Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Derbyshire, England
Some good stuff - you must be very bored, lol! However, I don't agree with some points, I'm afraid.
Rats should not be housed in tanks. They like to climb, tanks are not big enough for a pair of rats and what's more, rats suffer from respiratory problems and as they wee a lot, a glass tank will cause a build up of ammonia which will damage their health. Rats need a cage as these give them the opportunity to climb and provide the air circulation that they need for their health.
My degus love their cage too, and I can't imagine any sized tank being big enough to give them the opportunity to play and climb as they need to do. A tank with a cage topper is a good solution for degus, but mine love their cage.
It's easier to attach a wheel and accessories to a cage too.
My gerbils and Shaw's jirds loved their tank though, and the way that they dig I do believe a good sized tank is great for them. You can buy tank toppers which again would probably be a good compromise for jirds. Martins cages sell them.
I don't like mesh wheels either, I prefer solid ones as I think they're far safer. The silent spinner wheels you've featured are supposed to be good though I decided to go for a metal one straight away despite the expense as I know that degus like to gnaw...and gnaw.. and gnaw.. lol!
I could not feed my rats 24/7 from my hand. Initially, as trust training, it's great to hand feed, but it's important for rodents to have food available all the time. Mine get a dog bowl, eathenware type, as they can't shift it about and it's easy to clean. Both the rats and the degus, that is.
I do think you've made some really good points though! Sos orry for the moans. Just that lots of people will read this so I wanted to say what I have done as this comes from experience and from mistakes I have made in the past. I don't want others to make the same mistakes I did years ago.
Thanks for taking the time to type all this out. Maybe you should write an accurate and up-to-date rodent keeping book. Most of the info in books is wrong and hopelessly inaccurate, which is a shame as so many people still believe implicitly what they read in a book.
Love Han and her 'babies'! x
3 degus - Basil, Rosie and Mary
3 chinchillas - Betsy, Chewy and Snowy
9 ratties - Mollie, Fudge, Rolo, Flora, Daisy, Blossom, Bailey, Tia and Honey
2 spiny mice - Oscar and Ned
2 Syrian hamsters - Herbert and Tinkerbell