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Title: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Jenn_85 on September 23, 2008, 05:00:56 PM
So, we have a thread for FNs, so why not one for Martins?  I know lots of people here have a Martins so let's see them!  Let's see all models, decorations, and more!

I'll go first.  I have a R-695, the newer one with the big doors and flip-top lid.  I love it!  It is home to my 3 girls and they have plenty of room to run around and act goofy like girls love to do.  It is a breeze to clean and decorate.  The flip-top helps, but is not necessary since the doors are so large.

Here's some pics of a few different setups.

(http://a500.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/69/l_b231d49d45f5c04fbda90c8e6eab7863.jpg)

(http://a787.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/78/l_6eda148b72001b2062ad59000bc3cab2.jpg)

(http://a330.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/81/l_f33a888c424c892eee08dc657db0d3a9.jpg)

(http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/52/l_35a6702a42854be7ae893b9692591c17.jpg)

Doors Closed
(http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/27/l_50766977bf494d2b83f8226b0c6d9d22.jpg)


Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: JTO_ on September 23, 2008, 05:02:24 PM
you could add martin's playpens too!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Rmv1983 on September 23, 2008, 07:52:32 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/sakuraa14/cagge.jpg)

My girls have a Martins F-470. Big enough for 15 rats, it currently houses twelve. I have a few to many rats  :cheeky: I find it a bit of a pain to reach the sides sometimes when the girls insist on hiding from me, as the doors are in the middle and I have short arms  :BlueDumboSmileTongue: But they love it!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Jenn_85 on September 23, 2008, 09:51:46 PM
Ooh, awesome cage Rmv!  I've never seen one of those in use before.  It's huge!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Leslie Marie on September 24, 2008, 04:00:53 AM
Martins need love too  :heart:
I don't have one myself. I've seriously been debating switching to the R-695 from my FN for my 3 girls. And will probably buy one here in the near future. =3
It's really nice to see it in use! It's much easier to tell size that way.  ;D
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: PnutLuv on September 24, 2008, 11:17:55 AM
Here is my inadequate Martin's aquarium topper. LOVE it, it's just not big enough. I was a rat ignoramus 3 weeks ago, so now I'm getting a new cage. I do think this is a good set up for a hamster or mouse though. I know aquariums aren't ventilated well, but with the topper it doesn't smell at all and it's really easy to clean.

(http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8d705b3127ccec564b57b105400000040O08AbM2bVqzbNAe3nwo/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Heatherama on September 24, 2008, 07:20:18 PM
It's changed since this pic, but here's the 3 ladies Martin's.  After the boys are fixed, they are going in the FN. I have since taken the smaller ropes out and braided larger, pinker ones.  Plus a new hammock cause they ATE the one in this pic.   ::)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v24/birchmoon/00025.jpg)

And yes, the silly little monkeys do hang on the fabric ropes I put in there.   :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Jenn_85 on September 26, 2008, 06:50:56 PM
Come on Guys, I know there are lots more people who have a Martin's!   ;D

All you "old timers" *ahem, Dearpie, ahem* need to post yours!  If you haven't posted any pictures of your cages in the last year, then I haven't seen them!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: MaevePotter on September 26, 2008, 07:10:01 PM
The rescue kids a few weeks ago..

(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k285/maevepotter/my%20rats/mittens/new%20pictures%20hodgepodge/ahhhfoodsept6059.jpg)

(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k285/maevepotter/my%20rats/mittens/new%20pictures%20hodgepodge/ahhhfoodsept6095.jpg)

and cheap shot, only of the door but its hilarious.. (he's for adoption! hehe)
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k285/maevepotter/my%20rats/mittens/new%20pictures%20hodgepodge/ahhhfoodsept6110.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Ally <3's Sammie on September 26, 2008, 07:21:18 PM
The rescue kids a few weeks ago..

(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k285/maevepotter/my%20rats/mittens/new%20pictures%20hodgepodge/ahhhfoodsept6059.jpg)

(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k285/maevepotter/my%20rats/mittens/new%20pictures%20hodgepodge/ahhhfoodsept6095.jpg)

and cheap shot, only of the door but its hilarious.. (he's for adoption! hehe)
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k285/maevepotter/my%20rats/mittens/new%20pictures%20hodgepodge/ahhhfoodsept6110.jpg)

Wow that's a whole lot of hooded ratties  :rattysmiley: so cute!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: JuliesZoo74 on September 26, 2008, 09:17:46 PM
Here's The twin's cage.  I got it free off of craigslist. It is a F435 and the only problem with it is the PVC coating instead of powdercoating.  They love to chew the coating off :P

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/twinscage017.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Jenn_85 on September 26, 2008, 10:06:21 PM
Love the cage julztoni97!  Great find on Craigslist.  I like the bar spacing on the ferret models.  Can you get a finger through there for scritches?

LOL at the tongue shot, MaevePotter!  What a cutie!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: JuliesZoo74 on September 26, 2008, 10:08:48 PM
Yes, they get scritches through the cage.  I like the space too.  Only problem is the PVC coating :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: lovejinx on September 26, 2008, 11:49:19 PM
In the past I've had the 690 and the 695, but my favorite Martin's cage is the New Englander (FNE-480). I've had up to 12 rats in here at one time, but currently it just houses one lonely rattie.

(http://www.love-jinx.com/cage1.jpg)

(http://www.love-jinx.com/cage2.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: JuliesZoo74 on September 27, 2008, 07:34:14 AM
That is a great cage!  Do they chew on the PVC coating too?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: lovejinx on September 27, 2008, 12:44:18 PM
That is a great cage!  Do they chew on the PVC coating too?

Some of my past girls have, but my current boy isn't much of a chewer. With the power-coated cages I had (690 and 695), their pee on the shelves and levels would actually ruin the power coating after several years of use, so I actually like the PVC coating better. I've had it for many years now and no galvanized wire is visible yet. Plus the bars on this cage are a little thicker than the bars on the 690/695, so the cage itself just feels sturdier.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: jorats on September 27, 2008, 01:24:35 PM
A few years ago, all my cages were Martins cages. I had them custom made and was able to attach all three together. It made for quite a palace for my crew.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/jorats/Cages/sm18newcage1.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: JuliesZoo74 on September 27, 2008, 02:17:20 PM
Wow!  That cage is amazing!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Punkygirl0101 on September 27, 2008, 02:25:26 PM
Jorats, that cage is awesome!!!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Jenn_85 on September 27, 2008, 04:35:13 PM
 :shocked2:  Wow, jorats!  I love that setup!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Evie on September 27, 2008, 05:06:35 PM
Here's the girl's Martin. The top level has a fabric and jean leg lining (and in this case, a resident :)), second level has a ball and their 'kitchen' and the bottom level has a jean leg hammock and a cardboard tube. Not amazingly exciting... I'd love to find ways to jazz it up without making it too crowded. Also, I'm using my computer's camera so the color is off. Their hammocks are navy.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m317/Little_Rat99/martin-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Heatherama on September 28, 2008, 05:06:53 PM
On thursday I'm picking up a Martin's Ferret condo...big cage!  Normally sells for $185, but I'm getting a used one for $65!  WOO!  Money is tight now...but I can't pass that up.  My ladies are getting too big for the 690 they are in now.  I want them to have more room.  I'll put pics when it's all cleaned and decorated.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: arumberg on September 28, 2008, 05:24:38 PM
Was that the one listed on craigslist in your area? I bought a ferret playpen from her for $10. If I would have seen that she had that cage listed I might have gotten that also, but she listed the playpen and cage in 2 seperate parts of craigslist so I didn't see about the cage. FYI the playpen I got wasn't exactly in the best of shape (dusty and in desperate need of a bath with a few spots with no coating and a bit bent out of shape) but definetly usable for $10. Hope your cage is in good condition. I expect pics!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Heatherama on September 28, 2008, 05:32:20 PM
She said it needed to be cleaned, I expect that for the price.  It's in Shoemakersville, maybe a half hour from here.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: arumberg on September 28, 2008, 05:35:35 PM
Yup, that's where I got mine. Well, my dad picked it up for me. He said the house was easy to find, so hopefully you won't get lost. Congrats on the cage. It probably would have been mine if I would check craigslist more thoroughly. lol.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Jenn_85 on October 11, 2008, 06:31:30 PM
My cage this week:

(http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/43/l_79ada3e7ea6e48afba198824e6a5ce8a.jpg)

(http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/18/l_522a861e56e144b4a57d3034a3a49a40.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 12, 2008, 06:11:53 PM
I am a new rattie mom ;D  Here is my current cage setup.  It is still a work in progress.  I have to order them a wheel and I have new girlie food dishes that should arrive in the mail anyday.

Here is my cage with the doors open.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage4.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2.jpg)

There cage theme right now is Angelina Ballerina  :wink5:
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Post by: Jenn_85 on October 14, 2008, 05:20:02 AM
Ooh, great setup WEAVER!  Looks good.  Did you make those liners yourself?  They are really pretty!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 14, 2008, 10:24:20 AM
Thank you Jenn ;D

I did make the cage liners.  :)

IT is almost time to clean the girls entire cage for the first time.  I still have to make them another set of liners for when this one is in the wash. :cheeky:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Chevalrose on October 14, 2008, 11:29:30 AM
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Ratties013.jpg)

Top:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Ratties015.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Ratties016.jpg)

Hammocks are all from Mainely Rat Rescue :-)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 14, 2008, 11:32:28 AM
I  :heart: your food dish! Where did you find that?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: rodent_girl_1985 on October 14, 2008, 11:56:22 AM
I am a new rattie mom ;D  Here is my current cage setup.  It is still a work in progress.  I have to order them a wheel and I have new girlie food dishes that should arrive in the mail anyday.

Here is my cage with the doors open.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage4.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2.jpg)

There cage theme right now is Angelina Ballerina  :wink5:

I HAVE to know where you got the Angelina Ballerina fabric, it is too darn cute. I'm tight on money right now, but I would so splurg on that for my gang!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 14, 2008, 12:00:50 PM
Thank you!  I got it at Hancock Fabrics.  ;)

Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Chevalrose on October 15, 2008, 10:48:50 AM
I  :heart: your food dish! Where did you find that?

Who me? It was at my local pet shop.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 15, 2008, 10:56:35 AM
Yes, I love the pink polka dots.  I did end up getting a new dish in the mail yesterday from MRR and it is pink with all pastel dots.  Also really cute.  I love the colors in yours ;)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 17, 2008, 12:01:33 AM
I cleaned the girls tonight and changed their cage around.  Here is there new setup :)

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage5.jpg)

Close up of the top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage6.jpg)

Close up the bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage7.jpg)

I absolutely love this cage!  I think I am going to get a black tv stand to put it on and get it up off the floor.  I hope to find one with doors on the bottom of it to help store all of their stuff.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2008, 10:03:01 AM
Come on everyone share your pictures!!! :D  I come back on the thread to post what mine looks like this time around and no one else has posted since I did last time ???  I wanna share my cage, but I don't want to be the only one.  Come on, I know A LOT of you have a martin cage...please share.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on October 25, 2008, 11:13:58 AM
That happens sometimes with me and the FN thread and I feel weird for taking pictures of my cage so much  :yelcutelaugh:  But then I remember it's because it rocks  ;)

I wanna see your pics, Marsha!  :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2008, 11:27:18 AM
I really do feel like I am taking over the thread, but here is my cage this time around.  (Same colors, sorry I love pink :D)  All of their hammocks, and such are made by Chelsey.  I love how they came out and they match the cage pads wonderfully.

Here is the cage with the doors closed.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/RatCage.jpg)

Here is the top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/RatCage3.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/RatCage2.jpg)

Several people on my guinea pig forum said that I need to cover my ramps or my rats can get hurt.  Is that true?  The grids on the ramps are so close together and the rats barely even touch the ramps.  Two hops and they are where they want to be.  I would think it would be the same as they climbing along the outside of the cage ???  I don't want the girls to get hurt, but I also don't like the look of the ramps being covered and I think it would be a pain to get them to stay on and change them out to clean them.  Any input regarding this?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on October 25, 2008, 11:44:15 AM
Now that's a bright cage!  I love all the pink - it's my favorite color.  The hammocks looks great in there  :)

Don't worry about the ramps - no need to cover them  :)  The only reason I cover mine is because I have an older boy (Nigel) who has hind leg paralysis, and a girl (Encephalon) who's not very well coordinated because of a brain lesion and other brain-related issues. For young rats especially, they barely touch the ramps!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Jenn_85 on November 03, 2008, 02:43:44 AM
My cage tonight
(http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/20/l_d1c34fdc1aac48ceba942be6f670aee7.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Heatherama on November 03, 2008, 05:47:06 PM
I envy you all who can put fabric on the levels of your Martin's.  I can only have it on the bottom pan, and it's gotta be pinned down with binder clips really well or it will get dragged around and chewed up.  I have linoleum on the levels, but I'd love to be able to put something softer.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on November 03, 2008, 06:46:33 PM
Heather, have you tried to use grommets in the corners and binder rings?  Mine were dragging the pieces around and than I started attaching them to the cage and they are much better now.  The little stinkers are still chewing my towels on the bottom of the cage to pieces, but the cage pads are "safe" :D

Jenn, your cage looks great.  I love the tunnel hanging from the top :heart:  Very pretty!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Serendipity Rats on November 04, 2008, 12:08:25 AM
I adore Martin's cages, and have both rat and ferret cages that are used regularly.

Well, here are just a few of mine.  ;)

My boys' cage - an R-695
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73/shannaash/RatRoomBoys.jpg)

The Dwarf boys' cage - an R-680
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73/shannaash/RatRoomDwarf.jpg)

My girls' cage - an F-430HR
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73/shannaash/RatRoomGirls.jpg)

I also have another R-695, an R-670 (currently in use but no pics) and an F-420  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: JuliesZoo74 on November 04, 2008, 06:54:32 AM
Is that F 430HR powder coated or PVC coated?  I like that cage but my girls chew the PVC coating off the bars. 
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on November 04, 2008, 11:22:01 AM
I have some new updated pictures of my R695 that I would like to share.

Here is the cage with the doors closed.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cage1-4.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cage-top.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cage-bottom.jpg)

Overall view of the cage with the doors open.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cage-Doorsopen.jpg)

I have three slightly spoiled little girls :wink5:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on November 04, 2008, 11:43:45 AM
My eyes are burning!  It's so colorful  ;D  It looks more and more awesome each time to clean/re-decorate, Marsha.  And I never thought about burrow hammocks being hung that way!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on November 12, 2008, 11:29:22 PM
Took some new pictures of my cage this time around.  (I forgot to last cleaning day :P).  Anyways here it is ;)...

Full view with the doors closed.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov2.jpg)

Doors open.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov4.jpg)

Top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov5.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov6.jpg)

Here are a few extra pictures of my babies enjoying their cage ;D
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov1.jpg)

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov11.jpg)

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov9.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Shellyrat on November 13, 2008, 03:47:01 PM
Ohmygosh I love all of the pictures posted! Everyone is sooo creative. :]

I actually ordered a martin (the 695 one) and it should be arriving sometime soon. Though I should probably get some more stuff... I see everyone's cages filled with all of these toys and ropes and hammocks... @.@ -runs off to search around-

I will be back to post pictures (maybe) if the thread is still alive and once I get the cage and have it set up! Hehe :P
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: M&Msisters on November 13, 2008, 07:46:11 PM
Why did I open this thread :-[ I was almost settled on a FN  :confused: geez!!!!

They all look great  :icon_rr:

Tasia
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: PnutLuv on November 13, 2008, 08:06:52 PM
I have major cage envy going on!!

I want a new cage so badly. I have a used superpet ferret that I like a lot other than that the doors are small, and the wire mesh (bar spacing too big) makes it a pain to hang stuff.
I wanted to see the new CN, but the more I think about it, I REALLY don't want to spend more than $200 if I can avoid it, and it sounds like it's going to be more than the FN (which I won't get because I don't want to spend that kind of $$ and then have to modify it).

So that leaves me with a Martins. I REALLY wish they sold in stores so I could see the sizes in person. Does the 695 really hold 5 comfortably? The 699 just looks so, well, HUGE! Or maybe one of the ferret cages?

Post more pics people, and tell us what model it is and how many rats you have in it!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: M&Msisters on November 13, 2008, 08:10:07 PM
Weaver where did you get that pinky carpet for the middle level so cute ;D

Tasia
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on November 13, 2008, 09:34:15 PM
Quote
So that leaves me with a Martins. I REALLY wish they sold in stores so I could see the sizes in person. Does the 695 really hold 5 comfortably? The 699 just looks so, well, HUGE! Or maybe one of the ferret cages?

I have the R695 and it could easily hold five ratties.  I currently have three and they mainly live in the top half of the cage.  For them at times it seems too big.  I had looked around on this forum for many months before adopting my girls and settling on what cage I was going to get to house them in.  I kept going back and forth and could not make up my mind.  I was REALLY close to getting them the FN141, but the bar spacing and having to put on the mesh to rat proof it made my decision that the Martins was going to be better for my needs.  I really don't care for the mesh because I wanted to be able to see the rats while they were inside the cage clearly without all of that wire in the way.

When I assembled the Martins, I could not believe how large it was/is.  Even though I "knew" the dimensions I was still caught off guard by it's size, especially for the amount of money it costed.  It is huge for the price.  I love my cage.  I have had it for a month, and really the only complaint I have with the cage is I wish that Martins offered the cage with white bars instead of the black.  Other than that the cage is perfect and I have no regrets.

I also want to add that although the size of the FN is larger, the amount of levels are the same.  If you don't "fill" your FN than really the size does not matter.  The rats don't care there is so much "wasted" space inbetween the far apart levels unless you have hammocks and such taking up that space. 

