Choosing the Best and Easiest Rat Cage to Decorate
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.
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!
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Triple Midwest Critter Nation
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!!