Category Archives: Housing Rats

Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage

Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage

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A lot of rat owners have been talking about this large, beautiful cage. Originally called the Feisty Ferret mansion, it was first sold to ferret owners who want to supply their ferrets with an adequate sized cage. Now, rat owners are all over it! The Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage is very similar to the double critter nation, with two major exceptions. Continue reading Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Rat Cage

Red & Yellow Cedar Wood Bedding: Highly Toxic and Deadly for Rats

Red & Yellow Cedar Wood Bedding: Highly Toxic and Deadly for Rats

Cedar bedding has long been identified as a deadly bedding source for pet rats. If a breeder or rescue finds out that someone is using cedar, they will quickly run away from them; this includes other breeders and adopters. Once a rat has lived on cedar bedding, it will likely have permanent issues thereafter, even though they might not be serious. One hallmark symptom of cedar sickness is the porphyrin that will be around the eyes and nose. A pink eyed rat will be the most distressed appearing animal, as their porphyrin will appear brighter on their white fur. Continue reading Red & Yellow Cedar Wood Bedding: Highly Toxic and Deadly for Rats

10 Critter Nation Accessories Every Ratty Needs!

10 Critter Nation Accessories Every Ratty Needs!

dumbo fawn pet rat licking handWhether it is a double unit or single unit, the critter nation has so much to offer pet rats. It has unbelievable amounts of floor space, super safe pans that don’t hurt little paws, and massive doors that make playtime easy. However, the cage looks super plain if you’re not sure about how to decorate it! We’re going to talk about several critter nation supplies and accessories that will come in handy for any rat owner.

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Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Rat in a hammock. Courtesy of Maria Harrison, of BRats Hammocks https://www.facebook.com/Bratshammock
Rat in a hammock. Courtesy of Maria Harrison, of BRats Hammocks

One thing that new ratty owners seem to overlook when purchasing cage supplies is the legendary rat hammock. Seriously, you are going to want to get one for your rats! These hammocks give rats a place to lounge out, somewhere that they can call their “safe spot”. They are also fairly inexpensive, and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and materials. There’s definitely a hammock out there that will match your cage decorations or room decor; and if there isn’t, the beautiful part is it can be CUSTOM MADE! Continue reading Cute Pet Rat Hammocks: Why You Need Them & Where to Get Them!

Review: Top 5 Pet Rat Toys, Cage Decorations, Houses and Supplies Every New Rat Should Have

My Review of the Top 5 Pet Rat Toys, Houses, and Supplies that Every Ratty Should Have!

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The candy bucket and the wheel are two good examples of the toys that pet rats need.

Perhaps you’re a new owner that is unsure of what you get your new pet rats as far as toys, houses, beds, and supplies go; or maybe you’re a seasoned owner who just wants to spice up the dorm for your old pals. Either way, it’s always a good idea to get those rats as many toys as their heart desires, especially since they go through them really fast! I honestly recommend having 2 of EVERYTHING. Have one on back up at all times, and catch things while they are on sale! Continue reading Review: Top 5 Pet Rat Toys, Cage Decorations, Houses and Supplies Every New Rat Should Have

Review: Critter Nation & Ferret Nation Scatter Guard for Rats

Critter/Ferret Nation Scatter Guard Review: For Rats, or Just Ferrets?

rat cageThe critter nation and the ferret nation can make a HUGE mess of your home. This is at its worst when you have no scatter guards and use bedding in the cage. Within the hour, you will have so much of a mess that it could fill your dust pan twice! How do we solve that problem? Scatter guards! But… are these PARTICULAR scatter guards good for rats? They are found on Amazon, as is the rat approved critter nation, but do they live up to the price like the cage itself does? Depending on your preferences, they might just!

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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 Keep 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