If you have only a few rats, I honestly think the Martins is a better cage.  Than you can take that extra money you would have spent on the huge cage and decorate it really cute with lots of hammocks and stuff for them to play with.


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Weaver where did you get that pinky carpet for the middle level so cute
I made them their cage pads :)  It is made with pink micro fleece I bought from Hancock Fabrics.

Just so you can see the size of the cage better, here is my adult female Delilah during her "getaway" while her mommy was trying to take cage pictures :yelcutelaugh:
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Nov3.jpg)



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Post by: Heatherama on November 15, 2008, 09:07:38 PM
Here's where my 3 girls live for now.  I'm holding out for a Critter Nation though, then they will be upgraded!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v24/birchmoon/0028.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on November 16, 2008, 11:08:21 AM
Just changed up my cage and made the girls new cage pads :)
Here is the cage with the doors closed.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/thecage1.jpg)

Doors open.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/thecage2.jpg)

Top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/thecage4.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/thecage3.jpg)

How about an extra picture of Abigail peaking out of her hammock from Scubbs ;)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Girls2-1.jpg)
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Post by: RugRat on November 16, 2008, 11:30:19 AM
Beautiful cage Weaver, and everyone else!! They're so creative  :D
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Post by: Serendipity Rats on November 16, 2008, 11:37:13 AM
Is that F 430HR powder coated or PVC coated?  I like that cage but my girls chew the PVC coating off the bars. 

It is PVC coated. I bought it used, and some of the PVC is worn off of the cage, but not very much. My girls do not really chew the bars and it holds up fairly well, but every now and then a bit of the PVC does come off the cage. PVC definitely does not hold up as well as powder coating, and if I had purchased this cage new, I would have requested it be powder coated.  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: WEAVER on November 19, 2008, 09:40:39 AM
The ratties got a clean cage last night  :BlueDumboSmile:  Here is what it looks like this time.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thecage5.jpg)

Top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thecage6.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thecage7.jpg)

I am working on putting them together a winter themed cage and a Christmas cage :cheeky:

Here are a few more pictures of the girls trying to "escape".  They are becoming a little more friendly, but Delilah is still very dominant and likes to nip me.  With that being said, she is also the most curious of me, so I am hoping with time she will come around.
Here is Abigail asking her mom where she is going.  :D
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Escape1.jpg)

I had to keep putting Delilah back into the cage.  She is so crazy!  Look at sweet Petunia just watching Delilah getting herself into trouble.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Escape4.jpg)

I think this is one of the first pictures I have of all three of the girls together.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Escape2.jpg)
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Post by: ShigsnPits on November 19, 2008, 11:40:46 AM
THANK YOU THANK YOU for starting this thread!   :bow:

This is incredibly beneficial to see Martin's cages in use and decorated.  I have been debating with myself for quite some time now on whether I want to get a Martin's cage or something else.  I have had rats off an on for over 15 years, and have never owned a Martin's.  I need to see cages in person before I buy one, but since I don't know of anyone in my area that has rats, let alone a Martin's cage, this thread will have to settle my curiosity. 

My questions to those with the Martin's:

1.  How do you attach fleece to the tray at the bottom?  The tray appears to be too shallow for any other form of bedding (I use shredded paper from my office).

2.  I have 4 very LARGE females (bigger than some males).  They are not overweight, just BIG.  Martin's seem taller than wide.  Will 4 BIG girls be happy in something like the R695?  Or should I go to  ferret cage with rat sized wire?

3.  Is PVC coating an option, or is everything powdercoated? My current cage is a ferret cage from Kritter Koncepts is PVC coated and I LOVE it!

I think that is all the questions.  If they were answered already within the thread, I greatly apologize in advance!!!!!  I haven't had the chance to read the full thread, as I am in a teleconference at the moment (bored out of my mind).  Thank goodness for WI-FI and my laptop!
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Post by: Serendipity Rats on November 19, 2008, 12:29:41 PM
Shigsnpits, the rat-specific cages would be suitable for larger female rats - but since you prefer the PVC coating, I would suggest taking a look at the Martin's ferret cages. The bar spacing is 1" x1", which is perfectly suitable for adult rats. The PVC also makes the cages lighter, so cleaning is easy too.  :thumbsup2:

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Post by: ShigsnPits on November 19, 2008, 01:21:28 PM
Ahhhh...so the ferret cages are PVC coated...got it.   I am adopting some rittens in January from a breeder, and need a new cage for them also, so I don't have to modify my other spare cage that I have.  Martin's rat cages are good for rittens too with no modifications?  I am tired of having to modify cages for little ones.  It takes a toll on the hands and sanity!   :P   

I do not mean to sound ignorant on all of this.  I am a Martin's cage "virgin"!  My hubby and I have rescued and adopted ferrets for the past 7 years (along with rats) and I have always used ferret cages for the rats, as we always adopted adult rats, and never had any problems.  We have fostered a few young ones over the past year and had to modify the cages for the short times we had them.  Now, we are looking to adopt our own young ones, and just do NOT want to modify yet another cage.
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Post by: WEAVER on November 19, 2008, 02:45:32 PM
Martin's rat cages are perfect for little ratties.  You would not have to modify it.

I don't use disposable bedding, but I think the pan would be deep enough to use Carefresh or whatever without it all coming out of the cage.

The cage really is a nice size.  I think it would be perfect for four rats.  It honestly feels "empty" with just three in there. 
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Post by: ShigsnPits on November 19, 2008, 03:39:32 PM
Martin's rat cages are perfect for little ratties.  You would not have to modify it.

I don't use disposable bedding, but I think the pan would be deep enough to use Carefresh or whatever without it all coming out of the cage.

The cage really is a nice size.  I think it would be perfect for four rats.  It honestly feels "empty" with just three in there. 

I don't plan on using disposable bedding anymore either, though I do get the shredded paper for free, and my girls love to see how high they can pile it in their cage.  I think their destiny is to be interior decorators.

I called Martin's (and am waiting for a return phone call) about what the wire size they use for the ferret cages?  Does anyone know off the top of their head?  The website tells what the spacing is for rats, but doesn't mention what it is for the ferret cages.  It looks fairly small also. 

I think I am officially sold on Martin's cages!  Now to decide which ones to buy for the current group of girls and for the little ones that will be arriving in January.   :binkybaby:
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Post by: Jolly Jumper on November 19, 2008, 04:16:36 PM
WEAVER, what al lovely setup!  :heart:
I love the pink Wodent wheel  :party:
You have 3 beautifull girls
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Post by: M&Msisters on November 20, 2008, 10:09:55 PM
well I think its offical i am getting a Martins R-695 :hyper:
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Post by: WEAVER on November 20, 2008, 10:33:15 PM
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WEAVER, what al lovely setup! 
I love the pink Wodent wheel 
You have 3 beautifull girls

Thank you so much :)  I am really enjoying the girls and being able to decorate their "home".

I have seen your cage setup before and I just want to say that you do a wonderful job giving your ratties a beautiful cage.  You can tell that you love them very much :wink5:
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Post by: Jolly Jumper on November 21, 2008, 05:35:42 PM
Thank you WEAVER  :D
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Post by: rattix2 on November 22, 2008, 06:35:53 PM
Weaver, i am so jealous of your cage decorating..skills.  :doh: No matter how hard I try, I just can't get it right, lol!

Redid the boys today..
(http://i37.tinypic.com/sevml1.jpg)

My mom has started buying things for the ratties, she got the barn at Goodwill for $2 and the trick or treat buckets were only 18 cents after halloween. :D
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on November 23, 2008, 08:36:10 PM
Not that exciting right now but I just finished putting it together.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/martins695.jpg)
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Post by: Eugooglizer on November 26, 2008, 08:54:21 PM
Ok y'all, I've been debating between getting a single-level FN or a Martins 695 for my three girlies and all these pics of such gorgeous decorating jobs have pretty much convinced me to go with the Martins!  Birthday is coming up so hopefully I'll be ordering soon.  Will definitely be switching from bedding to fleece, so I guess I better start stocking up!  Maybe there will be some good Black Friday sales....
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Post by: WEAVER on November 27, 2008, 12:35:04 PM
Julztoni, I am so glad that you posted a picture of MRR's new Party Platoon Hammock.  I was wondering if it would fit ok in the R695. It looks like it fits perfectly!  I am going to have to order one (or two ;)) now. :cheeky:
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Post by: djskolnick on November 27, 2008, 02:40:55 PM
Weaver-
Where did you get the fabric ropes from or did you make them? Do your ratties use them?
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Post by: WEAVER on November 27, 2008, 06:30:49 PM
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Weaver-
Where did you get the fabric ropes from or did you make them? Do your ratties use them?

I made them :)

My ratties don't crawl from one end to the other on them or anything, but they do rest their feet on them to peek around or to move from one level to the other real quick.
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on November 27, 2008, 06:47:30 PM
Julztoni, I am so glad that you posted a picture of MRR's new Party Platoon Hammock.  I was wondering if it would fit ok in the R695. It looks like it fits perfectly!  I am going to have to order one (or two ;)) now. :cheeky:

They love it!  Oliver sleeps on top and the baby boys sleep in the tubes, one in each tube.  I love it.  I got one for my girls also!
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Post by: WEAVER on November 29, 2008, 09:13:54 PM
I have been sewing all day long and just finished cleaning and putting together the girl's new Christmas cage.  Their theme is "Gingerbread".  They seem to really like it :wink5:

Here is the entire cage with the doors open.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ChristmasCage8.jpg)

Top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ChristmasCage6.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ChristmasCage7.jpg)

The cage with the doors closed :)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ChristmasCage9.jpg)

And of course, I have to share a few of my girls checking out their new setup  ;D

Petunia and Delilah...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ChristmasCage1.jpg)

Petunia, Delilah and Abigail...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ChristmasCage2.jpg)
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Post by: JTO_ on November 29, 2008, 09:48:25 PM
Your decorating for christmas a little early though.   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: WEAVER on November 29, 2008, 09:58:08 PM
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Your decorating for christmas a little early though.   

It is after Thanksgiving, so it is officially "Christmas time"  ;D. 
Seriously, even with me just making their stuff today, that only gives them about four weeks to be able to use it.
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Post by: JTO_ on November 29, 2008, 10:03:08 PM
True. 
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Post by: Beeranndee on November 30, 2008, 12:56:36 AM
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Your decorating for christmas a little early though.  

It is after Thanksgiving, so it is officially "Christmas time"  ;D. 
Seriously, even with me just making their stuff today, that only gives them about four weeks to be able to use it.

It's ok,, my christmas tree has been up since a week before Thanksgiving  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Scubbs on November 30, 2008, 03:14:28 AM
What is this "too early" for Christmas nonsense?  :yelcutelaugh: 

I'm with Beerandee, my tree has been up for a couple weeks now!  I love the whole feel of Christmas and the winter season  :)  This year I'm hopefully making my ratties wintery cage set  :D

Marsha, the cage looks wonderful!  I love that tumbling trees fabric, it's really gorgeous.  The cubes look great  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: WEAVER on November 30, 2008, 04:09:06 PM
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This year I'm hopefully making my ratties wintery cage set 

I can't wait to see it!  I am going to sew the girls a pastel winter set hopefully this week if I can find the time.  I still have to put the piggies' winter cages together before I can make the ratties anything else.  I don't want the piggies to think they are not loved :D
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Post by: Scubbs on November 30, 2008, 10:38:33 PM
I've still yet to decide which print I want to use for the set.  I'd like it to be all fleece, though, since it does get pretty chilly in my room at night, and also because fleece/fleece hammocks last a lot longer then regular ones.  Hopefully I'll get some time to sew it soon!  What with the HVRR raffle hammocks and all the orders I have currently, that might be a bit tough.  Even if it doesn't get done, I don't think the ratties will suffer much  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: littleblacksheep on December 01, 2008, 07:12:22 PM
I myself was one of those debating whether or not to buy a Martin's cage or something else for my three boys. After seeing all these pictures I've decided to go for a Martin's and decorate it. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how they attached the fabric or whatever material they used to the cage floors. I have a pretty good idea how I want to set mine up but just need a little advice on how it's done effectively. I don't want my boys to destroy it though. The cage I plan on buying is the Rat Tower and I want to line the cage bottom and the levels with some sort or fabric that I can remove and put through the wash. I'm going to put in a large wodent wheel or two if possible, some hammocks from Chelsey's Cozies, some ropes, and a litter box. I don't want to do tile though. How did you all cover the floors? Thanks in advance!
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Post by: Jenn_85 on December 05, 2008, 04:28:24 AM
I just use towels, folded to the size of the shelves, and safety-pin them to the cage so the rats can't drag them away.
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Post by: M&Msisters on December 05, 2008, 08:03:51 PM
OMG it is such a long wait and it has only been a week since I ordered :yelcutelaugh:well I cant make it come any faster.
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Post by: ratsrock92 on December 06, 2008, 01:26:19 PM
Does anyone have the ruud? That thing looks huge!!!! I would love to see some pictures of that!!!
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Post by: CinemaGeek on December 06, 2008, 07:58:53 PM
I have a Ruud. I'll post some pics of it after cage cleaning and rat laundry tomorrow night.
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Post by: Klair Who on December 06, 2008, 08:15:52 PM
I just got mine, so the decoration is a bit thrown together, but here it is:
(http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a347/Finkkira/IMG_5059.jpg)

I'll post another when it's a bit better done.
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Post by: LoveBurmese on December 08, 2008, 05:44:00 PM
Do any of you have the slide out pan option?  I'm considering ordering with slide out pans instead of drop pans because I'm so short and have trouble picking the cages up and out of the drop pans without making a huge mess.  If anyone does ... do the ratties chew on the pans?  That's my only worry.
Thanks in advance!
Kristen [who is always on the lookout for the perfect cage for her boys who are apparently un-trainable when it comes to litter boxes]
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Post by: javakittie on December 08, 2008, 09:13:03 PM
Cleaned the cage today, so I thought I'd finally post in here

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j140/javakittie/Cages/DSC02908.jpg)

*ahem* I like purple..
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Post by: WEAVER on December 08, 2008, 11:21:21 PM
Javakittie, is that the 680?  I really like that cage. 
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Post by: CinemaGeek on December 09, 2008, 04:31:12 AM
Ok, as promised, here is my Ruud (R699), right after a cleaning. Sorry about the odd angle, but the cage is in a corner and there is a dresser right behind me. I couldn't take a straight on picture. Pancake poses inside for everyone.  :BlueDumboSmile:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/EmmaMeredith/dec9010.jpg)

The top bit

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/EmmaMeredith/dec9011.jpg)

And the bottom bit

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/EmmaMeredith/dec9012.jpg)
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Post by: javakittie on December 09, 2008, 06:31:48 AM
Javakittie, is that the 680?  I really like that cage. 

Yep, it is. It's my absolute favorite Martin's cage.
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Post by: Katie_Cody on December 09, 2008, 06:53:17 AM
My parents just bought me The New Englander (FNE-480)!  They were getting annoyed at me for not wanting anything for Christmas, so they splurged for an awesome cage!  I'll be sure to post pictures when it comes!  For those who have one, how hard is it to set it up?
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Post by: Klair Who on December 09, 2008, 07:47:40 AM
My parents just bought me The New Englander (FNE-480)!  They were getting annoyed at me for not wanting anything for Christmas, so they splurged for an awesome cage!  I'll be sure to post pictures when it comes!  For those who have one, how hard is it to set it up?
With zip-ties, it's a cinch, just make sure you don't put on the door upside-down like I did.  ;D
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Post by: ratsrock92 on December 09, 2008, 09:45:47 AM
CinemaGeek, thanks for the picture's of the Ruud. That cage is huge! I have a 695 on the way so I should have some martin's cage pics to post soon.
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Post by: Rattii on December 11, 2008, 10:47:09 PM
does everyone get the powdercoated martins? im still debating on the 685 or the 690.. i think that the 690 would be better in the long run especially if we get some more rattiies!!! what are you guys using for carpet?? and how are you going about keeping all the little potties off of it?? no shavings at the bottem?
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Post by: WEAVER on December 12, 2008, 03:09:45 PM
Yes, you want to order the powder coated cage, not the other one. 

I personally think you are going to be happier with the 685 over the 690.  The 690 has very steep ramps that older rats will probably have a hard time to get up and down on and really the floor space is REALLY small.  If you want a larger sized cage to get more rats, I would do something no smaller than the 695.  In my opinion I think the 680 is a nicer cage that is has better door openings to access the rats and clean the cage than either of the cages that you are thinking about purchasing.  The 680 is large enough to hold 3 rats, the 695 is large enough for five rats.
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Post by: javakittie on December 12, 2008, 06:50:54 PM
*seconds everything Weaver said*

What exactly do you mean by carpet? I know a few people use scrap pieces of carpeting. If you mean what alot of people are using to cover their levels and that, I think a good majority use fleece. Some like flannel better, including me. The point of the liners is to keep from having to scrub the cage as often, since the liner gets dirty and not the cage itself. You change out all the fabrics every 2-3 days instead of scrubbing once a week. Some people like to only line the shelves and top floors, using a litter for the base. otherwise you put litterboxes where they use the bathroom the most with litter in them. 9 times out of 10 the rats will litter train pretty quickly.
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Post by: lex on December 12, 2008, 07:40:05 PM
Oh my gosh! Your cages are fantastic. I'm new here, I just had to tell you how awesome your cages are. Right now I only have two rats, in just a standard sized cage (biggest one at the pet store). I'm a poor college student, so no big cage for me right now :( I would love to get my little ratties a nice big cage. Those of you that line it with carpet or fabric, how do you get your rats from digging it up and getting it everywhere? I tried to line my cage in fleece and they just messed it up and left it bunched in the corner.
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Post by: Rattii on December 12, 2008, 08:09:51 PM
wow.. thanks for all the info!!! so do you wash the "carpets" of just toss em and get new ones??? you guys just make your own? what holds them on? you made a good point about the ramps being steep.. i didnt even consider that.. any tips to get them to use a litter box?
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Post by: javakittie on December 13, 2008, 07:47:27 AM
wow.. thanks for all the info!!! so do you wash the "carpets" of just toss em and get new ones??? you guys just make your own? what holds them on? you made a good point about the ramps being steep.. i didnt even consider that.. any tips to get them to use a litter box?

