Finding that perfect cage for your rat can be quite daunting thanks to the great varieties and choices available in the market. There are certainly many considerations when looking for the best rat cage to place at home.
When selecting the perfect cage for you rat (or mice), be sure to consider whether there are enough room for its growth, future expansion (i.e starting a family, having friends, a new partner or buddy). It is also important to consider the ease of setting up and taking it down for storage or transportation should you need to.
Quality and the ease of cleaning is also very important because after searching and finally deciding on the ideal cage to buy and invest, we would want clean up to be easy and the cage to last for year to come.
[May: Also visit your local pet store to take a look at cage with size close to what you have in mind to have a better visualisation of how big you can expect it when you order online.]
1) Amazon Basics Small Animal Habitat Rat Cage
This large cage by Amazon Basics is designed to create a safe, fun and conducive living space for small animal pets like rabbits, mice, chinchillas or even guinea pigs.
It features a large steel wire upper frame that has a super functional opening on top and in-front for easy access to the inside of the cage.
This habitat cage also comes with a removable balcony with access ramp for your pet to chill and includes a top-proof dish for your pets to feed in, a non-drip bottle for water and a hay guard.
The space underneath the balcony deck also provides a nice hide-away space should your pet prefer some privacy.
Every purchase cage comes with a limited 1-year warranty by Amazon Basics.
Simple to assemble (no tools required)
Comes with versatile accessories
Has multiple size options
Easy to clean
2) iCrate Midwest Critter Cage (with Stand)
The iCrate Midwest Critter Cage is a double door metal crate that measures 24(L) x 18(W) x 19(H) inches. It comes in one and two storeys options. It features heavy duty latch that securely locks the crate doors.
Its exterior is in black Electro-coat finishing, and the interior comes with a removable plastic pan that is easy to clean and is washable.
It requires no tools to assemble (simply snap it into place) and can be folded flat for easy storage, portability in and out of the house; as well as travel.
Its rounded corner clips help reduce possible injuries caused by sharp edges.
- Removable plastic tray/ pan
- Rubber roller
- One year limited warranty
- Hinge/lock mechanism tends to rub against metal, causing paint to scratch off
3) AB Pro-Quality Catch and Release Rat Cage
This rodent cage is designed as a humane trap that catches rats and mouse alive, allowing you to decide what you would like to do with the caught rodent.
It does not kill or cause injury to the captured rodent and you may simply release any small animals caught unintentionally (i.e squirrels, chipmunk, birds).
It is effective both indoors or outdoors, and once the rodent is trapped in the cage, the locking mechanism will keep it secured.
- Money back guarantee
- Simply and easy to set-up
- Quality can be more durable
4) Living World Deluxe Habitat Cage
This beautifully designed cage combines a wire frame upper half and a plastic bottom base, providing a safe and well ventilated for the rat (also perfect for other pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.
The wire top cage is built with arcing red wire while the sides feature white wire. The top opens easily to allow easy access to the inside. There is also a wire front door for more accessibility.
It’s interior includes a dish for food placement that is secured to the floor of the balcony as well as an access ramp that leads to the balcony. Underneath the balcony, there’s a hideaway space that provides your pet with a hideout and some privacy.
The cage also comes with a hay guard for easy feeding as well as a water bottle. It only requires 8 easy-to-use plastic clips to assembles (no tools required).
- Lots of entry & access points
- Durable and well made
- Easy to clean
- Massive cage with lots of rooms
- Hay Guard is outside the cage to provide more interior space
- Platform is a bit steep
>> Available in these sizes: Standard, Large & X-large
5) MidWest Homes Small Animal Pen
This Pen by MidWest is perfect for the outdoors where it gives your pet a sense of freedom to be in the sun, have plenty of space (9 square feet) to roam and explore, while keeping them within sight with the 15” high panel.
It’s colourful panels provides ventilation and great visibility. Setting up and taking down for storage is easy as it folds flat.
- Spacious (9 sq ft)
- Ideal for outdoors
- Easy to setup & take down
- 1 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Tip: Use a waterproof cover to keep floor clean.
Tip: Use a waterproof cover to keep floor clean.
Besides rats and mice, all the cages listed above can also used to keep other small animals like chihuahua, hamsters, squirrels and even guinea pigs.
One thing to bear in mind is that, there’s no such thing as ‘The Perfect Cage’. The trick is to find one that satisfy your needs now as well as in the near future, and is comfortable on your wallet too.
You may also visit pet stores to have a good feel of how a particular size is in actual (reading measurements alone can be hard to imagine some times).
Have fun setting up and exploring the habitat with your pet rat!
Which rat cage is your favourite? Are you more likely to try the multi-storey ones? Or a simple and portable one would be your pick? Leave a comment and share with us.