Will this carrier be big enough for 2 adult female rats?

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    https://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/...s-small-animal-carrier-14335.html?cgid=600204

    Traveling with your small pet is easy with this All Living Things Large Travel Carrier. This comfortable carrier is perfect for ferrets and other small animals, and features a durable cover with mesh windows for ventilation. Only at PetSmart.

    Features: Durable Cover with mesh windows and ventilation
    Includes: 1 Travel Carrier
    Environment: Indoors/Outdoors
    Dimensions: 13.5 in L x 9 in W x 8.5 in H (34.2 x 22.8 x 21.5 cm)
    Meets Airline Travel: Yes
     
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    kind of small and they would be out of that in seconds .... I am assuming you are not taking them on a plane

    You can use a small cat carrier or make a carrier out of a rubber made bin and a couple of baking cooling racks (1 for the side, 1 for the lid)

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    Right, it's just to go ten minutes away and come back. Will the below work for a 15 week old with a ten week old?
    https://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/...rittertrail-add-a-room-and-carrier-42682.html
    The Kaytee CritterTrail Add-a-Room & Carrier may be connected to any existing CritterTrail Habitat to add more living space for your small pet. In addition, it features an Extra Closure Cap that allows it to be converted into a secure carrier for travel.

    Features:

    • Connects to CritterTrail habitat for more living space
    • Extra closure cap allows for conversion into a secure carrier for travel
      Includes:
    • 3.5 inch Fun-nel Tube to connect to any CritterTrail Habitat
    • Extra Closure Cap and Carry handle for safe travel
      Intended For: Hamsters, Gerbils or Mice
      Color: Pink and Blue top/Blue wire with purple sides/Green base
      Environment: Indoors
      Dimensions:
      12.25 in L x 8 in W x 7 in H (15.75 in with .5 in tube attached)
      Material: Plastic and Wire
     
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    The size looks ok, just make sure the lid is not easily popped open.
     
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    or you could get a small cage on your local 'Used' site for $5 or $10, attach a shoulder strap to it (find one in the purses section at a 2nd hand store), and put the money you saved in the vet fund :D (that also would let them keep bars for climbing or hanging a hammock)..
     
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    I just remembered the best way to take a cat for short car ride is in a closed up pillowcase (just regular thin cotton to let air in), because you pet them through it, in your lap, so they don't get ill from stress and throw up. Any reasons this wouldn't be good with a rat?
     
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    That would definitely earn you a ticket for distracted driving. and sure wouldn't be good it they got between your foot & the brake pedal!
    I put mine in a small cage with a hidey-house to go to the vet, strap them in the front seat, and talk to them while I drive. I cover the cage with towel too, don't know if that helps them relax or not tho..
     
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    Since there's no way anyone ever does this with any animal when they're the person in the driver's seat (since you'd have to focus on driving, plus your hands have to be on the wheel not holding and petting, plus the steering wheel would be what's taking the room in your lap), I assume the only problem would be if it weren't tied off on top securely enough or an animal able to chew out a big enough escape hole before trip's end.
     
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    that second carrier would be fine for super short trips, yes

    I know ppl who use the first one but eventually it gets very smell and eventually some industrious rat chews their way out lol

    I find small cat carriers are the most convenient, you can often get them used at a shelter for $5 or $10, some nice ones too

    much better than a pillowcase for sure ;-)
     
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    This one is another good option as well..
    CARRIER

    It's big enough for 2 or 3, easy to clean, and chew-proof. I also like it because you can see your babies from the top, and always have a easy way to observe them inside.
     
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    A good carrier large enough to comfortably carry adult rats is a wise investment as it will be used repeatedly throughout their lives for trips to the vet.
    If possible, imo, it is better to get a good carrier that will last instead of wasting your money by getting a small one now and needing to replace it later.

    The ones I suggested are good, as are other small cat or dog carriers, or possibly some of the larger, well ventilated, carriers for small pets

    A pillow case will not safely contain them and will not have the air flow and ventilation they require
     
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    It's a travel-size pillowcase with a drawstring, is actually covered with pea-size holes and hangs in her cage as her favorite hammock, which she asks to be petted through. It's the transport box I trained her to use, so I move it (with her in it) to the free-range room so she can get out and play, then at bedtime I just put it in front of her & she leaps into it so I can rehang in the cage.

    So I was wondering if she'd prefer to maintain our usual routine when going to pick a rat nearby. I could set it inside my huge backpack that I'd leave wide open on the top half.

    I also have a lingerie bag that's exactly the same except that its drawstring - instead of just tying - has an actual locking device on it (some of which are no good, but this one is iron clad). I put a thick cardboard floor in it.

    I'm bringing an actual carrier to bring home the new rat in, but my friend insists that it would be dumb to force them to share a carrier on the way home.

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    I know; my reason for having to waste money (on a small one I'll have to replace) is so I could get it in time (because it's local rather than mail order). I'm still discussing things with the person I'm making decisions with, and if I end up having to get a four week old, a small carrier is easier to keep level and not send her tumbling all over and getting banged around.
     
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    OH .... yes she would likely feel safe in that but it would need to go into a more secure carrier for safety during trips, imo

    Since both rats are not under 12 weeks of age, you will need to do gradual intros and depending upon the situation, you may want to consider a quarantine as well. So the new rattie should not be put in with her, unless they have already been gradually introed.
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...ps-used-when-putting-new-rats-together.32368/ and joinrats.com have info on intros
     
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