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I don't know if someone already mentioned this cage, but I have the All Living Things Rat Starter Kit. I got it at PetSmart. They told me it was being discontinued and that I got the last one, but it is listed on their website. http://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/cages-habitats-hutches/all-living-things-rat-starter-kit-zid36-5201419/cat-36-catid-600011?_t=pfm=category Maybe they decided to bring it back, or only the PetSmart I was at did that?
I have two of these zip tied together so that my girls can access both cages and I love these cages. I hope this isn't true. Great price for the size of the cage.


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I'd like to hear more about the 5 people who said their rats free-roamed all day :p
I'd like to let mine free roam everytime, everywhere, but I have firmly been told you cannot teach a rat not to chew on valuables such as cables and books, and since I have lots of those... not gonna let them free roam all day for sure. I wish I could tell them what they can and can not do, then my entire room would be their playground.
 

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I own a Ferplast Duetto, but have 2 girls in a Jenny, and 1 in a Birthing Homemade Bin-cage atm! :)
 

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I wanted a Petco Rat Manor but my GF wanted the "My First Home 3-Level Ferret/Chinchilla Cage" so we ended up getting that.


Anything smaller than a full-grown male will squeeze though the bars no problem. Both of our males went through a week of depression when they finally were too big to squeeze through (I am not even kidding, you should have seen them moping every time they failed to wiggle through). Overall I'd say the cage sucks and I am extremely jealous of everyone with a Critter Nation, but our rats do seem to love their home.

More on the downsides: Everything is chewable plastic, the cage in the photo on the box isn't assembled correctly so you can't use the box for assembly reference (no joke), none of the ramps will stay clipped to the bottom shelf (it's about a millimeter too thick), you have to tear down the whole cage to clean it, and it's not particularly great looking.
 

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I have a Samo 82 (couldn't remember the number but just looked it up!)

I've only used it for mice before...I wanted something HUGE compared to a mouse, so that on the odd days I couldn't let them out for free play, they wouldn't really mind. It's not SO big compared to a rat, obviously...but still a comfy home.

It's got a nice deep base and no major gap issues (had to put something across the hook part of the doors when it was for mice, as the smaller ones could fit through that, bt that was the only part) so it's pretty easy to start with.
You can have it at full height, or half height which I found really helpful when designing new layouts, because I'd do the more complicated stuff in the mid section, while removed, so my babies could stay in their cage if inspiration hit at a time of day when free play wasn't an option.

Apparently, they USED to have a large door on the front, with a smaller door inside that, but I only got one with small doors on various parts, which is THE only downside I've ever found with it. SO annoying to have to take it all off the base to put larger things in/get them out.

Which I guess is a downside I'm seeing now it's being used for a ratty home...as I'm not comfortable taking him out through a door almost the same size as himself. =/
So I have to take the cage off of the base just to take him out. Hassle.

Anyways....I haven't had Templeton in it long, but just figured I'd put it here in case anyone comes across one....I doubt I'd recommend it for rats purely because of the door issue...but if it were a cheap find, that is the only issue. (So far.)


These aren't my own photos, just ones I've found which show what it's like pretty well.


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My Double Critter Nation my 2 girls are in (I love this cage):
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My Martin R-695 (Rat Skyscraper)
My 2 boys are in this until they are introduced to my girls then they will all be in the DCN. This is a good cage for babies and girls or maybe two lazy boys but I hate cleaning it.
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I don't know if someone already mentioned this cage, but I have the All Living Things Rat Starter Kit. I got it at PetSmart. They told me it was being discontinued and that I got the last one, but it is listed on their website. http://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/cages-habitats-hutches/all-living-things-rat-starter-kit-zid36-5201419/cat-36-catid-600011?_t=pfm=category Maybe they decided to bring it back, or only the PetSmart I was at did that?
This cage my girls came in when I got them -I hope you like it- but I *hate* this cage, JUST BECAUSE OF THE PLATFORMS. The way you have to put them in is SO frustrating and the plastic is hard to clean and needs cleaning a lot because the pee just collects and doesn't go anywhere XP also it's really hard to put stuff like hammocks and hides in, it seems smaller than it is. The platforms are too small to put any hides or anything but food bowls on. Also not fond of the small doors XP the platforms and their ramps also can slide around.
I still have it for a quarantine cage (I like that you can fold it back down pretty easily.) Someone else mentioned putting two together and that is a great idea! I think it's a great starter cage but wouldn't want to deal with it forever, but that's just me :/
(I really hope you like it though! It's a really good cage for the price!)
 

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Hey guys, I'm ready to upgrade my baby boys, I was thinking of getting the Frisky Ferret cage by Prevue Hendrix. I've worked a lot with A&E cages based out of New Jersey, I have those cages for my birds. This PH seems to be similar to one of their small animal cages that I liked. But much more simple and easier to work with. I figured with some hammocks, perches, litter boxes and plenty of toys it would be an ideal boys cage. The boys seem to be much cleaner (oddly) than my females, so I have faith that they wont go poop crazy! To my point.. lol.. has anyone used this cage?
 

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So my question is, my girls (about 5 and 8 mo) just ate through their cage. Small whole, nothing major but I had planned on getting them a larger multilevel but I dont have a TONTON of room in my room so I was thinking petco manor. But I saw the levels were wire. Isn't that bad for their feet and if so, what did you guys put instead?
 

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I've upgraded from an old, used guinea pig cage to a totally fab Martin's r690. Love it and so does Pepper!
 

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Living in Switzerland, I could not find any of those cages... But my rats live in what we call the rat mansion... It is 39" x 20" x 55". It may not be the biggest cage out there but for 2 rats I seems very very spacious. I joke that they live better than we do proportionally... Then again the cage measurements said something like 8 rats comfortably at more space than the bare minimum... But I think Swiss laws are maybe a little stricter because I think here they each need to have the equivalent of 3 ft sq or something like that. You are also legally required to keep them in groups of 2 or more. They take their animal welfare really pretty seriously thankfully.
 

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So my question is, my girls (about 5 and 8 mo) just ate through their cage. Small whole, nothing major but I had planned on getting them a larger multilevel but I dont have a TONTON of room in my room so I was thinking petco manor. But I saw the levels were wire. Isn't that bad for their feet and if so, what did you guys put instead?
I've got a rat manor myself! I have some of my boys in there right now; to cover the wiring I layer dog training pads and fleece, then clip them to the cage with binder clips. Its super effective (in that my boys don't try to tear it up, thankfully) and the pads keep the smell down. Its a pretty good cage for its size, and worth it if you need more room for your girls. c:
 

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I clicked CN because it's my favorite but I also have a Petco rat manor that got for free with a rescue. I HATE it. and a marchioro Tommy cage (not listed) for my single geri girl I got it used on craigs list and I LOVE it. I had a SP habitat defined for rats a few weeks ago but I hated it so much I gave it away to someone who promised not to use it for rats haha Oh and I also have some kind of huge SP cage that my mom found in the trash a few weeks ago. I'm not sure what kind it is because I didn't buy it. I'm going to clean it up and use it for a hospital cage. It's in great condition and had a whole bunch of unused things inside of it like a bag of food and a bag of bedding and a brand new igloo, wood chews, and toys. It's awesome that my mom just found it! I sanitized all the toys and froze the bedding and wood chews but threw out the food because it wasn't any good.
Why do you hate the Petco Rat Manor and would you recommend a single unit Critter Nation? I want my rats to have space and room to climb and the rat manor looks like it has more room for that than the CN; I wish I could get a double but can't afford it right now so I got a single that's on its way but is it much worse / tinier than the double:/
 

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If you look up dimentions the rat manor is: 16.5" L X 22.5" W X 32" H

compared to the scn not counting the stand: 24 x 36 x 24

The scn is quite a bit bigger. Because the doors large on the scn you will have an easier time putting in large items, such as wheels, large hides, litter boxes or big bins for digging.
 

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I think the rat manor is very nice for rats, the door are just not really nice for humans.

My boys cage is the same sq ft as the dcn, but it does have more shelves. The doors are not full like cn, but they are still very large, so easy to get stuff in and out of.

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