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    Lightbulb Cage placement trouble! Or alternative cage?

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    This is my room. As you can see, i have rats. 3 males. I am hopefully gaining a pair of female guinea pigs in maybe august, maybe september. The sooner the better for me.. just have to be ready. No, i dont have the cage right now - or the table. That is just to show what placement i had in mind.
    Now, i let the rats have freeroam of my desk for playtime. While i play with them or am gaming. I spend 95% of my time in my room - when i am not working or with friends. So i like to have my pets with me right where i can enjoy them the most - on/by my desk. its so easy and fun to just turn my head and get a peak at whatever they are up to.

    Buuut - if i get a c&c cage, the grids will definitely be too huge, the rats could slip right through, even Magnus, my biggest rat. So if i chose a c&c, i would have to baby-proof permanentely. With a lid. That had to be double/babyproofed as well. The rats could still climb the guinea pigs cage, so is this even okay? wont it stress the guinea pigs? Because i am from denmark, the only way i can acquire a c&c is from candcguineapigcages.co.uk. With the 2x4 cage i want, and the ekstra grids needed to babyproof the total would come to 181 usd.. I mean, that is a bit expensive. If it really gets down to it, and this is really still the best option, i will do it.

    So.. even if i babyproof, is it enough?
    Do i have to put the cage somewhere in the room where the rats have no chance of getting to, even with babyproofing? I wont be able to enjoy the pigs as much, with them out of sight..
    Maybe i should do a plexi-glass type cage(low enough walls to not be harmful), but still with some kind of lid?

    Other options are finding someplace else as a play area for the rats. But i like them having free-roam of the desk while i sit with them. Its so convenient as well. They can zoom in and out of their cage as much as they want to.



    Any ideas?

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    Re: Cage placement trouble! Or alternative cage?

    You could plexiglass the long side of the cage (along your desk), and the lid. I don't think that would be a problem. The only concern would be ventilation, but I can't speak for exactly how much would be needed.

    Another option would be to use plexiglass along the edge and go high enough to prevent rats from crawling over / into cage. But I'm not sure just how well rats will climb plexiglass or if they could be easily train to stay off the GP cage.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Cage placement trouble! Or alternative cage?

    Rats are pretty agile. I think they would just jump on top. Magnus once got over a 70cm tall cardboard play area i made..

    But as long as it doesnt stress the guinea pigs..

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    The stress factor I can't speak to.

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