Here is a quick list of care recommendations. There may be more detailed descriptions on the "Rat Care" page. If not, and you would like to know more about a product, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
There are many more cage options that what I have linked. If there are others you find, please send me a link, so I can check to see if it will be suitable for the ratties you wish to adopt. **Links in the titles.
This cage is lower on the list due to it having a plastic pan. Rats have been known to chew through these before, so metal bases are best. However, I have never had any chewers with plastic pans. Suitable for 2-3 rats (2 for males, 3 for females).
Cages for full grown rats standard sized rats:
Cages listed above can still be used for full grown rats. The cages under this list will have bar spacing larger than 1/2 inch, which young rats and dwarves would be able to escape from.
I currently have two of these cages. The one for males can fit up seven, no more. The one for female can fit up to nine, but no more. I've not had any issues with these cages. One complaint I hear often is that both doors do not open like the Critter Nation. However, I have found creative ways to work around this. It also helps if you have a second person who can help reach places.
The single can fit up to four females or three males.
If you find other options, please ask before purchasing. Not all foods advertised as "rat food" are actually safe or healthy for them.
- Oxbow Adult Rat Food (not the young rat food) - Mazuri 6f - Mazuri Rat & Mouse Fod (good for young rats) - Harlan Teklad/Envigo 2018 - Science Selective Rat & Mouse Food - Kruse's Perfection Mouse & Rat Food
Food to Avoid:
- Kaytee Brand foods (mixes and blocks) - Heavy seed/nut/filler mixes - Dried corn as a main ingredient
These types of food are unhealthy and/or do not provide the needed nutrients for your ratties to be happy and healthy. If you want to provide a healthy mix of foods, I have a list on the Rat Care tab. You want their diet to be at least 55% lab blocks to ensure they're getting the compacted nutrients provided in them.
While rats can survive on lab blocks alone, it is best for them to have fresh foods, as well as a variety to live longer, healthier lives. Here is a linkto a list of safe and dangerous foods for your ratties!
While there is a lot of controversy on wood-based beddings, I have found no issues as long as the cage is kept clean, the right kind is bought, and it is as dust free as possible. I will add other options if you wish to not use any wood-based beddings. There are most definitely some wood shavings that are unhealthy for rats, or any animals, so I will be giving the safe options.
- Aspen shavings - Poplar shavings - Kiln-dried pine shavings (must be kiln-dried) - Kiln-dried pine pellets NO cedar or mixed wood shavings that don't say the types of wood included!
- Yesterday's News: Cat Litter - Carefresh (non-scented and non-dyed) - Critter Care - Back2Nature Ensure any paper bedding you are purchasing is free of scents, dyes, baking soda, or any chemical additives. These can be irritating to rats' lungs, harmful to ingest, and may cause respiratory issues.
Many people like to line their cages with fleece. If this is done, there will need to be an added absorbent layer underneath, such as a few layers of newspaper or custom liners. A plus side with fleece, all sorts of cute patterns and themes can be found, making the cage more pleasing to look at. If you decide to use fleece, your ratties will need to be litter trained. Fleece alone, even with the absorbent layer, does not absorb ammonia enough. This can cause respiratory infections. Rats are easily litter trained, which keeps the cage even cleaner. Any of the bedding options above can be used inside the litter boxes. For more info on litter training, go here. Videos can also be found on YouTube if you are more of a visual learner.
I make and sell many different, customizable fleece accessories if you are interested in those. There is also a page dedicated to DIY toys/accessories, and a few that can be bought at the store. If you find some, please ask if they are safe before purchasing. Many times, toys and treats are advertised as safe, but they are actually harmful to ratties.