Ratties’ new home

I’ve been idling contemplating getting a new cage for the ratties for a while. The Savic Freddy 2 Max has been great for them, but as Nine became less mobile, it got harder to elegantly lift her out through its relatively small door. And something with better access would be easier to clean and furnish.

Much reading of forum recommendations and cage specifications, combined with an admission that no, we can’t fit one of the double-height cages under the stairs, led me to the conclusion that I wanted a single Critter Nation for them. Unfortunately, when I was looking earlier this year, they were quite hard to find, and anyone who did have them was charging silly money. I finally found a supplier at a sensible price, but then all the redundancy kerfuffle kicked off, so it got put on hold.

Then, on Friday, Codepope dropped in to our local pet shop and texted me a photo of the single Critter Nation they had on sale for £40 less than the best price I had come across. He even got them to bring it round to us that evening.

So now the girlies have a new home.

New cage
This layout will change — I just needed to get them settled in so the old cage could be thoroughly cleaned before going to its new home next door. It is now home to three younger girl ratties and will give them a lot more climbing space than they previously had.
Delivery rats
I might not be overly impressed with the food we’ve had from Deliverance, but their delivery boxes make perfect ratty hideouts. That’s River and Song poking their heads out, and Seven is somewhere in the depths of the box.
Rats in a box
River (top) and Song, ready for their close-up

5 thoughts on “Ratties’ new home

  1. Very cute little rats and that looks a grand new home for them. I bet they love the smells in that delivery box also. When my pals became aged and their back legs doddery, their feet used to slip through the gaps in their ladders. Attaching balsa wood to the backs of the ladders meant they could still grip the rungs without falling through.

    • I will definitely do something about the ladder. I was going to just replace it with something else, but I like the balsa wood idea — it hadn’t occurred to me to attach something to the back of it…

      They do like the box, but, as we discovered last night after trying to identify a strange noise, it is remarkably noisy when it’s dragged across the cage 🙂

    • That pair are just coming up to 1 year 8 months old. My older girlies are 2 years 3 months. The box has already been “modified” to suit their needs — apparently they didn’t like having to step up into the entrance hole, so that’s been extended to ground level now 🙂

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