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    Rat Cage - What Do I Need?

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    A rat cage needs to be set up and maintained properly. With the right rat cage accessories you will ensure that your pet rat gets all the care and entertainment it needs to be healthy and develop well. For advice on setting up a rat cage for the first time, see the following tips.
     


    Types

    First you will need to decide on what kind of rat cage you want to use. Some people find that using an aquarium is the right choice, as it can provide security. The only problem with this choice is that the lack of ventilation may mean that your rat will begin to smell. You can combat this by placing a wire cage roof on top of the aquarium.

    The other option is a wire rat cage. While these may be a bit more expensive, they can be beneficial to the rat as they provide different levels to climb. This type of rat cage also gives maximum air flow, meaning less of a smell.
     

    Bedding

    Rat cage accessories will include the bedding that you provide. Comfort for your rat is important, and bedding also helps in absorbing waste. If you have opted for an aquarium, avoid using cedar and pine wood shavings. The limited ventilation makes gases from the wood accumulate and can cause rodent respiratory problems. Instead use one of the following:
     

    • Crushed corn cob – This is cheap and is good at absorbing the smell of ammonia.

    • Shredded paper – This is also a very cheap option, however it will require frequent changing as it will not absorb urine from the rat well.

    • Fluffy bedding – You will be able to buy this in a good pet shop. It is probably the priciest option, but rats love it.

    Food and Water

    Rat cage accessories will include the necessary food and water dishes. Food can be put into something that the rat cannot chew up. Choose from one of the many rodent food bowls available.

    Water bottles should hang on the outside of a wire rat cage. For aquariums, make sure the bottle is resistant to the rat’s teeth. As long as you can keep the water supply constant, the bottle’s size does not matter too much.
     

    Rat Cage Accessories – Rat Toys

    A well set-up cage will need different rat toys. It is important to provide rat toys so that your rodent can be kept occupied and stimulated. They are also good for health, exercise and development of a rat. Rat toys such as a rat wheel can be very useful. Particularly when young, a rat wheel will be enjoyed greatly by your pet. You could buy one that is intended for a ferret as this is the right sort of size that a rat wheel should be.

    Other rat toys include a little hammock. Rats like to sleep quite a lot, so having a different kind of option for sleeping is great. Use a bit of fabric to attach at the cage’s corners. The rat should use this as his place to rest.
     

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