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Choosing the Best and Easiest Rat Cage to Decorate

Updated on July 7, 2011


So you have decided you want pet rats. First, you need to find a cage. There are hundreds of cages available and they can be purchased from just about any retail store. Only problem is, rats are a little picky! This article will show you the best cages on the market and how to get your hands on them!! If you are looking for products for your cage or need help choosing items, please visit my article on getting your rat's cage ready to move in!

Shopping for cages and cage supplies

What Rat's Need in a Cage

Rat’s need space! They don’t want to be cooped up in a cage all the time and they certainly don’t want to be stuck in a TINY cage all the time! The more room your rats have to move about in their cage, the happier they will be! You will enjoy the space as well. You will be able to tell right away that your cage is boring. If you think it’s boring, then it is. You need more accessories and through my articles, you can find the right place to get them and for the best price! But my point is, is you will need that extra space to give your ratties all the extra toys and hammocks to keep them busy throughout their days!

Rats need a home that is powder coated. Galvanized wire cages can corrode and harm your pets. They also have the tendency to soak up urine and other liquids which can leave your cage permanently smelly and cause your rats to develop health problems such as Upper Respiratory Infections, (URI’s). Powder coated cages can cost a bit more than galvanized cages and after the base cost of your cage AND shipping and handling, you are going to want to save as much as possible.

Martin's R-695

Critterchic's Martin's R-695 cage decorated and ready for her rats!
Critterchic's Martin's R-695 cage decorated and ready for her rats! | Source

Martin's Cages

Let me begin with the Martin’s Rat Cages. Skip Martin founded Martin’s Cages in 1990 and has been dedicated to serving pet needs every since. The company has seriously blossomed since that time and let me just say, the man knows what he’s doing! Martin’s offers cages for all types of animal’s including rats, chinchilla’s, birds, ferrets, mice, reptiles and much more! No matter what kind of pet you have, Martin’s can probably give it a new home. The best part about Martin’s is they offer several different types of cages for each animal. This gives you the ability to create and follow your own budget. Martin’s rat cages fall anywhere between $30 and $200 but you should definitely consider your rat’s needs before making any final decisions on that cheap cage. Remember to only buy the Powder coated cage which will bring up your cost a little, but it’s worth it to not have to bring your pets to the vet next month for something that could have been avoided. Also, when the cage starts to corrode, you are just going to have to replace it anyway. So maybe that budget cage isn’t the best choice after all!

So what cage is the best? Most people buy the Martin’s R-695 (pictured) or the RUUD (R-699) which after shipping and handling can run you nearly $300.00 and up! But it’s completely worth it! The R-695 is HUGE and can house up to 5 rats and still have plenty of room! It’s easy to clean since it is so light weight. It’s as easy as throwing the whole cage into the bathtub or shower and spraying it down! Decorating it is also a breeze! The extra room provides plenty of space for ladders, ropers and hammocks! There is lots of floor space so you can add in boxes, litter boxes and chew toys as well! All in all, the possibilities with the Martin’s R-695 are just about endless and if you are looking for something bigger, step up to the RUUD. The RUUD is a mammoth 60” tall cage where your new rats will have endless climbing space and the possibilities in decorating the cage are limitless!

Triple Midwest Critter Nation

Click to see more Critter Nation cages!
Click to see more Critter Nation cages! | Source

The Midwest Critter Nation

If you are looking for something that can be personalized a bit more then I will suggest the Midwest Critter Nation. The Midwest Critter Nation offers three styles, a single, a double and a triple (pictured). Each one features large cabinet style doors. These prove to be of upmost convenience when cleaning the mammoth cage. Another great feature is the ability to arrange the shelves however you want them. They easily adjust so that you can personalize the cage however you want it, which means a more stimulating environment for the rats after every cleaning session. The Midwest Critter Nation also sits on rolling casters so the cage can be easily moved from place to place.

So what is the downfall? The Critter Nation is HUGE, making it impossible to throw in the tub for a quick cleaning. It also sits way up off the ground, making it impossible for your rats to come out of the cage during free roam. You will be buying a set of steps for the cage as soon as you realize the inconvenience of having to take your rats out and put them back in every time you let them out to play. The critter nation does however offer lots of open space for some amazing decorating opportunities. They really make for beautiful cages and you will love it just as much as your rats do! A critter nation is typically about $100 with $100 per level added on. So a double will run about $200 and so on.

The Decision is YOURS!

Now you know what the two most famous rat cages are and a little more about them! Now you have to make the decision of which one to get on your own! Will you go with a Martin's cage for the light weight convenience? Or will you go for the Midwest Critter Nation with those beautiful cabinet style doors? You decide and let us know in the poll section! Please leave comments below!!

Which one?

Would you rather have a Martin's cage or a Critter Nation??

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      6 years ago

      Mu husband and I have the midwest critternation for our rats and we love it! But we have been having a lot of trouble with what type of bedding? We tried fleece but our rats insist upon chewing through it (within 24 hours) and hiding under neath it? Do you guys have any suggestion?

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      7 years ago from Pelham, Alabama

      Yes. I actually did. Not all rats like to be tickled though. I have 1 girl that will let me flip her over and I can giver her belly tickles and she kind of does like a dog, licks me and kicks her back leg. But then I have 2 others that wont let me and 1 other that will bite the shit out of me!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 years ago from now on

      Great hub...did you know rats like to be tickled and laugh in an inaudible frequency to humans? Check it out...

    • Crobin28 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pelham, Alabama

      WOW!! What a great deal! I wanted a Critter Nation REALLY BAD! And still do!! It's my dream cage! I wish more than anything that I had the money to get one! I actually found a double CN on CL for $75.00 a couple weeks ago. I couldn't believe it! I called and it was gone.... I didn't have $75.00 to spare at the moment either, but I sure was about to get it!!!! LOL!

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      7 years ago

      I didn't vote, but only because I'm a Ferret Nation gal all the way. While I wish the bar spacing was, indeed, smaller like the Critter Nation, I love the secure feel of the Ferret Nation & the vertical bar layout. I was lucky & found an almost new condition double FN for $100 on Craigslist, & I honestly travel with that beast a few times a year. I love how easy it is to lift & put into a truck, how sturdy it is, & above all, how easy it is to clean. While I love the look of the Martins as well, I simply couldn't go back. :p

    • Crobin28 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pelham, Alabama

      I think it is just soo funny how I wrote more about the Martin's cages but more people want the Midwest Critter Nation. Hmmm... I wonder if it has something to do with the pictures!!! (Or Goosemoose)

    • Crobin28 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pelham, Alabama

      Thanks Shollan! I have had an interest in writing for a very long time! I wasn't sure that the every day article was for me. I prefer to take on ficitional writing. However, I have enjoyed doing this. I share an intense love for pet rats and other animals so informing people WHILE enjoying the relaxation of writing has been a true blessing today!! Thanks again!!

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      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Crobin, this is a very informative hub. I learned a lot about rat cages. I used to have hamsters, and I loved them so much! I got them for my kids too. I hope to see more of your writing.

      Welcome to HubPages and Keep on Hubbin'!! :-)


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