How To: Give Medicine
It's basically inevitable that at some point in a rats life, they'll have to eat or drink something they'd prefer not to. You'd be surprised how quickly that tiny little potato can turn into a walking razor blade! So here are a few tricks:
1. Think preemptively! Keep a couple of syringes around and feed your rats yummy treats like yogurt and baby food from the syringe. They'll learn to trust whatever is coming out of it, to be something nummy for them to eat. It makes having to administer meds significantly easier than trying to coax a suspicious rat. I cant guarantee they won't run off with the syringe though.
2. If the syringe fails! Try hiding the medicine in something more aromatic -- watered down peanut butter, for example. Or use something they really really love -- most go to foods are baby foods, jellies, or even cat food if you have to.
3. If hiding the meds in the food doesn't work, trying rolling it in something tantalizing -- dark chocolate chips are my go to and it has yet to fail, even when the med is gross like anti-inflammatory.
4. If every method, even putting it in the water bottle, has failed you may have to turn your furry friend into a burRATo (wrap him tight in a towel) and administer by force. This is obviously the least desirable method, but don't be afraid to force him if the meds are important! You can give them lots of nummy foods after and Im sure they'll forget.