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Rat Housing Guide

Use this information to find the ideal cage for your rat.

By Audrey Pavia

Multi-level wire cages designed specifically for rats make the best enclosures. They are secure, and you can hang toys in them to help enrich your rat’s environment. They also provide good ventilation. The bars of the cage should be no more than 1/2 inch apart for young rats and 1 inch apart for adult rats. The cage bottom should be a solid pan, and not wire.

The bars of the cage should be powder-coated wire to prevent corrosion when exposed to urine.

Shelves for sitting should be made from solid plastic.

A cage for two rats should measure at least 2 feet high by 2 feet deep by 2 feet wide – although the larger the cage, the better.

Place your rat’s cage off the floor to limit drafts. Put the cage in a room that allows the rat’s some quiet time. The cage should be kept away from heaters and radiators, as well as air-conditioners. The room should provide indirect sunlight. (Keep the cage out of direct sun.)

The best bedding for rats is pelleted recycled paper or aspen bedding designed for small animals. Rats enjoy using shredded paper towels for nesting.

Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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note to chelsea in the uk whose rat got depressed after moving him to a large spacious cage-perhaps he needed a private space to hideout and feel cozy INSIDE THE BIG CAGE? just saying...
neva, los angeles, CA
Posted: 2/13/2015 4:01:02 PM
inside the cage, they really enjoy having their own housie where they can curl up and get private, alone or with a companion. also, they need room for stashing treasures as well as a potty area distant from food and water.
neva, los angeles, CA
Posted: 2/13/2015 3:58:10 PM
good to know!
ashlee, east brunswick, NJ
Posted: 6/17/2012 8:39:16 AM
My rats like the deluxe my first home for exotics. It has 1/2inch wire spacing & its 30"x18"x29"high. Ive got 2 males in one cage if you have more that 2 males you will need more room! But if there young males this is a good cage later when there bigger you could move them to a ferret cage! But for the females its a great cage! You can find them online. The cage is made by Superpet.
Emilee, Roanoke, VA
Posted: 12/18/2011 11:38:02 AM
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