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Picking up two baby female rats in a few weeks but I have limited space for a cage. I hear that the 690 is too narrow which makes me nervous because I don’t want to have to upgrade in the future. The space I have for the cage has room for more depth but Martin’s cages that are 18” deep are also 30” wide, which I don’t have enough room for. I can’t fit more than 25” wide comfortably.
 

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I think the R-690 is probably fine for young rats but as they get bigger, the 14" depth is a bit of a squeeze. Rats can grow up to 11" long (not including their tails) so movement can definitely get a little restricted. I'm also not a fan of narrow cages. Rats are terrestrial animals, not arboreal. They live on the ground, not in trees. I think it's important to give them floor space to run around. I wouldn't personally use a cage narrower than 30" regardless of how tall it was (wider is even better). If I were in your position, I'd probably find a different place to put the cage that allows for a bit more width.

-edit- ...and if you purchase a Martin's cage, be sure to get the powder coating. The front doors are big enough that I don't personally think that a flip-top lid is necessary, especially when purchasing a taller cage. The flip top can just make things more difficult if you're hanging accessories like hammocks and Space Pods from the top of the cage.
 
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