Best small animalhabitat decor according to redditors

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u/saltbutt · 17 pointsr/guineapigs

Build a 2x4 C&C cage! It's cheap, easy, and lasts a lifetime. I did it for my two little guys while I was broke in college. And even in my tiny college apartment, I found the space. I put it on a cheap table from Walmart, threw a tablecloth (or maybe it was an old curtain from the dollar store...) over it, and used that space beneath for storage.

Or if you don't want to build, just buy this 2x4 Midwest habitat on Amazon. It's only $35. It makes a NIGHT AND DAY difference in a guinea pig's quality of life. Please!

Enjoy the new piggy. :) I got dogs after my pigs, but I miss the pigs all the time. They're wonderful creatures.


u/VTANac · 9 pointsr/RATS

You could try getting a spacepod thing.
One of my boys is just not a fan of the hammocks but always sleeps in the spacepod. I just place a blanket inside so he has something soft to lay on.
This is the one I have I think:

u/RazzBeryllium · 8 pointsr/hamsters

For Syrians, you'll want a bigger wheel (at least 10"). These are all popular options (assuming you're in the U.S.):

  • (my personal favorite)

  • (I have this one as well and it's good)

  • (I've never tried these but I've seen them recommended as well)

    For Syrians, I'd say bare minimum floor space is 650 sq. inches, but larger is always better (some countries recommend twice that). If you're in the U.S., it's virtually impossible to find a large enough cage, so many people go the DIY route using bins or other creative options. For example, using the IKEA Detolf will provide 1,082 sq inches of floor space (and is cheaper than most large cages anyway).

    You'll also want to give him a sand bath AND a separate sand area for a litter box. (So two sand areas). Child's play sand (available at hardware stores) is a great cheap option, but this is often recommended as well:

    Rather than getting a hamster ball, it's generally preferable to hamster-proof a room (or block off part of a room) and allow them free-roaming time as often as you can. It's great exercise, lets them explore, and presents an opportunity for you to have fun interactions (let them run around and tire themselves out first, though).

u/wow-so-tacky · 7 pointsr/guineapigs

You mention her previous home was not caring well for her, so I'm just going to say right away that the situation you have her in does not sound any better. Absolutely do not keep her outside in the winter, since that does not sound like a safe or sustained temperature environment. It is way too risky. Guinea pigs as pets are generally indoor animals, so I'm curious why she wasn't living inside to begin with. An outdoor space can work so long as the enclosure is closed off, protected from weather and you can maintain the temperature at around 65-75 degrees. Much higher or lower and you risk death. A reasonably sized indoor cage (such as this Midwest Habitat, anything much smaller than this is highly discouraged) is relatively inexpensive. Furnish it with your choice of bedding (I personally recommend fleece), a hidey house or two, a food dish, hay rack and a water bottle (keep in mind she may not drink from it consistently, more on this in the next paragraph). Any working individual should be able to reasonably afford this.


Concerning food, does she have anything else besides the one carrot per day? Guinea pigs should have a constant supply of hay (usually timothy hay if they're adults), pellet food (preferably with vitamin c as they do not naturally produce it) and water, either in the form of a bottle or fresh vegetables at the very least. Ideally they also have about half a cup of fresh vegetables per day, minimum. Romaine or Green Leaf lettuce is most commonly used to fulfill this requirement, along with green bell peppers (high in vitamin c and ample source of water). Avoid Iceberg lettuce as it is mostly water and has very little nutrional value for them.


She's likely shy because the previous owner(s) did not interact with her much, and again by your own description, you aren't really doing this either if your only daily interaction is giving her a carrot. Moving her to a more cozy indoor space where she is around and can see people would be a great quality of life improvement for her by itself. Not to mention this would make interacting with her much easier and more convenient compared to her being alone outside. One thing I will say here is that often times guinea pigs are not like dogs and cats in that they will usually warm up to you relatively quickly. In fact the warming up process could take months or even a year+ in some cases, so be mindful of this. However, from my own experiences, the more often you interact with them, the quicker this process is. Start off simple by offering food directly from your hand until she feels comfortable enough to come and take it from you consistently and go from there.


As someone else pointed out, guinea pigs generally do better in pairs. Look into getting her a friend (of the same sex) and read up on bonding techniques. Financially, this is a relatively negligible difference compared to only having one.


Lastly, here are a couple of links with practically everything you need to know in regards to guinea pig care, check the sidebars on the left for various topics:

LA Guinea Pig Rescue on Youtube (check the playlist tab for a more categorized version)

u/Swtcherrypie · 7 pointsr/RATS

You definitely want to cover any floors or shelves that have bare wires on them. It can cause bumblefoot, and that will be no fun for either of you. If you're concerned with the extra cloth making it too warm, you could get a space pod or some baskets for them to sleep in that won't be so warm. You could also get a chin chiller to give them a cool place to rest.

u/Salxandra · 6 pointsr/RATS

If you don't have a space pod yet, that's a loved toy by rats.

My rats love to chew, so I get them a box of kid's wood blocks. I make sure that they are non-toxic.

This is from ebay because it's vintage... but my rats love this ark, and it's fairly easy to clean as it unscrews.

We got our "crate" at a garage sale. Fairly easy to clean and a favorite hide.

Orb of Solitude - Usually only one rat can fit inside at a time. We've never had a problem with a rat getting stuck. They seem to know when they've outgrown the small holes, but do keep an eye on them.

u/Sykirobme · 6 pointsr/RATS

Dollar store desk accessories and organizer bins are great.

I had an exercise ball zip-tied up in one corner of my cage, which my boys loved, but it wasn't the easiest thing to get inside and clean. I got one of these to replace it, and it's much easier to keep clean.

u/ropodog · 5 pointsr/RATS

My first cage was a Rat Manor. It is solid metal bottom then mesh platforms, but those are easily covered with fleece or sheet plastic. I upgraded to a DCN as I wanted more rats haha Some people even buy bird cages and convert them by adding shelves. The Rat Manor was an awesome starter cage, the only downside to it was that it was a little annoying to clean, but it wasn't too bad.

u/Hobbs4Lyfe · 5 pointsr/hamsters

Well I always suggest glass enclosures to prevent the possibility of bar chewing. Try rubbing a small lemon wedge on the inside of the bars. She most likely will stop. Also, here are some boredom breakers that may help:





Play-Climb-KitThe holes in this are big enough for a small Syrian




Boredom breaker There is wire in here so make sure to supervise

Scratching-Corrugated-Cardboardremove the outside just to be sure of the colored cardboard and stuff some seeds inside the holes.

u/CorbinDallasMyMan · 5 pointsr/RATS

Do your girls already have a Space Pod? It can either sit on the floor or hang from the ceiling.

u/thegirlthatcurled · 4 pointsr/RATS
u/HedwigMalfoy · 4 pointsr/hamsters

Nope! I wouldn't do that at all. My vet told me that it has to be pet bathing sand. The dyes in the colored sand or the grain of it may irritate their little hamster skin.
Here are a couple of links to sand options I found on Amazon:

u/PoppySeedK · 4 pointsr/RATS

Get lava ledges and defintely get a Sputnik. You'll see a lot of posts on here of ratties in their sputnik. They love them!

u/cmdoratt · 4 pointsr/RATS

It is from Amazon.
Niteangel Small Animal Wooden Platform, Climbing Kits

u/kidneysforsale · 4 pointsr/RATS
  1. Do they NEED it? Eh, maybe not. Will they probably want it at some point, I wouldn't be surprised! You're fine for now, but in the long term, I'd recommend if you can, 1) the sputnick/space pod - fairly inexpensive and beloved by rats EVERYWHERE; and 2) making some more hammocks. It sounds like you're planning on using fleece, and it's really easy to make no-sew hammocks. Since the bra-mock is gonna get peed (they will all get peed on), you'll probably want a few more so that you can rotate them in and out.

