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Offline Deblee

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Food Puzzles
« on: March 01, 2016, 01:32:10 PM »
HI,

I am looking for safe, yet fun food puzzles for my boys. I want them to have to work a little for their food and/or treats. I have been researching the different ones but most are made for dogs and cats. I have also read a few horror stories about heads getting stuck in things like veggie baskets.  I would really like to try a veggie basket for lettuces and herbs but now I am worried!! Does anyone have any suggestions or actually use food puzzles that their rats really enjoy?

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Deb

Offline chelsea12

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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2016, 01:45:08 PM »
While it's not exactly a food puzzle, I have used hard boiled eggs (let them peel them) or mixed nuts. They get some mixed nuts around the holidays, and they will work for a few days to chew through the thicker shelled nuts. They get the almonds out quickly and take quite a while on the walnuts. They think it's the best thing ever. With food toys I'm careful with supervising the fun and games. If I use something outside of their normal diet I pay extra attention to nutrition.

Offline BigBen

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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2016, 09:54:41 PM »
You can put treats inside toilet paper tubes and close off the ends.  Your rats will have a blast getting out the treats.

With eggs or nuts, by the way, even with peanuts, the rats may need a bit of help getting started.  An initial crack is all it takes; they will take things from there.
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Offline Deblee

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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 10:22:04 AM »
Thanks. I will definitely try both of your suggestions.  :)

Offline gawgeouspaws

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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2016, 10:35:49 AM »
I haven't tried either of these yet, but I heard that you can fill a box with fleece scraps/paper towel scraps and mix some treats in. They'll have a ball digging around for them! Also, some people will let their rats go "pea fishing" by filling a relatively shallow bowl with water and pouring some thawed peas in for the rats to "fish" for. I watched a video where someone even put some smooth rocks in there and tucked peas under the rocks so the rats could go on shallow diving excursions for their treats!
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Offline ILoveMyRatties

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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2016, 01:10:40 PM »
I use those cheap Easter plastic eggs to put food in them (50 for $2 at Walmart). Lots of fun for rats. I recycle them with my other plastic things.

Offline BigBen

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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2016, 01:54:36 PM »
If you look for oPuPo's channel on YouTube, you will find a lot of ideas for playtime with your rats, especially involving water.  Many rats enjoy not only pea fishing, but actually swimming and diving for stones.  This channel has a number of videos on how to introduce rats to playing in water, and also some fun videos of his rats playing in general.
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Offline gawgeouspaws

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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2016, 03:30:10 PM »
I use those cheap Easter plastic eggs to put food in them (50 for $2 at Walmart). Lots of fun for rats. I recycle them with my other plastic things.

Ooh, I really love this idea! I've been looking for new plastic toy options for my boys.
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Re: Food Puzzles
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2016, 09:32:28 AM »
I had some fosters that were afraid of water. I got a cheap paint tray and propped it so it wouldn't flip. Put a little water and some toys, stones, shells in the bottom. gradually filled it deeper as they got braver. They seemed to like being able to go down a ramp to investigate rather than just the lip of a bowl or pan.
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