Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
Diamond, I got a Martin's cage. They have some great stuff. From what I saw, they didn't offer plastic levels or plastic tops. It was wire only with a plastic base. They offered powder coated and non powder coated. I paid the 10 dollars extra for powder coated as I've been told it lasts so much longer.
I'm sure you could purchase an extra plastic base and affix it to the tops with a little fancy drill work and zip ties, or even the spring clamps included to secure the plastic base.
I have seen many people purchase felt scraps in bulk from fabric stores and cut them to size to provide a soft and solid surface over the wire levels. That's what I'm doing with mine. It seems like it would make spot cleaning easier as well, since all you'd do is throw a load of soiled felt into the wash every 2-4 days.
I'm speaking purely as a greenhorn, as I'm still on the wait list for my first pair of rats ever. But in scouring the internet, I have seen a couple of different folks praise Bitter Apple as an effective and safe chew deterrent while others have touted plain old lemon juice, though they were speaking of protecting baseboards in your home rather than in the rat's living quarters.
You might want to look into that and double check the safety of it if it's going to be where they live. Any other experts here can feel free to correct me as well. I'm still learning.
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