Show us your rat rooms....

Share pictures of cages, rat rooms, free range areas, etc.to offer inspiration to others
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Show us your rat rooms....

Post by toyah » Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:33 pm

I guess it is mainly breeders who have dedicated rat rooms - but just to satisfy the curious, please post some pictures of them for everyone to have a look at!


Here's mine ...

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This is the wall on your left as you come in. The two white storage containers hold dry mix - one for general adult food, one for kitten food. The box on the top has all the treats in, bags of kitten food for the hedgehogs, hamster food, and any other food related bits and bobs.

The duetto has my old ladies in the top and the boys in the bottom. I am happy using a duetto for about 6-7 rats, any more is overkill. The brio holds a group of younger girls. The cube cages right at the back are for the hedgehogs.

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The window is the far wall from you when you enter the room, so this is the corner of the bottom and right walls. Again the cubes are hedgehogs. The duetto on the left has my baby girls in the top (most of these will be off to new homes soon), and a gang of holidaying boys on the bottom. The duetto to the right has breeding age girls in the top, and retired ladies on the bottom. I find having the duettos like that the best use of space - there's enough of a gap between them to pull the trays out, and for me to open the cages and access them easily still. All of the openings where you pull the trays out on the duettos are duct taped shut to stop megazorb falling out everywhere!

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Backing on to the rightermost duetto in the last picture, there is a stack of cages. The Mary at the bottom is empty (I only use that for very young kittens with their mothers). The rabbit cage in the middle holds one old man who has hind leg and aggression problems - hence a low cage and no company! - and the small cage on top is a Russian hamster. The Jenny has an extra door cut in the front, where the duct tape is (my rat room would probably fall apart without duct tape), and so has great access. This is where my baby boys live for the moment. The cages are all kept off the floor on tables or stacked onto other empty cages, to save my back. The paint-covered chair I drag around the room with me so I can sit in front of cages and have a chat with my rats while I'm wandering, if they're not getting proper free range time (I like to socialise with them as well as just let them out to run).

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turning back round to the door, so now with the window behind, there is a door to the cupboard on the left, my Roborovski hamsters in their tank in the middle. The door to get in and out of the room would be on the right but I didn't bother photographing it! On the left of my hamsters on top of he carrier is the "wash basket" - I chuck anything that is dirty, be it igloos, shelves, hammocks, etc in here, ready to be taken to the bathroom or washing machine. I find it stops me having bits and bobs lying about, and saves me constantly taking individual things through to clean, I can do it in batches. The chest of drawers has all bits of paper, old rosettes, prize cards and the like in there.

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And finally - storage! There is never enough space to put things, no matter how much space I have, so I try to use space as efficiently as possible. I always have several bales of cardboard bedding spare, which I keep outside in the shed - it doesn't need housespace (I only need one bale inside at a time, which I keep just outside the cupboard). The cupboard off the rat room is gigantic - approx. 6' x 4' - and holds all my cereals, sacks of rabbit and dog food, spare igloos, tubes, cages, and so on. I also keep spare duma style tanks and flattened critter/duval cages underneath the aviaries - the photo only shows the top, not the bottom which looks like a bomb site. Finally, I built the hedgehog cages leaving spaces underneath for the rest of the bedding (paper wool, shredded paper, bob martins, megazorb).

Congratulations for reading all the way down here :-) I hope especially people who don't breed or may not have managed to visit a local breeder found this interesting. I think some people imagine that breeders have their rats in some sort of commercial nasty caging, when really it's just like pet keeping on a slightly larger scale!


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Last edited by toyah on Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:45 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by Zoundz » Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:43 pm

LOVE the thread! :D will now go take pics - and returns! :D

oooh quick question - the ferret ball thing in the Jenny - how does it work? does it attach to the tubes? :)

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Post by Rhona » Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:48 pm

wow!!!! toyah that looks amazing! i have a rat room 2 but it also contants a bed for me to sleep in..everywhere else seems dedicated to the furries lol
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Post by thehappypixi » Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:48 pm

COOL! It's like Through The Keyhole......!