Yes, you just wash the liners. I have several sets, so I do their laundry once a week. Some people make their own and others buy me from people like me who make them. Some people just get pieces of fabric and use those instead of making a real liner set. What holds them on is up to you. You can use office clips, the kind with the two metal bits and a black plastic triangle at the end. Some people use safety pins, velcro, clips, or even nothing at all. If you put the litterbox where they usually go, they generally pick it up quickly. You can go around the cage picking up stray raisins and putting it into the litterbox, too.
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Post by: LoveBurmese on December 13, 2008, 08:14:51 AM
My new Martin's are in !!!  I was going to go for the CN but having girls in one part and boys in another just scares me and I don't want accidents.  Plus we travel a fair bit and I like to take the ratties with me on long trips so I ordered 2 680's, powdercoated with pull out pans/pan doors.  I love how happy they are to do customs and that it isnt that expensive.  Amazingly fast shipping for this time of year, ordered one day, shipped the next, received the third day.  Monday is cleaning day so I'll probably have some pics to put up then.  I'm sure the kids will be pleased, I know I am, lol.
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Post by: Scubbs on December 14, 2008, 04:04:15 PM
I wanna see more of WEAVER's cage pics  :D  Hopefully you're feeling better, Marsha!
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Post by: JadesDream on December 15, 2008, 07:48:55 AM
Weaver...I love, Love, LOVE your cage  :thumbsup2: Would you like to decorate mine?  :yelcutelaugh: I don't mind doin the sewing, I just HATE the cutting part  :confused:

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Post by: WEAVER on December 15, 2008, 03:06:32 PM
Thank you guys :)  Your too sweet.  I really enjoy decorating the ratties cage.  Sorry it has been a little while since I updated.  I have been real sick, but am beginning to feel better. 

Anyways, here are my latest pictures ;D

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-1.jpg)

Top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/cage2-1.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-1.jpg)

Here are a few extra close up pictures without the cage bars in the way.
Top level, right side.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage4-1.jpg)

Top level, left side.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/cage5-1.jpg)

Bottom level, right side.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage6-1.jpg)



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Post by: Schrute on December 15, 2008, 04:06:50 PM
I seriously adore all of that pink. I also love how tidy your cage is. That is so awesome. :)
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Post by: JadesDream on December 15, 2008, 05:02:26 PM
Weaver...

How in the world did you get that rope braid so perfect like that??? What I wanna know is  :BlueDumboSmile: do you sell em'?  :thumbsup2:

Care & The Crew  :heart:
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Post by: Heatherama on December 15, 2008, 10:22:59 PM
I have cage envy.  WEAVER....Scubbs....you are now ordered to stop posting pics of your ratties' homes.  Oh wait, but then who would I steal ideas from.....oh, OK, you can still post pics.   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on December 17, 2008, 01:49:51 PM
Here's mine.  Not a great pic.  Doesn't match right now either but Christmas time is crazy!  Oh yeah!  Don't mind the messy playroom!

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/cattree008.jpg)
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Post by: Emymoo on December 18, 2008, 02:55:10 PM
Gah! All these pictures of R-695's make me really REALLY want one   :BlueDumboBigEyes:
It would only be a spare cage, as my four are in a large ferret cage ment for eight... but I still one to look at  :BlueDumboSmile:

Next time I get baby ratties(probably in 2-4 years unfortunately) I will sell my SP Exotics(such a pain to clean) and get a R-695 for them

All the layouts look fab by the way! ;D
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on December 23, 2008, 03:02:27 PM
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/santapal003.jpg)

I know how to do pink not just orange!
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Post by: JTO_ on December 23, 2008, 03:04:04 PM
But we all know that it is killing you inside not having any orange.   :wink5:
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Post by: synelovator on December 25, 2008, 09:01:38 PM
All your cages look SO pretty (Weaver, your cages AMAZE me...).  But since you all have beautiful fleece liners on your shelves, your ratties are all litter trained, no?  Do you just pick up after your ratties whenever a new one arrives?  Is there some kind of litter to liners turnover period when your kittens are getting litter trained?
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Post by: WEAVER on December 27, 2008, 08:18:06 PM
Here is my cage this time around.  The ratties got a few new hammocks and toys for Christmas :)
 
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-2.jpg)

Top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat1-1.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-2.jpg)

And a few new ones of my ratties  :-*

Delilah and Petunia wanting to come out.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat4-1.jpg)

Abigail.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat7-1.jpg)

"Momma please stop taking pictures."
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat6-1.jpg)

"Love the new hammies."
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat5-1.jpg)


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Post by: Schrute on December 27, 2008, 09:28:45 PM
It is so colorful. I adore your cage. I always want to kiss your ratties...  :-*
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Post by: WEAVER on December 31, 2008, 09:37:14 AM
Quote
I always want to kiss your ratties... 

"Did someone say "kisses"?  I love kisses"
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Floortime4.jpg)



Thanks for your nice comment Schrute ;)
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Post by: WEAVER on December 31, 2008, 09:43:06 AM
Ok, even though I was the last one to post my cage, I sewed the ratties up a few new things and cleaned their cage last night and I wanted to share.  It has been a while since I have done a pastel cage :D
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-2.jpg)

Upper level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage4-2.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage5-2.jpg)

Another view of the bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage6-2.jpg)


So, what do you think?  Do you like the brights, or the pastels?  :wink5:
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Post by: Pepper on December 31, 2008, 10:58:26 AM
Weaver  - it is amazing! Not only is your cage beautiful but I have the same 3 ratties as you.  I have a black, russian blue, and a beige type.  It is so funny to see your pictures and think they could be mine.  I'll post a pic of my 695 after cleaning- but can't compete with yours :bow:
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Post by: Eugooglizer on December 31, 2008, 12:25:49 PM
Hmmmm.....brights vs. pastels.  Well I love that yellow polka dot hammie you have in there right now and all the pastels are so pretty but I think I really  :heart: the brights.  Not that it matters since your cage is absolutely fab either way!  I think that the brights just bring out your pink wodent wheel better (still lusting over your pink wodent wheel).
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Post by: Trouble on December 31, 2008, 07:22:23 PM
I can't wait for my R695 to arrive so I can decorate it and post pictures. I got an email from Becky though and it's on backorder.
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Post by: WEAVER on January 01, 2009, 04:41:46 PM
Pepper, I can't wait to see your cage :hyper:

Iheartmyrats, I got my wheel from MRR, if you would like to get one too  ;D

KimMeyer, you are going to love your R695.  When I was new too ratties, and trying to decide which cage was the "right one", I kept going back and forth between the FN and this cage.  I am really glad that I did not do the FN for my three girls.  This cage is plenty big for them and gives them lots of room to run and play and for me to hang lots of hammocks and toys.  I really think the FN would have looked so large in my livingroom, and been so much work to clean because of it's size.  I also like I can easily see the ratties while they are in the cage.  My girls are pretty small, even though they are full-grown.  I think I would have had to use the hardcloth on the FN all of the time.

I have been considering adopting a pair of neutered boys in the future.  If they were to get along with my girls that would be perfect, but if not, I can always get the 680 and set it on top of this cage with coroplast as the flooring inbetween both cages so they can't fight through the bars.
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Post by: Pepper on January 01, 2009, 04:53:18 PM
http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_copperminevis/Itemid,210/place,displayimage/album,58/pos,7/
This is right after I set up the cage- from Craigslist ($60).  It is great and the girls love it.  I'll take better pictures of it more recent and maybe someday figure out how to post real pictures rather than the shortcut.  I'm using the photo album here on Goosemoose.  Happy New Year to everyone!!
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Post by: Schrute on January 01, 2009, 04:57:59 PM
I love that triangular hammock in the upper left hand corner. That is such a cute print!
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Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on January 03, 2009, 01:52:28 AM
I just ordered my first martin cage. The 695 was too large for me. Someone gave me a chinchilla verson and it was too hard for me to lift and clean :( SOO  i went with the R690, i know everyone loves the R 680 but it was too deep i had space for a cage 30X 14 X 36, i also wanted at least two full levels, i hope it works out. I have a FN with 6 rats in it and i want to neutored than add Remy to that mix. I ahve two very small girls that will go right through the FN and have been beat up everytime i try to intro the two groups so i think i am just going to put them in the Martins. Its should hold about 4 rats in it, the girls are really tiny.. I asked if they could make it 30 X 14 X 36 along with larger doors but i don't know if that is going to happen.
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on January 03, 2009, 09:07:46 AM
I'm pretty sure the bigger doors are standard now.  They don't make the other way anymore.
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Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on January 03, 2009, 11:24:34 AM
 i just got an email from martincages, they did say that the doors ar 12X12 now. They want to know if i want a 690 or a 695.. im looking for something that is 30 X 14 X 36.. I had an older verson of a chinchilla cage and it was really  heavy and hard for me to move. Have they changed the design on that cage at all? Is it really hard to clean and move?
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Post by: WEAVER on January 03, 2009, 11:29:42 AM
I have the R695 and I don't think it is that hard to move or lift out of the drop in pan.
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Post by: Eugooglizer on January 03, 2009, 11:36:32 AM
Ratlovingkippy06,

I don't have a Martins but I was seriously looking into ordering one before i found a different cage on craigslist.  Most people will say that the 690 just doesn't have enough floor space for rats.  It sounds like you are torn between the two, and in that case I would say go for the 695.  You won't regret having the extra space and if you ever need to add another rat there will be room.  You are looking for something that is 30 x 14 x 36 so the 695 would just be 4 inches deeper than that.  Just my opinion though, you're the one who has to live with the cage!  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on January 03, 2009, 11:55:58 AM
well heres what is going on with me and maybe someone has a better idea on what martin cage would be best.

 I have a FN with 6 rats ( 2 neutored males, 4 girls), i wanted to add two yonger girls to the cages but they are soo tiny and i don't know if they are even going to get to 300grams at this rate. Also  they haven't been getting along with any of my older rats.. i mean Romeo is hiting the 600gram mark and  could do some damage.

 I have 5 old females ( 2-3 years old) in a All living things cage that is 30 X18X30. Its the older verson, i have had it for about 2 years now. the paint is coming off, the bars and pan are cut up, but its getting the job done and its a strong cage.  Three of the girls aren't doing very well, 2 are having surgerys to try and remove several tumors. I don't know how much longer they will be with me, i hope another year but i don't know..

Remy- has is own single cage because he had a lot of health problems a few months ago but im planning on getting him neutored and i hope to put him in the FN.

soo i want to get a martin cage that i can have for the two young females that i don;t think will ever be big enough to go into the FN and they aren't really getting along with them anyway. There are two males that i have basically fallen in love with at work and they are beautiful rats. Both are dumbos but one is a mink and the other is an almost all white male with black eyes and 3 dots of black on his back. They are a good size ( for being babies) and i think i could at one point get them into the FN as well but i don't know that for sure.. soo thats where i stand.

I could get the 690 which would be fine for the two younger girls or i could go with the larger cage.. and move things around in the room and try and fit the 695 somewhere. ::)
Edit: I am getting back my shorter dresser so the cage wouldn't be 7 feet high so i am stronger thinking about the 695 but its on back order..is it worth the wait?
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Post by: lotsorats on January 03, 2009, 01:41:00 PM
Here is a pic of my very simple martins. They have free range to the top of the playground so they don't spend much time in it anyway.(http://)(http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/4982/ebay0071at9.jpg)
By tglaub (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/tglaub) at 2009-01-03
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Post by: WEAVER on January 05, 2009, 07:32:36 PM
Come on, I know that more of you have Martin's ;)  Show those cages! :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

Here is my cage this time around.  This is going to be their Valentine setup. They have several new love bug fabric beds and than their heart cage pads.

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Girlscage3.jpg)

Top section.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Girlscage1.jpg)

Bottom section.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Girlscage2.jpg)

And Petunia modeling her new Love Bug cube her mommy made.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Petunia1.jpg)
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Post by: Ratlovingkippy06 on January 05, 2009, 10:37:52 PM
i hope to show mine off soon, its on back order so it may take about 2 weeks in till my R695 comes well at i guess it can be a early birthday present since it is in February anyway

 I love your cage
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Post by: PallidSilversky on January 10, 2009, 01:10:46 PM
Ohhh I was trying to make up my mind about getting a martins or another cage from petsmart. I will definitely be going with a martins now! I can't wait to get it and decorate!! I think I will be getting a R695, My two boys will be spoiled rotten!

I do have a quick question though. How much fabric did everyone buy to cover the floors with? And how many "sets" of floor covers do you have?

I'd like to at least buy the fabric ahead of time so I have it when the cage gets here!
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Post by: Dori on January 10, 2009, 01:46:30 PM
My R695 cage, but I changed it around since this picture was taken, will try to post a new one soon!

(http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/44166/2743112530100247419S425x425Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2743112530100247419FJiLzI)
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Post by: WEAVER on January 11, 2009, 12:21:14 AM
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How much fabric did everyone buy to cover the floors with?

It takes a little less than a yard to do cage pads for the R695, not including the pan.  I always just use cheap fleece down there because for whatever reason my girls destroy that fleece VERY quickly.

You need at least two set of cage pads so you can change them and laundry them without having to wait to put the ratties back in.
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Post by: lex on January 11, 2009, 01:39:24 AM
I'm so excited! I just found a Martin R-699 on Craigslist for $115. I've wanted one of these for so long! Hopefully it all works out, I'm going down next Sunday to look at it.
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Post by: BrowncoatRider on January 15, 2009, 01:33:54 AM
Got the cage in October and quickly grew to dread cleaning day because I was using dollar tree fleece blankets folded to fit everywhere. I wish I could get the CN but I don't have the space in my tiny room. I finally got my first liners sewn and in the cage last week; it's the most filled its ever been because there's normally only one hammock. I have to redo the middle shelf because I micalculated and it's not a 1/2" short on all sides  :doh:, I also have to redo the bottom liner in a pillowcase style as since the pics have been taken my little mischeif chewer has decided he doesn't like the liner in the draped fashion because any corner close enough is pulled in and chewed to shreds.

(http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/7875/img2286ir2.gif)

(http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/4627/img2267ax8.gif)

(http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/7812/img2268wt7.gif)

Thank you for the bigger hammock, mommy!
(http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/1747/img2269bk6.gif)

This one is wobbly though...
(http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/1272/img2271sc3.gif)

That's a long drop mommy...
(http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/6316/img2282mt7.gif)

I'll go up instead.
(http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/9745/img2283zu0.gif)
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Post by: SabrinaFox on January 16, 2009, 01:38:21 PM
I'm so glad I looked at this thread. I have had my heart set on getting an FN cage, but after looking at this thread, I really like the Martins cages a lot. I went to their website and was pleasantly surprised to see how comparable the prices for Martins are to other cage brands. I think this is the way to go...at least for me. I recently upgraded cages for my girls, but once the babies are out of quarantine, they can join the bigger girls (assuming intros go well), and they will need to be in a cage they can't squeeze through....sounds like a call for a Martins cage to me! I am so jealous of you people finding such great deals on Craigslist...I have been keeping my eyes peeled but nothing so far. In fact, I posted a wanted ad on Craigslist today...keep your fingers crossed for me!

Weaver...I envy your cage decorating abilities! So many posters talk about stealing each others ratties, but I'm going to steal Weaver and force her into cage decorating slave labor at my house. Hey, I have AC, so it'll be humane condition....and you can even sleep with my 8 year old, though he claims the top bunk. Hey, I didn't say anything about benefits!  ;D
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Post by: ShigsnPits on January 17, 2009, 03:07:02 PM
Like many others, I was debating between the FN, CN, or Martin's.  Before Thanksgiving , I ordered a Martin's 695.  Of course, it was on backorder, because so many people want them!  Needless to say, I LOVE my Martin's!  It is HUGE for my 6 week old girls, but two of their neutered brothers will be joining them in 2 weeks.  It is so much fun to decorate and play around with (will post pics soon). 

My husband and I got some scrap carpeting, cut it to fit all the levels, Scotchguarded it, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  We cut enough, that when it is time to clean the carpet, we already have pieces to put back in.  But, we do cover the carpet with fleece pieces, for extra protection.  The girls don't bother the fleece and it just looks so incredibly comfortable!  I have another large ferret cage from Kritter Koncepts that houses four large rattie girls, and after two years, the girls (all sisters) are now on carpet and fleece too!  I just did it today, and they are sleeping in places (on the floor) where they have never slept before.  I think they are happy with it.  They are litterbox trained (on their own), so it will be easy to keep clean.  I just cut fleece in pieces that looks like they will fit the levels and laid it all down.  They haven't bothered it yet.  Sure, you may spend some money on fleece at first, but in the long run, it is more economical when you can just wash and reuse.  Joann fabrics always has fleece remnants at 50% off by my office!
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Post by: Libitnia on January 21, 2009, 12:26:59 PM
 :shocked2:

I have such cage envy right now!!!  Those cages are fantastic!  I LOVE the decorations! 

