The Rat Diaries

A blog to show you that rats might just be…not so bad, after all.

Vacation Time! December 23, 2012

My family is on our way to Kansas so we can spend Christmas with our relatives.
I dropped Bunny and Button off at a family friend’s house – and had a panic attack. Now I’m talking to anything remotely cute like I do with my ratties, even animals on Minecraft. -_-

If you’re going on vacation, it’s best to leave your rats behind (no matter how much you want to take them) with a babysitter. Make a care sheet with instructions on how to handle rats (be sure to include the “no picking them up by their tails” part), feeding, playtime, cleaning, and note any medical conditions and what to do if something serious arises. Go over the big points when you drop them off, and maybe call your babysitter once or twice during your trip (depending on how long it is) to check up on things.
If there’s no one available to take care of your rats, then buy/make a small cage and put all the essentials inside (bedding, food, water bottle), as well as some toys to keep them occupied. The water bottle might have to stay out of the cage while traveling and only given to the rats when the car/train/etc. is stopped. Otherwise, there are some special water bottles out there that don’t spill (I wish I could provide a link, but I can’t find the site!). These would be fine to leave in the cage during travel.
If you’re traveling by car, place the cage in a secure place where it won’t move around too much and make sure any chewable things like seat belts or luggage are out of reach. DO NOT EVER LEAVE THE RATS ALONE IN A CAR THAT IS TURNED OFF. You’re just asking for bad things to happen if you do this.
If you’re traveling by plane, train, bus, etc., check with the company to learn how they handle pets and make necessary preparations. For example, most airline companies require a special pet carrier, so be sure you have that before you leave for the airport. If you go the plane route, I highly recommend that you take your rats (and the same goes for any pet) onto the plane with you instead of letting them sit in the cargo hold. The company may not treat your rats properly (especially since they’re rats), which could result in a little ratty’s tragic death.
Once you arrive at your destination, place the cage in a quiet area and make sure the rats are warm or cool enough. If possible, let them out for a little play-time since they’ve been cooped up in that small cage for a while.

If you’d like more information, below are some helpful links:
RattyRat’s Travel Guide
Homemade Spare Rat-Cage Instructions
All About Cages (This site, when I last checked, is offline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)

Thanks for reading, I hope I helped, and bye! Happy holidays/winter!


One Response to “Vacation Time!”

  1. Sheryl Says:

    Happy New Year! I hope that all was fine with Bunny and Button when you got home. I always worry too when I leave a pet with someone.

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