American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the Jan./Feb. 1996 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.

Helpful Hints

Cardboard Tubes for Play and Houses

By Karen Robbins

Rats in Tube

For those of you who have access to the large cardboard tubes from paper rolls used in plotters, printers, etc., save them and cut them up for your mice and rats. Or if you know of someone that can get them for you, have that person save them. My mice especially like the thick tubes. They will shred and shred the tube and make a nice fluffy nest with it. The thick tubes will last 2–3 cleanings before I have to give them a new one. Some of my rats will chew and tear up the tube, others are very happy just to sleep in it.

Also, don’t forget to save those toilet paper and paper towel rolls for your mice and baby rats. My mice also enjoy kleenex boxes, cut up cardboard egg cartons, and bread crumb or oatmeal cartons. *

Updated March 26, 2015