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« on: January 15, 2008 11:09:56 AM »

Here is a picture of a home I constructed for my ratties a few years back. It was made from a bookcase I bought and assembled. Took about a weekend to complete, and they absolutely loved it. Unfortunately I was unable to completely seal the wood and rat pee soaked in, making the whole thing VERY difficult to clean well.

That said, its very crafty, so I thought I would post. Smiley

1. PVC pipe- found at your local hardware store. 
2. Climbing Rope- available at pet stores, check the dog aisle 
3. Ferret Hammock- not just for ferrets! 
4. Bailey Rat- not available anywhere, he's mine! Smiley 
5. Ladder Ramp- constructed from thin Aspen wood planks, with smaller Aspen sticks glued on for traction and grip. 
6. Peices of a broken cinderblock- for natural nail filing andfcool sleeping spots during the summer. 
7. Litter Box 
8. Food & Water 
9. Hanging Wall- complete with rat doorways 
10. Nate Rat- Also not available in stores 
11. Carpet Covered Table- constructed from scrap wood, great for climbing & hiding 
12. Tunnel Ramp- available at your local hardware store 
13. Basket of Washcloths- for digging & hiding & sleeping & burying & .... 
14. Scratching Post- also constructed from scrap wood & carpet

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 11:19:24 AM »

Wow! That is amazing!! GREAT JOB! I dont have rats or small critters but if I did, I would so make one of those!
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 11:36:21 AM »

awesome! I revamped a huge bird "flight cage" for my ratties.. it was the same principle  Grin
Have you looked around at some of the cages at "The Grotto"? (http://www.dapper.com.au/grotto.htm) If you click on "The Cage Page" there are lots of cages people made.. you should send pictures of yours!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008 11:38:16 AM »

That's so clever!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008 11:41:40 AM »

I love this. I use to have a pet rat named Crimley (RIP 1992). That is freaking awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008 12:18:15 PM »

This makes me want to own rats again!!!!  I love it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2008 12:24:09 PM »

Your pets are so lucky!  I love this!!  My sugarglider would love it even more...thanks for inspiring me  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2008 12:27:37 PM »

I've nearly gotten rats a few times, and that's the kind of cage I've always been interested. Are there rattie safe ways to seal the wood though? I'm guessing not...

Have you seen the "camelot" cage? It's made out of wire shelving, which seems possibly easier to clean than wood.
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2008 02:04:54 PM »

I love this! I had gerbils, much smaller than rats of course, but I made something similar but much less cool than yours for them. It was made of cardboard boxes and various other materials. Yours is amazing, and very well-crafted!! Is it year-round?
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008 02:17:36 PM »

That is amazing!  I love it!  Plus, Bailey and Nate are adorable!

I feel bad for my girls now, in their boring cage.  Wink  Although they really don't like PVC pipe or cinderblocks (they prefer coardboard that they can rip up while I am trying to sleep).  Plus they tend to chew down hammocks.  It is interesting to see how different rats can be in what they like and dislike. 


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