Building a cage

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    bluerose

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    I want to make a cage like this one. I also seen a cage made out of like plastic/cloth garden type fence stuff but I figure it must have been for a chinchilla because rats would chew through it. I found a shelf in my basement that I can use and all I would need is the wire. I liked this one because it is so large and would give my girls room to play and explore. What do you think?
     

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    Interesting idea
    It might be ok, depending on how many rats you have
    but people find that homemade cages often are only ok for a short time, are often difficult to clean, and then need to be discarded because of smell etc, and then they buy a good, huge rat cage - so it is usually less expensive to just buy a good cage for rats (like a double critter nation)

    Wood will absorb urine, can be chewed and often will start to stink
    The cage is looks like metal hardware cloth was used - make sure this is attached to the outside and that there are no sharp edges as it will injure your rats.
    I do not see any door in the cage - huge doors that give access to all levels are important for ease of cleaning as well as to put in large items
    The frame needs to be powder coated (paint is baked on) or have a pet safe paint on it (there is only one type of paint that I am aware is pet safe …… galvanized metal will rust
    It would be a good idea to find pans that will fit each entire level - which means huge doors so they can be removed for cleaning
    Rats love hammocks so you will need to figure out how you will hang them - will the gaps in the wire you use be large enough and strong enough for hanging hammocks and handling the weight
     
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    Love the idea of having a ball pit right in the cage! I don’t know how they clean that cage though. It seems like they have a pet that uses a litter box well and for everything, unlike rats. Even the best litter box trained rat will pee anywhere as far as I know.
    If you can figure out how to make large doors that can open at the front and use non-absorbent levels, I think it’s a great idea. Also, the wire shouldn’t be an issue as long as your girls aren’t bar chewers.
     
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    That looks like fun! If you do go ahead with it, take lots of pictures of the process and please share with us.
     
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    yes, if you do this I hope you post pics and updates :)
     

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