  2. Rats are pretty good about monitoring their own eating habits. They also like to stash it away, so it can be difficult always to tell exactly how much they've eaten vs hidden. My 2 girls get a ~full bowl (which is a heaping 1/4 cup scoop that I use for their food) between the two of them daily. Some days they finish it all, some days theres a bit left. Often I'll dump some food out when I empty their box (cause they like to eat where they poop). Also, its too many treats if they either start to gain weight or if they eat less of their food because they are full/to accustomed to treats and thus loose nutrition. Overall, you want to use moderation. Some treats you can be more free with than others; baby puffs are popular as training treats because I guess they are low-calorie (and presumably low in sugar) so you can give a fair amount of them. I've never used them, but I've read it several times.

  3. Binder clips are popular across the board, but the answer to this question will depend a bit on what kind of cage you're using.

  4. I would say, regardless of the amount of time that has passed, follow their lead. If on day 1, they seem interested in you and will sniff your hand or even climb onto it, full steam ahead! And if you have a convenient place to let them run where you can be sure they won't get away, go for it. But if say on day 4, they're still don't seem to want to take a treat from you, just keep at it and you can look up some stuff about trust training timid rats, and spend a lot of time around them/their cage regardless. Since they are coming from the breeder as you said, they are probably going to be a bit more similar to the first example than the second. Either way, go slow, use food to get to their hearts, and don't be discouraged.

  5. As long as they get their out time and have toys/things to explore and play with wherever they get it, they should be fine without free run of a room. I would mainly say that whatever room they are in, you'll want "rat proofed" to the degree that in the event someone escapes from the bed (or wherever), there isn't anywhere they could get to that would be an instance emergency (like an open door to the rest of the apartment or a hole in the floor to a crawl space, etc).

  6. Well, for starters, they likely wouldn't forget you any more from being handled by another individual in your absence than they would without the handling. That being said, they also won't forget you over that time span regardless of being handled or not. Overall, they will be much happier the more they are handled so that is the goal! That's always the goal.

  7. Play it by ear. I've never had boys, only girls, who still pee everywhere but not quite as much. If it seems smelly, try cleaning it off and if it still seems smelly, toss it. It's possible they just won't ever pee on it, or its possible it will be their favorite thing to pee on and have to be replaced constantly.

  8. For the same reason you are asking about changing out the wooden toys, I would avoid having a permanent wooden fixture of any kind in the cage. At least not one that you aren't okay with tossing after some period of time. For something in the cage, I'd recommend sticking with a plastic container or cardboard that will get thrown away when the cage gets cleaned. It's not too uncommon for people to make dig boxes with shredded paper or cardboard or fleece for their rats, which is basically what this sounds like. If you like the wooden box you are planning on using, I'd say save it for out time and do that same thing. Or fill it with like... misc wooden blocks or whicker balls or some people use pingpong balls (but they get chewed up), and have a little ball pit thing.

    Sorry for the length! I get a bit wordy with my answers!
u/caffeinatedecologist · 4 pointsr/RATS

spiral bird rope

bendy bird rope

wooden bridge

Sputnik/space pod

foraging toy

wooden climbing platforms

2-pack lava ledges

foraging wheel

Also a good idea might be to look up some rat safe treat recipes and make a little ratty goodie bag for them (banana chips, oats, dried pasta, certain seeds, etc.)

u/Mastershroom · 4 pointsr/guineapigs

The cost of a C&C cage can vary a whole lot depending on where you get your materials. Some places, sign stores will sell a lot of Coroplast for next to nothing, other places charge way more. A pre-cut C&C kit from guineapigzone, for example, might cost $80-$100 depending on size, and includes everything needed, including the coroplast already cut and scored appropriately, all the grids, connectors and zip ties. Other people have said they've gotten all the materials for under $30 total.

If you do want a pre-made cage, the Midwest Guinea Pig Habitat is about as good and cost-effective as it gets:

That Midwest cage is between a 2x3 and 2x4 in terms of C&C dimensions, so it's good for one or two piggies. It's $35 on Amazon, which is a pretty good deal, considering pet stores generally have way smaller cages for way more money.

I bought one of those pre-cut C&C kits for a 2x4 cage with a 2x1 loft and ramp. Personally, I think it was worth the extra cost because I didn't have to measure or cut anything, just put it together, which took about half an hour. It's been a very nice and reliable cage so far, and I highly recommend C&C. But if you want the convenience of a brand-name cage, the Midwest is pretty much the only way to go.

u/Franasaurus · 3 pointsr/hamsters

I would say oily. Get your hamster some bathing sand and he/she cleaned right up. DO NOT use dust as it can cause health issues.
A product I would recommend is or even some children's play sand but you'll have to bake that.

u/StargateGuy · 3 pointsr/RATS

MidWest Critter Nation Single Level, two level optional depending on budget.

u/LadyofNightsong · 3 pointsr/hamsters

Here is a common one:

You could also look into children's play sand, which is cheap and comes in bulk... you would need to sterilize it in the oven first though.

u/Susanna11 · 3 pointsr/gerbil

You could get a piece of glass or acrylic cut and attach it to the glass with silicone sealant.

You could also build a wooden platform on legs, or buy one like these:

u/csmith2019 · 3 pointsr/ferrets

I line my cage with weewee pads and it helps a lot
Other people use fabric. Ferret nation makes liners for everything too then you can just take them off and machine wash them. Ferret Nation Accessory Kit 2

u/TheWickedApple · 3 pointsr/hamsters

I'll take it out then. This sand I got from amazon had great reviews and after looking for so long I thought it would be good, since reviews state it is decent for hamsters of all sizes. Let me know?

u/lizzi00 · 3 pointsr/hamsters

Love her color makes her look like a teeny Syrian! She’s a dwarf so I don’t think I need to say anything about a wheel just don’t go super tiny. Make sure she has a proper size cage. Big cages are the best make sure its atleast 24” length 12” width and 12” height. Clear bins are good for you too see her I’d recommend! Cut holes in her lit so she can breath and can’t escape, either cut 60+ half an inch holes or cut a big square off the lid (if you have a cat or curious dog do the hole lid) do not use pine or cedar bedding. Any paper bedding is good I recommend carefresh (Cheaper on Amazon) do not use mesh wheels!!! Your ham will get hurt and get bumble feet not good. No bathing in water. It’s not necessary but it’s highly recommend to get sand for your hamster to bathe in, she’ll either roll around in it herself or you can hold her and give her a sand bath. I like most plastic wheels, wouldn’t recommend wooden wheels for a dwarf since my friend has a wooden wheel for her ham and he can’t even move it so she had to pay for a plastic one. Chews are good for her teeth so they don’t grow too long. Clip her nails if you can, if you can’t go to a vet when you notice them getting long. Plastic tubes and empty paper tubes are good boredom breakers. Clean the cage fully once a month with a one part water one part vinegar solution and change the bedding monthly. Lastly a hideout so she can scurry away. I’ll leave some links, good luck!

hamster care video

bin cage tutorial

If she’s not tame here’s a taming vid

hamster dont’s





boredom breaker/hideout


bin for bin cage

mesh top for bin cage

zip ties for bin cage


u/dottieblue · 3 pointsr/RATS

Hi there. Congratulations on your new boys! I love Rex rats! I've been a ratty mom for over 12 years. I currently have 3 males, all dumbos, one of which is a Rex. The best advice I can give is to make sure to socialize your new babies and let them get used to you, your environment, as well as each other. (I'm glad to hear you got more than one!) Pouches are a great start for that, so you are definitely on the right track. I love playing around and interacting with my boys, but I also make sure to sit back and let them explore on their own, too.

