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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2005, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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i know rats are prone to respitory infections and i have always done all i can to keep them from getting them. my question is would it be okay to open some windows in my room when it gets hot? (my rats are in my room) i just moved in with my boyfriend and we are trying to be cheap on the bills and probably will not have the AC on alot. so we were going to open windows. we have a basement house so it will not be too hot anyway. the rats are in a corner and there are not any windows faceing the cage, so i dont think they will catch a draft. what do you guys think?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2005, 12:08 AM
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As long as they aren't directly in front of the window and there isn't a HUGE breeze that is blowing dust and stuff around the room, they should be fine. I had windows open in the winter in the same room the rat was in (our apt complex had a lot of older people, so they kept the heat super high, and we had no way to control it ourselves. I think I was the only person in PA that opened windows in January, but oh well)

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My rats love it when we open the windows! Just make sure they are out of direct sun light and that if it gets chilly or damp in the evenings that they aren't getting a draft. Other than that they will most likely welcome the breeze. If they get too overheated you can freeze some water bottles and put them in the cage. They will enjoy laying up next to them to cool off.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2005, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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thanks. i think that i may worry too much about my babies getting sick. i have not had good luck with my past rats.
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I agree with what everyone else has said as long as they aren't in a draft or in direct sunlight they will be fine with the windows open as they will appreciate the cool fresh air as much as you will

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 12:52 PM
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it's fine.. probably better because you're airing out the place anyway. I'd be more worried about dust and mold in the house than outside it.

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