This short tutorial will show how to create a hideaway for your pet rats from this plastic bucket from Dollar Tree. Note – this tutorial is not recommended for children, or those inexperienced with cutting tools. Cutting plastic is tricky!
- One plastic bucket from Dollar Tree – $1.00; 8¾x6¼”. You don’t have to use this exact bucket, but find one that is made of soft plastic. A plastic milk jug or large ice cream bucket could work as well.
- Black marker
- X-Acto knife
Step two: mark the entryway with the black sharpie. Make it large enough that your rats can fit through comfortably.
Step three: carefully cut along the entryway with the x-acto knife. Be very, very careful, and always cut away from yourself, not towards yourself. Cutting through the plastic is tricky – the knife tends to go where it wants to, and moves rather unpredictably. I had traced the shape of an arch, but as you can see in the photo below, I ended up with a not-symmetrical squarish shape. The slower you cut, the better.
Tada! A finished hideaway for just $1. You can put a few fleece scraps in the hideaway for added comfort.
If you want a similar product, but don’t feel comfortable cutting plastic or can’t find a good bucket, consider purchasing the pre-made Super Pet Igloo Hideout (available at Petsmart, Amazon, etc., for under $10). My rats have one of these and like it very well. My only complaint with the igloo is that it is pretty transparent, and I prefer to provide something a little darker for the rat’s sleeping time.