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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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ratproofing bedroom?

right now little kim has a run in my room which she can run about in, but i want to spoil her, especially when she's introduced to the babies. i want to give her the whole room to run around in.

i think my room's a little tricky to rat proof though. there's my computer up here on a desk, my dad put this stupidly complicated entertainment system up here and there's alot of plugholes. this means there's ALOT of wires around.

it's also a tip at the moment, but i can (or really should) sort that out by myself.

i was doing my research and it says to put tubing around wires, but there's alot of wires and i don't think i can afford all that tubing. would it be possible to cut out little cardboard blockers and put that around the whole mass of wires? they're mainly in one place, that's why i thought that might work.

there's also stairs in the room. i know stairs could be fun for a rattie, but should i block them off? there's a door at the bottom, so they wouldn't be able to get out if they went down the stairs. are stairs more of a risk than fun climbing things?

any other tips for someone about to set off on a ratproofing quest?


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Is there any way you can get the wires put up high??
Like lifted up or something - sorry it is late and I don't know how to explain what I mean.


I don't think wire tubing is too expensive tho.


I used to let my rats climb up and down stairs (when I had them at my old house).If they cannot get out at the bottom of the stairs,then I don't see the harm of letting them go up and down the stairs.


But you can block the stairs off with a baby-gate or some boxes if you want.However extremely smart ratties will often find a way around these things - trust me! Haha.




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its pretty much down one side of the run, so i think i'll use the existing run to section it off. that way, i can grab the rats if they try to climb it to get to the yummy wires.

if your rats seemed happy with the stairs, i think mine will be ok. if it turns into a disaster area i can always section it off later.

on the tubing front. there's ALOT of wires. i just dont have the money.

could i tape a skirting made of cardboard along the bottom of the sofa so they dont climb underneath it?


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Yeah,taping a skirting of cardboard would be fine.Just make sure they don't start chewing it and get under.I have "lost" rats in couches before and it was a task to get them out! They thought it would be fun to get all inside the couch and everything.


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We're probably moving in a couple of years, so I will rat proof my new room.
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i should be moving september next year, so i'm gunna rat proof the whole flat. should be fun for the ratties.


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i have rat proofed my room...i dont know if i would do the whole house though...that means you can hardly have electronics..be prepared that they will chew although mostly in the first year and slow down afterwards in my experience, anyway...


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i have rat proofed my room...i dont know if i would do the whole house though...that means you can hardly have electronics..be prepared that they will chew although mostly in the first year and slow down afterwards in my experience, anyway...
Hahaha...it depends tho.
My beloved Zephyr (R.I.P) was always a BIG chewer and chewed even in his old age.He chewed everything! Hahaha...whatever was near him,he chewed.




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