Dumbo Rat Cages

Choosing cages for pet rats can be a bit tricky, especially if you want to provide them the best possible environment. You will be happy to know that there are a wide variety of pet rat cages available today in every imaginable shape and size. When choosing one, it is important to keep in mind that that cage will be your rat’s home for the next 2-3 years, so it is important to find one where they can be safe and comfortable all the time.

Aquariums as a Makeshift Cage

Some people opt to use old aquariums as cages. While this may be acceptable for gerbils and hamsters, it can actually pose some serious problems for rats. For one, the enclosed environment of aquariums does not allow good ventilation. The lack of air circulation will mean possible buildup of the ammonia smell that comes from rat urine, which can pose possible health risks to rats and shorten their life expectancy. 

Advantages of Wire Cages

There are a number of wire cages sold online and in pet stores that are specifically designed for rats. The great thing about wire cages it is ability to provide great ventilation and at the same time allow your curious pets to smell and see the world outside the four corners of their homes. When choosing a wire cage, make sure to choose one with a solid plastic base where you can set up comfortable bedding.

 


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Practical Tips

  • If you have already invested in a good quality wire cage for your pet rat, keep in mind that proper location is also very important. Since wire cages do not offer much protection from drafts, place the cage in a draft-free place, and well away from direct sunlight. 

  • Place some rat toys that they can climb on to help build their muscles. Every now and then, it is also a good idea to change a few things and renovate their home. Rats love to explore a new place. 

  • While rats always love to play and climb, they can also be victims of bad falls. Hence, it is important to choose just the right height so a possible drop will not harm your rat.

  • It is also advisable to choose a cage with a considerably larger door. This is because, as your pet rat grows older, you may need to use both of your hands to hold him. This can be difficult with a small door. It can also be a great idea to purchase one with a separate door on the roof area so it is easier to pull out your pet without causing upsets or injuries. 

  • It is also very important to choose a cage that is specifically designed for rats, and not those that are constructed for gerbils and ferrets that have larger bar spacing. This opens up opportunities for rats to squeeze out and escape, leaving them free to roam and possibly cause trouble and potentially harm themselves.

 

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