How many rats can fit in my cage?

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  1. Oct 25, 2018 #1

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    hi everyone! My female rat is pregnant (feel free to check out my other thread about it!) and she should be giving birth any day now. When she does I’m planning on keeping a couple of the female kittens as roommates for her as we will be seperating her from her brothers to stop more litters and don’t want her to get lonely. My cages dimensions are:

    Height: 100cm / 40”
    Width: 70cm / 28”
    Depth: 40cm / 16”

    It also has four levels and several hammocks.

    How many females would you recommend keeping in there? Thanks for the help!
     
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    I’d also like to mention that I let my rats free roam my room for about 12 hours a day (it’s very rat proofed) but have constant access to their cage.
     
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    base is too small for rats. Rats need a lot of horizontal space and need at least 30 in by 18 but bigger is better
     
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    On all the online calculators I tried it said that I could fit around 3-4 male rats so I assumed I could fit more females. It’s a metre tall so lots of climbing room.
     
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    rats need horizontal space as well as vertical space and horizontal space is the most important.
    The cage calculator looks at the amount of cubic feet not the size of the base, to make calculations.
    The cage calculators I am aware of do not give recommendations based on the sex of the rats.

    Regardless of how high the cage is, I would not use that cage for any rats (except possibly as a temporary cage,) because the base is too small for rats
     
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    Do you have a picture of it?
     
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    Hi Tibbles. Your cage is over ten cubic feet, so it should be fine for 3 or 4 rats, male or female. Typically, females are much more active than males so, although they are smaller, they need at least as much space as males. Since you let your ratties out for lots of free ranging time, they should do well. Lots of hammocks, hides, and toys of all sorts also help to maximize the space. I understand that's the cage you have and you did not expect babies. As it'll be hard enough finding good homes for them, you could certainly keep 2, or possibly 3, of the female babies with the mama. Please do separate the males now, though, because she will come back into heat, and can get pregnant, within hours of giving birth! I hope all goes well for your surprise family.
     
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    I wouldn't keep more than two rats in that cage. It's much too small, not enough floor space.
     

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