How to Make Rat Tea

A rat tea bag – filled with used bedding from our rat habitats.

Rat Tea is simply liquid rat odor that can be used to set trails for training at home as well as for Trailing & Locating competitions.  Making rat tea is easy, even if you don’t have rats.

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 – 3 cups of used rat bedding (if you don’t have rats, your local pet store will often send you home with a bag of used bedding)
  • Cheese cloth, pantyhose or similar
  • Bucket
  • Spray Bottles / Storage Containers
  • Rubber or Nitrile Gloves
  • Funnel

Directions:  Place rat bedding inside pantyhose or cheese cloth.  Twist and knot the end so no bedding can spill out.  Boil 1 gallon of water.  Pour into a bucket.  We recommend one with a pour spout for ease of us.  Steep the rat bedding tea bag in the water for 60 minutes.  Remove the tea bag.  Pour the rat tea into a spray bottle or jug.

There are two ways you can use your rat tea:

  1. Using a spray bottle.  Set the nozzle to stream.  Spray the scent line as desired.
  2. Using a rag on a string.  Soak the rag in rat tea.  Drag the scent line as desired.


About the photo:  Zara UL-I TL-I, a six year old Weimaraner, follows the track in Trailing & Locating.  Zara is loved and owned by Gill Norris.  Photo credit by Rebecca Munson.

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