Best Rat Cages Review 2017 - Top 5 Comparison + Buying Guide

The one at Cages by Design made me drool all over my keyboard. I'd LOVE that for my pet rats!
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It is also worth noting (besides the fact that my rats are the smartest, friendliest, cuddliest, and best behaved pets I have EVER had; cats and dogs included) that pet stores and breeders that are worth anything will have their rats in barred cages, as opposed to glass tanks. Glass tanks are terrible for their already-delicate respiratory systems, and I’m always extremely skeptical of places that deem it okay for them to live in such conditions. However, I wouldn’t always rule out feeder-bred rats as pets. Two of my sweetest ones were feeders, and perfect angels.
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As far as cages go, "the bigger, the better" almost always applies to pets, and rats are no exception. Ideally, you want the biggest cage you can afford that's still safe for your furry friend. Rats are extremely intelligent creatures who thrive on exploration and enriching playtime. A bigger cage allows for more toys and accessories without giving up valuable floor space. Multistory cages are also ideal, as your rat will enjoy climbing and exploring the different areas. If you don't have a lot of space, follow the 2 feet rule: the cage needs to be a minimum of 2 feet deep, wide and high. Many commercially available "rat" cages are not big enough to properly house a pet rat. May 1, 2017 - Male and female rats may be mixed in pet store rat cages, one of the many reasons you shouldn't be adopting from a chain pet shop
Photo provided by FlickrI do like the carrier, though. The one at Cages by Design made me drool all over my keyboard. I'd LOVE that for my pet rats! Rattie Love Rescue
Photo provided by FlickrAmong the larger, more exploratory rodents kept as pets, rats require larger cages than smaller cousins like mice, hamsters and gerbils
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Aquariums and enclosed hamster cages are not suitable for rats as ammonia build up from their urine can cause health problems due to poor cage ventilation. Some of the best rat cages on the market are actually ferret cages, however, the bar spacing may be a little wide for young rats, which may be able to squeeze through and escape. If you own a large rat, ferret cages offer fantastic spacious living quarters for your pet rat.Perhaps one of the cheapest ways to house your pet rats is to build your own cages. There are many websites online that you can find blueprints for pet rat homes on. If you have been slightly discouraged by the current prices on premade rat homes and cages, this could be the best option for you. Generally, homemade cages are made out of items such as chicken wire or specifically cut shelving and closet racks for the upper part of the cage, with the base being made out of a variety of liquid resistant and stain resistant materials such as plastic storage containers. These can be very effective rat cages, and can be custom made to fit in a certain area in your home. If you have a large rat colony, you could even transform large wooden furniture into a rat cage, such as an old dresser. These pieces of furniture are usually obtained at yard sales, to lessen the cost.If you are okay with purchasing a pre-owned cage, then you could save anywhere from 25% to over 90% on a habitat for your pet rat. Previously used cages are generally pretty cheap simply because they come from people who potentially owned a pet in the past, but were forced to rehome it or it could have even passed away. These are ideal people to purchase cages from if you are currently on a budget. If you own or plan to own several pet rats, you may need several cages. This method of purchasing cages could save you several hundreds of dollars throughout time.It’s important to clean your pet rat’s cage on a regular basis. Take out your pet’s food and water dishes every day, wash them out and disinfect them. Then give your rat fresh food and water. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends that you remove droppings and soiled litter daily and that you give the cage a complete cleaning once a week. Rats that live in small cages, or those that are a bit overcrowded, will need their cages cleaned more frequently.