Having a good cage is crucial. I recently got space pods and they love them! Having it be plastic instead of fabric cuts down on smell, too. I always make sure they have a bunch of things to chew on and play with. Make sure they have good bedding as well. I use recycled newspaper and crinkle paper.

Diet plays a big role. I feed my guys mostly Mazuri blocks and Oxbow with some vegetables (they love broccoli and frozen peas). I try to stay cognizant of treats, since they're mostly sugar and fat. (Males are prone to weight gain, so you gotta watch out.) Fruits work really well as a treat for training.

If you have any questions as you guys get adjusted, feel free to PM me.

(Also, sorry all the hyperlinks are to Amazon haha. It's what Google pulls up.)

Congratulations again :)

u/aurons_girl · 3 pointsr/guineapigs

It's not glass but I have this cage:
Guinea Habitat Guinea Pig Cage by MidWest, 47L x 24W x 14H Inches
You can also look into making a c&c cage for some ideas.
But that cage fits perfectly on our coffee table.
And we have a small apartment. I wind up spot cleaning the areas where they pee 2 or 3 times a week to cut back on odors. Doesn't take very long. And once a week I use a deodorizing cage spray to spray down the bottom of the cage to get rid of any lingering odors.

u/LaTortugaConQueso · 3 pointsr/RATS

One thing I do for my rats is give them empty pop cases. They absolutely love nesting in them and it costs me nothing. I change it out probably once a week. Another thing you could get is a space pod. Most rats love them and they're versatile, you can hang them upside down if you want. I also give my rats children's wooden blocks and popsicle sticks to chew on. And I've done things like filling penny rolls with treats and closing them up and giving that to them, or the sock pinata method where you hang an old sock somewhere they can barely reach it, and fill it with treats. Also it doesn't look like you have anything for them to nest with, getting a yard of fleece from the craft store and cutting it up will do wonders, or giving them tissue paper to tear up and nest with.

u/Janic357 · 3 pointsr/guineapigs

I know others have said this but the wire floor is bad for their feet which is probably why he doent leave much. It sounds like he is depressed. Does he have a friend? It is a myth that boys cant live together. If you wanted to get him a friend all you really have to do is get a baby and make sure they have a cage that fits the minimum (8sq feet) the midwest cage is great for this. I will leave a link to it.

Also look up c and c cages these are also great.

Hope that helps.
Also I agree with others that guinea pigs need alot of space but it is all ground level space one level is best .

u/Dyiarite · 3 pointsr/PetMice

Best thing I could find (10.7 x 18.4 x 8)

The only thing I would worry about is the little ones chewing on the coating, this size should cover 1/3 long ways.

Also you may be able to use the hooks on this not only as a stand but you could make very small holes and hook it to add even more room.

However if this doesn't work, you could add adhesive hooks so you can use cage hooking items like this

If the hooks aren't what you want then you can add items like these:

Best Option

Wooden Balcony


Platform and Swing

Platform and Swing - The Squeequel

I really hope this will help you and the little ones out!

Edit: Forgot to add this one

u/niaise1234 · 3 pointsr/guineapigs

definitely bigger, i agree with the other posts that C&C cage is the best option but do be careful with small piggies and the size of the grids. midwest habitat’s are really good as well though and you could always expand them

u/cYzzie · 3 pointsr/hamsters

hard to say ... can certainly be a problem

just order chinchilla sand of the internet?

you should be able to get this in any petstore though.

u/euphorie · 3 pointsr/gerbil

Sorry about the creeping - I was mainly looking at your user history to see if you have ever posted anything about your gerbil before. I thought I might be able to give you better advice if I knew more about her.
What kind of houses to you give her that she chews up overnight? This is what my gerbils house looked like after about You could get her a house made out of hard wood or a coconut shell. My gerbils love both to hang out. I've also seen people use a flower pot with a hole. You'd also have to supply her with something to actually built a nest. Plain, unscented toilet paper would be good enough. She'll shred it and built her nest out of it.
You can also give her sticks you find outside to chew on. If you want to, I could try explaining how to make sure they are safe and mite-free. The safest way, however, would be to buy sticks like these, even though they are sort of expensive.

I would really recommend more bedding so she can burrow.

u/Chasuwa · 2 pointsr/RATS
u/Avii_Jade · 2 pointsr/hamsters

Got it on amazon . It's a maze on the inside with the top actually being a removable thin piece of plexiglass.

I have it upside down though and covered the top(actual bottom) with contact paper so it's easy to wipe down if he pees or poos on it.

u/Javipapa · 2 pointsr/chinchilla

Guards were made with kiln dried pine from Ring's end lumber.

Liners: Ferret Nation Accessory Kit 2

u/thugrats · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

It's like woven willow sticks. They come in balls, tunnels, even pigloo-shaped. My girls LOVE the tunnel and they're on Amazon Prime so we get them as often as we need.

u/jrdbrr · 2 pointsr/Hedgehog

This is what I'm rolling with. Hard to find space for it. Aspen bedding and carefresh aren't recommended as it can get stuck in the hedgehog's "plumbing" and cause infections. Its easiest to get fleece blankets like these at Ikea:

Some people make pads out of them fit for the cage, a blanket folded with padding sewn in.

u/cryogenetik · 2 pointsr/RATS

Re: houses and toys.

If you have a Joann's craft store in your area, just wait till they have a sale on anti-pill fleece (they have them like 75% of the year) and buy some cute colors you like. You can also buy the fleece online on the Joann's website. You can use fleece to line the bottom of the cage and you can also make it into hammocks and other fun items. Fleece is great because it's cheap and doesn't need to be sewn at all (it won't come apart in the wash either). I have a couple "real" beds that I bought, then I supplement the cage with pouches or random fabric scraps or other fun things made out of fleece. For example, if the ladies are small you can fill a tissue box with fleece scraps (or newspaper scraps). Other good things to buy are clips, ribbon, and paracord.

As for houses that fit lots of rats, I've had great luck with this pirate ship meant for ferrets. Ferret stuff in general is pretty big so the beds make a good "home base" for a big rat family. Just be sure to wash houses like that pretty regularly because the funny shape makes them hard to clean if they get really icky.

You can also buy PVC pipes from a hardware store to use as tubing for them to play and hide in.

There are also reasonably priced hammock/house sets on Etsy that I recommend if you can't sew yourself. One set seems expensive but you get so many pieces out of it and you're supporting everyday crafty people! That link is just one example of many vendors that specialize in that kind of thing.

For potty training, your best option is to put makeshift litter boxes in all 4 corners of the cage. I used shallow cheap tupperware containers, cut slits in them with scissors, and zip tied them to the walls of the cage so they couldn't be spilled (total cost <$10). Move poops into those containers until the rats are in the habit of always using a corner of the cage. Then get rid of the 2 or 3 least popular ones and upgrade the most popular one to a big litterbox. (This worked great for my first boys, but unfortunately my new babies are trouble makers and really love to just throw the litter all over the place so I have to pray that they figure out the one corner box eventually.)

u/msktty89 · 2 pointsr/RATS

I like the plastic space pod, personally. Haven't had much luck with cloth ones! My past two rats have used this pod consistently and without really chewing on it.

u/Ghostwoif123 · 2 pointsr/RATS

amazon! I just bought one from there and my doods loooove it!

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u/Brichals · 2 pointsr/RATS

Yeah mine take quite a while to accept something new then they like it. A fabric tunnel with a hole in the middle or hammocks mostly rats like them.

Mine also like sputniks.

It's funny though, it depends where they are in the cage.

