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Emerald City Rattery (RuBY)

New York Rat Breeder

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Things You Will Need (Updated 1/15/2016)

1. Rat wheel, at least 11 inches.

2. Food Dish and Water bottle. Try for BPA free. Heavy crocks are best for food dishes or they will chew and knock over plastic ones.

3. Proper rat cage. Bar spacing has to be no bigger than 1/2 inch. (See my cage page for appropriate cages to use.)

4. High quality rat food. (Not from a grocery store or large pet store. It tends to be stale from sitting in a warehouse for a while before hitting the shelves and has less food value. See my Diet Page to make your own. )

5. Fresh fruits and veggies.

6. Healthy treats. (No Yogi's as they are pure sugar.)

7. Litter box.

8. Litter. Must be different than the bedding if you want them litter box trained. I use Corn Cob. All of my rats are litter trained.

9. Bedding. Fleece, Aspen (sani-chips), Shredded Phone Books, or Soy Ink Paper Bedding. (DO NOT USE CAREFRESH! It is to dusty and cause upper respiratory issues.  My adopters are contracted to not use this. If you would like to use Pine, make sure it is Kiln Dried. If you do not see Kiln Dried on the back do not use it.)

10. Home temp should be between 65-80 for best health.

11. Hammocks.

12. Hiding houses.

13. Cuttlebone. to help maintain teeth.

14. Lava Ledge or a Large Rock to help maintain nails and teeth.

15. Toys. There are websites out there that have rat safe toys or ideas on how to make your own toys.

16. Small pet carrier. NO DOG OR CAT CARRIERS AS RATS ARE TO SMALL FOR THEM AND WILL GET OUT!

These are some of the basic needs for pet rats. I will update as needed.