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03-10-2014 09:17 PM
HarleyTheGSD Great! Well, I'll be getting this very large cage tomorrow, that will easily and comfortably house two large male rats.
I will also get hardware cloth to cover the cage, so they cannot escape.
I have another question: where can I find ladders that attach to shelves?
03-09-2014 11:55 PM
Discoetheque I like to get cages with vertical bars for young rats. I find the spacing on them to be much tighter than anything I could get with horizontal bars. I think the cage I had starting out was some little junk ferret cage from Petco (far too small for a ferret of any size, IMHO). I didn't care for the size of it even for a young rat, but mine were only in it while I was in class and at night. They were out with me the rest of the available time.
Once they're big enough (and I typically keep males, who seem to grow quickly and quite a bit, at that), then I move them to my big chinchilla cage (the SuperPet one...not sure of the bar spacing...it might be an inch, roughly). I've never had any escapes in the nearly ten years I've owned rats. I wouldn't keep small females in that cage at all because it likely wouldn't take much for them to slip out of the generous spacing of those bars, but it's perfect for chunky boys.
03-09-2014 11:21 PM
wolfy dog
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Is it possible for a cage to be too big? I'm getting a cage tomorrow that's 5 feet tall, bottom is 30x30 inches. Has 6 shelves The bars are 1 inch apart, so I'll have to get some hardware cloth to cover it, correct?
A rat cage is never too big if the rats are social with you. For new rats and babies I use a small cage so they can't flee.
I would not trust 1 inch bars. I had three rats stay in it but the 4th always escaped so I covered it with HW cloth.
there is a lizzard cage that is also awesome for rats. It is huge:Colossal Corner Lizard Cage is a Huge, Beautiful Enclosure for Your Pet
Just to make your mouth water
03-09-2014 11:15 PM
HarleyTheGSD Is it possible for a cage to be too big? I'm getting a cage tomorrow that's 5 feet tall, bottom is 30x30 inches. Has 6 shelves The bars are 1 inch apart, so I'll have to get some hardware cloth to cover it, correct?
03-08-2014 01:52 PM
blehmannwa We ended up with the ferret cage--not critter nation but another brand and it is secure--so far. The rats are pretty big and full grown. We have three hooded females.

Havoc is fascinated with them but the pit bull won't even go into the room where they are kept. Which is great as I think that she has less impulse control than Havoc.
03-08-2014 01:38 PM
Blanketback I have an aquarium that I use as an isolation area for very young babies I'm going to introduce or if one is sick, but they're really not very good at all. Not if you're going to give them any kind of meaningful existence. They won't die in one, but that's not the best measure, lol.

ETA: I shouldn't say they won't die in one, since they're prone to mycoplasmosis anyways, and the ventilation is an issue.
03-08-2014 01:30 PM
llombardo That's interesting about the glass aquarium, I've never had any problems with them, well the rats didn't. I did clean it quite frequently.
03-08-2014 12:30 PM
wolfy dog * But two males are the max for this cage. Petco Manor
03-08-2014 12:22 PM
Blanketback I second the Critter Nation!! I have the double height one, and it was expensive but well worth it. There's lots of floor space with ample room to hang things too. There's room for an exercise wheel (a solid one, so they don't hurt themselves) on the top floor, and room for a litter box on the lower level (they're so clean!). It's really the only way to go, IMO. Check out how cool some of these awesome cages are set up by using google images - some of them are amazing!

The ferret cages have too large of a gap between the bars, unless it's a large full-grown male being housed in it. The other issue is that they're not very safe (hurting themselves by falling off the shelves) and having inadequate floor space.

Glass aquariums are horrible for them, as wolfy dog mentioned. That rat forum link that was provided will help you tons
03-08-2014 11:43 AM
wolfy dog Tanks are NOT good for rats and shouldn't be used for them. There is no ventilation to get rid of the ammonia fumes from their urine and will cause upper respiratory conditions which all American pet rats are prone to.
The best cage is Critter Nation from Mid West. They are awesome. You can get them cheaper when you shop online. If your cage bar are spaced wider than 1/2 inch you have to cover it with 1 X 1 cm hard ware cloth to keep them in. Adult males may be contained in a ferret cage with wider bars but I wouldn't count on it. But two males are the max for this cage. Before the Critter Nation came out I had a Ferret Nation, covered in hardware cloth to keep the smaller ones in. Currently I have my rats in a Petco Rat Manor and it serves me and them well.
For more details go to :Rat Forum
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