My hammocks I sew a square of fleece on teh top to make a roof. They like that. I think for a quick cheap thing though cardboard boxes are fun for rats.

u/-Nuu- · 2 pointsr/RATS

I get all my fleece from JoAnn stores. They often have fleece at 50% off per yard, so you can buy it in bulk and use it as needed. Any large fabric store will have lots of fleece in stock (I just prefer JoAnn because that's the best one I have in the area I live in). I'm sure you know this already, but just in case, please don't use cedar or pine chips as bedding for your rats; it's harmful to them. You can use fleece or aspen chip bedding (but freeze the aspen for 48 hours prior to use to make sure it's free of parasites).

I buy many rat toys on Amazon, and make some myself. If you're buying any kind of wooden rat toy, do be aware that many of them are made from soft woods like pine and cedar, which are super bad for rat respiratory systems. Hardwood toys are usually safe—just make sure it's not a combination wood that also has pine or cedar in it along with the hardwood. I personally do not buy wood toys on amazon, because the products often don't list what kind of wood they're made of. The only wood product I buy on Amazon is bags of untreated apple branch chewing sticks. I'll link you to some rat-safe toys and accessories I buy on amazon below! :)

Kaytee Lava Ledge

15" Chin Spin - Small Animal Exercise Wheel - Handmade in USA (Expensive, but it's the very best and safest wheel for rats.)

Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory Toy (Great for hanging things up in the cage.)

Small Animal Activity Toy Cotton Rope Net For Rat and Ferret Pet Bed for Parrot and Hamster Parrot

Kaytee Igloo Hideout, Large

ACCO Binder Clips, Medium, 2 Boxes, 12/Box (A7072050) (If using fleece as the bedding/liner in your cage, this helps to secure fleece to the Critter Nation pans.)

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap - Baby Unscented, 32oz. (I don't use any scented products with my rats since rat respiratory systems are so fragile, so this is the non-scented liquid soap I use to wash my hands and their non-fabric toys.)

Pawliss Teeth Grinding Lava Block for Hamster Chinchilla Rabbit

Aspen/Booda Corporation BBX56134 Byrdy Cable Cross Bird Toy, Medium

200g(7oz) Apple Sticks Pet Snacks Chew Toys for Guinea Pigs Chinchilla Squirrel Rabbits Hamster(About 50-70 Sticks) by MAIYUAN (The only wood product I buy on Amazon.)

Ware Manufacturing Fun Tunnels Play Tube for Small Pets (Medium.)

Ware Manufacturing Plastic Scatterless Lock-N-Litter Small Pet Pan- Colors May Vary (Regular size, not jumbo.)

JW Comfy Perch for Birds (Large, 36".)

Lixit Critter Space Pod 2 Large (You can hand these on the ceiling of the Critter Nation. My boys LOVE these!)

Lixit Lbg-16 Glass Small Animal Bottle 16 Oz (16oz is always best for rats because of the bigger water spout. I've found that smaller bottles are a struggle for my boys to get water out of, so I only use the small ones for rat carriers/transporter cages. Tip: filtered water is best for rats, so if you can, get a Britta water filter.)

Yummy Time Tiny Small Stoneware Pet/Dog Bowl

I buy Harlan Teklad (Envigo) food blocks for my rats, which is one of the top two for rats (the other is Oxbow Regal Rat). Harland Teklad is hard to find though, so I buy mine through this animal rescue:

If you get these blocks, freeze them to extend their shelf life, and take them out from the freezer as needed to fill your ratties' bowls. Harlan Teklad is great because they have several formulas for rats based on their age, which is super helpful for their health. Young rats up to 8 months usually eat Harlan Teklad 2016 (16% protein), and after 8 months they eat Harlan Teklad 2014 (14% protein).

Also, I don't have a link for this, but the best laundry detergents to use to wash your rats' cloth toys or bedding with is one that's non-scented and is sensitive on skins.

Um, if I think of anything else, I'll add it. But for now, it's already a ton. :P Enjoy!

(And feel free to message me if you have any questions!)

u/d-i-n-o-s-a-u-r · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

It can be really difficult to get hold of the grids and big enough sheets of Correx, unfortunately. I got my grids from Grendle, and was lucky enough to come across someone living about 2 miles from me on The Guinea Pig Forum who was giving away 2 huge sheets of Correx for free! That forum has a lot of discussion about C&C cages, and it's UK-based, so probably worth signing up there and looking around for any suggestions in your area. Many people seem to contact sign makers to get Correx sheets.

I now need to get stuff for a roof for my cage, and my Correx is a bit worn so I was thinking of getting a new sheet, and I think I'm just going to end up ordering the pre-scored Correx from C&C Guinea Pig Cages, even though it's expensive...measuring/scoring/cutting the Correx was a bit of a pain so this time round I'm happy to pay a bit more for something that is done properly and fits!

You could also consider the Midwest habitat and having 2 joined together rather than a loft, but at that point it would end up more expensive than the custom pre-made C&C cage.

u/ghostnebula7 · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

My wiggly pigs have two of these connected together.

Guinea Habitat Guinea Pig Cage by MidWest, 47L x 24W x 14H Inches

One of those cages is the minimum recommended size for two guinea pigs (8 square feet). I think that's cheaper than a C&C cage, considering the price of a pack of panels and a sheet of coroplast. If that cage is a size upgrade for them, I definitely recommend it. You'll see the same cage in a lot of pictures here. Good luck.

u/bubbahubb · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

If you can afford it I would get two equal size cages... bigger than you have now. If not then using the smaller one for the new pig during the quarantine should be fine.

If you can... two of those would be great. We have these and they are fantastic. You can join them together when they are ready. And every so often if you have the space or have the extra bit of money you can always buy more and continue to give them the space they need.

u/Duskflight · 2 pointsr/gerbil

I use this brand of chinchilla sand and it works great. I put it in a pie tin and let the gerbils have fun in it either when I let them out of their tank to play or put it in there for a short time.

u/im_actual_trash · 2 pointsr/Hedgehog

I’m gonna advise against terrariums. Unless you live in a place that has very low humidity, and you’re house stays below 80, you’ll need a cage. Terrariums trap humidity, create a hot environment, and hold ammonia, all of which are bad for hedgehogs. Also if you went the terrarium route, you would be needing a 40 gallon breeder or a 55 gallon.
If you’re a little more handy, you could build a wooden Vivarium, and have large, hinged doors. Or you could assemble a c and c cage too. There are also some store bought cages the are pretty good.

South west guinea pig cage

Amazon basics pet habitat (large or jumbo)

Kaytee my first pet home

u/Snakeofsolid · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

Unfortunately that cage is still rather small. it may be long enough but its far too narrow.

something like this would be adequate.

u/lyrebird626 · 2 pointsr/hamstercare

I like this one -, you can also get it for £3 at Pets at Home if you have one near you or want to order from them online.

u/no_drinkthebleach · 2 pointsr/hamstercare

My robo has one of these. Not the same one as in the picture but similar. He LOVES it! I think it's his favorite toy. He also likes teeter totter type things, maybe you could look into those?

When I bought the Rosewood gym thing, it was random what kind you get (think there are 4 types?). My russian dwarf has one of the other versions and doesn't care for it. But, she does not care for climbing on things, really, or playing at all. She's more into eating, sleeping, and occasionally running on her wheel.

u/Furzie · 2 pointsr/PetMice

My personal favorite is this house set here! The blue and pink houses are designed to sit next to each other and look like one big house. It’s also the sturdiest Kathson house I’ve purchased so far. Kathson has lots of cute dollhouse adjacent mouse and hamster stuff. I’m a big fan.

u/HeroponKoe · 2 pointsr/leopardgeckos

I've had my leopard gecko for over a year now, and I want to look into a greater variety of hides.

