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Old 12-30-2011, 05:19 PM
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I don't know a great deal about rats, just that they really need a companion, as you've been told. They are gorgeous little critters though, and I'd love a pair someday.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:27 PM
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Ok. Can I get those cages at a local store, or will I have to order them? As for vet care, that isnt a problem. Im a vet tech, and Im getting these rats from the college I teach at (they are rats used for teaching/hands on stuff). Vet care is no problem.
Will it be too cold to keep them in the basement? Its furnished, and they would be in a bedroom. I live down there too, but it can get chilly.
Well, local stores don't sell them, but if you look around on CL, or even on the rat forum I linked you to, you may be able to find one used for a good price. Just make sure that whatever you get is powder coated. If it's not, the urine gets on the bars and the smell will NOT come out.

There are other brands of cages that are nice, some of the Super Pets are pretty good.

It would depend on how cold the basement is.. if you gave them lots of places to burrow into, they should be okay.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:55 PM
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I bought the 5' tall Martins cage, shipped it from Illinois (I think?) to BC, I didn't like it. I think it's currently serving as lattice for brambles. lol

I'd go for a Critter Nation cage if I was doing it again. Those look great!

Martin's cages are powder coated woven wire mesh, so there are MANY welded joins. The joins are harder to clean really well, you really need to get around each and every one of them. The rat takes a leak on the top shelf, and the pee runs down alllllll those little wire intersections. I did wipe it down regularly but there were spots I missed and the pee ate through the powder coating. Also, my cage got a bit deformed over time--after all, it's only made out of woven wire. Another thing is that the doors are a bit small and make cleaning the floors pretty awkward at places (like behind some ramps).

The CN cages have much nicer, mostly horizontal bars, the vertical bars are sparse, so fewer joins and way easier cleaning. The also look thicker and as if there are fewer of them. The structure is rigid. The doors completely open up the front. The solid floors mean that pee doesn't drip down the entire height of the thing. I've never seen one in person but they look awesome! The only problem I see with them is that the pans are pretty shallow.

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:05 PM
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I LOVE my critter nation...have the double one. However, if one wants to use litter in it (like carfresh and the like) you have to special order deeper pans. I just use fleece liners but it is a bit of a pain because my girls are not litter trained so it gets stinky faster as the poop is just on the fleece.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:10 PM
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I LOVE my critter nation...have the double one. However, if one wants to use litter in it (like carfresh and the like) you have to special order deeper pans. I just use fleece liners but it is a bit of a pain because my girls are not litter trained so it gets stinky faster as the poop is just on the fleece.
lol you posted as I was editing mine! Does it cost extra to order the deeper pans? I'm in love with that cage
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:12 PM
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yes, you have to get them from somewhere else. Honestly though the cage is so awesome and easy to clean its not really a big deal...just something to be aware of
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:03 PM
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I had a FN & a CN, really wasn't a fan. Mainly because all of my past rats were HORRIBLE chewers, so when I tried using fleece and/or towels for bedding, they ended up burrowing underneath, and just driving me nuts. I did have the Bass pans in my CN, which were nice for the bedding though.

I greatly prefer the Martin's. But, everyone is different! I put those sticky tiles you can buy at Lowe's on the levels of my Martin's, so no pee runs through the wires Just wipe it down daily with a baby wipe and you're good! Plus, you can throw them in the tub to do a full clean, can't really do that with the FN or CN.
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:19 PM
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I have a double Critter Nation and my rats just can't do fleece, etc. They shred, pee on, etc...it just ends up gross. That aside, I like the cage quite a lot. Going to order the Bass pans though
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