Using Exercise Balls for Rats – Yes or No?

Let’s talk about small animal exercise balls and why they should not be used for their “intended” purpose no matter the pet.

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31 Comments

  1. Alivia Wollbrinck on December 30, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    this is really helpful you deserve some more subscribers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Danya und Yeetus on December 30, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Again, great video! I’ve learned alot from your videos

  3. Just Slightly on December 30, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    What does it mean ‘fancy’ rats or mice?

  4. Regardt Dressel on December 30, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Awesome

  5. Furby Knees on December 30, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    I may get a rat if my grade is 92% or more

  6. Exon Games on December 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Can I use everything you say about your rats with my fancy mouse

  7. Madison Turner on December 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    I was wondering if they were bad for rats I thought them having small vents would be bad. Good thing I didn’t buy one

  8. Kylie's Galaxy on December 30, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    This video was very helpful, I got an exercise ball from a neighbor and planned to run my rats in it this summer, not knowing about all this. Will be using as hammock thing instead. πŸ™‚

  9. John Ernest on December 30, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I agree with you! Rats are very clean but only as clean as the environment you provide for them and a little running ball will collect πŸ’© if they can’t get away from it

  10. Dakota Ballou on December 30, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    A good way to help them work out is to let them free range. If they like water then let them swim in a bath tub πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸπŸπŸπŸπŸπŸπŸ€πŸ€πŸπŸπŸ€πŸ€πŸπŸπŸ€πŸ€πŸπŸπŸ€πŸ€πŸπŸπŸ€πŸ€πŸ›€πŸΌπŸ›€πŸΌπŸ›€πŸΌπŸ›€πŸΌπŸ›€πŸΌ

  11. marmar92828 on December 30, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I agree 100%. When we (my mother and I) first got pet rats we got a large, rat-sized critter ball too.Β  I only put a rat into it a very few times.Β As you stated, it got very messy very fast, in part because the poor rat was stressed and as a result was peeing and pooping a lot inside it, and stepping around in it.Β  Rats are very smart animals but they don’t understand these clear plastic balls.Β  I wouldn’t advise subjecting them to this indignity.

  12. Cocobutter Lalo on December 30, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you for the video! Buy I’ve ran into another problem. I tried letting them free roam on the bed and they instantly climbed down and ran. Took a crap ton of chasing and I thought I was gonna lose my boys. How does someone free range rats without them escaping?

  13. Nathalie Grieves on December 30, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Glad I watched this. Cos I am getting some rats.. And I was going 2 get a ball. But definitely not now 😊

  14. Dance Tv Bt on December 30, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Nice

  15. Nils Pochat on December 30, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks for the videos about old age and leg problems rats can have in some recent videos. While it doesn’t provide an answer to my rat’s situation it’s definitely great content and it came at the right time after my previous comment.

  16. rhywnn on December 30, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you. This video really helped explain why I should not get a ball.

  17. Fubu The Rat Terrier on December 30, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    This is a great video but I still put my dwarf hamster in a ball. I only put her in there when I’m cleaning the cage or when friends are over, she loves it and always crawls in it when I open it! It gives her a chance to Rome around without getting stuck under the couch. I clean it all the time so shes not stepping on her droppings. I only leave her in there under 10 minutes, she has a pretty big ball small anough to move around in but bigger so it have okay ventilation.πŸ˜‹πŸ˜πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜€πŸ€©πŸ˜˜πŸ™„πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜‘

  18. bio cactus on December 30, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I put my mouse in a exercise ball only while I’m cleaning her cage, she loves it, when I put the open ball in her cage she jumps in

  19. Jessica Mcauley on December 30, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    So glad I watched this before purchasing one. I was going to get a couple and stumbled across this video whilst trying to find a good size guide. If I do decide to get one it will definitely only be used as a bed area.

  20. Jessica Brewer on December 30, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    I love your vids

  21. Nathalie Grieves on December 30, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I got a harness and leash for my rats. And they love it. Having a run about in the bedroom. Not out side

  22. Bethanie Young on December 30, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the video ! Been a subscriber for a couple months now , have had my first two ratties for 2 months and your videos have helped so much !! Keep it up πŸ’—βœŒπŸ»

  23. *Bryony * on December 30, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Great video! Very clear explanations

  24. J.B on December 30, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    your my #1 YouTuber!

  25. kermit -san on December 30, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    I use an exercise ball as a hide away hammock thing in the cage!

  26. Miarije on December 30, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Hey, I’ve had my rats for three weeks now and I started having them on my shoulder and walking around with them downstairs recently, I was wondering if there’s any signs that would tell me I’m stressing them out by doing that? They seem okay to me, sniffing a lot and looking around (makes sense) and they’ll stay on my shoulders and arms. But just to be sure that they’re okay with it, is there anything I should pay attention to that would tell me they’re not enjoying it?

  27. Starlen on December 30, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    oooooooooh
    nice vid πŸ­πŸ€

  28. uitjebolsmurf on December 30, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    I have been told off for telling a hamster owner not to use exercise balls.
    "Otherwise my hamster doesn’t get any exercise; They love being in it and climb in it by themselves; Otherwise my hamster will chew my furniture, cables, etc.;". And the animals already have bad eyesight. And they also have colored exercise balls. The animals can’t even see through the colored plastic.
    "Please don’t tell me how I let my animals play".
    All I care about is the pet’s welfare. But then they call you ‘one of those rat-nazi’s’. *sigh*

  29. kateyaw16 on December 30, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for including an alternative use for the ball. I was just hoping to find a nice way to introduce them to it and get them to use it safely but a cozy hanging bed is way cooler of a use

  30. Les Ab on December 30, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    I wish people would make a safe rodent ball my rats hate being in the cage and when they are out the love to chew on my wall😑 of course I would never put them in an unsafe environment! I just wish somebody would make these safe!

  31. Nathalie Grieves on December 30, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    I think the paypen is a good idea

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