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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2008, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question about cages...

For my birthday, my parents might let me get a couple rats. So I've been doing a lot of research as to what equiptment and food is best, etc., etc. Recently my sister, who wants a chinchilla, told me that it is unsafe to get a chinchilla a cage with plastic platforms, because they might chew them and die. Is this also true for rats? I haven't read this anywhere, but I just wanted to make sure...


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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I sure hope not. We have a ferret cage with the plastic shelves. Also we have it surrounded with aluminum window screen (a couple of escape artists are to blame for that). They chew holes in the window screen and not only have we not had any deaths so far non of them have been sick. One of them even had a healthy liter of 9 babies. I do sometimes wonder if the babies have aluminum bones but I try not to think about it too much. The only problem I could see is the bars may be far enough apart that a smaller rat could get out through them. I wouldn't want the bars to be more than half an inch apart just cause sometimes we have reasonably young rats and they can squeeze through just about anything.
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No, not nesserserily. My rats don't chew on theirs, which are plastic, but if you are worries they will than get some chew toys and put stuff in their cage for them to chew on, than they will have no need to chew the plastic floors.
The types of shelves you don't want to get are wire ones, because your rats can get ulcerative pododermatitis, or in other words, bumble foot, which is just foot problems, but you can cover them over with something if you end up with them
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2008, 02:23 AM
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Plastic floors are okay. If you do get a superpet cage just remember that those levels have a trench in them that can get filled with pee and gunk. The best way to help that is to just wipe them down everyday. It might be a pain but it'll only take a minute.
Petco came out with a new rat manor that I heard is pretty decent for the price. It's up to you whether or not you cover the floors with linoleum or fabric. Just make sure thought that if they are wire that you should have a solid spot somewhere in the cage so they can rest their feet. It has pretty much been determined that bumble foot is caused by bacteria not walking on wires.
Superpet just came out with an exotics cage that I've heard pretty good things about. Do a good search for the rat cage calculator and put the dimensions in there of the cages you're interested in so you know how many rats it will hold. Some cages are marketed for rats but they're WAY too small

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Thanks for the advice. I'm glad I can get plastic shelves because I found a really good cage at PetSmart with plastic shelves.


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