All decorative rodents in need of a permanent shelter.In the absence of the ability to hide the pet will develop stress that can lead to aggression.
Bad mood, malaise
If the animal feels bad, he feels an instinctive need to hide, make sure it is protected.
In the shelter is much easier to warm up, especially if there sleep several of the animals. Most rats love to insulate their burrows, actively pushing back the pieces of paper and fabric.
Shaded house for rats will help the animal to move too warm summer days and the stifling heat, protect from sunlight.
Small rodents are delicate, shelter with solid walls would be an additional protection, to help reduce the risk of disease.
IMPORTANT: Especially in need of shelter females that are skittish and restless males.
If it's a rat with suspicious nature, the inability to hide will inevitably affect her behavior — you may see aggression, depression, the animal will not make contact.
How to choose — the main types
Decorative rat — quite a large animal, so the house in the first place to be roomy. To adult dimensions of the shelter shall not be less than 25х15х10см. For the first few months often make the device smaller, so that little rat feel more comfortable. But temporary shelters very quickly become "small" and the animal may one day literally stuck in the doorway. This adventure badly frighten the animal, and can also cause physical injury, so it's important to replace the house on any size.
In modern pet stores offers a variety of houses for rats you will find many designs and shapes, from simple to real palaces with original design. When you choose is also very important material of the product.
Convenient and practical device, easy to clean, have mounts that conveniently hook onto the bars of the cage. But keep in mind that a shelter animal can be hot and stuffy in the summer.
More suitable for rodents, giving the opportunity to grind his teeth. But the wooden walls well absorb urine and odors, so the device will quickly require replacement.
Light temporary houses, usually round in shape. Made from tree bark, flexible twigs and hay. Animals love these houses, but quickly lead them into disrepair.
Good option, this house will be cool in the summer, will not lead to stagnation of the air, and a special treatment will protect the surface from contamination. The downside is the fragility of the ceramic product is easy to break inadvertently.
Unusual cover of dense fabric, which is also often suspended and used as a hammock. Such products can be washed, but they still are not too long a rat will certainly chew on the soft walls.
IMPORTANT: If the cell is not so much space, the house can be installed outside. To do this, remove one of the lattice doors, the device is attached to the resulting gap with wire.
Also shelter can be installed on the roof. If the animal quite tame and you don't close the cage door, the house can be put or hung beside it on the Cabinet or on the wall, very suitable for this fabric products.
Despite the large variety of models, some owners decide to make a house for rats with his hands. This allows not only to take into account all specific circumstances in a specific cell, but also to embody their own unique ideas.
How to make a house for rats with his hands
The easiest option is to use as house any household item.
Upside-down cracked clay pot will be a wonderful hiding place for a rat. Also suitable plastic container — a container for products, a children's bucket, a pot of flowers — enough to cut a doorway through the construction of the knife. Of unneeded doll house will make a fabulous home for the pet. The shelter can even be linked or stitched from the right fabric. As temporary houses, suitable cardboard boxes that pet rat will be used as a toy, gradually crunching them to pieces.
If you want to make a safe and permanent home for rats, it is better to opt for wood or plywood. The manufacturing process consists of several simple phases:
- The first step is to find or develop their own project. You can select a practical rectangular shape which will allow you to install the shelter in any part of the cell. Or decorate house gable roof, turrets and other elements — the appearance of the product depends only on your imagination.
- Remove the measurements of that part of the cage, where to put future house, not to be mistaken with its size. Then, given the chosen project is drawing.
- Cut the workpiece using the saw-a handsaw. Always being at least two openings for better ventilation (door and window). All openings must be large enough — at least 5-7 cm in width, this will eliminate the risk of jamming grown or gained weight animal.
- Between the walls of the house fasten with screws, nails or use carpenter's glue.
Cover the finished product impregnations and lacquers are not recommended — rats will definitely chew on the walls, so there may be a risk of poisoning or allergies. To facilitate cleaning and to avoid absorption of urine in the wood house is without a bottom floor will serve as the plastic bottom of the cage. Rats also love to sleep on the roof, so it is recommended to glue back a piece of plastic or to make the rays — this will help to protect the surface from getting wet.
In addition to the house for rats with your own hands you can make tunnels, mazes, balls, lawn. About it you can read our article about homemade toys.