Coroplast Corrugated Plastic and Other Scatter Guards: Why They Are Important and What You Should Use

Using Coroplast and Other Scatter Guards for Your Rat Cages: How to Keep Your Rats From Being Messy and Floors Clean!

4 week old baby rat kitsWe all love our rats dearly, we truly do. From their cute little noses to their long, perfect little tails, they steal our hearts with every ounce of cuteness within their little bodies. However, the mess we don’t love so much! This is why coroplast, other scatter guards, litter catchers, and floor mats are so important to catch bedding, poop, food, and other things that the rats make a mess of outside of the cage. When they kick all of their waste and bedding outside of the cage, it tracks all over the home- and it doesn’t smell very pleasant. For those of you who are suffering, LOOK NO FURTHER! We’ve got the answers!

What Is A Scatter Guard, and How Can It Help Me┬áKeep My Pet Rats’ Waste and Bedding In the Cage Instead of On the Floor?

juvenile roan blaze rat sleepingScatter guards are these glorious headache solving, work eliminating, floor protecting ideas that will keep you sane! If you have a mountain of bedding, rat poop, seed shells, and shredded remnants of toys currently taking up residence on your floor, it is time to get them. They mount on the cage (preferably the inside, so dirt and waste doesn’t get trapped between it and the cage bars), and keep bedding and waste from being kicked out by your rats. Rats are notorious for just tossing stuff outside of the cage. They literally do it on purpose; and sometimes? I swear they look right at you and do it, as if to say, “Do something, bro!” Maybe I’m the one that is crazy, but they truly are devious creatures at times. Anyways, they really do put an end to this rat parent torture and you can make them yourself! Even though you can get better rat cages with some protection, even the best ones have flaws (such as the double critter nation). Continue reading Coroplast Corrugated Plastic and Other Scatter Guards: Why They Are Important and What You Should Use

Protecting Ratty Feet: Avoiding Wire Shelves, Ramps, and Floors

Protecting Ratty Feet: Avoiding Wire Shelves, Ramps, and Floors

Wire is really bad for our little ratties, unless it is only the cage walls. Cage walls are recommended to be wire, actually. However, using wire as a ramp, floor, or shelf can cause a lot of health issues for rats. It can even handicap them or deform their little paws! We may have to buy cages that use these wire features but we can always find a way around them. Continue reading Protecting Ratty Feet: Avoiding Wire Shelves, Ramps, and Floors

Why Aquariums and Glass Cages Are Bad Homes For Rats

rat aquariums and rat cagesWhy Aquariums and Glass Cages Are Bad Homes For Rats

We all want our pet rats to be healthy and happy. Fancy rats require the proper cages in order to maintain a long and healthy life, much like other animals. If you are currently shopping for a small animal cage, you need to beware of glass aquariums. Glass cages do not provide ample space, they tend to be poorly ventilated, and they can trap humidity and cause the temperature to rise too high for a rat to be comfortable. They are an all around bad idea. Continue reading Why Aquariums and Glass Cages Are Bad Homes For Rats

Pet Rat Coats: Hairless, Rex, and Harley

Pet Rat Coats: Hairless, Rex, and Harley

standard coated rat
standard coated rat

Have you ever wondered what some of the more common and the most sought after rat coat varieties were? Pet rats come in all sorts of varieties, with the standard coat being the most common. The standard coat is about 0.5 inches in length, lays flat against the body, and it tends to be glossy or slick. This is the coat type that you will see on a majority of rats. The other coat types tend to be slightly harder to find, with the rex being the most common of the three special coats and the harley rat coat being the most rare.

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