Has anyone looked into or used something like this? I think it would look super cute with a little gecko head poking out.

u/JPersnicket · 2 pointsr/RATS

I think a lot of things are kind of up to your rat's preference. I wouldn't bother buying a wheel unless you knew they loved it because most rats don't care about running on wheels. I'd invest in a Sputnik because it's universally loved by rats. You'll need some sort of bedding. I've put fleece covers down and litter box trained my rats. I tried all sorts of bedding but I really ended up liking Aspen shavings (which is the only safe wood for rats because the others give off scents that irritate their breathing). PVC pipe joints are good for them to run through and hide. My rats like Lava ledges to climb on and this helps wear down their claw without clipping. Also put some bricks near their water/food bowl to help whittle their nails down too. Binder clips and safety pins are your friends for hanging things. A ton of my stuff is from the dollar store so I can just throw it away when it gets really disgusting/torn up. And plenty of soft fleece pieces/fabric scraps for them to snuggle and nest in. Save any cardboard boxes you can because they love playing in them.

u/Koi_Nami · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

Here's some links to products I mentioned and products my pigs like:

Small Pet Select Timothy Hay Pet Food, 10-Pound

Ware Hand Woven Willow Twig Tunnel Small Pet Hideout, Large

Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Food for Guinea Pig, 5-Pound

eCOTRITION Snak Shak Treat Stuffer for Guinea Pig/Rabbit

Kaytee Chew-Proof Water Bottle, 26-Ounce (I fill it almost completely and mine never leaks, but some reviews mention it leaking).

Kaytee Super Sleeper Cuddle-E-Cup, Colors Vary best to get two of things like this, pigs will fight over it if there's only one.

u/corsician · 2 pointsr/RATS

These are technically ferret toys, but these pirate ships work pretty well as an enclosed hammock with a little bit of extra style.

u/Durshka · 2 pointsr/RATS

It's a sputnik, they love it. It hangs from the top of the cage and is very easy to clean!

u/Soahtree · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I ain't birthed no babies! Which is totally true :) Congratulations to you and your sister-in-law!!

This makes me feel happy because I just love the idea of having a safe place for my soon-to-be fuzzbutt to call home (husband says we have to wait to get her until next month). But it never hurts to be prepared ;3

A book suggestion I have for you is The Host because it's actually not bad, and it was a pleasant surprise when I read it. Happy Birfday :D :D :D

u/axalon900 · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

You may like to think you're enough, but guinea pigs need the company of their own kind which they can understand socially. It is considered animal cruelty to house a guinea pig alone and is illegal on those grounds in several countries. Your guinea pig is likely depressed. You really, really ought to get another one. It's not as much as you think, and you can get a good cage of a good size online for cheaper than the tiny things they sell at PetSmart.

I personally recommend this one, the Midwest Guinea Pig Habitat:

There's also this one which is new to me, but even cheaper and of a similar size/design:

You can also go the "C&C" route, which you can build yourself for pretty cheap or buy pre-made ones here:

You can try to connect the old cage with the new cage somehow, or just save the old one as a travel cage or use it as a sort of water/restroom station for floor time, and have it as part of a larger setup with a fenced in area. This combo can also do as a cage in the interim if you need to save up, as small animal play area fences are way cheaper and guinea pigs are naturally a little litterbox trained in that they'll prefer doing their business somewhere familiar, which would be the cage interior in this case.

As for another guinea pig, I would say get another anyway even if you have to have them in a cramped cage for a bit. Cage space can be mitigated to a degree with lots of floor time, loneliness cannot. You will be surprised the difference it makes. When I got my two guinea pigs, I had to keep them separate for a few weeks to make sure neither came to me sick, and while part of it was getting acclimated they spent a lot of time just lying around doing nothing. Once I introduced them and they got bonded, however, they're often interacting with each other, whether it's nibbling on hay or sniffing or squeaking at each other or whatever, and it really is night-and-day the difference.

Other than that, well, there's no good way to say this, but if you can't afford another guinea pig and a bigger cage, then you can't afford guinea pigs. Part of the reason PetSmart sells you these small cages and sells lone guinea pigs is to get people who otherwise really couldn't afford the correct setup to buy one (inadequate) setup anyway for a quick buck, and quote outdated research to defend their policies. Hamsters have it even worse, being essentially marketed as dolls for kids to play with in claustrophobic novelty cages.

u/WolfPaws123 · 2 pointsr/RATS

I would line the floor pans with more fleece. One layer will be fine if they aren't heavy chewers. This gives them extra cushion on their feet and makes the whole cage a cozy place to nap.

If you do this, I'd also suggest a slab of some sort. I use countertop samples, but slabs of granite etc. are easy to purchase at a Home Depot or other DIY type store. This will provide a solid, cool surface to lounge on as well as keep the fleece anchored in that corner.

Tunnels! My ratties love their plastic, pvc, and cardboard tunnels. An alternative would be to use an empty tube of Quaker oats and punch out the bottom. Just throw them away after a few days to avoid grossness.

Scrap the wheel. If you can, try to get a solid plastic wheel without any wire. The wire wheels can catch their toes, tails, etc. They're also harsh on the bottoms of their feet.

Hammocks and hanging fleece tubes of all kinds are highly recommended. To name a few:

Pirate Hammock - $14.32

Pyramid Hammock - $10.21

Simple Hanging Tunnel - $7.00

Parrot toys and ladders also work well, just be sure they aren't made of pine. Pine is toxic to rats. Other types of "Soft Wood" are also harmful (softwood trees are cedar, Douglas fir, juniper, pine, redwood, spruce, and yew). Products and tree branches made of these are not safe to use in the cage.

Especially for young rats, it's important to let them climb. A thick rope, such as this parrot perch are excellent climbing toys. The clips attach firmly to any wall of the cage.

You can get as creative or as simple as you like!

See also: "The Grotto"

u/blahdom · 2 pointsr/RATS

Yup, amazon link

u/specialgreenonion · 2 pointsr/RATS

I bought a lot of it off zooplus but you can find pretty much all of it on Amazon! Here's the links:

Carrot treat holder/boredom breaker

Hanging boredom breaker

Boredom breaker net

Wooden stairs/platform - this one isnt exactly the same as the one I have but very close

Wooden bridge #1

Wooden bridge #2

Grass mat

Bird perches or lava ledges, whichever your prefer.

Wooden cabin #1

Wooden cabin #2

Wooden cabin #3

Hanging bridge/ladder

Boredom breaker garland

Silver and pink sputniks but they seem to be unavailable at the moment - keep checking back

Pink and purple sputniks on zooplus

The triple purple/pink hammock I made myself with some fleece and cotton. If you search "diy honeycomb hammock", you'll find lots of easy tutorials on how to make them! It's definitely a bit too small, it was my first attempt. Go bigger than you think you should is my advice lol

This is the fleece I use as bedding

And this

Anytime I get new fabrics, I wash them, dry them, then freeze them for 24-48 hours. I also freeze any new wooden toys, products etc. Prevents a mites problem!

Sputniks are a bit hard to find on amazon, they only come in the smaller sizes it seems like. Zooplus only ships across the EU but Im sending the link anyway in case youre in Europe!

