had to put the girls' cage on the floor in case she would get out, so it would be less likely that she would hurt herself.
This hyperactivity is sometimes a result of bad breeding, but as she gets older, she may calm down, I would just get a bunch of toys for her, and change them out every day, that way...she keeps too busy to bother chewing on the bars!
Try some treats wrapped in newsprint like candy, she can tear into them to find the treats. Or use a papertowel tube, stuff the center with treats, and fill the rest with bedding materiel (like paper towels) chage the cage around frequently, hang the hammocks in a different place, use other things for hammocks (I use the wire baskets with coconut husk as hammocks!) Just keep her too busy to chew. I you haven't already, get a Wodent Wheel!
"The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath."