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post #1 of 14 Old 06-06-2009, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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the rat thread!!

The rat thread is here!! I need to ideas/help. How big should a rat cage be(pics)?

POst anything rat related: pics, comman information, and all that stuff!
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-06-2009, 11:13 PM
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Are you looking to get rats? I say plural because they really should not be alone. My guy is alone, but not for long. I am currently looking to getting him a friend.
Rats need tons of stimulation, so a cage will need to be bigger than you may think, otherwise their brains melt. Ok, not really, but if not put to use they might as well.

Personally I would go to a shelter or a rescue of some sort. They know the rats, and hopefully handle them regularly so they are tame.

Don't use pine or cedar shavings. Best would be a litter box with litter in it, and cloths for bedding. Don't get a cage with metal bars on the bottom, unless you are covering it. They can get bumble foot easily.

As for cage size, a good idea is to give each rat at least 2 cubic feet to raom around. And then fill all that space with toys and hammocks. They LOVE hammocks.
Here's a couple cage pics:

This one was homemade:
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Oh my goodness! Your cage is too cool whipple!
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I have one rat and im getting another one. I have a small cage with like nothing in it exept toys and water and food. I am saving money to but i really big one tho.
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The best rat cage ever... critter nation by midwest:
Midwest Critter Nation Small Pet Habitat - Habitats & Cages - Small Pet - PetSmart
I have the double-level, but you can get the single level, too. Really good, hardy quality. Doesn't have pans deep for shavings so everyone lines the trays with fleece:



People sell cage sets that they make here: Goosemoose Pet Portal - Pack Rat Swap Meet
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heh, cute n creative
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Love the cages! Mine was boring! They kept braking everything xD haha...
I miss my rats :(

Here's a pic of Yang:


I don't have any good pics of them and I don't have any of Ying :( I lost them all :'(
They were super social and sweet! :) They never bit me or anything.
Yang once peed on my friends hand OMG it was sooo funny! xD

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Those arent my cages. My cage right now is a chinchilla cage. It has a second level, with a house and a litter pan up top. Not too many toys as I am super broke.
Actually it turns out I will have to be putting Yogurt to sleep. He has an inner ear infection and I've been told he is in tons of pain. I was then told off (on the rat forum I mentioned before Jorats.com) for not having a vet fund and whatnot. I have to use my savings to pay rent, and in two months if I still havent found work I will be in a shelter and the rat will be euthinized anyhow. If you go on that forum, be careful what you say. They tend to be nazis about rats.
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Sorry, but I agree whipple. If you can't pay the bills, don't get the pet. At one point, I paid $400 in two months, and then the rat still needed to be put to sleep. I did not get another pet untill I had the money saved upagain, and I worked at odd jobs to keep a vet fund going for the other 12 I had at the time.
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Im sorry to hear the whipple, didnt you just get yogurt?
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