I just got a couple of super pet ferret cages (friend found them on the trash)... I put them together and made a 5' rattie skyscraper, hehe...  Still have to get therm ready for my 3 girls and seeing all the wonderful stuff in here is great inspiration!

I'm going to look for fleecy stuff today....  I hope they like it... Right now they have a tiny martin cage.  I hope this skyscraper thing works out.   :BlueDumboSmile:


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Post by: simplemoth on January 21, 2009, 12:40:57 PM
I know that this thread is for pictures, so I'll make it quick and then disappear.

I am soon to be a new rat owner and am almost definitely going with a Critter Nation. Looking at these pictures, it seems that Martin's have wire floors. Aren't those bad for their little feeties? Doesn't Critter Nation come with solid shelves?
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Post by: caleppert on January 21, 2009, 01:46:52 PM
Yes, Martin's come with wire floors, except for the plastic base it has.  Most people cover the floors though with fabric, linoleum tile, or a combo of the two to avoid feet incidents.  Martin's makes the best wire cages around for rats though.  Best customer service as well.  CN/FNs come with pans for the floors, but I'm not sure if it's solid underneath the pans though.
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Post by: simplemoth on January 21, 2009, 02:12:18 PM
Yes, Martin's come with wire floors, except for the plastic base it has.  Most people cover the floors though with fabric, linoleum tile, or a combo of the two to avoid feet incidents.  Martin's makes the best wire cages around for rats though.  Best customer service as well.  CN/FNs come with pans for the floors, but I'm not sure if it's solid underneath the pans though.

Ah okay. I would just think that the best makers of rat cages would know that wire floors are hazardous and painful. :\
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Post by: WEAVER on January 21, 2009, 02:24:24 PM
Most people, with either cage use some kind of floor covering.  I personally don't mind the wire floors, no urine puddling in the corners of the cage.  The only wire that my rats touch with their feet is the ladders and the sides of the cage.  The grid spacing on the ladders is so close that it is perfectly safe for their feet, and mine are still young so they barely even touch the ladder to get where they need to go.  Two hops and they are there.  As they get older, I will probably over the ladders in fleece as well.  Even the CN has wire ladders, and theirs are actually stairs, not just small grid spacing.  I would think there is more of a chance of injury with that kind. 

I do like the CN cage as well.  I also have given some thought to upgrading my cage and getting the girls one.  The only complaint I have about the Martins' cages is the black bars.  I wish they were lighter in color.  Other than that I really like the cage.  I know that some people say that they like the FN and CN because the doors open all of the way and it is easier to get to the rats.  Well now that my girls are love bugs, I have a hard time even with my Martins to keep them in the cage.  Everytime I open the door they are right there while I try to hold the three of them in there.  I can't imagine trying to keep up with them if I had the whole front of the cage open.
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Post by: synelovator on January 22, 2009, 07:12:27 PM
How hard is the 695 to clean if it doesn't have the jumbo doors? I might be buying a second hand one that was purchased from Martin's in 2007/2006, so it is unlikely to have the new big doors.  Also, how heavy is it without the pan?  A guestimate would be awesome; I'm just wondering if I should go for this second-hand 695 or go for the 680.  Advice?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: caleppert on January 23, 2009, 06:28:20 PM
Here's my 690.  I got it a while ago, before the big new doors.  Before you wonder where all the rats are, they're in the boat at the top.

(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_mycage1.jpg)

(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_mycage2.jpg)

(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_mycage3.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: AnimalHobby on January 24, 2009, 02:17:51 AM
Ok, even though I was the last one to post my cage, I sewed the ratties up a few new things and cleaned their cage last night and I wanted to share.  It has been a while since I have done a pastel cage :D
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-2.jpg)

Upper level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage4-2.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage5-2.jpg)

Another view of the bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage6-2.jpg)


So, what do you think?  Do you like the brights, or the pastels?  :wink5:

You decorate your cage so well!

How do you get the shelf liners to stay in place? Don't your ratties pull the corners up? Thanks
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on January 24, 2009, 11:07:02 PM
Thank you for your nice comments.  I just answered the cage liner question on another thread, but here it is again  ;)

Quote from the other thread....
I am not sure how others do their's, but mine are not attached to the cage.  I use one layer of batting inbetween my fleece.  My rats do get under the pads on occasion, but with the batting in there, the pads are heavy enough to lay back down when the rat comes out.  I have to fix the pads several times a day, but the rats don't chew them or move them all over the cage.  On the bottom level (the pan), for whatever reason, my rats love to shred whatever I put down there, so I just use one layer of fleece to cover the pan.  I am only able to use that piece of fleece for about two cage cleanings and than it is pretty ratified.  I than just recycle that fleece and use the unchewed parts to make the lining for the inside of a hammock, or cube so it does not go to waste.  Even with me having to replace their fleece so often, it is a lot cheaper than buying disposable bedding, and better for the environment.

I also want to add, that I do a full cleaning of the cage every three days.  If my rats' cage goes any longer they tend to start moving stuff around, chewing their stuff up, and become very distructive.  They really don't like to be dirty at all. 

My first set of cage pads was attached to the cage with grommets for holes in all corners of the cage, and two in the middle.  I used clips to hold them in place.  My rats chewed that set of liners to bits.  They hated the pads attached.  I have not made them again like that, and they do much better with them just measured to fit the shelves tightly
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Post by: EepOwned on January 25, 2009, 06:52:19 PM
We got our cage in on Thursday. We had originally ordered powder-coated, but then we got an e-mail that it was on backorder and wouldn't be in stock again for three more weeks. Since the new girls came home on Friday, we made the decision to downgrade to galvanized which was in stock then. Now I just got to decide on what color of kid-safe Rustoleum to buy... :P

I'm working on a huge fish bed for the top floor, which is why there's so much empty space there.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3552.jpg)

The top floor:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3553.jpg)

Bottom Left:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3554.jpg)

Bottom right, including Wendy getting ready to make a fort out of tissues. :) What you see is her "I'mma chargin my laz0rs!" stance.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3560.jpg)

Checking out the top floor.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3556.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on January 26, 2009, 10:34:24 PM
Eepowned, I love all of the pink in your cage :heart:  I can't wait to see your fish bed.

Here is my cage this time around.  I made the girls quite a bit of new stuff ;D

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-4.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-4.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-4.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on January 26, 2009, 10:51:38 PM
Here are a few new ones of my girls checking out their new setup.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thegirls1-1.jpg)

Them wanting to come back out and play.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thegirls2-1.jpg)

Delilah
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Delilah1-1.jpg)

Petunia
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Petunia-1.jpg)

Abigail
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Abigail2-4.jpg)

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Post by: Smidge on January 30, 2009, 01:51:43 AM
Weaver,

You have helped me make my final decision on my cage. I'm soooo getting that cage TOMORROW! I'm so happy.  :hyper: I just hope I can follow in your foot steps and make the cage as pretty as yours!
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Post by: EepOwned on February 05, 2009, 03:37:03 AM
I'm sooo jealous of your cage, Weaver. I want to live in it. lol

We cleaned and redecorated tonight. Also, got some shots of the BIG fish in cage. We've got the middle floor blocked off and covered with linoleum, as Wendy isn't quite ready to play nice with the ratlets. She is getting better, though! No scratches the last few playtimes. I made a bunch of hammies today as well as my first cube ever!

(http://geocities.com/bloodstained_violin/cagefullpurple.jpg)

(http://www.geocities.com/bloodstained_violin/img_3617.jpg)

(http://www.geocities.com/bloodstained_violin/img_3618.jpg)

CUBE!
(http://www.geocities.com/bloodstained_violin/img_3615.jpg)

And cube and fish action shots. :)
(http://www.geocities.com/bloodstained_violin/IMG_3619.JPG)
(http://www.geocities.com/bloodstained_violin/IMG_3620.JPG)
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Post by: Smidge on February 05, 2009, 03:49:50 AM
Oh could you help me make a cube? I have tried so hard and have ruined everyone of them! Please share your secret so I don't lose my mind!  :puppy_dog_eyes:
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Post by: AnimalHobby on February 05, 2009, 04:51:30 AM
Oh could you help me make a cube? I have tried so hard and have ruined everyone of them! Please share your secret so I don't lose my mind!  :puppy_dog_eyes:

There is a great tutorial for cubes on rattributes.com :)
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Post by: Smidge on February 05, 2009, 09:40:45 AM
 :bow: Thank you so much!
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Post by: EepOwned on February 05, 2009, 12:29:37 PM
The rattributes tutorial is what I used when I made the cube. It's really awesome.
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Post by: Libitnia on February 10, 2009, 09:16:21 AM
Can someone tell me how you guys do those braided rope thingies with many many colors of fleece?  Me likes those!  :poke:
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on February 10, 2009, 10:21:30 AM
Can someone tell me how you guys do those braided rope thingies with many many colors of fleece?  Me likes those!  :poke:

me too! me too!!  I've been eyeballing those for days!
:BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: WEAVER on February 10, 2009, 10:50:55 AM
You just braid them simuliar to french braiding.
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Post by: Libitnia on February 10, 2009, 10:54:02 AM
French braiding is with 3 or 4 strands?  Also, do you run the same strand all along the braid or do you switch colors in the middle?  If you do, do you stitch them together? 
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Post by: WEAVER on February 10, 2009, 11:01:16 AM
Libitnia, I don't really understand what you are asking ???

I take and put a knot at the top of the five or six strands of colors I will be using.  I than divide them up, taking the outer color on each side, and one in the middle and than begin to braid.  Than you just keep taking the outer color and rotate them out as you go.
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Post by: Libitnia on February 10, 2009, 12:57:35 PM
Oohh.... I get it!  Sorry, I poorly worded that in the last post.  I didn't know if you used whole strands of each color, or if you made a long strand using different short ones....  But your explanation below clarified everything, thanks!!!  :bow:
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Post by: Miss Mila on February 12, 2009, 11:31:59 AM
Okay now I have a project to do...Rope Braiding :)

Here is my Martins for Skylar and Izzy

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk315/MissMila33/Feb9th092.jpg)

upper
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk315/MissMila33/Feb9th093.jpg)

lower
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk315/MissMila33/Feb9th094.jpg)
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Post by: coliekumar on February 15, 2009, 09:46:35 PM
I love everyone's cages!  I have two FNs, but just ordered an R695.  Does anyone have a good idea of how many rats would fit in here?  I realize that there is a cage calculator, but I am hoping to hear about it from experience.  Also, it will be housing boys from my rescue litters until they are adopted.  How many baby rats would you put in it?  There may be like 25+ boys.  (not that I would put that many in the cage)  Any other good tips for new owners?
Thanks!!!
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Post by: Smidge on February 16, 2009, 01:57:35 AM
I have 5 4 month old boys in my 695. It is very roomy and a lot larger in person then the pictures you see. According to the cage calculator it says you can put 5 rats in it. I know I have tons of room with 5 in mine. For babies, you could probably fit many in the cage until they are adopted as long as they are adopted young. The 695 is very much loved and I do love mine.
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Post by: coliekumar on February 16, 2009, 11:54:02 PM
I have 5 4 month old boys in my 695. It is very roomy and a lot larger in person then the pictures you see. According to the cage calculator it says you can put 5 rats in it. I know I have tons of room with 5 in mine. For babies, you could probably fit many in the cage until they are adopted as long as they are adopted young. The 695 is very much loved and I do love mine.

Thanks so much!  I am very excited, but they called to say it was on back order, so I ordered a R680 as well and they are giving me supplies to attach the two cages for free,so basically I could have either the two separate cages or the size equivalent of a RUUD!  (unfortunately it is still the PRICE equivalent of a RUUD, but as I mentioned I need space pretty bad, lol)
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Post by: Smidge on February 17, 2009, 12:48:04 AM
Oh it is well worth the wait. You will never regret it. Just remember not to put the door on upside down like I did LOL. It took me 30 mins to put together and 3 hours to fix my door  :doh:
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Post by: coliekumar on February 17, 2009, 10:10:41 AM
That is great advice!  Although, I have a feeling that I am still going to do it...  ::)  When I got the FN, my hubby came home to find the parts all over the living room and we on the verge of tears! 
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Post by: Sun of Samsa on February 17, 2009, 11:13:31 AM
Raiding the dollar store today and tomorrow so I can begin setting up my R695 for my two girls coming in after this weekend! Stay tuned...
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Post by: Miss Mila on February 17, 2009, 03:30:20 PM
can't wait to see the pics Sun of Samsa.
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Post by: Smidge on February 17, 2009, 03:38:11 PM
oh the Dollar Tree is my best friend. I went last week and bought TONS of rattie goodies LOL. I got the cutest toy "safety cones" from the toy section. I bought one for each cage. The rats don't even chew them but they play and flip around them. Here is a pic. They have cute little words on them too like incredible, fantastic, adorable, ect... I bought all my Dollar tree had LOL

(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/boyscamotube.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on February 19, 2009, 05:54:44 PM
I have not posted my cage in a little while, so I thought I would update with my cage this time around :)

Here is the entire cage with doors open.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Feb2009.jpg)

Upper level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Feb20091.jpg)

Bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Feb20092.jpg)

"Momma, can we come out 'n play?"
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Feb20096.jpg)

"Please, pretty please."
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Feb20097.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on February 19, 2009, 06:30:19 PM
WEAVER: I really can't stand how fantastic your cage is everytime hahah :] I hope this thread doesn't die :( More people should post pictures!! *nudgenudge* There were so many in the stickied thread and like none here! I refuse to see it go under hahaha!

But anwho, Weaver, I know yo make your own liners, but how do you keep them in place? Binder rings? Binder clip? And I'm still in love with your ropes hehe.
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Post by: Trouble on February 19, 2009, 06:37:38 PM
WEAVER, I always LOVE your cage decor! I think you're subconsciously my cage inspiration. I bought those colorful animal links at Walmart the other day because I thought they'd make a cute cage decoration, and then I came home and noticed that you have those too. My cage will never look as nice as yours though.

I want to post pictures of my 695 but my memory stick for my camera is nowhere to be found.  >:(
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Post by: WEAVER on February 19, 2009, 06:55:15 PM
I also wish that more people would post their Martin's.  I clean and change my cage every three days, but I only am posting now about every two to three weeks because I am fearful to hyjack the thread any more than I already have :-\ 

As far as the cage pads, I don't secure them down, I just make them to fit and lay them on the shelf.  I have found that my rats chew them a lot more if I clip them down.  I did that with my first set and the rats destroyed them in no time.  The liners in the cage right now, I have had for almost five months and the rats have only chewed them in a few tiny areas.  They do burrow under them sometimes, but I just fix the liner several times throughout the day.  It is not a big deal really and for the most part they leave them alone as long as the cage as clean.  They get more destructive if I let them go longer than three days for cleaning.

Thank you guys for your nice comments on my cage.  I am actually going to have several Easter "sets" for sale real soon in the Pack Rat Swap Meet so be sure to check them out :wink5:  (Braided ropes will be available with the set :cheeky:)
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Post by: Trouble on February 19, 2009, 06:58:13 PM
Ooo.. I want!
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Post by: tysetsu on February 19, 2009, 07:07:47 PM
GASP! IM GOING TO GRAB ONE OF THEM!
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Post by: coliekumar on February 19, 2009, 07:14:48 PM
I also wish that more people would post their Martin's.  I clean and change my cage every three days, but I only am posting now about every two to three weeks because I am fearful to hyjack the thread any more than I already have :-\ 

As far as the cage pads, I don't secure them down, I just make them to fit and lay them on the shelf.  I have found that my rats chew them a lot more if I clip them down.  I did that with my first set and the rats destroyed them in no time.  The liners in the cage right now, I have had for almost five months and the rats have only chewed them in a few tiny areas.  They do burrow under them sometimes, but I just fix the liner several times throughout the day.  It is not a big deal really and for the most part they leave them alone as long as the cage as clean.  They get more destructive if I let them go longer than three days for cleaning.

Thank you guys for your nice comments on my cage.  I am actually going to have several Easter "sets" for sale real soon in the Pack Rat Swap Meet so be sure to check them out :wink5:  (Braided ropes will be available with the set :cheeky:)

I hope I can get some!
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Post by: Smidge on February 19, 2009, 08:19:02 PM
Weaver, I could never live up to your beautiful cage but here are today's pictures. I just need to find more sewing time so I can make a ton more stuff. Please post pics of your Easter sets. I might have to grab 2 for mine. :)

Boys Cage today: (the down stairs hammocks is in the wash) - Martins 695
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/bcagewcubes.jpg)

Girl's Cage today: Martins 680
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/gcage5.jpg)

My "Moooommmmm, Let us outta here!" Before cage cleaning began.
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/IMGP0706.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on February 19, 2009, 08:53:20 PM
Your cages are wonderful!  I love seeing others ideas and ways to decorate the cage.
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Post by: Trouble on February 20, 2009, 01:05:06 PM
Just a quick cell phone picture. It's pretty washed out, but you get the idea. I'll take good pictures when I find my memory stick. The bunk bed and the tube behind it on the upper level are made by MRR. The other hammocks as well as all of the liners I made myself.

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y87/LimeTikiTorch/cage.jpg)
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on February 20, 2009, 02:51:47 PM
Here are some pics of mine from today.  I sold it with a couple of the babies and they are getting picked up tonight.  I made new liners and a couple of hammocks to go with them.

Top
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/Martins695003.jpg)

Bottom
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/Martins695004.jpg)

Whole cage
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/Martins695008.jpg)

Cute little tent I made
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/Martins695005.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on February 20, 2009, 04:55:04 PM
 ;D I love the little tent :]

Smidge: You already know how I feel about those crochet pieces int he 680  :cheeky: and haha I love the monkeys in the boys cage!