Also it took me around 4 months to build up a collection of this stuff, dont feel pressured to make your cage look pretty or to have lots of stuff all at once! All that matters is your ratties have what they need, and then you can build up from there :)

u/darkayden · 2 pointsr/RATS

When I boarded my girl rats at Andy's all four of them fit fine in that cage. Some stuff I'd recommend are get tons of Lava ledges so they can have different heights in the cage. They have Big ones and Small ones. The small ones are only available online now I think. My girls love to hop from one to another plus it will help file down their nails and teeth. I currently have 10 big ones and 8 small ones in my 2 cages. A hammock is great but you can also put a space pod in there too as another place to sleep or chill. I just got one for my girls but I'm waiting for a hammock to be chewed down before putting it in there. I also got The Bandit Bridge and my girls love that too. I mainly use it as a safety net in case they fall off one of the ledges. I'd rather have them land on a soft thing than the igloo or hard cage bottom. Basically I'm cutting the fall in half.

Also if you still want to get another cage I recommend The Rat Manor I have it and my girls LOVE it! It's big enough for 4 rats so 3 would fit perfectly plus it has a metal bottom so they can't chew holes in it. Other than that you seem to be on the right track. Just spend a lot of time with them and get them used to you kinda like a re-introduction to humans and they should turn out fine. They may have been scared of the kids and all the noise but it sounds like they should perk up to you in no time after they get used to their new surroundings. Good luck and keep us posted!

u/intangiblemango · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

Sure! Here is a crappy webcam picture of the rabbit room: Apologies for the mess; Sunday is the day I usually clean the bunny room and I haven't done it yet this evening. You can see Scout, the black bun, in her x-pen (the x-pen is kind of in the middle room so there are other toys/another litterbox for Rory and Cyril on the other side) and Rory, the broken bun, hanging out on the right. The cage running along the back is the guinea pig cage. It is two of these attached to each other in a straight line: (Cyril is in the living room and didn't make the photo.) There is a cat tunnel running between the x-pen and the guinea pig cage.

In terms of what is different: it's just basically the level of time, attention, and care that the rabbits need versus the guinea pigs. So, for example, both guinea pigs need unlimited grass hay. Nominally, then, that is the same. But my bunnies are SUPER picky and will go through the hay and pull out all the bits they don't like and put it in the litterbox and pee in. My guinea pigs just eat their damn hay. So the guinea pigs maybe need their hay refilled once or twice a day. For my rabbits, keeping hay in their hay racks is basically a full time job (and we have lots of big hay racks; we're not shy in that department). The level of exercise and interaction they need is a lot greater. Their capacity for destruction is MUCH greater-- the worst thing my guineas have ever done is pee on my lap (rabbits don't do that, though, which is nice, haha). They need more toys and more toy rotation so they don't get bored and tear up the carpets. And, so far, my experience is that their medical needs have been higher. My guinea pigs are five and have been to the vet for a single sebacious cyst + routine check ups, whereas my buns have had to go to the vet quite a few times in a shorter period of time, so having an emergency vet fund is definitely a really good idea (it's a good idea anyways, but even more important).

It's more work, more money, and a lot easier to let buns take over your life.

I hope this doesn't sound really discouraging-- I can't even imagine my life without bunnies anymore. You get a huge amount of love from them. There is nothing better than having a bunny hop on the bed and sit on your chest to watch Netflix with you. They follow you everywhere. And they are so interactive and full of personality.

If I am scaring you too much: One option that may be available to you depending on where you live is to foster for a rabbit rescue, which will give you a much better sense of what life with bunnies is like, with an easy out if it is too much.

...bunnies are really great, though.

u/gadgetRR · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

I believe you may be able to purchase more than one and hook them together if you need the extra space. Might have to modify the mats a little, but I think it could work. But one fits comfortably for my two boys.

u/B0SSA · 2 pointsr/RATS

It's a rat sputnik. Link

u/Sammadooskie · 2 pointsr/guineapigs

As everyone else said. That cage is much to small for 2 piggies. Look into Midwest Guinea Habitat. They are 8 sq ft per cage and you can expand them or connect 2+ cages together. I have 2 for my 2 piggies and they LOVE it.

u/Artemis7797 · 2 pointsr/hamsters

My ham loves his ball, he hops right in as soon as I put it in his cage. As for other toys, I had a piece of PVC pipe left over from a project that I gave him, and he likes to hide his food in there. I also have a little ceramic thing with some bathing sand (not dust, important distinction) in the bottom, he likes to roll around in it and kicks it out of his cage when he wants a fresh batch. This is the sand I use, and it's Prime eligible!

u/yourstrulykatie · 1 pointr/hamsters

I know you mentioned ceramic, but the only ceramic item in his home is a clamshell I use as his potty.

my little guy currently loves sleeping in this house right now.

he used to sleep in here before I added his current one.

I got this bridge in medium & push it up against a wall & he likes to hang out in there sometimes to clean himself.

& lastly, I’m considering buying this space pod as a possible nap/hangout spot for him.

u/eggyallanpoe · 1 pointr/hamsters

I use and I love it. Be sure to only leave it in for 12-24 hours at a time as sometimes hamsters will either over-bathe and dry their skin out or use it as a litter box and then a bath which isn't sanitary lol

u/w0rldwith0ut · 1 pointr/hamsters

Every cute little ceramic bowl or hideout big enough is what I use. Maybe this?

u/GrumpySunflower · 1 pointr/guineapigs

Here are a couple I've seen recommended often: If you get the materials yourself and build it on your own, you can make one of these for a lot less expensive than the website. If you're do-it-yourself-y, this is a great option. If not, maybe not so much. This one is nice because you can expand it relatively easily.

Remember that a pair of boars needs about 10 square feet (sorry, I don't know what that measurement is in meters).

u/BurnedItDown · 1 pointr/RATS

I've got hammocks and two of these pod things in the cage and my girls only sleep in the pods anymore. They probably like the cave/nest feel of the pod better than an open hammock.

u/Shercock_Holmes · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Lixit Critter Space Pod 2 Large by Lixit

Looks like I'm taking in a senior rat this weekend. Gotta prepare and look how cool this is!

u/suzepie · 1 pointr/chinchilla

You went big! Good for you! FYI, that model does have fleece liners that you can purchase for it if you like. We just got some for ours (we actually have the Critter Nation - identical to the FN, but with smaller bar spacing and horizontal rather than vertical bars around the edges) and they're working out great for our chins. We got our first set on Amazon, and I just picked up additional pan and shelf covers at Doctors Foster & Smith so that we can easily swap 'em out for washing.

u/FancyBusinessMahn · 1 pointr/RATS
u/Azusanga · 1 pointr/guineapigs

Are you talking about this cage? It's available at Petsmart.

u/sssmorgann · 1 pointr/RATS

As other people have said, ferret cages might have spaced big enough for smaller rats to escape.

I would definitely advise getting a Critter Nation cage:
Google it and go to shopping results. That's how I got mine for the low low price of $112, and that was including shipping! It's a great investment.

Pretty much anything you need for your boys you can get online: lab blocks, hammocks, chews, toys, litter boxes, etc.

I have three boys. They're not that smelly, honestly. They smell a little sweet sometimes, like cheerios and faint pee.

They're litter box trained, but occasionally miss or whiz outside their box. These are the boxes I have:
The messiest things they do are leaving lab block crumbs everywhere, missing the litter box, or chewing up a towel or napkin they got a hold of. Occasionally poops/litter fall out of the cage, especially when you clean it.

I have my cage floor covered in an old towel, with fleece on top. A couple of times a week I sweep out crumbs/chewed up mess/ stray poops with a mini broom and dustpan. If you're lazy, use a vacuum cleaner.

For full cleans, I vacuum the floor fleece, all their hideouts and hammocks, and their scraps of loose fleece they use for blankets to clean up loose mess. Then pick up the towels and fleece, shake em out like a rug outside if they're still dirty, and throw em in the washer. Wipe down the cage surfaces with baby wipes or pet cleaner. Lay down another towel-fleece later for another week or week and a half, and repeat.

