Nothing comforts a pet rat any more than being able to move around in a space of a much larger scale. After all, they are not ultimately innately domestic animals. They would love to run around wild and free more than half the time. Also, nothing can be more comfortable of a sight than to see your beloved pets roaming around chasing with each other, and scurrying around your house, as healthy and as lively as they could be. It somehow makes you realize that all the time and effort you have devoted unto them is all worthwhile.
However, you should also understand that since they are rats, unless they are trained, they will always find it really egging to gnaw on anything they find "gnawable". Therefore, letting them scat free, can be quite consequential for you. In order to avoid any possible damages that your pet rats may cause to your properties by letting them scat free, you have to make sure that you also take the necessary precautions before just letting them go at large. Actually, it's not only that you are protecting the welfare of your properties inside the house, but you are also safeguarding the welfare of your pet rats as they may be endangered if they chew on something they're not suppose to chew, i.e., electrical cables, poisonous materials.
Here are some ideas on how to prevent the catastrophes from happening:
1. Check and remove any unnecessary electrical cords in the house.
2. Try to remove cords away from the pathway of your pet rats. As you have noticed, rats would like to run along the wall corners and lurk in some areas. They will chew whatever they fill like chewing along their way. You can probably tape the chords on a higher ground or redirect the cables to another direction.
3. You may use a garden hose to conceal any exposed cords.
4. If there's an area within the room that has a lot of electrical cords around, make sure that you block this area to prevent your pet rats from entering them. A cardboard barrier may do something about that problem.
5. Install a main switch for all the house electricity circuits if ever worst case scenarios would happen.
Sealing Escape Routes
1. It would be ideal to seal all cracks, seams, or any possible openings for your rats to enter and get out of the house. But if you can't cover all of them as of the moment, you may use some improvised means to block the openings. Placing bricks or wood furniture to block the passages may help. You may also do the same approach when block certain places in the house from your pet's entry.
2. Place an improvised, probably a cardboard gate on your lower door threshold if you want to leave your door open from time to time.
Preventing Other Harms
1. If there are houseplants that are valuable to you or toxic to your pet rats, make sure that you remove them around.
2. Make sure to check on the places where you sit first, every time to make sure you're not already sitting on your pet rats. Rats like run and hide along secluded areas, even particularly on sofa seams.
3. Make it a point that your other pets, i.e., dogs and cats, are locked up of in some other safe place in the house to ensure your pet rats safety. They may end up becoming dinner to your other pets.
4. Place cardboard platforms on ever edge of the bookshelf or cabinet you have. This will prevent rats from climbing any higher.
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