Dear rat people of tumblr,
Some of you know that we just adopted a mother/daughter pair of rats at the veterinary clinic where I work. Mama is just over two years old, and baby is around six months. They have a beautiful three story cage full of toys and hammocks and hiding places, and they’ve…
No, that would not be stressful if you’re using something not-strong smelling as a cleaner anyways. Even if you just used a bit of water that could help. I clean my cage with (a double critter nation) with hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and hot water basically.
2. You could make liners very easily that would help not only keep it easy to clean the cage but also prevent them from stepping on mesh/wirey anyways which is nice too.
Liners can be made simply from bath towels and fleece (I buy fleece a few yards of fleece from Joanne’s or other similar stores, and towels honestly from walmart they’re like $3.00 for a large towel and I can cut it into the size I need) Also recommend some sort of clip to get them to stay on, the towel goes on with the fleece over it. Fleece stays dry which means rats aren’t hanging on their pee, and the towel absorbs and can be changed out easily as needed.
I like liners also because they’re reusable, durable, and it makes it easy to spot clean poops.
3. Litter training, it can be done. What kind of bedding are they on now? My boys aren’t trained but I watched two girl rats over the summer and they picked it up instantly, I had liners in their cage and then a tray in the area they seemed to be pooping in anyways and put a more paper like bedding in there (so it was very different from what they ran around on) and they took to it instantly. There are some websites that offer suggestions, but most of the time rats will latrine in a couple of spots anyways so adding a tray couldn’t hurt.
What kind of blocks are they getting? That feeding schedule sounds fine as long as they always have food in there usually they’re fine.