Be sure to supply plenty of hideaways, hammocks, boxes, space pods (
etc. for them to sleep/cuddle/hide in.

Good treats are (most) fruits, non-sugary cereals like cheerios, nuts, pasta, pretty much anything you'd consider "healthy and natural". Occasional FrootLoops or dollops of ice cream won't hurt them either. I pretty much always share whatever I'm eating with those cute little faces.

As mentioned before, lab blocks are what you should feed ideally. They're specially formulated to have the perfect percentage of each amino acid and the right amount of fiber, etc. Plus lab blocks make their poops almost odorless! I use Harlan Teklad (also known as Native Earth, apparently) 2016 formula, which I get from "The Crafty Rat" online store:
It's pretty cheap since you can buy in bulk, and each 5 lb bag lasts a month or more.

Of course always have water in bottles available. I get the big 30 Oz critter sipper bottles from Walmart. Make sure to hang up a couple in their cage in case one leaks all out or gets clogged.

Lab blocks should keep their teeth worn down, but you can give them cardboard, wooden bird toys, lava ledges, or even deer antler to chew on. Mine pretty much never chew anything, but they love this and literally chew it to pieces:

u/Macstaffer · 1 pointr/guineapigs

That midwest cage is actually a 2x4 and you can buy it w/o a top and divider on amazon. Link It's only $30, I have it and it's not leaky at all. If you think it's too small you can combine two of them too. It's the cage that I have, but you do risk your guinea pig escaping if the are adventurous like my Belle. (She was in heat and horny and I have a boar in the same room as her so she just climbled over the top, it's like 2feet high though). But it's a decent cage

u/urbffcourtney · 1 pointr/hamsters

i was going to get this for them

u/Beaglescout15 · 1 pointr/RATS

Lots of hammocks, little containers from the dollar store, small cardboard boxes, dog rope toys for climbing on, tunnels, lava ledges, this thing, various bird toys, ladders.

u/i_am_ms_greenjeans · 1 pointr/guineapigs

Go with a Midwest Cage system. They aren't as expensive as a C&C, and sometimes you can get a price match at a big box pet stores.

u/windigooo · 1 pointr/hamsters

I use this Tiny Friends Farm Bathing Sand 1 kg

You can get it cheepest as an add on but it is available as an ordinary purchase. I've also seen it at Pets at Home

u/owlrecluse · 1 pointr/RATS

Some facts of rat keeping.

  1. They need to be kept in pairs minimum, they're social creatures.
  2. They need a minimum amount of space per rat (2.5 sq feet per rat is usually said to be the minimum, although this varies). This isnt a cage for rats, but just as an example of how big that is, this is an 8 square foot cage for a guinea pig if the measurements are correct.
  3. If you cant give them a proper diet, enrichment, vet needs, or meet their basic needs for companionship, etc, that's abuse.
u/tostada · 1 pointr/RATS

Your house is probably already full of rat toys galore!
Wood chews are really popular and help with dental care. You can get them in the small animal and/or bird section. I bought some beads at Amazon for $3 and my girls love to chew them up. They sell them in fun shapes and sizes--stuff like letter blocks or vegetables. So cute to see a rat running around with a wood chew in her mouth, especially when it's shaped like a stalk of broccoli. Give your girl(s) at least a couple of places to hide and nap! Check the pet store for plastic igloos (get the medium-sized one, or if you get a bigger cage, get the guinea pig one) or even a space pod to hang from the cage ceiling. You can also make fabric hammocks for them to lie in. It's adorable!!!

In addition to lab blocks for feeding (the Kaytee is in my opinion not good; I'd feed until it runs out, then switch to Oxbow), be sure to supplement your girl's diet with fresh veggies! Here is a good list of safe foods. Give fatty foods like nuts in moderation. Dark, leafy greens are a must! At first, your little one will be wary of new stuff, so be persistent in presenting it to her. She'll soon be eating everything in sight. :) Oh! Rarely, as in maaaybe once a month, you can give your rats a cooked chicken bone. (Assuming you eat meat; sorry for assuming!) They love it and it is good for their little teeth.

Was your girl alone in the cage at the pet store, or did she have some siblings with her? If you decide to bring another girl home, have another cage ready. The one you have is pretty small! If you're going to upgrade, this one is a good starter house for two rats. While you're going through the introductions for the new girl and the old girl, keep them separate. You can keep your little cage as a hospital cage once the girls are integrated, or use it as a travel cage for vet visits. If you have a bigger budget and space for a bigger cage, you can look for Critter Nation (if you're in the U.S.) or Savic Suite (outside U.S.) Martin's cages are great too. I got my Critter Nation from Craigslist for very cheap, so look out for deals secondhand. Just sterilize the cages you buy secondhand with a bleach/water solution and rinse it thoroughly, and you should be good. :)

Phew! Sorry if that's a lot of information! To answer your question, you got a fancy rat. Her coloring is called "black hooded." She's beautiful! Get her a sister and you'll have two beautiful little brats to spoil. Good luck. :D

u/georgethecurious · 1 pointr/gerbil


I buy practically everything on Amazon and these would be my top recommendations:

Hidey Hut - this is large enough to fit two grown gerbils and my first survived the chewing for close to 4 years.

Small Animal Pet Playpen/Exercise Pen - this is just tall enough for the jumpers. I've still had some be able to reach the top but it is a struggle and you'd be able to catch them in time. Really sturdy as well.

Kordon/Oasis (Novalek) SOA80304 Bell Bottle and Hold Guard Small Animal Value Set, 4-Ounce - this is by far my favorite recommendation of the bunch. I cannot tell you how many water bottles were just destroyed and I would come home to an empty bottle and a very wet gerbil. This thing is impenetrable!

Kaytee Hamster Silent Spinner, 6 1/2 inch Exercise Wheel - although I've had to buy a couple of these (they will chew the yellow part holding the bottom part to the wheel) I find that this is the sturdiest of them all. It becomes less silent the more they chew on it and push it around but it's never been loud enough to be considered especially annoying.

Great for cleaning cage and is safe

As far as dust baths go, I've tried several different kinds and find them all to be equivalent.

Would not recommend:

Ware Manufacturing Flying Saucer Exercise Wheel for Small Pet - the quality is fine here but if you are using carefresh, it gets buried and doesn't allow any give for it to spin.

Kaytee Woodland Get-A-Way Medium Hamster House - quality here is also fine and it's pretty thick so it would take a while to get them to chew. Since it is wood, it absorbs liquids. My gerbils would pee on it and it got to the point that it looked moldy and unhealthy so I just threw it out.

Alfie Pet by Petoga Couture - GARI Wood Hut for Small Animals like Dwarf Hamster and Mouse - Size: Large - this is the cutest little home I've ever seen. I had to eventually throw out though because the wood was so thin that the back wall collapsed due to their chewing and would no longer stand up.

Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090 - I think the quality is here too. It's just too short. My gerbils were easily able to escape this.

GreatChoice Water Bottle - chewed through in a week and Same

u/piggiethrowaway · 1 pointr/guineapigs

Midwest Expandable Guinea Habitat

The Midwest cage is available on amazon Canada.

u/Leucocephalus · 1 pointr/guineapigs

My pigs are absolutely in love with this. I bought one like it from PetSmart, I think, and it doubles as a hideout and a chew toy! My current version is about half-chewed away and lately, I've found it upside down with a pig chomping at it more often than not. :)

u/Danglesnort · 1 pointr/instant_regret

Sorry to hear that.

