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  1. Rat Homes
    I noticed that when I use fleece with the furniture pads underneath the fleece gets smelly quickly while the pad underneath doesn't smell bad at all yet. Does anyone else just use the uhaul furniture pads by themselves? Thanks!
  2. Rat Homes
    Hello, Previously I used the Living World blue litter crushed paper for the litter box, all the rats are litter-trained on this litter. It was my favourite until I realized it has baking soda in it…. I am now looking for a very good replacement. Things that doesn’t work: rolled paper pellets...
  3. Rat Homes
    Hello, like I said in a previous post, I am hoping to get two rats. I am having a hard time deciding on a bedding. There are so many mixed results and I need some help finding a safe one. Thanks!
  4. Rat Homes
    Hello I’m hoping to get two rats. I am wondering if shredded paper towel would be a suitable bedding. Thanks!
  5. Rat Homes
    Hi all! I recently acquired a gorgeous three level cage from my neighbour that had been used as a sleeping area for her bunnies. Although I'm not new to rat raising, it is my first time owning a cage without a deep bottom for bedding (it's just a flat tray). I tried covering the tray in fleece...
  6. Rat Homes
    Hi all, I recently upgraded my boys to a double critter nation and was excited to put in fleece liners and ditch the loose substrate. They seem to really love them and the cage looks great, but I had a problem when I went to wash them. Even though I had cleaned off the fleece as well as I could...
  7. Rat Homes
    My rats are about 8 months old, and have all gotten URIs. My guess is this is from the bedding I've been using, as the sneezing has gone down whenever I switch to fleece laid flat (with an absorbant layer underneath, of course). In order, I've tried the following: America's Choice Eco Flake...
  8. Rat Homes
    Just saw an unresolved thread on this topic and I need to know so I can make them blankets for their baskets in their cage, what fabrics are ok? I was thinking of getting them cotton or something along that line as I can't find a website with fleece with print on it affordably, anyone have any tips?
  9. Rat Homes
    Hi, So I've noticed me and my rats started a little war on 'where does the tissue live - the litter box or the bed?'. I say litter box, they say bed. Each time I spot clean the cage, or when once a week I give it a full clean, I keep some stained tissue to put in the litter box in hopes of...
  10. Rat Homes
    Hi! Just had a couple questions about pine shavings. I know some people think kiln-dried pine is safe and regular pine isn't, but what would regular pine be? Most woods are heat-treated, would that make those shavings safe/better? I know the process is a bit different but would that still get...
  11. Rat Homes
    I’m new to the rat scene, well really my kid is. We have some critter nation/ferret nation cages we would like to move them into. I’ve seen a few posts about “Home Depot/Lowe’s cement pan” but I can’t seem to locate them. Any links you could share would be awesome! I also saw mention of litter...
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    this one is especially for german rat parents since I assume it's different per country... someone recommended getting the wood chips sold in a hardwood store that are packaged as gardening decoration, rather than the ones sold for pets since it's the same thing technically but is way less...
  13. Rat Homes
    I am a new rat owner that is using paper bedding. That is going to get a bit costly and a little impractical, so I was trying to come up with more cost effective ideas. Fleece sounds good because its soft on the rats feet and its washable but my rats like to dig and play which the paper bedding...
  14. Rat Homes
    I think I’ve tried just about every type of bedding there is. I did puppy pads with a fleece layer on top, but they loved to destroy the layers and make a mess. I’m trying loose bedding currently (care fresh, if anyone’s wondering) but I’m quickly realizing it’s expensive and it falls off the...
  15. Rat Homes
    Hello! I would looooove to know as many opinions as possible on this topic, I really need to figure out the best possible bedding option for my rats! I have shredded paper bedding right now and it works well for me but it is not sold anymore anywhere where I could order it, so I have to figure...
  16. Rat Homes
    Hi! I am getting my first rat babies next month and have been fiercely research and preparing for them, I came across Hemparade bedding and although the website says that it is safe for rats I thought it’s probably better to seek advice from here as here has never let me down when browsing for...
  17. Rat Homes
    Hello! I am hoping to get some rats for the first time next month and I am trying to do as much research as I can now, but I had some questions about cages and setup. Firstly, how large should a cage be for 2-3 rats? Everything I am finding is saying that it should be at least 2 cubic feet per...
  18. Rat Homes
    I love my ratties so much but there bedding ends up EVERYWHERE!! And as much as I love them I don't want to spend the rest of my life playing Cinderella and constantly cleaning it up. The cage I have right now is a Ferret/Midwest nation double, and am currently using carefresh/oxbow paper...
  19. Rat Behavior
    Hello. I'm new here, but just a question. Just today I got a rat. She's a large brown/white spotted rat, and her name is Fritzie. And yes, I know they say not to have just one rat, but the pet store I got her at said she was an oddball and didn't do well with other rats, but she is friendly with...
  20. Rat Homes
    New rat owner here! I just bought a bag of rent a coop hemp bedding and was wondering if I should freeze it before using. I would have to put in small batches at a time but it’s doable. I read somewhere that hemp actually deters any mites or lice, not sure if that’s true. I believe rent a coop...
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