I Gave Up On Homemade Travel Cage…


I Gave Up On Homemade Travel Cage…

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you read back on my post titled “Issac Update & Rat Evacuation Info” you will recall my big plans to create a homemade evacuation cage like the ones from Sweet Whispers Rattery, like this one:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Isn’t it nice? Unfortunately, making one myself was more of a challenge than I was anticipating. I bought the plastic tub, the hardware cloth…and a woodworking tool. I planned on burning two squares to put the hardware cloth for air flow on the lid of the bin, since I could not find anything that would make a clean cut through the plastic. I spend like $40 on materials!

Turns out that- duh!- the plastic didn’t cooperate the way I wanted it to and the edges of the airflow ‘windows’ were rough and ugly. It didn’t melt evenly and didn’t get hot enough to go all the way through the plastic with one cut. So the edges had the same result as when I first at them with a razor blade- uneven. Sure, it could have worked, but the O.C.D in me would not leave it alone. I like things to look clean…professional.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]I have standards, LOL! My lid looked like a mess! I later found out that another rattery uses a plexiglass cutter to make theirs nice and neat. Oh poo, it would be nice to have had one of those!

So I returned the hardware cloth to the home improvement store, trashed the lid, and am now using the bin to house my kids toys. I am just glad I only bought materials for one- just in case it didn’t work out (which is exactly what happened!)

So what am I planning on doing in the event of an evacuation, you may wonder, or just travel in general???

My good ol’ All Living Things Pet Home for Rats…or ALT cage as I call it!

I bought one when I brought Cicero and Emerson home as a wee little baby rats. It was fine for them for the short time but obviously this cage is WAY too small to house even a single baby rat in, let alone two growing boys so that’s when I bought the Petco Rat Manor, but hung onto the ALT cage for when I needed to temporarily house them during cage cleaning time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]My plans are now to get a second one for the girls later this month (gotta love that Paypal Bill Me Later feature!). Sure, both are still WAY too small to keep them in for any great length of time, but to travel to safer grounds temporarily, they are the perfect solution. In the event of an emergency, lets face it, dog, cat, rat or human- we aren’t going to be worrying about how luxurious things are.

Small enough to fit in my car but still big enough so the rats can move around some, this cage is study and provides plenty of air flow since all but the bottom is wire bars. I could even stack them if I had to, with bungee cords to hold them in place and still not compromise how much air they are getting.I just would remove that silly little ramp- its pointless when the rats can just climb the sides to get up onto it, something they do anyways.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sure this isn’t the best solution ever, but for my specific situation, it does work out to be a pretty good one! By all means, if you are able to, get something bigger! Bigger is always better! I would not get anything smaller, that’s for sure!

The All Living Things Pet Home for Rats retails about $46.99 which may seem like a lot for some, but for many, the convenience of an manufactured cage makes it all worth it.  Another cage that I found to be about same size but cheaper is the Ware Home Sweet Home small animal cage ($39.99) and the Grreat Choice Pet Home for Small Animals ($32.99). A major difference with these cages are that they do not have the shelf. I personally think the shelf is a great way to add a little extra foot space since there is so many ratties in one cage. A word of caution with the Ware cage- its bar spacing is 1 inch so it might be unsuitable for young ratties or some female rats. I wouldn’t recommend anymore than 3 adult males or up to maybe 4 or 5 females per cage, depending on their sizes.

I am just sooooo relieved that I have a solution to saving my beloved ratties! :)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]