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« on: April 28, 2008 10:06:31 AM »

I recently got 2 baby girl rats, and not having the chance to buy bedding yet I'm in a make-do mode.
I was wondering though:

1)Is it possible to make some cage floor- dimensioned floor pad to help make clean-up easier? Something like layers of flannel/terrycloth sewn together to go into the wash?
2)I put scrap fabric slices in their cage for them to nest with, would it be a bad idea to shake them out and wash them in a lingerie bag?

I'd like to clean out their cage once or twice a week, but bedding is expensive, and patching up chewed-on flannel isn't :/
any thoughts?

Maybe the dingo ate your baby?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008 07:12:17 PM »

I used to have rats and used fabric for them to nest in too (old socks, etc) and I washed them until they were really chewed up. I just like to do my "pet" laundry separate- but I did wash it all!

I also used shredded paper for the cage bedding- coz it is FREE! I just can't see paying $6 + for CareFresh when CareFresh is- shredded paper! I can get that for free! I just make sure that my shredded paper "source" doesn't shred things like CDs or anything NOT paper. I just wanted PAPER- just paper and nothing but.

Too bad you probably don't live in the San Francisco area- (I am assuming since i didn't notice). If you did you could have all my rat nesting material! I still have a HUGE box of shredded paper too.

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008 08:44:30 AM »

You have to be careful with the newspaper because the color ink they use can be toxic to pets. You can make cage liners out of polar fleece. They may chew them up a bit but it will end up cheaper than buying CareFresh. You have to be careful with other fabrics because the rat could eat the strings and be a big mess in their tummy! You should go to http://www.goosemoose.com/ and look at their rat forum for more ideas on the cage.

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