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:
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 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 (can only be bought in bulk. The small bags are too high in protein) - Harlan Teklad
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 link to 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 - Kiln-dried pine shavings (must be kiln-dried) - Kiln-dried pine pellets NO cedar or mixed wood shavings! If it does not specifically say "kiln-dried pine" or "aspen," do not buy it.
- Yesterday's News: Cat Litter - Carefresh (non-scented and non-dyed) - Critter Care - Back2Nature - Shredded news paper (no harsh dyes or waxy paper) 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, 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. A plus side with fleece, all sorts of cut patterns and themes can be found, making the cage more pleasing to look at. In addition to fleece, most owners add in litter boxes. 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.