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 #2071416


Jynxer50
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 Rats on wire?

Hello all, I was just wondering if I can use my tank topper that I have for my rats. It sits on top of a ten gallon tank, and the wire on the bottom is 1 inch by half inch. Would this be too much of a space for my rats feet? Could they be injured? If so, are there any safe alternatives that I could lay over the wire? Thanks so much!

Jake

PS. My girlie had 5 pinks today. Adorable!



09/13/09  10:23pm

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Greatballzofire
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  Message To: Jynxer50   In reference to Message Id: 2071416


 Rats on wire?

I’m not sure how you mean to use the tank topper. Are the rats going to be able to walk on it like a floor or are you using it as a lid to keep them in? If as a floor it would be most uncomfortable and could hurt them. You could cut a piece of laminate to size to go over the wire, so their feet would not go through the wire. They would probably gnaw on the laminate, though. If it is used as a lid it would not hurt them to climb around on it.



09/14/09  08:32am

 #2071521


Jynxer50
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  Message To: Greatballzofire   In reference to Message Id: 2071512


 Rats on wire?

It’s a wire cage that sits on top of a ten gallon tank. A ramp goes up to the wire floor, so it’s like two levels. I’ve used it for gerbils. If my rats were potty trained, I’d lay fleece over it, but with my boy, it would get very disgusting, very quickly.

Jake



09/14/09  09:01am

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Van_jen2005
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  Message To: Jynxer50   In reference to Message Id: 2071521


 Rats on wire?

put a peice of cardboard down on the floor that way if they chew it, it wont hurt them



09/14/09  01:49pm

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Greatballzofire
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  Message To: Van_jen2005   In reference to Message Id: 2071614


 Rats on wire?

I forgot about cardboard. Cheap and they love to tear it up. It cant hurt them, either.



09/14/09  11:18pm

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  Message To: Greatballzofire   In reference to Message Id: 2071879


 Rats on wire?

I used to have my rats on one of those - I think they’re very handy. As long as you have something to give them relief (like the cardboard mentioned above) it should be fine. I used towels - because it was easier to "mold" into the shape instead of cutting it and it’s reusable. Having litter trained rats is helpful. :)

Having a tank topper is basically the same concept of regular cages, except the bottom comes up a lot further. :)



And a word of advice - before I got my girls litter trained - the outside of the tank got covered in pee from the topper overlapping the tank.. So beware!



09/15/09  06:23pm

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Jynxer50
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  Message To: Rattaleo   In reference to Message Id: 2072237


 Rats on wire?

Wow, thanks! Do you have any helpful tips on potty training? Even if its difficult, I think it’ll be worth it in the long run. Thanks.

Jake



09/16/09  06:03pm

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Jynxer50
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  Message To: Jynxer50   In reference to Message Id: 2072601


 Rats on wire?

What I ended up doing was breaking up a box so it laid flat, then I laid that on top of the wire. He only has to walk on the wire up the ramp and immediately on the other level, then he’s on the cardboard. He also has a fleece hammock and a ladder that I made him :)

Jake



09/18/09  09:32am


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