popsicle stick as a chew toy?

Discussion in 'Health & General Care' started by eriin, Jan 24, 2013.

Help Support Rat Shack Forum by donating:

  1. Jan 24, 2013 #1

    eriin

    eriin

    eriin

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2012
    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    ontario, canada
    my girls dont like to chew on any types of chew toys at all, only hammocks and my blankets and pillows. are popsicle sticks safe? and when i say popsicle i mean the kind that you've eaten the good part off of? is that too germ-y or pose a risk of passing bacteria on? or as long as im healthy would this be okay, i figure maybe the end soaked in the juice with entice them to chew it? i really want them to chew on something, there doesnt seem to be a problem now, but i really dont want to have to make a future trip to the vet for a teeth trimming
     
  2. Jan 24, 2013 #2

    fexpress

    fexpress

    fexpress

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2011
    Messages:
    230
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Coquitlam, BC
    I'm not sure about popsicle sticks, but have you tried chicken bones from cooked chicken? My girls LOVE them, and they aren't much for chewing on anything else. You may want to give those a try.
     
  3. Jan 25, 2013 #3

    julia_silve:)

    julia_silve:)

    julia_silve:)

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Canada, richmond hill
    haha, my boys will go crazy for a hagandaahz popsicle / ice cream bar sticks. i think its safe considering some people actually let their rats groom their mouths.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2013 #4

    RattusNorvegicus

    RattusNorvegicus

    RattusNorvegicus

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2011
    Messages:
    905
    Likes Received:
    1
    Are you worried that if they don't chew on things that their teeth will overgrow? Rats brux to keep their teeth at a healthy length, so if they aren't chewing on their toys they will be OK. Only if a rats teeth are crooked (malocclusion) or trauma will their teeth overgrow. My Luma had facial paralysis and she didn't brux properly so her incisors started to grow too long.
     
  5. Nov 8, 2018 #5

    Madhouse Rodentry

    Madhouse Rodentry

    Madhouse Rodentry

    New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2018
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    USA
    This is absolutely NOT true. Yes rats brux,but it isnt enough alone to keep their teeth from overgrowing. U should ALWAYS provide things for ur rats to chew on, not only to keep their teeth trimmed but so they arent bored as well.
    And to answer the original question,no i dont think popsicle sticks are safe for them to chew, they can splinter, have u ever chewed on a popsicle stick?? Lol,because i have as a kid and they will splinter like crazy .
    Wooden chew sticks,cooked or raw bones, baby teething rusks, cardboard, nylabone edibles, corks, and nuts in their shells are a bunch of safe things to give ur rats to chew on.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2018 #6

    SQ

    SQ

    SQ

    Senior Member - Vegan for the animals

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    16,897
    Likes Received:
    908
    Location:
    central New Brunswick Canada
    This is an old post from 2013
    and I agree that popsicle sticks can be dangerous because they can splinter.

    Bruxing does keep their teeth worn down unless their teeth are misaligned - in which case their teeth need to be trimmed. http://ratguide.com/health/digestive/malocclusion.php

    While rats enjoy chewing many different types of items, and therefore should have things they can chew,
    healthy rats do not need anything other then the natural grinding of their teeth (bruxing) to keep their teeth worn down.

    The vet approved medical site for rat owners, ratguide.com, states "In healthy rats the incisors are properly aligned and able to be maintained at a certain length through the process of natural teeth grinding without requiring something hard to chew on." http://ratguide.com/health/digestive/malocclusion.php
     

Share This Page