It's definitely something that varies from hamster to hamster. They all have personalities, especially between different types (dwarf, robo, syrian, etc). Our favorite little climber Gus was way more coordinated than our other guy Amigo, would climb all over the place and never fall. Amigo also loved to climb but always fell on his ass once he got to the top, which is what motivated us to build our own enclosure without bars. Hamsters should have something to play on and climb, but only if it's safe when they inevitably fall off, which IMO means no more than 6 inches off a hard surface, and maybe 10 inches with soft bedding.

Amigo almost died because he got his big fat thighs stuck in the windows of this:

He could get into the door easily, but he blocked up the door with his bedding and forgot how to get out so tried to force his way through the window, which didn't work. Luckily we found him in the morning and I was able to squeeze his huge ass through.

Anyway I guess my point is they can be equally coordinated and uncoordinated!

Rat enclosures tend to be more adventurous and "dangerous", with hammocks on the roofs and whatnot, because you don't have to worry so much about them falling. Like this

u/ohsofrazzled · 1 pointr/BeardedDragons

I found something similar on Amazon

Kaytee Woodland Get-A-Way Medium Hamster House

u/brittanyyyjean · 1 pointr/RATS
u/rosedaughter · 1 pointr/guineapigs

[Guinea pig cost] (

If you don't want a pregnant pig, don't get one from a big box store. Check out Guinea Pig Rescues for your local shelter pigs! You can even get an already bonded pair so I think it's one of the best options.

I have gotten pigs before abandoned at big box stores for free because they cannot profit from selling an abandoned pet. It's hard to look for those and is mostly luck of the draw.

I get hay in bulk [here] ( with the coupon code RGP.

Tis the season to get cages on sale. The pet store ones are over priced and way too small. I reccomend a [C&C] ( or [Midwest] (

u/Sam2342 · 1 pointr/Hedgehog

This is her cage: Midwest Expandable Guinea Habitat -
I just had the lamp on for 30 minutes and it was really warm...

u/vgr1 · 1 pointr/Rabbits

Every once in a while we pick up a larger willow tunnel, and if our two are in the mood the thing is gone in 2-3 days. They only seem to really like the softer flexible twigs. No pic here also (on desktop.)

u/KarmiKoala · 1 pointr/Eyebleach

They're getting old, 2 in about a month, but they're doing well so far, haven't slowed down yet. It is a sad day that I know is coming :/

I think if I had a lot more pee would probably be much more of a problem, but with just two, aside from one peeing on the other when above the other in the cage (which I've seen happen once or twice) they don't really smell bad themselves in my experience. They mostly hang out in one of these at the top of their cage, and I feel like it would be just pooled with pee if they peed in it, which they don't seem to.

u/gilactic · 1 pointr/RATS

Yeah, my rats love their Space Pod, too. Space Pod on Amazon

u/TreeFrito · 1 pointr/RATS

It's a space pod! They usually ignore it, but it was the perfect spot this morning.

u/JessicaSarah630 · 1 pointr/RATS
u/Aunty_Fascist · 1 pointr/chinchilla

5x11 platform

3 pack mini platforms

Peek a Boo tunnel (she has a shop on Etsy as well)

Hanging bridge

Niteangel wooden house (unfortunately out of stock)

Etsy has a lot of chinchilla ledges, bridges and other cage accessories, definitely check them out. Shipping can be really slow though but the quality is worth it.

We also have a penny candy jar we're trying to train him to get into for transport since he hates being picked up but he mostly just likes perching on top of it at the moment.

u/Koi-Nami · 1 pointr/RATS

It's like a little wooden bed. xD They love them. I stacked three together like stairs instead of using ramps. The stairs that come with you can use it normally or put it on the side of the cage for something to climb on.

u/bunnies501 · 1 pointr/RATS

i actually just ordered one! we'll see how it works though since i've got picky girls.

u/tjhart85 · 1 pointr/RATS

Amazing how rats love to cram themselves into tiny spaces.

We have three rats and they all cram themselves into these pods, I really don't see how they could possibly be comfortable!

u/bruxbuddies · 1 pointr/PetMice

I have a 5 year old daughter and a 2 1/2 year old daughter. I will say that mice can be a delightful pet for your daughter -- with a few caveats.

  1. Consider the mice entirely your pets. While she may (and should) help out with cage cleaning, playing with them, refilling food and water, etc., you must be the one to keep the schedule.
  2. You should be present with her every single time she plays with them, until you're really 100% sure she understands how to handle them and what the rules are (how you get them out of the cage, where do they go, etc.). Mice are generally very sweet and do NOT bite unless they are squeezed, scared, or handled roughly. So you need to spend lots of time with your daughter demonstrating how to hold them. Use a toilet paper tube to pick them up in the beginning, and have a safe "free play" bin where she can interact with them and they can't escape. My older daughter was 3 when we first got a pair of hamsters, and then a year later we got 2 mice. Now we have 3 mice (two girls in one tank and a boy in another). I can let her take out her boy mouse while she's in her room and trust that she will play safely with him unsupervised and he'll be returned safely to his tank. Contrast this with her 7 year old friend who has had no pets (only recently got a dog), and when I let her hold one mouse, she immediately dropped it because it peed on her. So I think her age is great BUT she will need lots of supervision.
  3. Speaking of pee/poo, they will likely do so while you're holding them, at least in the beginning (when they are scared babies). It's really no big deal, though.
  4. I would get a 20-gallon tank and use a mix of aspen shavings and Eco Earth/reptile bark in one end for fun digging. They love to dig in bedding and the tank, with a secure lid, will be very safe. It will likely be as expensive as the bin cage, once you get all materials. Since you have a dog and cat you want NO chance of them getting in a cage. When you're playing with them in a bin, put it on a table. (Trust me... you can't leave them for a second, your dog/cat WILL come in and get to them.)
  5. I have gotten mice from PetCo and from a reptile "feeder" store. The PetCo mice were albino, clearly girls, and they tamed pretty quickly. The feeder store mice were adorable colors, BUT one turned out to be a boy. They were super young and took a little longer to tame. If mice are mixed girls/boys and they're older than ~6 weeks, the girls are likely pregnant. A local breeder is your best bet. Second best would be anywhere to get young (8-12 week old) mice that hopefully are gendered correctly and NOT pregnant!
  6. When you pick them out, pick the friendliest, calmest, most curious ones. If you put your hand in and one comes up to you, pick that one. Don't go for the extra cute one that bolts from you. Avoid one that rattles its tail or lunges to bite. They can all be tamed but the calm/brave ones will always be much easier and the shy ones will always be more timid.
  7. Taming will take a lot of time in the beginning. They need lots of short daily interaction with lots of treats like mealworms, or yogurt/peanut butter on a spoon (so they can't snatch a treat and run away). You might start with a small cage and then upgrade once they're tame. I wouldn't stick them in a huge cage with tons of hides at first. You want lots of positive interactions. And out of cage playtime in a fun safe area.
  8. I would get 3 girl mice. Boys can be sweet and mine is a doll, BUT they have a musk that is like mouse cologne. The pee/poo smell will be about the same for both (you'll need a full bedding change once a week), but the boy loves his smell and he always has it. Something you have to get used to, and clean more frequently.

    Overall, mice are FUN, ADORABLE and underrated pets!! The 20 gallon tank will be loads of fun to put ropes, sticks, toys, hanging baskets, tubes, etc. inside and watch them go. Wooden houses like this and this are super fun for kids to put together. We go to Michael's and get wooden birdhouses/castles and put them in as hides. After you put in the time taming them (remember food = love), you and your daughter will have a blast. Good luck and share any pics if you get them!

u/Ruman17 · 0 pointsr/Rabbits

These two times are great for customizing your bunny’s area:

Guinea Habitat Guinea Pig Cage by MidWest, 47L x 24W x 14H Inches

SONGMICS Pet Playpen Includes Cable Ties, Metal Wire