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How do your rats live the ratty life? What kind of cage set up do you have?

Here's my current one:

Critter Nation 2 level
Housing 6 male rats




 

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The critter nation is my dream cage too :D My boys seem to like this cage until I can afford it though
 

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You'll need to find a place like photobucket to house them, and then copy the image link for a forum from there.
 

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this is my home made Grotto style Hotel my Ratties live in and love its super easy to clean
Cindy the girl stretching on the door is the mum of the choc swirl litter, she has just adopted a litter from another girl who was biting the bubs to hard, Cindy is taking wonderful care of them.
 

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"Rat rages? Ruh Roh Raggy!" :D
 

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this is my home made Grotto style Hotel my Ratties live in and love its super easy to clean
Cindy the girl stretching on the door is the mum of the choc swirl litter, she has just adopted a litter from another girl who was biting the bubs to hard, Cindy is taking wonderful care of them.
Look how fat those little chewy babies look! :D They must have been sweet and tasty. I'm glad Cindy's taking care of them.

I love your cage set up. The florescent color scheme is groovy!
 

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Picture of my rat cage from last night ( I have more toys and climbs they are just dirty) and little Yuki sitting at the bottom

Trance mine I bought online then half custom built

 

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Hey Trance, It's funny, but in my experience most adequate rat cages can't be found at pet stores. Well...I found a couple that are adequate, but not good, and they were overpriced for what you got. Mine is especially designed with rats in mind and I special ordered it from an online vendor for almost half off.

You may already be a ratty veteran and know your stuff, but in the event you're not and you're interested in finding or building a cage, I can hook you up with some links. I spend two years researching. Someone should benefit from my work. LOL
 

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In my experience you really cant find any good animal habitats other than fish tanks in pet stores

also I would like the links as well :D
 

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Martins Cages:http://www.martinscages.com/products/cages/rat/
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Cheap for what you get. I recommend only the R-680, R-685, and the R-695 for 2-3 rats. Spend the little extra for the powder coating. Galvanized absorbs urine smells and deteriorates much faster. For 20 dollars more, you get 2 or more years extra of use. I really like these cages. They are light enough to be maneuverable for easy cleaning. The doors in some models are narrower, making it hard to squeeze your shoulders into them for cleaning corners, but they will also often come with a flip top lid. I prefer the flip top for easy access even though it can be a pain w/ rats squeezing through and escaping. To prevent escape, I reenforced my flip top with mini-bungie ties purchased at Home Depot .




Critter Nation Cages:
http://www.midwesthomes4pets.com/category/default.aspx?submenu=2&catid=140
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The Rolls Royce of rat cages IMO. Each level houses up to 6 rats depending on size and personalities. This cage comes with the escape proof recommended 1/2 inch horizontal (rat climbable) bar spacing. It is sturdy and very easy to clean. However, it's large and heavy, making it difficult to move on a non flat surface in spite of the wheeled base. The pans are too shallow for pour in bedding and it can be difficult to find a way to secure flannel/felt lining to them. The single cage usually goes for $200 or so US dollars and the double goes for $400. I snagged my double for $225 including shipping and handling at CSN online store. The price fluctuates some month to month but they offer free shipping, so it comes out cheaper than most other places including pets direct. Be willing to shop around though. Deals pop up all the time.

http://www.csnstores.com/keyword.php?keyword=critter+nation&ust=&dept=0&command=dosearch


Ferret Nation Cages:
http://www.ferretnation.net/

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Made by the same manufacturers as the Critter Nation but notably cheaper. The bar spacing is 1 inch wide, which makes it unsuitable for juvenile or smaller female rats, though it works fine for big male rats. Also, the bars are vertically spaced making it difficult to attach hammocks for climbing. It can be modified by hand by wrapping it in hardware cloth. So while not pretty, if money is an issue, this might be a better option than the Critter Nation. Otherwise, identical cleaning and mobility issues as the Critter Nation.

Bass Cages:
http://www.bassequipment.com/default.aspx
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Intended more for large scale breeders, but can be purchased for pet owners. The pan that comes with a ferret/critter nation is too shallow for pour in bedding, so many owners will get a custom sized pan here.


PETCO Rat Manor Habitat:
This seems to be a fairly new cage offered at PETCO. You can purchase it directly from the store, and it has the adequate minimal size requirements for up to 3 rats and 1/2 inch horizontal bar spacing. It is comparable to the Martin's cages but of flimsier construction. It boasts a metal (rustable) pan vs. the Martin's durable plastic base. Base price is usually comparable to a Martin's but is less durable than a Martins. (As of this posting, you can purchase it at $20 off the regular price w/ free shipping @ the PETCO online site). http://www.petco.com/product/106171/PETCO-Rat-Manor-Habitat.aspx#description-tab



Housing Considerations for Rats:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Housing_Pet_Rats


Atlanta based rat breeder who offers used cages at discount prices. Check with rescues and breeders in your area to see if they offer cheap cages. Also keep an eye out on Craiglist for cheap ferret cages:
http://www.pxrats.com/cageSALES.html


Cheap Rat Toy Ideas:
http://www.dapper.com.au/toys.htm#ramps


Home Made Rat Cage Ideas:
Wire Shelving:
http://exoticpets.about.com/od/careofrats/ss/myratcage.htm
Grotto Styles:
http://www.dapper.com.au/cages.htm
Hardware Cloth (Cheapest):
http://www.ratbehavior.org/CageDirections.htm
Hardware Cloth, PVC, and Zip Ties:
http://www.casualhacker.net/blog/build-your-own-rat-cage/
Round Cage:
http://www.ratfanclub.org/cagepln2.html
Bin Style Cage for Pregnant/Nursing or Sick rats:
http://jorats.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2756
DIY Cage Building Accessories:
https://bunnyrabbit.com/price/cagequip2.htm


Calculating Proper Size for Cage:
http://www.rattycorner.com/odds/calc.shtml
 

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yeah still want the critter nation lol
 

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Oh yeah, size considerations:
2 cubic square feet per rat. Bare minimum for 2 large rats: 18inch deep x 24 inch wide x 32 inches high. A cage with these dimensions is a good sleeping cage, but your rats will need their out of cage time. It's best to go as high as you can manage w/ 3-4 feet being preferred as rats /love/ to climb. In short, buy the most cage you can for your money.
 
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