Trouble: Ohhh I love the fabric you used to line the cage! So cute! Where did you get it?!
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Post by: Smidge on February 20, 2009, 05:35:17 PM
Thank you tysetsu. I love monkeys and it is only fair to share my love for them with my ratties :)
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Post by: Trouble on February 20, 2009, 07:06:30 PM
tysetsu, that fabric is from the flannel section of the Hancock Fabric website.
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Post by: caleppert on February 22, 2009, 01:21:12 PM
After some technical difficulties...

Here's my old style 690
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Cage.jpg)

Top
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Top_cage.jpg)

Bottom
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Cage_bottom.jpg)

Volt
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Volt2.jpg)

Nimbus
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Nimbus.jpg)

Noam - can't be bothered to stop eating for a pic...
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Noam.jpg)
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Post by: Lauren_22 on February 22, 2009, 01:23:06 PM
^^^^Your pics aren't showing up  ???
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Post by: JTO_ on February 22, 2009, 01:23:59 PM
Not showing up for me either. 
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Post by: caleppert on February 22, 2009, 01:28:29 PM
Forgot to hit preview before I hit post....pics should be fixed now.
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Post by: WEAVER on February 22, 2009, 01:33:53 PM
Yeah!  More Martin's pictures, and really good ones :)  Everyone's cage looks great.  I love all of the ideas and colors.  Trouble, I really like your cage pads and how everything color cordinates.

Caleppert, I love your lime and pink fleece with ladybugs.  I have one yard of that fabric and I am trying to decide whether to cut it into different things or make new cage pads out of it.  I  :heart: it!
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Post by: Lauren_22 on February 22, 2009, 01:35:17 PM
Yep works now  :thumbsup2: I love that fleece ladybug cube! The cage looks great!
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Post by: tysetsu on February 22, 2009, 07:14:31 PM
Caleppert: I love the pinky dotted fabric! Your cage looks awesome!  ;D
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Post by: Schrute on February 22, 2009, 08:02:15 PM
Caleppert: I love the pinky dotted fabric!

Me, too! That is amazingly cute! Definitely fits my taste. ;D
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Post by: caleppert on February 22, 2009, 08:10:12 PM
That spotted cube is one I accidentally made with all four loops around the door, so the doorway faces up.  Ironically, it's the one the ratties like the best.  :P
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Post by: Schrute on February 22, 2009, 08:19:11 PM
I bet my ratties would LOVE a cube like that! What an awesome invention! You know, some of the best, most famous inventions have been accidental. ;)
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Post by: JTO_ on February 22, 2009, 08:23:57 PM
Like STICKYNOTES!!
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Post by: Schrute on February 22, 2009, 08:28:48 PM
Like STICKYNOTES!!

 :yelcutelaugh: That's the exact one I was thinking of when I posted!
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Post by: tysetsu on February 22, 2009, 08:56:20 PM
 hahahah sticky notes :yelcutelaugh:  That actually sounds like a really fun cube hahaha
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Post by: JTO_ on February 22, 2009, 09:19:43 PM
Chocolate chip cookies were also!  I learned that two years ago in science  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: CinemaGeek on February 25, 2009, 05:17:18 AM
Here are a few more pics of my Ruud R-699. Raffle prize hammocks are at the top. :)

First, an overhead/front view:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/EmmaMeredith/feb09042.jpg)

Then the top bit. Ike and Pancake model for everyone.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/EmmaMeredith/feb09043.jpg)

The bottom bit.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/EmmaMeredith/feb09044.jpg)

And finally the whole cage viewed from the bottom, with Pancake on the top level getting a drink.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/EmmaMeredith/feb09045.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on February 25, 2009, 05:41:47 AM
That looks great CinemaGeek! Wow is that whole thing for two ratties? That's huge hahaha
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Post by: caleppert on February 25, 2009, 03:07:00 PM
I love looking at cage pics because I swear everyone has the same pet store stuff.  I see CinemaGeek has the same colorful wooden rectangle links thing in the cage as I do. :P
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Post by: CinemaGeek on February 25, 2009, 05:55:46 PM
I actually have 3 rats in the cage currently, with a fourth from HRR coming home Sunday!

And yes, I, like many here, am a huge fan of the bird section at the pet supply store.  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: tysetsu on February 25, 2009, 07:01:59 PM
Yay for new ratties! Still with four in the ruud is sooo roomy hahah. They must really have a blast!
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on February 26, 2009, 07:32:23 AM
Here is my new 680!  It is exactly what I wanted and the perfect size for the new babies!
I didn't overload it for now.  I made some cute Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore shelf liners and hammock though.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/babiesnewcage001.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/babiesnewcage002.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/babiesnewcage004.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on February 26, 2009, 08:00:19 AM
JuliesZoo: Oh gosh I love the winnie the pooh fabric! It looks great! Can't wait to see it overloaded! How many babies are you gonna have in there? I love the 680 and can't wait to own 230147 of them haha. How big are the doors?

Yay, I'm happy this thread picked up and more people are posting and I don't even have a Martins haha. My first will be here in like late april/early may
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on February 26, 2009, 08:46:50 AM
The Winnie the pooh fabric was the flat sheet from my daughters sheet set :yelcutelaugh:  She doesn't use the top sheet so I took it for hammocks!  I'm going to have 2 or 3 boys in the cage.  Right now there are 5 little babies in it until the rest go to new homes next weekend.

The door is big enough to fit the Stealth Wheel through so it is pretty big!
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Post by: arumberg on February 26, 2009, 08:56:12 AM
I see my hammock is still in one piece. How did the round house hold up? I know you said the girls one has long been shredded.
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on February 26, 2009, 09:02:28 AM
The boys round house is still fine!  It hasn't been put up as much as the girls has been!
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Post by: WEAVER on March 04, 2009, 07:57:41 PM
As many of you know, I currently have the R695.  I am looking into adopting three more ratties and have been debating what I am going to do as far as their cage.  I don't have a quarentine cage large enough for the three of them, so no matter what I have to get another cage.  I am leaning towards the R680 seeing if all of the rats later were to get along, I could attach both cages together and easily have one large cage, and than I would also have that smaller cage for quarentine with the rats first arrive. 

Another thought I had is to order another R695 and modify them to attach them side by side.  I know that some people have the tunnel inbetween, but I really don't like how elclosed that makes both of the cages.  I am thinking more of having martin's mirror image the cage so it is opposite the one I have and attach them side by side, but take down the whole side of the cage and atttach both cages with cable ties.  The only problem I have than thought of is the pan on the bottom not being right, and I am a little worried about the top of the cage sagging in the middle from the weight of the rats in the hammock and how long that is without a middle support.  For the pan, I was thinking that since the wire runs all of the way to the floor, I could maybe a black coroplast pan large enough to run the length of both cages and have the coroplast on the outside of the wire so the rats can't chew their way out.

Does anyone have any input to add or help regarding this?  I love my cage and think I want to stick with the Martins rather than go with a CN, but I just have to figure out what is going to be best if I am able to unite both sets of rats.  I also want to add, that with making The Rudd out of my current cage, is it going to be to tall for me to reach the 680 easily?  I am only 5'2".

Please help ???
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Post by: tysetsu on March 04, 2009, 08:32:10 PM
Well the 695 and the 680 together would be 5 feet...right about eye level with you if it were on the floor. It'd probably be easy enough with a step or something like that. I like the idea of having a smaller cage like the 680 handy. Vacations, quar, general cage...it could serve as all of those. And it would be big enough for three girlies.

Having two 695 seems a little cumbersome and not as flexible in what you could do with them. It'd be a lot more space taken up versus just stacking a 680 on top. I've seen people (Jorats) attach them side by side. And I don't think she had any problems with sturdiness. You could PM her and ask?

There's a picture of it.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/jorats/Cages/newcage5.jpg)

I personally like the idea of the 680, but it's gonna be great either wya.
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Post by: WEAVER on March 04, 2009, 09:21:18 PM
I think Jorats had hers custom made like that.  I could be wrong, but I don't think they are "real" 695's.  I think she contacted them and they came up with that specific cage just for her.  I do like the way that looks though and that is kind of what I had in mind.
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Post by: tysetsu on March 04, 2009, 09:31:05 PM
Yeah, that was a custom. She had them remove the bottom shelf and just make a long ramp so she could fit the bigger doors. But that's the basic idea. Let us know what you choose :]
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Post by: WEAVER on March 05, 2009, 12:04:58 PM
I just contacted Martins to see if they could custom make another cage that would be exactly like the top level of the 695.  I think that would be perfect.  I want it mirror imaged so the ramp and level is on the opposite side and will be able to connect to the ramp on the top level of the 695.  Than the cage will not be so high and the door and such will be easier for me to get inside the cage compared to how deep the 680 is from the main door.  I am excited to see what they come back with. :hyper:  That would be such a great cage for six rats :)
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on March 05, 2009, 04:07:05 PM
Hello all you Martins lovers! :)
So, I got some cage liners from Kat's Rat Mats (javakittie) and decided to clean out the
cage and redecorate. I'm still experimenting on what kinds of things my girls like in there, but
the latest new item is a butter tub. I cut a hole in the lid, stuffed it full of fleece scraps, and they've
had lots of fun picking out what pieces they don't want in there, and making it all nice and cozy.
So, here's a few pics. :)

the whole thing from the front (680) Twinkie in the hammock, Pork Chop's peeking behind the wall hammie. :)
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g13/wildgirl_1/DCFN0021.jpg)

The side view (and don't let the litterbox fool you.. they're still learning :P )
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g13/wildgirl_1/DCFN0024.jpg)

And... Twinkie modeling her favorite hang-out, a pocket hammie by Dearpie :)
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g13/wildgirl_1/DCFN0025.jpg)

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Post by: tysetsu on March 05, 2009, 04:10:08 PM
Porkchopandtwinkle: HahahI had look so hard for pork chop >_< The ears tipped me off hehe. I love the idea of a butter tub haha and the cage looks awesome!

Weaver: That's a good idea...and it wouldnt be so tall either! Are you gonna get a seperate pan so you can use it as a seperate cage?
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on March 05, 2009, 05:20:27 PM
lol, yea... those silly girls just looove to hide behind the wall hammie. Well, that is, when they aren't chewing more
holes in it! The butter tub was a last minute 'find'. I was getting ready to throw it out, when the light bulb
over my head flashed and I thought "wait a sec!"  It was instant success!  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: tysetsu on March 05, 2009, 05:22:38 PM
Hahaha love that. Even the most seemingly useless things are great fun for ratties :]
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on March 06, 2009, 12:29:13 PM
Pics of the R680 newly decorated!

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/browncageset012.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/jsolito1/browncageset013.jpg)

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Post by: Smidge on March 06, 2009, 12:37:07 PM
That set looks so cute in the 680. I really love that print. I have so much fun decorating our cages.
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Post by: Smidge on March 06, 2009, 04:57:04 PM
Today we have been cleaning cages and I snapped a couple of pictures. The boys have a few one of a kind items that are in the wash so those will be added tonight. This cleaning is a monkey cage for both cages LOL. I'm such of a monkey freak.

Boys Cage:
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/3-6boys.jpg)

Girls Cage:
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/3-6girls.jpg)

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Post by: Miss Mila on March 06, 2009, 05:10:45 PM
Here is a recent shot of my girlies home. It gets remodeled so much by me and them it's hard to keep up with picture taking. I clean every Wednesday and Sunday. This Sunday I will try and remember to take a shot after I change everything out.

top level
(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk315/MissMila33/Rats/March2nd095.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on March 06, 2009, 05:16:15 PM
Miss Mila : I love the little green and pink pillow lookings things! Is that what they are?

Smidge: I'm still partial to your girls cage just cause I'm a pastels freak :] What's that yellow thing chilling on the top level?

JuliesZoo: hehehe I love the colored zip ties  :) And the hammock set! I think I saw that on pack rats section!
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Post by: WEAVER on March 06, 2009, 05:49:40 PM
Special ordered the top portion to expand my Martins cage today!  I am so excited.  It worked out well too, they are going to get it to me within two to three weeks! :hyper:  How is that for service!
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Post by: Smidge on March 06, 2009, 05:49:51 PM

Smidge: I'm still partial to your girls cage just cause I'm a pastels freak :] What's that yellow thing chilling on the top level?


That is a wooden chair LOL. I thought they need at last one piece of real furniture. My nekkid girl Gwen loves the chair. I've been trying to grab a picture of her sitting on it but when she sees the darn camera she runs off  :doh:
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Post by: Miss Mila on March 06, 2009, 05:55:09 PM
tysetsu: They are little pillows shaped like heart candy's with love sayings on them I got from Wal-mart during the 75% off after valentines sale.

You can kind of see one better in this pic. I also have an orange one.

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk315/MissMila33/Rats/March1st098.jpg)
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on March 06, 2009, 06:05:07 PM


JuliesZoo: hehehe I love the colored zip ties  :) And the hammock set! I think I saw that on pack rats section!

Thanks!  I like the zip ties too  :P  I made the hammock set myself.
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Post by: tysetsu on March 06, 2009, 06:15:53 PM
Weaver: YAY! I can't wait until you get it! Make sure to post piccies! The martin's are so good about customizing stuff :]

Smidge: HAHA I thought it was a little dog or something..in the picture it kinda looks like that. Ohhh I hope you get a picture of one in the chair! That'd be so adorable!!

JuliesZoo: Hehehe good job on them! They look really good in action!

Miss Mila! Ohhhhh I see! That's so cute! I love little finds like those on sale  ;D
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Post by: WEAVER on March 06, 2009, 06:23:22 PM
I love the Valentine pillows.  Those are so cute!
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Post by: riverrat247 on March 06, 2009, 09:40:31 PM
Oh wow, I'm glad I found this thread! I was just about to post one asking to see martins cages because I want to get one soon. Glad I decided to look for one first! I really like the looks of all of these. I'll def be getting one as soon as I have cash!
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Post by: WEAVER on March 09, 2009, 12:12:23 AM
Cage cleaning day  ;D  Here is my cage this time around...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-5.jpg)

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Post by: synelovator on March 09, 2009, 12:32:45 PM
I just picked up my 685 last week.  Not exactly what I was looking for (I had my heart set on the 695... but decided to go with a slightly smaller cage for space reasons!), but I got a travel cage, a bag of bedding, a wodent wheel, and two igloos with it all for $100 off of CL.  And the cage is in practically perfect condition sooooo... I'm not pissed!

Unfortunately, I have a huge paper due on WEDNESDAY so I'm not allowing myself to start sewing anything for my cage yet.  But I did buy a bunch of fleece, flannel, and batting at JoAnn's, and have ordered a grommet setter so I can go CRAZY during finals week.  My only problem is NO SEWING MACHINE!!  I will be raiding my parents' house though to see if I can dig one up. :)

Long story short: expect pictures (sans rats) soon!
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Post by: PixieTheRat on March 09, 2009, 08:16:49 PM
Here is a picture of my brand new R-695!
(http://i642.photobucket.com/albums/uu149/pixietherat1025/DSCN1486.jpg)
Top
(http://i642.photobucket.com/albums/uu149/pixietherat1025/DSCN1487.jpg)
Bottom
(http://i642.photobucket.com/albums/uu149/pixietherat1025/DSCN1488.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on March 09, 2009, 11:16:42 PM
Heheheh I love the bright green! Definitely eye catching  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: paax on March 10, 2009, 02:18:36 AM
Congrats on finally getting the R-695 Pixietherat!!  I love the green in it.
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Post by: PixieTheRat on March 10, 2009, 06:58:28 AM
I wanted it as bright as possible, and I have three sets of it, and three differant sets of hammocks and other fun stuff.
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Post by: Libitnia on March 10, 2009, 01:03:24 PM
I found a 695 on CL for $80!!!  *doing the happy dance*

My girls are more than surprised... even started pop corning all over the cage, it was hilarious.  I tiled it, but haven't been able to figure out how to attach fabric on top of the tile.  Any ideas?

Pics will be coming soon if i can get my sister to "forget" her camera at my place next time she comes by.
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Post by: houseofparris on March 10, 2009, 02:53:27 PM
wow! javascript:void(0);I gotta get one of those.
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Post by: PixieTheRat on March 10, 2009, 03:28:24 PM
I found a 695 on CL for $80!!!  *doing the happy dance*

My girls are more than surprised... even started pop corning all over the cage, it was hilarious.  I tiled it, but haven't been able to figure out how to attach fabric on top of the tile.  Any ideas?

Pics will be coming soon if i can get my sister to "forget" her camera at my place next time she comes by.

What I did, was put gromets on the corners and twist tied it down to the side of the cage.
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Post by: Libitnia on March 10, 2009, 04:13:03 PM
That would work... except i haven't sewn anything yet.  I got a sewing machine from freecycle, but haven't figured out how to use it as some parts appear to be out of place.  :icon_scratch:  For now I'm using towels or pieces of fleece in the bottom tray, but i'd like to line the shelves too.  I've seen pics of people who don't appear to have grommets there but the fabric is neatly laid on the shelves... Or maybe their ratties are just good like that with an unattached piece of fabric laid out in their cages. *shrugs*
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Post by: Smidge on March 10, 2009, 10:11:31 PM
I got my girls the HK set that Rodent-girl was selling and had to take a picture. I love the set. It is adorable and the girls seem to love it too.

