American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2007 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.

Helpful Hints

Cool Rattie Water Bed/Tip for hot weather; Cage Corner Cleaner; Tropical Mite Powder
Cool Rattie Water Bed/Tip for hot weather

Mike, e-mail
Fill a ziplock freezer bag with crushed ice and water and lay in your rats’ cage. Your ratties will use it like a water bed and love you for it.

Cage Corner Cleaner

Carol Lawton, Orange, CA
To clean the corners of the cages, I use either Lime Away or toilet bowl cleaner (the kind that dissolves hard water deposits). It eats through the deposits in the bunny litter boxes in about 15 seconds; I do a fast scrub with a brush and rinse it away. The whole process takes less than a minute. After that, I fill the bin with hot water and Simple Green and let it sit for one-half hour to remove any left over chemicals, then I scrub, rinse, and dry.

Tropical Mite Powder

Carol Lawton, Orange, CA
When I had a tropical rat mite infestation during the summer with my rats and hamsters, I sprinkled a little Ortho Ant-B-Gone (Bug-B-Gone; comes in 1 pound canisters) on the floor of the cage then put the bedding on top. I did not put it on the animals. I also sprinkled some on the floor all around outside the cage. It cleared up my mite problem completely in 2 weeks. *

Siamese rat
Siamese rat owned by and photo by Dale McLain.
June 4, 2015