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I want to make a dig box for the babies since they tear up basically everything that I don't want them to tear up (Bedding) but what would be safe to put in it and what should I even put in it? should I leave it in the cage all the time or..?
 

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Dig boxes are fine in the cage long term, or outside it. I cant say it would stop them from destroying other things (they are rats after all) and there is likely to be at least some mess from it. It is a lovely thing to do for them and I think a must in any cage without a decent amount of substrate to dig in.

In terms of what to use, I would recommend getting a deep Tupperware box, ideally with a lid. Cut a hole in the lid and cover the outside with something fleecey (to act as a door mat!). Then choose a filling, I alternated mine a fair bit to give them variety but most things went down well from the list below. You want to fill it about half way to 60%, enough to leave room for the rat at the top but give them space to really dig down. To get them going scatter some of there food in it occasionally.

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*60/40 mix of potting compost and sand
*reptile coco fiber bedding made up as per instructions
*hemp/aspen bedding
*shredded paper/card
*good quality low dust hay
*shredded cloth (this failed for me as the rats just moved in and slept in there, as well as urinating, nasty smell fast)
 

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Okay, I will look into getting all those supplies owo I know it wont stop them from destroying everything else but it will lessen the destruction i'd think
 
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