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    Question Is this cage good for rats?

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...6&pcatid=24856

    I know it says it is for ferrets but will it work for 2 rats?

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    Size-wise, it's great. The only concern I can see is the bar spacing. One inch bar spacing is good for bigger adult rats, but smaller rats may be able to slip out.

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePigAlchemist View Post
    Size-wise, it's great. The only concern I can see is the bar spacing. One inch bar spacing is good for bigger adult rats, but smaller rats may be able to slip out.
    How big do you think the rats would have to be so they don't slip out?

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    I don't have too much personal experience with rats (mostly Internet research), but from most of what I've read, fully grown males are good in 1-inch bar spacing, and females and babies usually need smaller. I'd go with a Critter Nation personally. It's pretty comparably priced and of comparable size, and the bars are closer together so it's okay for all rats.

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    Alright thanks for the help.

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    I agree that the bar spacing might be an issue, but a critter nation would be perfect!

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    I have to agree with everyone. That bar spacing is too wide. Even an adult rat can flatten their body and squeeze through an opening that might seem okay to us. The Critter Nation is just perfect for all but an extremely tiny baby. And it's not likely that someone would adopt a baby that young. They would still be with their mother.

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    Will the double Decker Critter Nation cage work? Or the single level?

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    If cost isn't a factor I would get the double decker Critter Nation. That's the one that I have. Rats just love to climb and the double one gives them so much climbing space.

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    How long does it take to clean? Sorry If I am asking so many questions... I am really new to all of this stuff.

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    Just saying something quick, to easily solve the bar spacing problem you can cover the cage with chicken wire. http://www.amazon.com/308418A-12-Inc...s=chicken+wire

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    No need to apologize for asking questions. This cage is a big expenditure and you want to be sure before you spend that kind of money. Just the regular weekly cleaning only takes me about 20 minutes. However about once or twice a month during the summer I wheel it outside and clean it thoroughly and then let it sit in the sun for a few hours. My husband built a rat playground with a wire lid so that's where they play during the big cleaning. I just take them out and put them into the playground and they have a great time just running around. I also bought them a spinning wheel that I put into the playground. They jump into it and just spin around and around. It's really funny, sometimes one rat will want to get into the wheel and the other rats in it will just keep spinning and the one waiting looks like she is in line at an amusement park waiting to get on a ride.

    I just wanted to clarify the rat playground is in the house. I didn't want anyone to think I put my rats outside.

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    Quote Originally Posted by GuineaPigParty View Post
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...6&pcatid=24856

    I know it says it is for ferrets but will it work for 2 rats?
    Here's a rat forum; You could ask there also;

    http://www.ratshackforum.com/forum/index.php

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    Re: Is this cage good for rats?

    I second the critter nation cage. Price wise, a double critter nation is very comparable to the cage you originally posted. Here's one from Wayfair with FREE SHIPPING

    http://www.wayfair.com/Midwest-Homes...yBtBoCDhbw_wcB

    for only $217. I've never had a critter nation cage personally, but my friend did for her rats, and they are AMAZING. Cleaning is a breeze because of the double doors that fully open, giving you access to the entire cage. I had the SuperPet Ferret Home (the purple one with green tunnels/platforms) and spent 3 hours putting chicken wire on it (slicing my fingers/hands multiple times) for my girls. It was a pain to clean and incredibly hard to put toys/hammocks in, as there is only a small opening.

    I was incredibly jealous of her critter nation. I would go with a double, as rats LOVE to climb and a larger cage is easier to clean in my opinion, as it takes 2x as long to get dirty, especially if you litter train your ratters

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