(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/HKSET.jpg)

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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on March 11, 2009, 01:53:31 AM
I love the HK set!! :D

I gotta say, I envy all of you who have potty trained ratties. I think the cage looks so nice with
the pan lined with fleece, instead of a substrate.
My girls understand two concepts. Poop where there's aspen, and poop on the bottom floor.
 So, looks like it's aspen for the bottom for me.  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: Smidge on March 13, 2009, 03:21:56 AM
Patience can do wonders! My girls took a lot longer then my boys. My boys caught on after just a day or so. My girls have been potty training for a month now. They are slowly catching on. Just pick up any raisins as soon as possible and toss them in the litter pan. I'm actually changing litter to YN now. I'm so tired of aspen sticking to all of the fleece.
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on March 13, 2009, 12:15:07 PM
I've been sick of aspen sticking to EVERYTHING!  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
My second reason for *giving up* is that like many rats, mine are extreme chewers.
Not just anything though, if they can't get underneath it, they chew through it.
Yesterday's News does sound a bit more enticing than aspen though. And I'm sure it's not as dusty...

I'll hafta give it a shot. :)
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Post by: deborah! on March 16, 2009, 12:47:09 AM
I finally got my 695! :hyper: It took about an hour to put together with cable ties/zap straps. It's so easy to decorate, too. I'm going to use fleece on the shelves and hope I can find some to match the fleece on the existing hammocks. I'm also going to get more fabric so I can make hammocks and liners of my own. It's a bit short on toys but I'm sure I'll quickly collect a bunch.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3631/3357318409_40f08e0962.jpg)

Click here (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3631/3357318409_40f08e0962.jpg) and you can see the photo with notes.

Can't wait to get my boys so they can make themselves at home in it. :hello2:
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Post by: PallidSilversky on March 16, 2009, 04:41:55 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/pallidsilversky/Picture028.jpg)
My cage right now! :) and yes, they are decked out for st. pattys day tomorrow!

Out of all the toys and things i've bought they enjoy the boxes the most.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/pallidsilversky/Picture031.jpg)
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Post by: PallidSilversky on March 16, 2009, 04:42:43 PM
oops double post  ::)
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Post by: CrestedRattery on March 18, 2009, 05:45:06 PM
My girls new cage:
Top:
(http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp253/ChelseaLDuff/cagebottom.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp253/ChelseaLDuff/bottomcage.jpg)

And here's Colette, watching me as I clean the cage up:
(http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp253/ChelseaLDuff/colle.jpg)
 :yelcutelaugh: :cheeky:
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Post by: EepOwned on March 20, 2009, 02:47:45 AM
After I did tonight's cage cleaning/adding of new stuff, the boytoy mentioned that the martin's looked pretty pimp, even if it's a bit mismatched. So here be some pics!

Full view:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3729.jpg)

Top:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3730.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3731.jpg)

Hey ma, dis new bukkit ish pretty cumfy!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3749.jpg)

Hello!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3745.jpg)

Wendy wonders, "How long on the wheel to excersize off those extra sweet potato puffs?"
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3742.jpg)

Also, while I was cleaning, the girls were on the bed with the boy, who was pretty wrapped up in Jim Butcher's "Small Favor". I called them all in to go back in the cage, and when I called Sunny's name, I couldn't see her anywhere on the bed. I got a little scared, and called her again and POP! She peeked out from around Daddeh. :D
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darthmaulnda/IMG_3737.jpg)
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Post by: Smidge on March 20, 2009, 03:11:39 AM
Sunny is BEAUTIFUL!!!! The cage looks great too but Sunny caught my eye big time. She is a beauty. I love her color. I think I  :heart: her  :cheeky:
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Post by: EepOwned on March 20, 2009, 04:07:04 AM
Aww, thank you. We're very much in love with her, too. She was noticably lighter when we first got her, but when she shed the baby fuzz, her fur came in this nice deep blue. I really love it.

Her mama, Quest, was recently adopted out to Blue Heaven Rattery, and it appears that she recently had a litter by the same sire of the litter Sunny came from, too! http://www.blueheavenrattery.com/Quest_Chevy_litter.html But it looks like all the blue babies are reserved. :( Too bad they're all the way in PA. Our car just can't make that kind of a drive. I adore PEWs and to be able to have one or two that's Sunny's younger sibling and maybe Iris' younger half sibling. The original breeder, PMR told us that Chevy sired Iris as well, but she adopted out Mystee (Iris' mom) and Stormee, who was from the same litter as Iris and told them that Stormee (and therefore Iris) was sired by a different rat.  :dontknow:
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Post by: tysetsu on March 20, 2009, 05:47:04 AM
Yay the thread's still alive! Ohhhh Eepowned! My friend is adopting from Blue Heaven Rattery! She's reserved a baby that should be ready in early may. But sunny really is a beautiiiful color. I love blue ratties :]
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Post by: Grumbleshark on March 20, 2009, 02:31:13 PM
Don't mean to hijack - I was considering Blue Haven Rattery (I'm close!!) but couldn't find out any info about them. Would anyone like to vouch for their service or care?  :)

I love looking at these cage photos - I"m in the process of building my cage innards and these pictures are SO INSPIRING!!!!!
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Post by: tysetsu on March 20, 2009, 05:09:20 PM
www.blueheavenrattery.com (http://www.blueheavenrattery.com)
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Post by: caleppert on March 21, 2009, 06:13:15 PM
Some more pics (690)

(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Cage2.jpg)

Bottom
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cage2bottom.jpg)

Top
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cage2top.jpg)

This used to be a cube (from a previous cage design)....  My rats go through them like CRAZY!
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_Destroyed_cube.jpg)

Noses!  Do you spot all three?
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_noses.jpg)
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Post by: EepOwned on March 21, 2009, 08:05:12 PM
lol! I love the layered effect you have with the rats in the last picture. :)
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Post by: another day another pet on March 21, 2009, 09:39:48 PM
do you guys like the 690 or the 695 wanna get one but its hard choosing between those to  ??? im guessing that both those cages are bigger then my rat manor
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Post by: Smidge on March 21, 2009, 10:34:16 PM
If I had a choice, I'd go for the 695. It is a lovely cage.  It has a ton of space enough for up to 5 ratties and decorating. And, yes it fits in the tub for easy deep cleaning  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: another day another pet on March 21, 2009, 10:38:48 PM
thx you very much  :balloon: :) :bow:
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Post by: caleppert on March 21, 2009, 11:37:10 PM
As much as I like my 690, the 695 has a lot more floor space which is nice.  In my pic, you can see that my wheel only really fits in two spots, where it is now and the spot on the first floor.  Plus, the 695 can hold a couple of extra rats than the 690 if you decide to go that way.  Though the 690 was cheaper, which is probably why I went with the 690.  If I was going to buy another cage, I'd get a 695.
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Post by: another day another pet on March 21, 2009, 11:45:36 PM
thank you to  :bow:
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Post by: synelovator on March 23, 2009, 04:46:14 PM
This is my cage, which I got two weeks ago but only just finished sewing the liners and hammocks for yesterday. :)  Sans rats, because they're arriving tonight!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/cagesetup01.jpg)

It's a little bare, but I don't want to lose my boys in too much stuff before they have a good recall or before I'm a little more used to them.  I can be a paranoid/anxious little mum sometimes. :)  I also don't have liners for the ramps/middle shelf yet, but I don't have my grommet setter yet.  It'll be here by Wednesday, so when I get it I'll throw grommets into some fleece liners and use snaphooks to hold them down.  I put fleece scraps on top of the igloo for them to play with and nest with if they so desire.

A couple of closeups: one of the hammocks I sewed.  I'm not stoked on the keyrings as hangers, they're too fiddly to get onto the cage, but I'll be getting snap hooks later this week which I will promptly be replacing the keyrings with for hanging to the cage.  I'll keep the rings to allow for extra length and stuff (so it would be keyring attached to hammock, snaphook attached to keyring and cage).
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/pockethammock.jpg)
And my favourite, their fishie bowls!  With their Wodent Wheel.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/fishbowls.jpg)

Edited to add:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/ozymandias02.jpg)
Ozy under the corner hammock, and Rorschach is hidden underneath something on top of the corner hammock!
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Post by: AnimalHobby on March 25, 2009, 02:04:19 AM
Weaver....



Oh, Weaver!!!!     :poke:



I am itching for some more pics of your lovely cage. ;D
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Post by: Smidge on March 25, 2009, 02:06:52 AM
Yeah Weaver where are you? I get a lot of decorating ideas from you  ;D
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Post by: Scubbs on March 26, 2009, 01:27:06 AM
I echo AnimalHobby and Smidge - we need new cage pics, WEAVER  :)
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Post by: Smidge on March 26, 2009, 05:12:31 PM
I have informed Weaver that we are looking for her and she must make an appearance on this thread with pictures or we shall be sending the ratlet police department over to her house and charge her with Obstructing the decoration process of our cages.  :yelcutelaugh:


Anyway, Here is a pic of my girls cage. We have been doing cages all day. I've been working on this set for 2 months and still awaiting a few more matching pieces but you'll get the idea. :)

(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/Gcageskulls.jpg)
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Post by: synelovator on March 26, 2009, 05:18:21 PM
Do I spy glitter on some of that pink fabric?
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on March 26, 2009, 05:25:16 PM
I have informed Weaver that we are looking for her and she must make an appearance on this thread with pictures or we shall be sending the ratlet police department over to her house and charge her with Obstructing the decoration process of our cages.  :yelcutelaugh:


Anyway, Here is a pic of my girls cage. We have been doing cages all day. I've been working on this set for 2 months and still awaiting a few more matching pieces but you'll get the idea. :)

(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/Gcageskulls.jpg)

That skull fabric is the same as the fabric I got to make your liners if you want them.  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Smidge on March 26, 2009, 05:30:34 PM
yes and I am pming you back (before I forget AGAIN)  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: tysetsu on March 26, 2009, 06:03:53 PM
Smidge I love that fabric! I bought a bunch of it to make a set to sell! It's so cute and girly but still punky!
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Post by: Smidge on March 26, 2009, 06:12:25 PM
oh you did  :o well, I invite you to send me pics when you are finished  :yelcutelaugh:. I don't think I could ever have too much of that print.
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Post by: tysetsu on March 26, 2009, 06:19:59 PM
Haha will do! I wish I could own someone for myself in that fabric haha.
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Post by: WEAVER on March 27, 2009, 09:09:19 PM
As promised, here is my cage this time around ;)

Entire cage
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-6.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-6.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-5.jpg)

My battery started dying as soon as I took the cage pictures so I was not able to get any new ones of the girls. :'(
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Post by: Scubbs on March 27, 2009, 10:45:24 PM
I spot the double decker I sent you!  :wink5: 

Gorgeous cage as always  ;D
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Post by: WEAVER on March 27, 2009, 11:24:40 PM
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I spot the double decker I sent you!

This is actually the second time it is in the cage  ;D  Believe it or not, the double decker towards the bottom of the cage is the same one I bought from you when I first adopted the girls.  That is one of the few things that is still perfectly intact from my first few purchases.  My ratties have really started to destry everything.  When I first adopted them they were pretty good, but now, they like to chew everything, especially the cubes.
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Post by: Scubbs on March 27, 2009, 11:47:35 PM
That means they're settled and comfortable enough to destroy things!  :D  Just wait until you get a rattie that does it specifically to annoy the crap out of you, that's the best.  Maddie has that down to a science, and has (much to my dismay) taught Faroe to do the same.  When I'm pulling fabrics for orders, that bookcase is near the rat cage so I'm only a few feet from it.  Both Maddie and Faroe will start ripping up the liners.  As soon as I look over, they give me those "come play!" eyes and bounce around.  They get a huge kick out of me angrily fixing the liners  :P
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Post by: WEAVER on March 28, 2009, 10:20:54 AM
That is funny you mention that about the liners, mine are doing the samething.  They really never messed with them very much, but the past month they are crawling under them.  I shoo them out, and fix the liner and the rats run to the door to get lovings.  The minute I close the door, they are back in a corner of the cage pulling back the liner, than they peek out at me.  I bet that has become a new game for them.  I never thought about them "learning" that if they mess it up, they know I am going to go over there and fix it.  Smart little devils!
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Post by: paax on March 28, 2009, 08:37:48 PM
Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-6.jpg)

I love the rope you have that is knotted at the top.
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Post by: WEAVER on March 28, 2009, 08:59:56 PM
Thank you :)  You can do the same thing with the rope you bought from me ;)  It is the same size as mine.  Just put a knot in the middle of the rope and hang it up with a shower curtain hook and you are set!
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Post by: coliekumar on March 30, 2009, 02:43:55 PM
Here is one of my Martins, the 680:
(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/CageSet.jpg)

Hammocks made by Danielle at http://kacziescritterbedding.com/ Liners made by me!
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Post by: synelovator on March 30, 2009, 02:56:23 PM
I LOVE that elephant fabric.  I have it too. :)

My boys have taken to sneaking UNDER the liners and starting to rearrange the cage from there.  They push the liners up and around and make a whole new nest site inside the igloo.  Silly boys.
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Post by: coliekumar on March 30, 2009, 03:00:07 PM
Mine sure *try* to do that, but these are heavily pinned down!  Safety pins are my new best friend  ;D
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Post by: coliekumar on March 31, 2009, 04:19:46 PM
My R695, pre-wheel addition:
(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/31.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/31-2.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/31-3.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on March 31, 2009, 08:38:16 PM
Love the kitten in the cage trying it out first to make sure it is "safe" for the rats ;)

Ok, as many you know I special ordered a Martin's cage to fit on top of my current 695.  My three new ratties are now living in the new cage through their quarentine period and I wanted to show their new cage :) 
It is small for three rats, but it is only for a few weeks and than this cage will later be the top level to my 695 and hopefully all six rats will live in harmony. *keeping fingers crossed*

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Newcage2.jpg)

Door closed.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Newcage3.jpg)

I am using 6mm coroplast as a home made pan for the time being.  I could not buy another pan, otherwise the extra large door would not be able to open :wink5:
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Post by: coliekumar on March 31, 2009, 09:30:33 PM
Thanks Weaver!
I like your cage addition, I had bought the 680 to do the same thing with my 695, but I am on the taller side (not tall! Just taller!) and I always thought it would be too tall if I was a few inches shorter and had wondered about that.  This is the perfect solution!  May I ask why you decided to go for the custom cage over the 680?
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Post by: WEAVER on March 31, 2009, 10:16:20 PM
I wanted to do this cage over the 680 because I don't really care very much for the way the 680's door is and how "deep" that bottom section is.  This door allows me better access to play with the rats and clean the cage.  Another reason I decided to do it this way is so the cage is not so tall.  I am only 5'2" so I was worried about having to reach down into the 680 to clean the main level.  When I first got this cage I set it up like it is going to be on the 695 and it was a good height for me and I like the look of the cage looking all the "same".  It holds one rat less than what the "RUDD" would have been, but honestly I don't see myself getting anymore ratties.  Six is a good number for me. :wink5:

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Post by: coliekumar on March 31, 2009, 10:22:34 PM
Yeah, I never thought about how that would look all put together.  Now I think I might want to go with what you have!  I am 5'9" though, so hopefully it won't be too bad.  ;)
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Post by: artsiekat on April 01, 2009, 09:51:33 PM
Colie! I see my hammocks in there. They look gorgeous! I see they have the kitty's stamp of approval! :D
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Post by: deborah! on April 01, 2009, 10:11:50 PM
I love the photo with the kitten in the cage. ;D

I wonder if someone should start a thread that shows photos of our non-rat pets in our rat cages. :wink5:
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Post by: coliekumar on April 01, 2009, 10:14:18 PM
Thanks artsiekat!  The cats are much pickier than the rats, so you know you must be doing something right if they both like them  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Smidge on April 04, 2009, 02:43:25 PM
bumping to help a forum member find this thread :)
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Post by: WEAVER on April 04, 2009, 04:38:01 PM
I wanted to post this picture so Chelsey could see how adorable these watermelon hammies are that she made for my new kids!  Thanks Chelsey!  I :heart: them!

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Ratties2.jpg)


*Sorry picture is slightly slanted.  I was talking on the phone while taking pictures ;D*
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Post by: Scubbs on April 04, 2009, 06:57:21 PM
Oohh, and the braided rope you made goes so well and is so pretty!  :)  What's the pillow-looking thing on the shelf?

giggle @ Wesley jogging away on the wheel  :laughing7:  Nigel used to just walk on the wheel.  With the other rats, you just hear the wheel spinning insanely in short bursts, but with Nigel it was just the slow, soft padding of his feet :D
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Post by: RatletLover on April 04, 2009, 07:22:50 PM
Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-6.jpg)

I love the rope you have that is knotted at the top.

I do the same with the ropes I got from WEAVER!

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Post by: WEAVER on April 04, 2009, 09:13:40 PM
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What's the pillow-looking thing on the shelf?

It is just a small pillow that came with a few cat balls that I got a while back from the dollar store ;)  (It is just stuffed, no catnip)

I told you Welsey  :heart:'s that wheel!  It is so funny to watch him seeing he usually so lazy.  Not in that wheel though, the guy is a maniac!  He only runs for a little while, than he slowly trots, than he just stops and lays down IN the wheel.  I think he is afriad that if he gets out someone else is going to take it. :yelcutelaugh:



RatletLover, that is my cage.  You got those ropes from me silly ;D

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Post by: RatletLover on April 05, 2009, 12:46:50 AM
 :doh: Its been a long day! Sorry, ER appt for the vet tomorrow on the mind!
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Post by: CrestedRattery on April 06, 2009, 04:22:18 PM
My cage again. It' an r-690. A little cramped for 5 rats, but it works.

