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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-04-2011, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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my rat keeps escaping

I have two baby rats, and I just bought them a new cage. The cage I got is meant for a bunny, but in the reviews people noted that it was perfect for two adult rats. The measurements between the bars wasn't listed, so I didn't think anything of it, but now one of the rats keeps squeezing through.

I know I've heard rats can fit anywhere their head can, but do their heads get bigger? The spacing between the bars is about one inch, should I get a different cage, or will they not be able to escape once they get older?
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My sister uses rabbit cages for adults. I'm not totally sure what she does with them when they're babies, maybe an aquarium, maybe a hamster cage. Your rats will grow, that means their heads too. For the time being I would maybe get another cage for them. I don't know how long they're that small but once they're adults they'll be fine in the cage you have now.
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You can check the measurement with a ruler. Yes, their skulls will increase in size, so they could eventually be kept in the cage you have. It's between 4 - 6 months old that they will reach a size large enough for a larger spaced cage if they are destined to be large enough.

For babies, small adult males, and most any adult female, you don't want spacing any wider than 1/2 inch.

For full grown large males, 1 inch spacing should be sufficient.

A cage with 1/2 inch spacing will be more expensive than a cage with 1 inch spacing, because there is more wire in the product. Something many people do is purchase hardware cloth and zip ties from their local hardware store. With a small wire cutter you can cut the cloth to size and then wrap and zip tie it to your cage to turn it into a 1/2 inch bar cage cheaply.

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Yep, Storyseeker's idea is a good one. You can then take the hardware cloth off the cage once they are too big to escape. Just make sure that you don't have any sharp ends or points on the cloth before you attach it to the cage.

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for the most part I am having the same issue my little guy totally has a lot of space in the cage but it seems like any time I turn my back he darts through the bars of his cage. I am going to make a run up to a hardware store tomorrow and get some of the cloth you are talking around.......hopefully this will help solve my issues.

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