Sunday, January 15, 2012

Keeping Your Rat Cool

So, it's summer here in Australia & this week we had 3days straight where the temperature reached 40degrees celcius(about 104farenheit). Typically, it's best to keep your rats in temperatures no higher then 28degrees... this presented a problem. Poor little furries & their inability to sweat...
Our newest idea was to tear up a tea towel, wet & freeze the pieces & drape them over the cage. Along with a fan directed at the cage, this seemed to help a lot. Of course, the traditional ice in their water bottle & ice cubes to munch on helped too!
We've also been keeping watermelon on our shopping list this summer, helps keep our little fluffers hydrated.
I also like to set up their little paint-tray pool on hot days. Throw in a few ice cubes & frozen peas. The little rattums enjoy it.

Beyond all my usual "it's hot as hell" options, I also have a great recipe to share, thanks to Robin's Hammocks:

P'Nut Butter Banana Ice Cream!

A nice cool, healthy treat in the summer for your ratties!
  • 32oz Plain yogurt (nonfat)
  • 4 Ripe bananas
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • Blend together until all mixed & no chunks
  • Pour into ice cube trays (takes about 6)
  • Freeze & enjoy!

    Hope some of my summer suggestions/ideas help. Comments with other suggestions are more then welcome :D

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