Your New Pet Rat – All You Need To Know

THE CAGE –

Rats are like us, they like to have a proper house with rooms in it.
Think of their cage as a house and help them create different rooms to live in.

THE KITCHEN –

food and water are one of the most important things you need to provide for your rats.
If you have 3 or more rats it is best to get 2 small water bottles as that will stop the squabbling about who drinks first.
If you have 2 or 1 rat/s get a large bottle.
Although there are heaps of food bowls to choose from get a heavy one or one you can attach to the side of their cage.
Rats like to stand on their bowls and if it isn’t heavy they will tip it up and can’t get to their food.

THE TOILET-

Rats will naturally go to the toilet in a same place in their cage.
You may want to litter train them to go in their litter box.
You should put something were they go to the toilet, such as cat litter, wood shavings e.c.t

THE BEDROOMS –

Rats LOVE small, dark and cosey places to sleep and hang out in.
I recomend you should get beds for the floor and beds that hang up high, for the floor beds igloos and little houses are good and for the hanging beds hamocks and soft tubes are a rats favourite. Rats also like to nest in shredded newspaper and bird nesting things.
If you don’t want to buy anything then you can make your rats beds, maybe if you have a old shirt you can stuff it with newspaper or you may have a soft scrap of material big anough to make into a hamock and so on.

THE LIVING ROOM-

For the living room tubes and tunnels are great.
Your rats will love to sit in the tunnels and watch the world go by.
Tubes and tunnles are very exciting for rats and they love to run along in them and wriggle past each other.

Games room –

For the games room put chews, an exersize wheel, ladders and tunnels.
You can also put peices of wood so your rats claws will blunten. Your rats will love play in the games room and it will be great exersize.

Choosing The Best Rat Cage…

There’s a wide range of rat cages but suprizingly only a few of them a perfect cage for a rat.
It is very important you choose the right cage for your rat as it will be it house for a least 2 or 3 years…

Do not use aquariums!!! why???-

*In the summer the glass/plastic sides of the cage will get hot and that will cause your rats to burn up.
*Aquariums are hard to make it interesting for your rat. *Rats do not get anough air circulatain.
*You can;t hang up hammocks and rats can’t climb up bars like they love to do.

Choose a wired cage!!!why???-

*Your rat can do what they do most: Smell all the smells they can!
*Plently of space for climbing and hanging beds up. *They can breath in all the fresh air they need.
*The deep plasic base is good to put bedding in and the litter won’t get kicked out but the harmful odours will.

Get as big as a cage you can get and rats can never get anough floor space.

Beware of escape artists!!!-
Ferret cages are the best for rats who like to escape as they are built stronger.

Easy access for everyone-

Buy a cage with lots of big doors as it is so much easier to handle and get out your rats.
Big doors are also good if you like to play with your rats inside their cage or like to change their toys around reglarly.
Big doors are great for those rats who like to escape as it is quite hard to miss if you forget to close it.

Climbing- A long wire cage is a rats dream, and I have always thought how bored a rat would be if it could not climb.
But the thing is if you have a long cage you have to have a lot of hammocks and things that can catch your rat if s/he falls.
The rats cage is one of the most important role in its life and it is your job to make good.
If your rat can climb it will build up their muscles and that is really good for them.