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Website Updated 6.22.2017

Awesome Rat Cages to Buy

Note that all good rat cages are metal. No cheapy plastic levels and bottoms. Super stores however would love to sell you the garbage that does. The Martins do have plastic bottoms but they are heavy and cannot be chewed through. They are great cages!

Please note that some very old websites tell you that rats levels should be solid and not wire because wire causes bumble foot. This is OLD info! At least 20 - 25 years old! The latest technology in caging will have wire levels. Rats need this to keep their feet clean and healthy. Solid levels pool pee and feeces and cause the bumble foot. Solid levels are laberous to clean and do not benefit the rat. Wire is comfortable for teeny feet. Unlike with cats and dogs who have large feet and cannot be housed on it.

#1 Recommendation is Martins Cages

For recommendations on getting a rat cage please see my rattery page & Martinscages.com If you choose Martins I recommend the "rat lodge" or larger for a pair of rats . If you do 3 rats go one size bigger. A lot of people get lazy lol and get the pet co rat manor, it is not big enough to house 2 rats. It's just teeny tiny. Also the levels are 1/4" bar spacing and the poop piles up on it causing bumblefoot. So do not buy it. There aren't any good cages at low ball super stores like that.

My Current Setup:
(Martins Ruud their biggest rat cage) 

Martins has many cages that you can choose from. Go to Martinscages.com. They have pictures posted there so need for me to repeat that here. If you choose Martins I recommend the "rat lodge" or larger for a pair of rats . If you do 3 rats go one size bigger. 


Martins 695

#2 Recommendation - The Critter Nation - Double & Single

The Critter Nation

This was my rattery in 2009 - 2012. This is the double Critter Nation. I had 3 of them. This is a safe cage, many people like it. But its very heavy. Fed X says 110 lbs in the box.

About $239ish. You can find sales on it cheaper sometimes.

It also comes in a single unit with one level.

It does rust after a while and the legs wobble permanently if rolled on carpet so I prefer he M Cages. The levels are plastic. They last a while but not forever.

 

#3 Recommendation - M Cage 069

The M Cage 069

I have used this cage in the past.

In this picture the boys cage has 27 rats in it, the females has 20. So this is great for a colony of rats. Yes you can "trick it out" with all the cool hammocks and toys you want. Its go so much potential! Just the 1st week after I got mine several sets of people bought them up too! Everyone can see its potential and look forward to its light weight steel design. Fed X says this cage is 30 lbs in the big box its shipped in. Note that the CN cage is 110 lbs according to Fed X! What a difference!

Costs around $189 on ebay w/ free shipping.

CageOverall dimension: 32"L x 19"W x 74”H (Including stand) 

1.   Cage dimension: 32''L x 19''W x 54''H
2.   Bar spacing: 1/2'' 
3.   Animal Safe Non toxic elegant epoxy painting 
4.   
Two Front Large swing-out door with Improved metal safety lock
5.   Feeder cups and feeder doors, wooden perches for birds
6.   1/2 Inch Metal platforms and 1/2 Inch ladders for small animal
7.   Cage can be removed from the stand
8.   Slide-out bottom tray and grate for easy cleaning
9.   Four heavy-duty rolling casters

**Please note that this cage has 4 breeder doors on the sides. And you will need to permanently seal those shut with some cage clips from the feed store. Otherwise your rats will let themselves out in minutes of putting them in it.** Also note that the sellers on ebay change their links to the cage weekly, monthly or whatever is best for their company. So you will have to search for their new adds. I wont have the link.

M Cage 024

M Cage 024

The smaller version of the M Cage larger one above.You can put 5-6 rats in it.

Its about $113 on ebay w/ free shipping.

Overall dimension: 32"L x 19"W x 64”H (Including stand)

1.   Cage only dimension: 32''L x 19''W x 37''H
2.   Bar spacing: 1/2'' 
3.   Non toxic elegant epoxy painting 
4.   
Large Front swing-out door with metal safety lock
5.   Feeder cups and feeder doors, wooden perches
6.   Metal platform and ladder
7.   Cage can be removed from the stand
8.   Slide-out bottom tray and grate for easy cleaning
9.   Four heavy-duty casters 

 

If you do order the cage please send me a picture of it all set up with toys and rats so that I can show it off to give people ideas of how it looks set up.

** Please note that this cage has the little feeder doors on the front, and 2 breeder doors on the side. And you will need to permanently seal those shut with some cage clips from the feed store. Otherwise your rats will let themselves out in minutes of putting them in it.** Also note that the sellers on ebay change their links to the cage weekly, monthly or whatever is best for their company. So you will have to search for their new adds. I wont have the link.

 

#4 Recommendation - Preview Hendrix Cage

Preview Hendrix Rat Cage

Great cage. $179 from Drsfostersmith.com. I have one as a back up baby grow out. That in conjunction with 2 custom Martins cages is what I keep my 4 + week old babies in.

I love that it has metal shelves not chewable plastic ones. I also love he grate on the bottom so the rats cant get to the bedding and make a huge mess. Although their tails still get under there and fling a few pieces out.