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2198lindsey
01-31-13, 07:11 pm
Long story short, I'll be rescuing a male hairless rat this weekend. I know absolutely nothing about rats. About good food/cage size/nothing lol. I was wondering if any of you guys have expirience in rats and could help me out.
Thanks!

YourSoJelly
01-31-13, 07:15 pm
They need to be in pairs an they need a really big cage. I will post a picture of a good cage. Here is a proper sized cage for a rat pair. It may be a tad big but it's like using a 2x6 for two sows.
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RodentCuddles
01-31-13, 07:23 pm
Lol @YourSoJelly (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=24680) my ratties cage! :P

I use to have it like that but have changed it..any way that cage is big enough for 9 -13 rats using the rat cage calculator but watching my 3 I personally wouldn't put more then 5 in it...

@2198lindsey (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=25452) If I was you I'd get him de-sexed (If he isn't already it'll make him more calm and and less aggressive..Neutering ratties is really needed in my opinion), and I'd adopt another neutered male buddy for him or a couple of girls as like guinea pigs they need buddies.

I'd love to write down all of the rat care I've learn these past 3 months owning my three but I don't have time...I just logged in after seeing my cage :P

YourSoJelly
01-31-13, 07:33 pm
Sorry RodentCuddles for not acknowledging that it was your cage. I just take the pics and post them. I forget to give ownership of them. Sorry.

RodentCuddles
01-31-13, 07:35 pm
Sorry @RodentCuddles (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=23045) for not acknowledging that it was your cage. I just take the pics and post them. I forget to give ownership of them. Sorry.

Lol, no worries! It was just nice to see my cage being used to show people about rattie cages! Haha, no need to be sorry!

YourSoJelly
01-31-13, 07:58 pm
Ok. I don't want enemies on here! :D I do love the fleece choice you had.

ThePigAlchemist
02-01-13, 11:00 am
I've done a bunch of research on rats because I want to get some soon. The sources I've been looking at say you want at least 2-2.5 cubic feet in your cage per rat. I don't know if these requirements are equivalent to how well we treat our pigs, or less so, though. The two feeding methods that are popular and healthy are high-quality lab blocks, or grain mix supplemented with low-protein dog food.

I really like Goosemoose Pet Portal - Index (http://www.goosemoose.com/rfc/index.php) for my research, and it's got a bunch of good info!