Nov 21, 2019

Decorate a Pet Rat Cage

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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
 
#Find a house or nest for them to sleep in. Rats like having a little home to sleep in when they're tired--you'll find that if you don't have a house in their cage, your rats will sleep in a corner or near the sides of the cage, usually not flopped out in the middle. In the wild, rats have burrows. It's the same with domesticated rats. Instinctively, they like to have a cozy little place to sleep in.<br><br> [[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 2.jpg|center|550px]]
 
#Find a house or nest for them to sleep in. Rats like having a little home to sleep in when they're tired--you'll find that if you don't have a house in their cage, your rats will sleep in a corner or near the sides of the cage, usually not flopped out in the middle. In the wild, rats have burrows. It's the same with domesticated rats. Instinctively, they like to have a cozy little place to sleep in.<br><br> [[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 2.jpg|center|550px]]
#*Anything will do for a house a small shoebox cut in half will do. Ferret hammocks also work well, or you can look in the rodent section of your local pet store. Hamsters also like houses to sleep in, so you'll find some colorful igloos and huts in that section of the store. Just make sure it's big enough! Rats, especially more than one, will need more space than a little hamster.  
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#*Anything will do for a house--a small shoebox cut in half will do. Ferret hammocks also work well, or you can look in the rodent section of your local pet store. Hamsters also like houses to sleep in, so you'll find some colorful igloos and huts in that section of the store. Just make sure it's big enough! Rats, especially more than one, will need more space than a little hamster.  
#Choose some bedding. Not the regular sort of wood shavings, paper shreds, or whatever else you use to simply cover the floor--rats like to have special soft material for their nests. "Fluff" (such as Care Fresh) or recycled paper bedding will work well. Small towels and fleece work well, too just prepare for them to be shredded! Kleenex works just fine for rats, as well. It's soft and easily shredded. Be careful that the bedding is unscented or it may cause infections (URIs).[[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 1.jpg|center]]
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#Choose some bedding. Not the regular sort of wood shavings, paper shreds, or whatever else you use to simply cover the floor--rats like to have special soft material for their nests. "Fluff" (such as Care Fresh) or recycled paper bedding will work well. Small towels and fleece work well, too--just prepare for them to be shredded! Kleenex works just fine for rats, as well. It's soft and easily shredded. Be careful that the bedding is unscented or it may cause infections (URIs).[[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 1.jpg|center]]
 
#Choose a food bowl and a water bottle. You might want to get a food bowl that can be screwed into the side so they don't knock it over and make a mess. Additionally, rats love fresh fruit and veggies, so grab a second bowl specifically for "wet" foods. That way, you can keep dry food from molding and easily take out and wash the dish after a couple of hours. Make sure the water bottle holds at least 8 oz.[[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Choose a food bowl and a water bottle. You might want to get a food bowl that can be screwed into the side so they don't knock it over and make a mess. Additionally, rats love fresh fruit and veggies, so grab a second bowl specifically for "wet" foods. That way, you can keep dry food from molding and easily take out and wash the dish after a couple of hours. Make sure the water bottle holds at least 8 oz.[[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Choose some toys. Rats are fun-loving creatures and get bored easily. They love to play! A rattle, a bell, even cat toys are good sometimes. You can buy edible toys like a stuffed log chew. You'll also need wood chews to keep your rats teeth down as the grow non-stop. Have fun with this step, as these toys are what will make your cage look colorful and will entertain your rats.[[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 4.jpg|center]]
 
#Choose some toys. Rats are fun-loving creatures and get bored easily. They love to play! A rattle, a bell, even cat toys are good sometimes. You can buy edible toys like a stuffed log chew. You'll also need wood chews to keep your rats teeth down as the grow non-stop. Have fun with this step, as these toys are what will make your cage look colorful and will entertain your rats.[[Image:Decorate a Pet Rat Cage Step 4.jpg|center]]
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== Warnings ==
 
== Warnings ==
 
*Small pets can have respiratory problems when using pine or cedar bedding. It is recommended to use Aspen or paper bedding. Most rat sites will have lists of good kinds of bedding, so look it up if you're not sure you have the right kind of bedding.
 
*Small pets can have respiratory problems when using pine or cedar bedding. It is recommended to use Aspen or paper bedding. Most rat sites will have lists of good kinds of bedding, so look it up if you're not sure you have the right kind of bedding.
*Glass aquariums aren't good for rats' respiratory systems. Wire cages allow for better air movement and also give your rats more things to climb if you have a glass tank for your rats, consider finding a wire cage or drilling a good number of small holes in the sides so that the inside doesn't get stuffy at all.
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*Glass aquariums aren't good for rats' respiratory systems. Wire cages allow for better air movement and also give your rats more things to climb--if you have a glass tank for your rats, consider finding a wire cage or drilling a good number of small holes in the sides so that the inside doesn't get stuffy at all.
 
*Make sure your rat cage is not in the draft of a vent or fan, as this can kill your rats because of uneven temperatures.
 
*Make sure your rat cage is not in the draft of a vent or fan, as this can kill your rats because of uneven temperatures.
 
*A dirty rat cage can make both you and your rats sick. A rat cage actually shouldn't smell much if at all, so if your cage has a bad odor, you need to either clean it more often or see if maybe a toy or piece of food is molding.
 
*A dirty rat cage can make both you and your rats sick. A rat cage actually shouldn't smell much if at all, so if your cage has a bad odor, you need to either clean it more often or see if maybe a toy or piece of food is molding.


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