I've owned rats before, I had 2 males I purchased as babies and had for almost a year. I had them in a 3 story bird cage but dear lord I could not get over the stench. They would pee outside the cage and although I wiped down the cage daily, bleached it completely weekly, used Carefresh bedding I still could not get rid of the stench. Even after they were gone it took weeks before my room smelled normal again.
I do miss them though, not the reeking pee smell, but how friendly they were.
I REALLY love the little dumbo rats.
Are females any better with the smell or do they all stink as badly as those 2?
Any other options besides rats that maybe don't stink as bad?