To continue the theme of my rat cages being in awkward areas to photo...
Working from the doorway round the furthest point in the bathroom, and more horrendously messy than normal as they seem to have been on a norty ruining things quest this week.
Bookcase next to the door. All the cool people have books properly by the loo
Thankfully they're ones that don't reaaaaaaally matter if they get wet/ chewed (other than the encyclopaedias on the bottom - and a couple of the older books in the middle - that we're leaving my parents to discover on their own). Either climb up the front using the books, or scramble between the wood and the wall - not sure specifically, I'm too big to see
Try not to miss your footing on the bookcase as there's some water down below! And some food, that someone delightfully artistically put there
Towel is there to be burrowed in, and the pot of stones sometimes has food hidden in, but also keeps the door of the carrier open. They get transported from the cage to the bathroom in the carrier, and I leave it there so they have a homely place to retreat to if they so wish. Also some of them use it as a litter tray, handily.
The easy way to get onto the bath. Usually they don't have food during free range, but if they do, the bowl goes on the stool.
Ah look, a handy staircase.
Then a big jump onto the surface (or a pause and confusion if you're Orbit)
And tada! You're up by the sink where you really shouldn't be
In this photo I was using the sink as a deeper paddling pool though. To get back down, either shimmy down the doorframe/ front of the cupboard underneath. Or scramble down the way you came using the plastic thing to help this time.
Bit of open floor between the area near the bookcase and the area round the corner. I normally sit myself down leaning against the bath with a book, or with my laptop on the loo for extra amusements
The brown thing is a throw I normally have wrapped around me when in there as it can be quite cold in winter.
The red thing is [well, was, it's been chewed off now] a sort of loop-tassled bit of material, and the most agile can climb it certainly to the top of the radiator, and often onto the dowelling (meant to be for hanging towels on). The dowelling towards the left side of the photo has a habit of rotating when there's a rat on it, for extra difficulties. The gap between the bath and the radiator, behind the cat tree, is also frequently climbed - up the end of the radiator I assume.
From last time I took photos the shelving unit is on a different wayy (was 90* round). This way I can store my Tom62 (the flatpacked cage) without it looking too messy - everything else is piled up on top and covered when needs to look tidy. The plastic box has various cardboard boxes in. The green thing is an old mixing bowl with a door cut in, there's random stuff in there basically. Talking of dowelling and radiators, someone got onto the little shelf above that you can see here tonight. I have no idea how - previously it was via the shelves, but they're not opposite rather than touching. The bowls on top of the shelves have gravel in, and the liquid is vinegar, so safe.
Base level of the shelves has 2 buckets and a tube. The red bucket has gravel in, and someone's been using it as a litter tray. The clear one usually has material, or some substrate or earth or whatever in.
To get up onto the top of the shelves they normally jump from the tom62 to one of the vertical gaps. And then somehow walk across to the righthand end and climb up, and then up the cage (which is only there for storage rather than meant for a ladder) to the top. They do the same coming down again somehow - not sure how they don't just fall off the shelf the cage is on however..!
Currently the 'shove things in here for the rats to find' box is being a deep paddling pool thingy. The things that were in it are in the space where it was/ on top of the tom.