Welcome to Australia....
...Where its not even summer but its already stinking hot!! As humans we can do what ever we can to keep cool in the heat. We can sit in the air conditioning, go for a swim, drink some cold water and basically do anything we can to get away from the heat.
Sadly it is a little harder for our precious little pocket pets to escape the heat like we can. When exposed to heat for a long period of time rats can experience things like heat stress, heat stroke or heart attacks. Signs that your rats may not be handling the heat are lethargy, slow movements, eating and drinking less, panting, laying outstretched, sweat and hot extremities (tail, nose, ears etc).
So what can you do to keep your rats cool and comfortable in the heat?
The easiest and most obvious one is to keep them in air conditioning or at the very least indoors and out of the sun. However, this can end in a high electricity bill. And what if you do not have air conditioning?
Below is a list of things to help.
Place a bathroom tile in the freeze so it cools down and place it in the cage. Your ratties will lay on top of them to cool down.
There are many other ideas but these are the easy and cheap options to help out your ratties on those hot days. Lastly please do not be afraid to ask for help. If you need someone to duck to your house and turn the air conditioning on or want more plastic bottles to freeze for your ratties, never be afraid to ask for help. We all want the same thing for our animals. If you have any other questions or need help in anyway please contact us via our Facebook Page or contact any of our Registered Breeders!