(http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp253/ChelseaLDuff/cage322.jpg)

(http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp253/ChelseaLDuff/cage2-1.jpg)

The cube and rope are by WEAVER and the hammocks are by Tysetsu.  ;D
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Post by: Lena on April 06, 2009, 04:49:24 PM
Ooh, I love the ropes! Do your ratties climb on them?
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Post by: coliekumar on April 06, 2009, 05:14:34 PM
The foster kiddo's last cage clean, we get our new assignment on Thursday and they go to the rescue to be adopted!   ;D
(Don't worry, we will get more fosters on Thursday as well, so it is not the end of *all* cage cleans)
(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/6-1.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on April 06, 2009, 07:44:53 PM
Coliekumar, something I noticed a few weeks back is you can actually turn the wodent wheels' and attach the stand to the side of the cage instead of having it on the floor of the cage.  I just wanted to share that information with you in case you maybe interested seeing you have the same cage, and have it in the same location.  It works out much better for my rats because it gives them a little more floor room and they can no longer move the wheel around and have it touching the ladder.  I just used several zipties and attached it that way.
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Post by: zombies_girl on April 06, 2009, 08:54:06 PM
if i am ordering a martins do i want galvanized or powder coated?
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Post by: Smidge on April 06, 2009, 09:15:37 PM
if i am ordering a martins do i want galvanized or powder coated?

For sure powder coated. Galvanized will smell over time and it is very hard to get out.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 06, 2009, 09:41:58 PM
Coliekumar, something I noticed a few weeks back is you can actually turn the wodent wheels' and attach the stand to the side of the cage instead of having it on the floor of the cage.  I just wanted to share that information with you in case you maybe interested seeing you have the same cage, and have it in the same location.  It works out much better for my rats because it gives them a little more floor room and they can no longer move the wheel around and have it touching the ladder.  I just used several zipties and attached it that way.

The funny thing is, I was just looking at your picture, going huh, now THAT would be handy!    :yelcutelaugh:  Thank you for the tip, I have a whole mess of zip-ties, so that should work well for me.  When you clean it, do you take the wheel off of the stand, or take the stand off of the cage? (If that makes any sense...)
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Post by: WEAVER on April 06, 2009, 09:49:29 PM
I just cut the zipties and take the wheel out and than rehang it.  I only have to take it out about every other week.  The weeks inbetween I just wipe it down.  My girls were pretty clean and don't go potty in the wheel.  The new ratties on the other hand are hanging out in that wheel every chance they get so I do have to clean it more often.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 06, 2009, 09:54:27 PM
My wheels need to be cleaned every few days!  I swear mine trash their cages just to traumatize me  :P  Thanks!
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Post by: WEAVER on April 07, 2009, 09:48:09 AM
Ok, here is my girls' cage this time around.  I can't wait...only two more weeks and my new kids can join the girlies and they will have a nice big cage!

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-7.jpg)

Top section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-7.jpg)

Bottom section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-6.jpg)

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Post by: italianqt on April 07, 2009, 12:32:04 PM
WEAVER, your style is very familiar...I know I've seen stuff from you at Wee Companions!!!!
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Post by: WEAVER on April 07, 2009, 12:59:10 PM
Yes, I have donated quite a bit of stuff to Wee, both for piggies and for ratties.  Wee is one of my favorite rescues to work with. ;)  Fenella does great things for so many animals :heart:
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Post by: drunkninja on April 12, 2009, 01:45:39 AM
Just got my Martins R-695 today.  No rats yet, they should be ready by the end of next week, but this is what I have for them right now:

Entire cage:
(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/358/img0234nrh.jpg)

Top portion:
(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/6154/img0235qeg.jpg)

Bottom portion:
(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/1142/img0236cgy.jpg)

A little bare, I know, but I'll get it filled out more with stuff.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 12, 2009, 01:54:03 AM
Great cage!  Though, you need to get a much bigger wheel for rats.  That size wheel is appropriate for mice and hamsters.  The senior or wobust is what's recommended for rats.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 12, 2009, 05:06:15 AM
Yea I was just about to say the same thing. Can't the smaller wheels hurt their backs? 11 inch is a better size. Also is that a literbox in the corner? That also looks a little small, I wonder if they can get their whole body in their because my animals won't use a literbox if it is small. A tip for liter training is before you get them in the cage let them poop somewhere else and then put the poop in the literbox. Thats what I did and he has a 100% hit rate with poopin in the box.

You rats are gonna love the cage though.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 12, 2009, 05:29:28 AM
So here is Cheese's cage, it is very bare but all that will be different soon. He does have a Christmas light box (stuffed with shredded paper for nesting) and a bandana that goes on the top shelf folded up in front of his box (he likes to chew it) I just didn't put it back in the cage yet. I will try to get better pictures of it and will update as it changes. I changed his double decker so the opening is facing the shelf but its still in the same spot. Oh and he has a 100% hit rate with the literbox which absolutely amazed me. What a smart little creature.

top veiw
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/100_1833.jpg)

front veiw door open
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/100_1835.jpg)

inside veiw
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/100_1836.jpg)

Cheese grooming himself on the sleep sack
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/100_1840.jpg)

Checking out the cheerio treat pouchies that came with his liners and beds from JuliesZoo74. One of her kids made the puches. He carefully chewed a tiny hole in the sock shaped one and removed and ate all the cheerios but so far the duck square one is still intact. He moves it allover the cage and brings it into his Christmas light box with him to snuggle with. I think it might be he doesn't want to chew it because it is fleece and he doesn't like the way it feels. The sock one is cotton/fleece. I am going to restuff it and sew it back up.

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/100_1832.jpg)

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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on April 12, 2009, 07:29:22 AM
Looks great!  My boys wouldn't chew up the pouches either :yelcutelaugh:  The girls chew them up in no time flat!
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Post by: drunkninja on April 12, 2009, 10:25:21 AM
Great cage!  Though, you need to get a much bigger wheel for rats.  That size wheel is appropriate for mice and hamsters.  The senior or wobust is what's recommended for rats.

Ah, gotcha, these were the only ones the pet store had when I went. Guess I'll just return it and see if they have the others then.  Thanks!
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Post by: WEAVER on April 12, 2009, 11:17:42 AM
The Wodent Wheel is a great wheel, you just need a larger one.  There are several online stores that carry them, and many help rescues.  Maybe you could just return the small one at the petstore and get your money back, and order them a larger one online ;)
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 12, 2009, 04:21:59 PM
Aww noone else likes Cheese's cage  but you Julie  :-[
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Post by: coliekumar on April 12, 2009, 04:47:33 PM
Aww noone else likes Cheese's cage  but you Julie  :-[

I thought your cage was coming together very nicely, but as I watch this thread as well as the FN/CN ones, if I commented on every cage I liked, I am sure you can imagine how many comments I would have to make!
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 12, 2009, 05:45:14 PM
Aww noone else likes Cheese's cage  but you Julie  :-[

I thought your cage was coming together very nicely, but as I watch this thread as well as the FN/CN ones, if I commented on every cage I liked, I am sure you can imagine how many comments I would have to make!

that's true, all that matters is  that Cheese likes it anyway.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 12, 2009, 05:53:04 PM
Well, I am hoping that you like it as well!  :wink5:
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Post by: caleppert on April 12, 2009, 11:19:45 PM
Another cage cleaning (690)

(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cage1.jpg)

Bottom
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cagebottom.jpg)

Top
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cagetop.jpg)

Ratties!
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_ratties.jpg)
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Post by: PKT on April 13, 2009, 09:04:15 AM
My wheels need to be cleaned every few days!  I swear mine trash their cages just to traumatize me  :P  Thanks!

coliekumar, I leave the axle attached to the cage (I use paper clips to attach it so it's a pain to reattach) and just remove the pin and take the plastic parts of the wheel to wash.  This makes it a lot easier, and also allowed me to get a 11 inch into the top level of an R-690 (impossible if the wheel is not disassembled first).
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Post by: coliekumar on April 13, 2009, 10:59:20 AM
Thanks!  I rhink I will do that from now on  :wink5:
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Post by: WEAVER on April 13, 2009, 11:37:33 AM
I need help!  My rats (the girls and the the new kids) are destroying the bottom level of both Martin cages. I have it where the bottom layer is a towel, and it has fleece over top of it.  The fleece is cut longer so it goes up to the top of the pan, but does not stick over.  I have the clamps that hold the cage to the pan as snug as humanly possible without breaking the clips.  They dig up, chew, and burrow under the fleece ALL of the time.  By day three the girls have ruined the fleece so badly and the towel under the fleece that I am having to just throw them away and give them brand new ones.  :P It is driving me crazy!!  Not just the expense, but also the mess.  I don't understand why the little trouble makers are continuing to do this no matter how many time I try to fix it.  They have TONS of hammocks to play and sleep in, and even scrap fleece in the bunk bed's bottom portion.  I hate disposable bedding, but I am honestly thinking at this point that is what I have to do.  Anyone have any thoughts or ideas they could share? ???
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Post by: coliekumar on April 13, 2009, 11:49:00 AM
Weaver, I have ratties like this and sometimes they do just "grow out of it" In the meantime, I would put a big litter pan type item on the bottom with irresistible digging items.  (I am sure they would love dirt, but then we get back to the messy thing)  Make it take up as much of the bottom as possible to start off.  That is one thing that worked for me.  Another was a tissue box with the tissues in it.  For one naughty boy, the minute I said "fine, rip up my liners" he got bored and left them alone.
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Post by: caleppert on April 13, 2009, 12:44:16 PM
Mine do something similar where they like to pull the fleece up from under the cage bottom so that the pan shape turns more into an oval shape.  I've just resigned myself to this occurring though.  You might want to put scrap fleece on the bottom of the cage to see if they play and burrow in that instead of ripping up your fleece liner.
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Post by: PKT on April 13, 2009, 11:35:41 PM
I really like the look of the fleece shelf liners in these cages.  But I don't see how they stay on.  Don't your rats just move the liners around? 
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Post by: WEAVER on April 13, 2009, 11:41:40 PM

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I really like the look of the fleece shelf liners in these cages.  But I don't see how they stay on.  Don't your rats just move the liners around?
I pin my liners down with large safety pins.


Coliekumar, I REALLY hope that my rattie "grow out of it", but really I don't know if they will.  I also don't think I am going to be able to keep up with the mess when I do introductions and have six rats tearing up the bottom of the cage, seeing both sets of rats have made this their new hobby.

On cleaning day I will try the fleece scraps on the bottom and see if that helps. 

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 14, 2009, 12:00:24 AM
I zip tied the shelf liners in place tightly and the pan liner is held in place by the cage. He has no interest in destroying anything but his bandana.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 14, 2009, 12:29:21 AM
I am sending you my best wishes Weaver!
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Post by: caleppert on April 15, 2009, 04:30:25 PM
I use clothes pins I found at Target for a dollar.  The rats can still pull them up if they really want, but it keeps it from sliding it around.
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Post by: RattieRooZoo on April 15, 2009, 04:53:34 PM
Since everyone's talking about their Martin's, I have a question.
My friend gave me an F430 that I'm going to use for my boys. It has 2 pieces of carpet in it. It's been in her basement for a while, and while I know what to use to clean the cage, I haven't a clue about what to use to clean the carpet that's safe to use. The carpets aren't attached to the levels anymore, so I can just remove them, but they're still in good shape so I'd like to use them if I can give 'em a good cleaning. Any suggestions?
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 15, 2009, 10:47:20 PM
I would just can the carpet
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Post by: vintagerat on April 15, 2009, 10:57:44 PM
I really love the Martin's cages now, since seeing coliekumar's and Marsha's! I wish a Martin's would work for us, but I have messy girls and I am worried about having to drag the Martin's into the bath tub every week for a scrub down. I have a CN for the girl's right now, but it gets really yucky on the bars and the bottom frame because the girls are just so yucky  :confused:. I am wanting to join the boys with the girls soon (so, I will have 9 rats in one cage)...but I will need to buy either another 1 level CN, a 2 level CN and ditch my FN141 and 1 level CN, or buy a very large Martin's.

I'm just so concerned the Martin's won't be as easy to clean as the FN and I will get frustrated like I did with every other cage I have ever owned...and go back to the FN/CN. I would hate to waste all the money on a Martin's if I hate it.
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Post by: WEAVER on April 15, 2009, 11:13:34 PM
I can tell you the Martins is very easy to clean with only three rats in the 695.  I will let you know how much more work it is to upkeep when I add the extra section of the cage and the new kids.  I am doing introductions next week and hopefully all goes smoothly.

I also wanted to add, that I use the shelf liners and clean the entire cage as of right now every three days.  I have only had to wash the cage in the shower one time since I adopted them in the early fall last year.  Even than, it was not dirty or smelly, I just wanted to wash it all down to make sure it was really clean.

The only thing I have trouble with this cage is trying to pin the liners down.  It is a two person job...one to work the pin on the outside of the cage, and the other one to push the actual sharp point into the hook from the inside of the cage.  I am too short to do both at the sametime ::)  Other than that I have had NO problems and I REALLY love my cage.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 15, 2009, 11:17:19 PM
My CN is easier to clean week to week, but once it gets really dirty, it is TERRIBLE to clean (fully clean)  I live in an apartment, so maybe that is why it is so dreadful.  The Martin's cages I have never feel too heavy for me, but with the liners they rarely need full cleanings, but when they do, popping them in the tub is no big deal for me  ;)  I like them both pretty much equally, it just depends upon what your biggest priorities are.
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Post by: vintagerat on April 16, 2009, 01:21:15 AM
Thanks, guys! The cleaning ease is definitely my top priority with cages. I love my FN dearly and wish the girls were large enough to go in there, so I could just get the add on for that. The CN seems to get more "grungy" to me. I'm not a fan of the smaller bar spacing and the cage just seems so cheap. I like the looks of the Martin's more then the CN.

I'm just stuck on what to do! It's either buy another 1 level CN to join it my other one horizontally, wait until the CN add on unit comes out, or order a whole new CN 2 level. ....or get a Martin's! I wish I could see/clean/redecorate a Martin's in person before buying one  :yelcutelaugh:.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 16, 2009, 01:35:46 AM
Maybe someone in your area has one that they will let you clean and decorate  :cheeky:
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Post by: WEAVER on April 16, 2009, 07:10:25 AM
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I wish I could see/clean/redecorate a Martin's in person before buying one 

You are more than welcome to come over and clean and decorate my cage anytime! :wink5:
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Post by: vintagerat on April 16, 2009, 10:04:07 AM
I wish, Marsha  :P! If I only I knew someone with a Martin's who is closer to me  :yelcutelaugh:.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 16, 2009, 07:50:07 PM
Okay, I tried to keep it simple this week.  My foster boys are so shy, it was becoming hard to interact with them if they have too many places to hide. 

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/R695-416-1.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/R695-416-2.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/R695-416-3.jpg)

And a few of the boys enjoying their new home:  (that is how small they are at 6 weeks!)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/FosterBoysBabies2.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/FosterBabyBoys.jpg)


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Post by: synelovator on April 16, 2009, 07:59:36 PM
Your foster boys are so cute!!  And I like the colours of the cage too, nice and simple, which sounds good for your situation!

I have like, three cage changes worth of cage pictures to upload.  I'm so lazy.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 16, 2009, 08:05:03 PM
Thanks!  I will definitely be looking forward to your uploads *hint hint*  :poke:
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Post by: WEAVER on April 16, 2009, 11:10:17 PM
Those babies are precious!
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Post by: coliekumar on April 16, 2009, 11:12:28 PM
I am hoping that it might help them find some good homes  :wink5:
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Post by: WEAVER on April 17, 2009, 10:17:48 AM
Here is my quarentine cage once again.  Hopefully next time you see it, it will be attached to my Martins 695!  Quarentine is over on Sunday!! :hyper:

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-8.jpg)

It is a little more simple this time to allow the rats to have more room to play seeing their floor space is limited :P
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Post by: coliekumar on April 17, 2009, 08:22:18 PM
Okay, here is my 680.  Everything is in miniature!  My hamster loves his new hand-me-down from the rats.  He was so excited, he bit a big chunk out of my finger!  :yelcutelaugh:

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/Bowie.jpg)

(The focus is off, but you get the idea)
(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/DSC_0016.jpg)
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Post by: The Futile on April 17, 2009, 08:37:20 PM
Okay, here is my 680.  Everything is in miniature!  My hamster loves his new hand-me-down from the rats.  He was so excited, he bit a big chunk out of my finger!  :yelcutelaugh:

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/Bowie.jpg)

(The focus is off, but you get the idea)
(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/DSC_0016.jpg)


What a lucky hammie  :thumbsup2:

Do you think that he'd be willing to swap places?  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: coliekumar on April 17, 2009, 08:39:09 PM
Somehow I don't think he would be so happy with that idea!   :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: tysetsu on April 17, 2009, 08:47:54 PM
Oh my gosh how cute is that?? Robo hamsters are soo adorable haha.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 17, 2009, 08:49:21 PM
And he loves his new cubes!  ;)  By love, I mean *he* ignores them and *I* love them. 
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Post by: tysetsu on April 17, 2009, 08:53:57 PM
Hahahah as long as there's some love going around  :BlueDumboSmile: But really he's so cute and ...I dunno gumdrop looking. I can't describe it but just look like a little puff  :heart:
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Post by: WEAVER on April 17, 2009, 09:19:22 PM
What a very lucky little hammie.  I wonder if the litte guy forgets where he stored his food seeing his cage is like a village  ;)  He is absolutely adorable!
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Post by: coliekumar on April 17, 2009, 09:21:08 PM
Thanks Weaver!  He actually hates acting like a hamster, so he doesn't store food at all!  How convenient for me  ;)
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Post by: tysetsu on April 17, 2009, 09:22:06 PM
Very true Weaver! He's definitely not feeling cramped in that cage  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: della luna on April 17, 2009, 11:31:50 PM
would anyone mind telling me the bar spacing for martins?  Like... could i keep mice in them?

oh and fyi colie, just watch that your adorable little robo there doesn't chew on the fleece.  I know that some people do keep their hamsters on fabric, but many people deem all fabric too dangerous for hamsters because it can get caught in their pouches.  I definitely understand that all animals are different though, and what doesn't work for some may indeed work for others :D.  Just wanted to give you a heads up if you did not already know. Oh and I would also maybe watch him climbing around there because all of the hamsters that I have been around are particularly clumsy and would fall off.  But maybe I have just had unusually uncoordinated hamsters XD.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 17, 2009, 11:39:54 PM
Thanks  ;)  I am aware of the many hazards and have done a lot of research before placing him in this cage.  He does not chew.  Anything.  Ever.  He also does climb, but only over the levels, so he never falls more than 6".  he never climbs on the ceiling or over spaces with no levels.  As far as the mice, the spacing is 1/2" by 1", my robo hamster can't get out, but I am not sure about mice, they seem to squeeze through things a bit better  ;)
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Post by: della luna on April 17, 2009, 11:43:26 PM
Just wanted to make sure :D Glad I didn't step on any toes.

