How to Make a Rat Harness

Not many people think of taking their pet rats out on walks, but why should rats miss out on all the fun?

Steps

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    Using the string, measure around your rats neck. Use the ruler or tape measure to see how long this is. Add one inch.
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    Using the string, measure around your rats belly. Use the ruler or tape measure to see how long this is. Add one inch.
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    Using the string, measure around your rat's tail, right at the base. Use the ruler to see how long this is. Add a quarter of an inch.
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    Using the string, measure the underside of your rat from the neck to the base of the tail. Add a quarter of an inch. Make a note where the belly is when measuring.
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    Using these measurements, cut pieces of fabric into the proper lengths. The neck and tailpiece should be no more than an inch wide. The belly piece can be up to two inches wide. Ribbon can be used in place of fabric.
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    Lay down the neck to tailpiece with the underside up.
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    Place the neck piece at the top of the neck to tailpiece. The neck piece should be centered with the underside up. Sew the two pieces together.
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    Place the belly piece in line with the spot you noted as the belly place. It should be centered on the neck to tailpiece. Sew the pieces together.
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    Place the tailpiece at the bottom of the neck to tailpiece. It should be centered. Sew the two pieces together.
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    Using the half an inch of extra space on each side of the neck piece attach Velcro. When the Velcro is closed this should make it form a circle.
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    Repeat the above step with the belly piece.
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    Sew the tailpiece closed at the top.
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    Fit the harness onto your rat. Slide the tailpiece up the tail gently and close the Velcro on the other two pieces. It should fit snuggly, but not uncomfortably on your rat.

Things You'll Need

  • String
  • Fabric or ribbon
  • Ruler or some other way of measuring
  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • needle and thread

Article Info

Categories: Mice and Rats