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by horselovr4eva
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

Jemma wrote:I Saying that if you do it right you could have a cage to be really proud of.
Wow! your information has helped me alot! :D

I can't wait to start building, when i do finish (eventually) i'm sure i will be very proud of what i would have achieved :P

Thankyou so much :smileyrat:
by horselovr4eva
Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

could make it so the from and back are wire mesh so i wont be 3 enclosed sides (sorry if someone has said this already)
Brilliant idea! :) I was thinking along the same lines, but wasn't sure :P
by horselovr4eva
Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

Yes i understand completely what you are saying :D I am going to think carefully how i could make this cage the best habitat for a rat, and see how it goes from there :P

:smileyrat:
by horselovr4eva
Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

Maybe you could cut panels out of the sides of the bookcase and cover them with mesh? That would increase ventilation and provide some hanging space. I guess you could always screw those little hook things into the wood for hanging things too. How tall is it? You don't have to have all the shelves ...
by horselovr4eva
Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

These are degu cages, but there are some that are some that look like conversions from book cases. Although I must stress that with this much wood, the rats would probably make it stink to high heaven in a couple of days! But they are inspirational if nothing else. Thankyou petrify, these cages hav...
by horselovr4eva
Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

Bookcases also restrict where you can hang things and place things for enrichment. I'd also wonder the height between each level. The grotto cage on the Dapper Rat site doesn't allow any space for climbing, which is an essential activity for enrichment and keeping rats fit. There is plenty of space...
by horselovr4eva
Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

40cm is the absolute minimum remember. I have a temporary / holiday cage that depth and I'd not be happy using it for adults long term. The height of the bookcase is very tall and there are plenty of shelves, checking with my dad (who owns the bookcase) he says it is definately 50cm in depth, (so m...
by horselovr4eva
Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Re: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

We have an old bookcase which is made out of very strong wood and has been measured, the depth is 30-40 cm and the height and size inside is very sufficent :) We have looked on The Dapper Rat site and have seen there homemade grotto, which we love the look of :D Of course it would be painted in chil...
by horselovr4eva
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Making a Cage out of a bookcase?
Replies: 31
Views: 550

Making a Cage out of a bookcase?

I am looking for a new cage for my boys, which is the right design, easy to clean etc but they all look very expensive, and as we have already had about 7 shop bought cages already (and none have been easy accessable,the right design or even unbreakable(as i found out with my last cage!! :) ) So i h...
by horselovr4eva
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training Rats ?
Replies: 11
Views: 243

Re: Training Rats ?

I had one rat who understood perfectly "Daisy, NO!" - you could tell by the smiling backwards glance she gave you before going ahead and doing it anyway. I tried teaching Spud to spin but he just ended up sitting on his backside looking confused. And I had such hopes before I got these boys! There'...
by horselovr4eva
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: How do you go about adopting rat kittens from a breeder?
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: How do you go about adopting rat kittens from a breeder?

I would like to know a bit more about adopting rats from breeders as well :) this post will help me alot :)

:smileyrat:
by horselovr4eva
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What are your rats favourite treats?
Replies: 16
Views: 310

Re: What are your rats favourite treats?

Mine adore choccy and yoggie drops, but NEVER get them, lol. I'm a MEAN mummy. Here favourite treats are cooked wholewheat penne, and scrambled eggs. Avocado is always well-loved, and sweetcorn and peas are a perennial hit. Malt paste is given very rarely, but they are always VERY happy to get it! ...
by horselovr4eva
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding Rats for the first time?
Replies: 16
Views: 453

Re: Breeding Rats for the first time?

Thankyou, i will definately consider buying a breeding pair from a local breeder before i start to breed :)

Thankyou everyone :smileyrat: :D
by horselovr4eva
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Encouraging Male rats to be more playful?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Encouraging Male rats to be more playful?

What do they have for playtime at the moment? I think it's more about encouraging them to be more active overall, if they're used to being challenged in the cage they'll be more interested in "playing" while they're out, just as if they lounge in hammocks all day they're more likely to have a tende...
by horselovr4eva
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding Rats for the first time?
Replies: 16
Views: 453

Re: Breeding Rats for the first time?

As Lisa has said, you need to start with rats who have come from a long established line so that you know what you are dealing with genetically (that's not just genes affecting appearance, but those for health, hormones, etc. too). Unless your boys came from a breeder and that breeder is happy for ...