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Post by SarahP » Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:53 pm

Thanks for sharing Toyah, its great to see other peoples setups :D
It looks very clean, neat and tidy ... puts my rat room to shame :oops:
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Post by lynsay_wag » Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:59 pm

wow thats different to last time, you can see the floor! :lol: It looks really good
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Post by TGRH » Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:00 pm

wow i dont have a rat room yet but mum promised me when we move to america we will have one with air con :D and a sofa ect exciting :D
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Post by toyah » Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:05 pm

oooh quick question - the ferret ball thing in the Jenny - how does it work? does it attach to the tubes?


I have a feeling you can attach it to a particular brand of tubing, but I've just suspended it by putting a rope through it and attaching the rope on either end to the cage. It gives the rats somewhere secure and nice to sleep (there is paper wool inside), but with plenty of openings to the outside world so they aren't completely closed in.

I can assure you there is normally more bedding and stuff on the floor - but I finally got rid of the sofa I had in the rat room last week and have been spurred into action tidying up!
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Post by Neotoma » Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:06 pm

Zoundz wrote:oooh quick question - the ferret ball thing in the Jenny - how does it work? does it attach to the tubes? :)

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If it's the one I've got, you can attach it to the ferplast ferret tubing, which the rats love - but it is quite stiff to do, and a complete pain to take apart again - in fact we haven't managed to yet - the whole structure gets washed whole. Wouldn't be without it though - the girls used to sulk if offered any other type of house.
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Post by Jembean » Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:07 pm

Ah that's amazing Toyah!
Can't wait til I can have a rat room - or at least one that isn't disguising a bedroom!
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Post by Ryo_the_Rat » Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:38 pm

Nope its not just breeders that have rat rooms-its also people with hundreds of rescue animals!!!! :o ok, maybe not hundreds but close to 40 anyway :lol: i shall try and get piccies of my animal room tomorrow-its always a mess though what with ratties kicking bedding out and the bunnies playing"who can kick their poop the furthest" :roll: not to mention how half a bale of hay seems to be spread out on our floor-its more like a manger!! :lol:

great set up though Toyah-looks much tidier then mine!!
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Post by Zoundz » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:00 pm

here's mine!

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The door going in! :D Sorry it's a bit blurry - it was the best i could get! lol - it's a crag rat beer pump tab, a ratty poster and a meerkat piccie! :D

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The view from opening the door

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Behind the door - shelves with all our bits on - hammocks on the bottom, tubes and other random bits on the middle shelf and food bits and health bits on the top along with treats and fan! :D Millipede tank on the floor. Chinchillas off to the side

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Chinchillas - boys nearest the camera - girls further away. On top is the breeding tank that we have (empty lol)

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Next to them stack of cages with two guinea piggies on the bottom, then a rabbit cage with my 4 old ladies in the middle, then a mary with harry and Seamus in on top.

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Next to them are the gerbil cage and mouse cage, behind them in the alcove are all our spare cages and then next to them are the two savic freddies with the bottom one empty at the moment and the top one with 3 of nicola's girls in.

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next to them the boy's furet, then next to that the girl's furet

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Then this stack - Jenny - empty, Mary four baby girls (Jules Acrorats) and the hamster tank on top.

Small but beautifully marked! :D

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Post by InsomniaticDND » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:36 pm

WOW!!! auch amazing rooms!!! how long does it take to clean them all out? roughly how many animals do you have in the one room? im awestruck!!!! :o
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Post by Zoundz » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:42 pm

well - normally i have 13 rats, 4 chins, 2 pigs a mouse and a millipede in there lol..

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Post by toyah » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:49 pm

I have 25-30 rats plus kittens, two hamsters, and two hedgehogs plus any holidaying animals. The rest of the animals live in other rooms - I will do photos of non-rat accommodation if people are interested!
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