Homemade Cages

The Homestead

Added 12-13-05

Owned by:
Sarah Paterson-Farrand

Made from:
Closet organizer, plastic coated wire and wood. Materials also include linoleum, carpet, and lots of toys!

Dimensions:
63"Hx34.5"Wx16.25"D

Comments:
This cage was a huge pain to make because we had no sure plans going in, but we and the rats LOVE the cage, so it was well worth it! We've had it 5 years and hope it will last another 5!

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The Lodge

Added 12-13-05

Owned by:
Sarah Paterson-Farrand

Made from:
Bookcase, pegboard, and hardware cloth

Dimensions:
43.5"Hx29.5"Wx11.5"D

Comments:
This was an easy cage to build, and we will likely make others like it. We even have a link from our webpage with directions for other people. I think next time we would cover the shelves with linoleum.

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Homemade Cage

Added 12-10-05

Owned by:
Leigh

Made from:
Armoire

Dimensions:
40"Hx30.5"Wx16"D

Comments:
Waterproofed all the wood and cut holes for ladders. Have screw in cup hook for hanging hammocks and such. Very easy to clean. Will Probably modify with more ventilation. 1/2 " wire screen was used.

Homemade Cage

Added 6-17-05

Owned by:
BrokenFish

Made from:
Melamine and wire

Dimensions:
5'Hx30"Wx18"D

Comments:
We sealed all exposed joints, like where the shelf meets the back with aquarium sealant to keep out moisture. I've had it for about 6 months now and it's great. Very easy to clean since the doors open wide and give great access. And convenient as it's two cages in one!

DIY Cage

Added 6-3-05

Owned by:
SillyTilly

Made from:
IKEA Ivar-shelf

Dimensions:
70.2"Hx70.2"Wx19.5"D

Comments:
The base of the jenny fits in perfectly as a toilet tray and you can change everything around so easily. I've used adhesive vinyl tiles to protect the shelves and that works very well. Cleaning is a doddle as the whole front opens up. It's not on wheels, so isn't EASY to move, but I can pull it away from the wall on my own.

DIY Cage

Added 5-21-05

Owned by:
Natascha Mai

Made from:
Ikea Ivar-shelf

Dimensions:
70.2"Hx70.2"Wx19.5"D

Comments:
The cage is owned by three bucks, as they are very active they love running and climbing all over it. Because of the big doors its very easy to clean. I never want anything else!

Homemade Ratlet Cage

Added 5-20-05

Owned by:
Cyzahhe

Made from:
cat carrier

Dimensions:
10.5"Hx10.5"Wx17.2"D

Comments:
This cat carrier has proven to be very useful for transporting ratties, as a hospital cage and as a temporary home for the little ratlets (though I had to weave thick electrical wire through the bars of the door to keep them from crawling out). The water bottle can be slid out of the tie-wrap loop.

Rats Pictured:
Muys and Maya's tail :)

Homemade Cage

Added 5-20-05

Owned by:
Belinda

Made from:
Laminated Craft wood, painted MDF, melamine, galvanized wire mesh, perspex trays

Dimensions:
59"Hx70"Wx19"D

Comments:
My husband and I made this from a TV cabinet which we put doors on and shelves and ramps in. We also put in cup hooks to hook up chains for hammocks and tubes.

Rats Pictured:
Mighty is running through the plastic tube, the other seven are hiding!

Homemade Cage

Added 5-18-05

Owned by:
Cyzahhe

Made from:
Top: old bird cage
Bottom: Gabber rodent cage

Dimensions:
Top: 23"Hx18.7"Wx11.3"D
Bottom: 24.6"Hx22.6"Wx12.1"D

Comments:
This cage can easily house four adult female rats. Easy access through the four swing-down doors, which is handy as this cage requires a daily wipe-down and newspaper/fabric replacement. Disadvantages of this cage:
- It is NOT suitable for ratties that have trouble climbing due to whatever reason!
- There is no safe, flat and "open" space for eg. placing a toy ball with yoggies hidden in it...

Rats Pictured:
Maya and Muys

The Grotto

Added 5-18-05

Owned by:
Robyn

Made from:
melamite shelving, powder-coated wire doors, and casters

Dimensions:
70.2"Hx35.1"Wx17.6"D

Comments:
Excellent access, easy to clean, lots of space.

Rats Pictured:
Motley, RiffRaff, Bokeh, Bramble, The Bear, Nimbus, Statty

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Homemade Cage

Added 5-18-05

Owned by:
drine

Made from:
Foamacel, wood and wire

Dimensions:
42"Hx35"Wx17"D

Comments:
This is my favourite cage; it has plenty of room to decorate it, and the rats just love it also. There are 9 ratties living in there.

Rats Pictured:
Brenna, Nicotine, Akiko, Greylin, Goya, Dharma, Finglas, Oona and Hermione

Homemade Cage

Added 5-18-05

Owned by:
Tric

Made from:
Scratch: wood, wire mesh, plexiglass, aluminum, boat waterproofing paint

Dimensions:
approx 31"x35"x15"

Comments:
Underneath the cage is a nice storage area, one large side with no shelves for food bag, and bedding bags, the other side shelved and holds treats, newspaper, wood blocks, clothing for rats to shred and other assorted rattie things.

Homemade Cage

Added 5-17-05

Owned by:
Sonja Garcia

Made from:
A ready-to-assemble cabinet from Lowes and the grid panels of a large animal play fence from Petsmart

Dimensions:
6'Hx 4'Wx20"D

Comments:
Lots of room for running and climbing

Rats (not) Pictured:
Twix, LeelooBlu and Pip

Homemade Cage

Added 5-17-05

Owned by:
Ralph and Bobbie

Made from:
Parrot Cage

Dimensions:
48"Hx48"Wx18"D


Comments:
Four Full Levels

Rats Pictured:
Suykee (RIP), Darla (RIP), Nala, Juliet, Wild One (RIP), Squeeky, Sushi (RIP), Wooley (RIP), Romeo, Spanky, Alfafa and Moose

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