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Hello! Recently I've been a little worried that my rats teeth are overgrown. I'm probably wrong because they don't seem to be in any discomfort and are eating fine, but I would love to know what I can give them for chews (without dishing out a load for shop bought ones!!). I'm more than happy to make things and I have a woodwork bench at my disposal:)

Rats teeth do continue to grow through their entire lives but they grind their teeth naturally to keep them short.  You should not give anything for them to chew that could possibly break off into sharp or jagged edges like plastics.  Natural items such as clean wood, cardboard (boxes, tp rolls, and fabric are good choices (but not towels as they can choke if they pull out strings and digest them).

Also, you can add hard foods into their dry mix that they can chew.  Good choices would be Rotini uncooked pasta, uncooked split peas, nuts in their shells (don't give nuts very often as they are high in fat).  Use your imagination to come up with other similar options, just make sure they are safe and/or healthy choices.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

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