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How can I keep my rats quiet during the night?

Asked by itsjustcruel (387 points ) October 13th, 2011

I have 2 dumbo rats that make so much noise during the night it’s imposible to sleep, I live in a studio flat so I can’t move them to a different room, and the bathroom is too small for the large cage. Is there a way to keep them quiet? I know they are nocturnal, and I really don’t want to send them back to the pet shop!

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YoBob's avatar

Sorry to break it to you, but rats are generally nocturnal (yes, I know you know that). There is really little you can do about it as it is a part of their nature.

SpatzieLover's avatar

You are wanting them to be something other than what is in their nature. I suggest you take them back to the pet shop or find them a new owner.

Pandora's avatar

Well as I see it you can either use a glue trap. But thats messy.
Tie down their hands and feet. But they may chew their way out.
Give them to someone else who may like rats.
Buy a snake.
Or you can purchase a sound machine and get use to hearing a sound slightly louder than the rats but can still let you sleep. Maybe even the sound of a fan blowing.

tinyfaery's avatar

Back to the pet shop or ear plugs. Rats are nocturnal.

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tinyfaery's avatar

Then get used to it.

syz's avatar

Rats are nocturnal.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Do you have a wheel in their cage? If so, you can make it a bit quieter by attaching it to the top of the cage with tie-downs

rojo's avatar

Leave a cat with them all day so they get no rest.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Earplugs and/or a white noise machine comes to mind.

BTW this is a pretty cute question.

asmonet's avatar

Did you research the animals you took in before getting them?

Give them to someone who doesn’t mind the noise. And go for a gerbil next time, they’re primarily diurnal. (But do your damn research on them too.)

If you can’t give them up, invest in a white noise machine, a fan, ear plugs or suck it up. You will adjust if you just stick it out.

Hibernate's avatar

You can only adapt to the noise.

AmWiser's avatar

Can’t you put a light in their cage at night so that they will think it’s daylight? In the morning turn out the light and cover the cage so that they will think its nighttime.

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YoBob's avatar

I once saw a “Far Side” cartoon with a very haggard looking parakeet who’s owner was getting ready to put a sheet over the cage that had pictures of mean looking cats on it… ;)

ragingloli's avatar

sedate them.

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