Because they keep them inside, if their grooming habits start to decline (they're sick, they're losing flexibility, etc), stuff collects. We'll call it, uh, cheese.
And, as a responsible ratty parent, it is your duty to remove the cheese and the concept is simple:
Remove the cheese.
Penis Popping is an art (and soon to be a game by Tyco!) so listen closely...
Step 1) Apply gentle pressure to the sides of the penis (approx. 1/2 cm from each side):
Step 2) Pull a little to each side whilst still applying gentle downward pressure:
Step 3) Move fingers as needed to cause the penis to project outward from the sheath (the left view shows a rat penis without a plug; the
right view shows the same rat, now older, with a plug):
Step 4) Promise your rat that you will never, ever, take pictures of his penis and publish them on the web for all the girlies to see!
tip: When navigating through the RatTails,
clicking on the image that looks like the image above
will take you back to this table of contents!
Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not
one of them. These are merely accounts of our experiences with rats, our perceptions of these experiences, where we've failed
and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes: