Rats have a nose for expensive goods.
We have bought every teeth sharpening product for vermin known to mankind. We've gotten flavored wood blocks, little bird seed perches, hide n' seek n' eat cubes, etc. We've even bought them 2 X 4's, rope, and plastic doggy bones. We've given them our old T-shirts, socks, and pant-legs. Andy-human even gave them an old shoe once.
I don't know who in the rat-clan makes the chew decisions, but when I find him (or her) I'm going to (clad in armor) give that rat a piece of my mind. They simply will not eat, chew, destroy, or mangle that stuff. Oh no. They much prefer the newer and costlier items. They also have an eye for determining which shirt or sweater is your favorite. What's worse is that they are such perverts! I know you think I'm reading too much into this, but they have developed a keen instinct for nibbling at the privates. Boy clothes or girl clothes, clean or dirty, they will make nipple holes and crotch holes.
Some rats are rather gutsy too. They will chew on your clothes while you're still in them, as you are watching the evil act! Shame on them!
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Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not
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and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes: