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Is it all right to use a bird cage for a rat?

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September 13, 2011 2:29AM

Using A Bird Cage For A Rat:

  • Absolutley! Rats like to climb. You can make a playground through the bid cage with rope, cardboard, and really anything else. You rats would love it!
  • A rat can be put into a bird cage as long as the cage has been properly modified to suit a rat.
  • No you shouldn't put a rat in a bird cage because birds have different surroundings then rats and they need different homes.
  • If the cage is big enough, and the bottom is not wire... then sure. It doesn't really matter what species the cage is labeled for, so long as it meets your animal's housing requirements. I've kept rats in bird cages.
  • Yes. As long as the wire is close enough together so the rat can't get stuck and make sure all doors are very secure. If the bottom of the cage is plastic keep a close eye on it because they can chew a hole. Rats are very intelligent and can figure out how to escape easily.
  • There are pros and cons: only if the cage has a big enough floor space and No because if they climb to the top of the cage and fall off it's a long way to fall and the rat could hurt itself. It might get it's head stuck in the wire. If you don't put soft bedding (newspaper and wood shavings) on the floor the rat/mouse's feet might fall through the floor and the wire under their feet is just uncomfortable. It doesn't cost much more to buy a rat cage.
  • Yes, there are plenty of good bird cages that you can modify by adding levels and hammocks, you can basically pack it full of toys. I had a hard time deciding to get a rat cage or a bird cage. Just remove the wire bottom.
  • Yes, but make sure that the on the bottom of the cage there is no way your rat friend can get his foot (or any other body part) stuck and you can buy little platforms that will connect to the side of a cage and hammocks for ferrets or other small animals will create a cozy environment and if your rat is small enough for a house if you take an empty tissue box and take off all the plastic from the top then that would work too my rats loved it.
  • Yes you can put a rat in a bird cage as long as all the doors are secure and it cant get out or stuck through the bars. The rat will enjoy playing and climbing on the toys and bars in the cage I know my rat would!
  • I have a pet rat and she lives in a bird cage that i modified because rat cages are too expensive and many deals include a rat which i didnt need. My rat loves her cage and acts like any other normal rat.
  • My rats also live in a bird cage that has been modified. Bird cages are also much cheaper than rat cages.

  • yes, just make sure that the bottom is not wire, there is not enough space between the bars so that the rat can escape, and there is enough space.