Where our rats live
All our rats, pets and breeders live in multiple Prevue 528 cages. They are adequate sized cages for fossorial animals, such as rats and allow for much easier cleaning. This allows my rats to stay clean and healthy.
The cages are filled with handmade hammocks, baskets, foraging toys, old cat trees, hidey huts,ropes, ladders, wooden ledges, lava ledges and old boxes. I stress the importance of having appropriate enrichment for rats, they are highly intelligent and deserve the freedom to express all natural behaviors.
Our maternity cages
All expecting mothers birth and raise their rittens in homemade bin cages, this allows them to keep the babies safe and warm during their rearing. A regular cage such as a CritterNation can have added risks of babies getting chilly or falling through the bars, a safe maternity cage must have a deep base and small bars so babies can't slip through. I also provide safe nesting materials such as fleece, shredded paper, and soft tissue. Each doe is also provided with a spacious hide, soft clean bedding, high protein food, and of course fresh water.
Grow Out Cages
At approximately 3 weeks of age, I move mother and rittens to a larger cage. This gives them ample room to grow and play! enrichment allows for proper development, and I believe that helps them grow into confident and outgoing rats. Once they reach 4.5 weeks of age I separate them by sexes, my girls go to live with their mom and aunties and the boys live with their dad and uncles. I use both commercial cages and homemade bin cages, both are appropriate and allow for proper enrichment.