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elephantcrazy
« on: June 14, 2005 02:36:58 PM »

ok, my sister is giving me her rat and I wanted to make something for it b/c I'm bored Grin what fabrics are ok for him and what are some ideas to make for him?
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2005 06:18:52 PM »

Hammocks! Every rats needs hammocks! Fleece or cotton are great. And they like chewing on the hammocks, so make lots of them Smiley Visit www.rattycorner.com and click on "Make and Do" for instructions for hammocks, as well as pics of many different cage set-ups to give you ideas for decorating the cage with fun things.

Also, as a public service announcement, you really should get another rat of the SAME SEX as a friend. They are extremely sociable animals and can get pretty stressed out when they're alone (and stress can exacerbate various health problems that, believe me, you do not want to deal with).

Enjoy your new little buddy Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2005 06:42:53 PM »

Hey, maybe you can take some of the big mice that are all over my patio going after spilled bird seed from the feeder.  They're cute but they need to go away.  I saw *four* the other day.  It's TV for cats Tongue

Anyway, I never had rats but I assume they like to chew like my mice, gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pig did, lol.  I always saved all my TP and paper towel tubes for em Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2005 07:21:32 PM »

Rats will EAT mice Smiley

They do love to chew! Anything made of cardboard or paper is great. I wrap treats in tp and put them inside a tp roll and just smush in the ends. To make it even more of a challenge, it can be dangled from the top of their cage with string.

Anything that you can hide treats in is good!
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elephantcrazy
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2005 09:36:26 AM »

I don't think that the cage I'm getting from my sis  is big enough for two rats and I think I read somewhere that male rats can get protective of their space. but if I can save up money for a new rat and cage I will definitely try. I get him Sat. so I'm really happy! and I'll try to make a hammock. thanks for the ideas!*starts to save tp rolls*

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oh, and Seymour (I think that's how my sis spells it) is allergic to certain types of bedding. other than fleece or fabric, do y'all know something that could be an alternative? I was thinking paper maybe but I don't know. any ideas?
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2005 11:11:40 AM »

I use fabric generally, but I also use paper sometimes. At work I order a lot of books and they come in perfect rat-sized boxes stuffed with crumpled up brown paper Smiley Do you know type of bedding he is allergic to? Rats shouldn't have cedar or pine bedding, but aspen is ok. Carefresh bedding is ok, but some rats are sensitive to that too. I've heard that Eco-bedding is great, but I haven't used it (I think it's made of paper) Personally I'm a big fan of just using fabric, old t-shirt, ripped up towels, old socks, etc because I can just wash it instead of constantly buying it.

Good cages: www.martinscages.com - cheaper than what you find in any pet store. I'd recommend the R-680 or the R-685 for two rats. I had the R-699, but downsized it so it's more like the 695 and that's for 3 female rats. It's a nice luxurious size for them.

Ok, that was long and non-crafty....I could talk about rats for hours!

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2005 11:21:42 AM »

I don't know what type of bedding, I think he's doing ok w/ his bedding now but I still think he's sneezing.

yeah, I was looking at those cages earlier. I'm gonna take a closer look.

pretty soon, I might be able to talk for hours Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2005 11:29:26 AM »

I'm thinking I'm liking the r-685. I just gotta save some money. good thing I'm babysitting tonight Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2005 11:42:20 AM »

Making cages CAN be creative, and cheap! Just take a look at the photo's on this website:
http://www.cavycages.com/
The idea was originally for guinea pigs, but a lot of pet owners picked up the idea and make a suitable cage for their own animal!
I own a cage like that myself, it's SO cheap compared to pet-store cages..
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2005 01:50:33 PM »

That's true - on the rattycorner website I posted earlier is a "cage" section, and there are tons of homemade cages. Personally I am just not that ambitious Smiley But Martin's Cages are a great alternative to pet store cages - they are WAY cheaper for a cage of similar size, and the rat cages are MADE for rats. Most pet store cages have huge spaces between the bars. I think you could definitely come up with something great using cheap materials and hardware cloth.
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