And yes that is a bit too wide for my meecers... oh well.  I guess I will have to stick with just stalking the thread and admiring all of the cages.
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Post by: coliekumar on April 17, 2009, 11:45:37 PM
Maybe it is not so easy to step on my toes!  Actually, if someone else had posted this I would have said the same thing!  And I probably would have continued on even after they assured me it was safe!  Maybe you can contact Martin's and see if they make any smaller spacing choices? 
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Post by: mcfate on April 17, 2009, 11:46:47 PM
too bad robo's don't do well in bigger groups.  it would be really cute if you had 4 in there! plus there is plenty of room.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 18, 2009, 01:57:02 AM
Colie - oh my god, most adorable thing EVER.  The cage, the tiny cubes, the tiny hamster... everything!  :D
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Post by: coliekumar on April 18, 2009, 02:01:32 AM
Thanks!  I seem to have a *bit* of an obsession with cuteness... 
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Post by: Scubbs on April 18, 2009, 02:03:44 AM
Is that pun intended since you did, in fact, get bit?  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: coliekumar on April 18, 2009, 02:05:05 AM
 :yelcutelaugh:  :yelcutelaugh: No, but I am glad we can all laugh about my pain and suffering!
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Post by: PKT on April 18, 2009, 10:12:37 AM
I really love the Martin's cages now, since seeing coliekumar's and Marsha's! I wish a Martin's would work for us, but I have messy girls and I am worried about having to drag the Martin's into the bath tub every week for a scrub down. I have a CN for the girl's right now, but it gets really yucky on the bars and the bottom frame because the girls are just so yucky  :confused:. I am wanting to join the boys with the girls soon (so, I will have 9 rats in one cage)...but I will need to buy either another 1 level CN, a 2 level CN and ditch my FN141 and 1 level CN, or buy a very large Martin's.

I'm just so concerned the Martin's won't be as easy to clean as the FN and I will get frustrated like I did with every other cage I have ever owned...and go back to the FN/CN. I would hate to waste all the money on a Martin's if I hate it.

I have to say that I even have a galvanized wire 690 (I got it used, otherwise I wouldn't have chosen it--they are supposed to be smellier and rust) and it doesn't smell at all until 4 days post-cleaning.  Cleaning is very easy!  I just wipe down surfaces and change out fleece bedding.  I also live in an apartment and have only had to lug the thing to the shower once in 2 months, and then I didn't really need to.  The ventilation is so good that no smells get concentrated.  I am a huge fan of Martin's cages.
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Post by: marshmallowfriend on April 19, 2009, 07:12:29 PM
I need help!  My rats (the girls and the the new kids) are destroying the bottom level of both Martin cages...Anyone have any thoughts or ideas they could share? ???

They're satisfying their natural urge to dig and burrow. Try a digging box. My rats have one filled with shredded newspaper (have to do something with all that leftover paper). I bury little treats and toys in it and they love it. They don't mess with their fleecies at all.
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Post by: Smidge on April 20, 2009, 12:48:09 AM
Here are a couple of pictures I took today after cleaning. Everyone is pretty much decked out in crochet stuff :)

Girls CAge:
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/crochetcage1.jpg)

Boys Cage:
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/crochetcage2.jpg)
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Post by: rodent_girl_1985 on April 20, 2009, 10:26:33 AM
Here are a couple of pictures I took today after cleaning. Everyone is pretty much decked out in crochet stuff :)

Girls CAge:
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/crochetcage1.jpg)

Boys Cage:
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc159/smidgetgirl/crochetcage2.jpg)

Did you crochet those hammocks yourself? Those are so cool :D
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Post by: synelovator on April 20, 2009, 10:42:22 AM
I really want to crochet some stuff for my boys too!  I don't know if they would love it or hate it (and I have no time even to cut up fabric right now, my life is so busy).

Here's my cage remodel from a few weeks ago, but it has my alltime favourite fabric combos in it, so I figured I'd put it up.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/cagesetup2whole.jpg)
Whole cage

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/cagesetup2tube.jpg)
A closeup on the tube, which went largely unused; although I did catch the boys in there a couple of times (mostly they slept in the hammock on the top level).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/ozyonstairs.jpg)
Ozy, contemplating the stairs immediately after being returned to his fresh new cage.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/rorschachpowergroom.jpg)
Rorschach power grooming Ozy on his second favourite hammock/pocket.

And now just for a size comparison, because those photos were taken at least two weeks ago, Ozy and Rorschach yesterday:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/elocyn/ratss/ozyrorschachatdoor.jpg)

So giagantor!  I love them.
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Post by: Smidge on April 20, 2009, 11:59:45 AM
rodent_girl_1985 - I sure did except the camo tube in the boys cage, Smart Alec made that one for me! I love to crochet and knowing my ratties love the stuff I make, makes it super fun to do. It's nice to use furniture that doesn't get eaten in 1.5 seconds  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: WEAVER on April 20, 2009, 02:17:15 PM
Guess what???!!!!! :hyper:  Introductions are complete and all of the ratties are living together.  The two cages have FINALLY been combined.  Are you ready???........ :wink5:















You sure you are ready?.... :yelcutelaugh:




















*drumroll please*









Ok, ok, here it is!
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Newcage1.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Topsection.jpg)

Middle level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Middlesection.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Bottomcage1.jpg)

I am pretty happy with the cage.  It took me a whole lot longer to decorate, but hopefully as I get used to the new ramp placements it will get faster.
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Post by: Smidge on April 20, 2009, 02:41:23 PM
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

We will be adding our 695 addition's this week :) Looking at your cage, now I'm super excited. My 4 girls will be in a rat mama condo for sure!
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Post by: WEAVER on April 20, 2009, 02:45:32 PM
Smidge, are you going to put together your 680 with a new 695? 

You are getting a nice collection of Martin's cage, aren't you? ;)  I really have been happy with mine!
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Post by: Smidge on April 20, 2009, 02:53:17 PM
Haha I have MANY Martins. I have a 695 and a 680 being added and a 680 with a 680 being added. I have another 695 with a 680 already added. Now we are thinking of remodeling the dining room which doesn't get used often enough into our rattie area because these Martins are taking up some room now. I'm thinking we should really get going on this soon before summer gets here and we are too busy.
I think my main issue is after all of my rescues and fosters are adopted, I'm going to have a lot of empty Martins sitting around and GGMR may set in AGAIN.
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Post by: WEAVER on April 20, 2009, 03:07:38 PM
ohhhh, Do you have pictures of your RUDD?  I would love to see it and your decorating ideas!

I understand about running out of room.  We are looking at adding onto our house right now so the guinea pigs can have their own room. ;)

It will probably be a nice break when your rescues find a new home.  You will have more time to enjoy your own babies even more (if that is possible).  Ok, than you can aquire a few more :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Smidge on April 20, 2009, 03:11:43 PM
I'll get pictures tomorrow. I need to buy new camera batteries and I'm on a rescue mission this evening  :puppy_dog_eyes:
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Post by: coliekumar on April 20, 2009, 04:09:14 PM
Weaver, I love the add-on, I actually like that a lot better than the RUDD (no offense anyone!)  Do you like its functionality as well?  I mean, besides just how it looks?
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Post by: Emymoo on April 20, 2009, 06:01:26 PM
I'm with Colie, your add onto the R-695 Weaver is a lot better than the Rudd. Yay for speady intros! ;D

So I have a question for R-695 owners... Are the front, side and back pannels one big peice that is 36" high? Or are they two seperate peices that are 18" high? I've FINALLY found an R-695 in my area*does happy dance* and I can't remember if it's one peice or two. I've seen cages similiar to Martin's in person, and they're two peices, which is why I'm asking. If it's one, I won't be able to get it since 3ft would take up nearly my entire trunk, but if it could be split in two, I could take the cage apart and have it all sit in the pan for trips, which would be ALOT more convient.

Thanks!
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Post by: Sun of Samsa on April 20, 2009, 06:28:36 PM
The R-695 is made up of 36"-tall pieces. :( Sorry.

WEAVER... I LOVE your cage!
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Post by: Emymoo on April 20, 2009, 08:06:10 PM
The R-695 is made up of 36"-tall pieces. :( Sorry.

WEAVER... I LOVE your cage!

 :shocked2: :'( Sadness

I suppose I could get it, and cut the panels in half, but I'd feel bad for destroying a perfectly good Martins. I suppose I could ask her if she'd be willing to hold it for a while, and if I can't find a R-680 get it and modify it... hmm..

Thanks though :)
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Post by: synelovator on April 20, 2009, 08:23:04 PM
Can't you put the back seats down in your car?  That is sadness. :<
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Post by: WEAVER on April 20, 2009, 08:23:28 PM
The cage comes apart and lays perfectly flat.  There is no reason to cut the grids themself.  

You can later reconnect the sides and floors with cable ties.
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Post by: Emymoo on April 20, 2009, 08:37:01 PM
Can't you put the back seats down in your car?  That is sadness. :<

For weekend trips where I drive myself to my dads or when I just take them to my friends for the week, yes. However, since no one(that I'd trust to watch my little ones anyway) are able to watch them over a long weekend for my sisters wedding, or the week long trip to Bend in August, I'm going to have to sneak them in since, strictly speaking, they aren't allowed(the weekend is at a house my sister's renting and the week is at a timeshare where they don't do room checks or cleaning while you stay, so there's no worry about them getting found out). I have a suit case that will fit pannels up to 24"x30"(which is why the R-680's looking like a good idea), but none that could hold something up to 36". *sniff*

(oh and by the way, it's my mom's idea to sneak them in, not mine. I told her I wouldn't go for the week in August since my rat sitter isn't going to be home more than likely, and that I'd stay with my grandparents instead, but she wants me to go so she's bringing the rats)
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Post by: PKT on April 21, 2009, 12:20:28 AM
If you can get the 695 for cheap enough, maybe you could also afford a smaller travel cage, which your rats could live in for the trips?  I have a 680 and I would hate to have to pack it in a suitcase; it is not as big as the 695, but it is big!
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Post by: eye.luv.my.rats on April 21, 2009, 01:31:38 AM
Where do the sewers here find patterns to make the rat stuff, like hammocks, cubes, fish cubes...etc. I used to sew and would love to get back into it, but I dont know where to find patterns.
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Post by: synelovator on April 21, 2009, 01:53:45 AM
Aaaah, I get it, I get it.  Fortunately, my (suba)'ru pretty much always has the back seats down so my (future) R695 will fit in it just fine for all occasions. :)

eye = try this site (http://www.rattributes.com/blog/?page_id=47) for some fun patterns!

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Post by: WEAVER on April 22, 2009, 12:20:36 PM
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Do you like its functionality as well?  I mean, besides just how it looks?


Ok, I LOVE this cage!  Now that I have had it for a few days I am really enjoying it and I love the way it looks all put together.  For some reason it looks WAY bigger than just the 695.  The rats have tons of room and have learned where everything is in the cage now.  They book up and down and ramps and jump from hammie to hammie.  They are enjoying the cage as well. 

I have been removing the smelly hammies once a day (like I always have) and replace them.  I was not sure how long I would be able to go from cage cleaning to cage cleaning seeing I was already having to clean my 695 every three days with only three girls in it.  The quarentine cage I was cleaning daily or it smelled.  Well guess what?  Here we are on day three, and I can smell the cage.  Not too bad!  I can still go the three days, even with the six of them being in there.  I am happy.

I have to make a new set of cage pads seeing I don't have another set now that it has all of these levels.  I am going to do that here shortly and clean the cage later this evening.  I will give an update on how hard it was to clean, and how long it takes me.  I am sure taking down the hammies and redecorating will take me a lot longer than cleaning the cage itself. ::)


The only thing I wanted to add, is now that there are three doors, when the rats see me coming to the cage, they have no idea what level of door to stand at and I have no idea what door to open first.  We all get confused :)
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Post by: artsiekat on April 22, 2009, 03:05:47 PM
Well, I've sold my FN and switched to 695 and I think I'm now a converted martin's lover! :D

This cage is awesome! Because I could never really take the FN outside to clean, this cage is so much easier for me to clean. I was only using the top half of the FN and I'm convinced that the 695 is more space than a one level FN/CN.

The whole cage:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3571/3465663551_ef4a24a7ef.jpg?v=0)

Top half:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3647/3466477340_158f08d81d.jpg?v=0)

Bottom half:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3080/3465663283_8ce506b2b1.jpg?v=0)
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Post by: The Futile on April 22, 2009, 04:17:49 PM
Quote

Top half:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3647/3466477340_158f08d81d.jpg?v=0)

Is that the coconut fabric that I sent you under the food dish?  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: artsiekat on April 22, 2009, 08:49:17 PM
Abbi, yes, it is! :)
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Post by: WEAVER on April 24, 2009, 12:19:05 AM
I forgot to time myself, but here are the new pictures of my cage as promised.  I did blues this time around with just a little bit of pink.  I thought it would be a ncie change seeing I have to man rats now ;D

The entire cage with doors closed.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage6-3.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage7-2.jpg)

Middle level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-8.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage4-3.jpg)

Doors open
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-9.jpg)

And a picture of what happens if you take too many pictures with the door open :yelcutelaugh:
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage5-3.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on April 25, 2009, 12:45:18 AM
You're cage looks so awesome, Marsha! I want a Martin's so bad now. I am totally a CN/FN person, but I love how you make a Martin's shine. I just still have that nagging fear that I may hate the cleaning process with it. I think the Martin's would take up MUCH less space then a double horizontal CN and would look more "put together" in the bunny room. Plus, we are contemplating moving out of state this year....so I think a Martin's would be easier to deal with and would fit in any space in a new house we get.
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Post by: caleppert on April 25, 2009, 01:01:23 AM
Another week, another set up (690).

Whole cage

(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cage2.jpg)

Bottom

(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cage2bottom~0.jpg)

Top
(http://www.goosemoose.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/29991/normal_cage2top~0.jpg)
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Post by: mcfate on April 25, 2009, 01:59:35 AM
I like your cage Caleppert!  I also have the same wheel as you.  Have you ever tried flipping the stand upside down and using zip ties to locke it to the top of the cage?  It made so much more foot room for my boys!......It does make it a bit harder to clean though    :P
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Post by: caleppert on April 25, 2009, 12:59:22 PM
Hmm, I haven't done that with the wheel.  I will say that the wheel is pretty annoying in a 690; it can only go where it is now, or on the bottom floor.  I also tweaked the cage set up to even fit the wheel where it is (made the ramp go up from the top level, instead of down to the second main floor.  I'll have to give that a whirl, thanks!
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Post by: deborah! on April 28, 2009, 03:25:04 PM
I just cleaned my cage and added some new stuff including two new items from Scubbs:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3628/3484123520_6126f9547b.jpg)

Photo with notes here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/silverbees/3484123520/).

All three ratties figured out the tunnel within about 10 minutes. :thumbsup2: I thought it'd take them much longer.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 29, 2009, 12:35:31 AM
The new hammies look great in the cage!  :D  That patchwork tube was (is!) just gorgeous  :)
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Post by: mcfate on April 29, 2009, 01:22:31 AM
(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/rats003.jpg)
(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/rats002-1.jpg)
(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/rats004.jpg)










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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 29, 2009, 07:39:16 PM
Here's the R-680 this week. Yes I have cleaned it since I took pictures last I have just been too lazy to take and post pix. I bought a wheel that just takes up space for now I don't think Cheese will ever use it. I hope the future friend, Crackers will like it. If not, I saved the receipt and will try to return it. I also replaced the green litterbox (was just a really old storage container) with the corner blue one that uses less litter. I am running low on litter so I put some shredded newspaper in there. The big hammock in the middle is also just cage decoration and cheese is afraid of being in the air. I hope I will find him in there one day but until then I won't be spending any money on pretty hammocks *sigh* I can still get them but they have to sit on the ground. I forgot to add the food dish and water bottle. There is a sleep sack on the top shelf and a double decker hammie attached to the bottom shelf with zip ties and metal shower curtain hooks because you can't hook it under the shelf with just the metal hangers as they don't fit in the space. You can see the zip ties, they are pink. Also in front of his double decker you can see something black, that is his bandanna folded up into a square. He wads it up and puts it inside the double decker to block the back opening so light doesn't go in there.


(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/other/PictureorVideo065.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on April 29, 2009, 08:45:48 PM
Aww cheese! Hopefully he'll get used to the of being airborn  :)
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 29, 2009, 09:04:23 PM
I hope so too. What is strange about it is I have a spare superpet cage you can see it in the backround on the left with the blue base and white wires and i had that hammock in there for my ferrets if they felt like sleeping in it and i let cheese climb the cage and he would go through the bars and sleep in that same hammock (not touching the ground).  ::) He is so weird  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on April 29, 2009, 10:06:01 PM
The liners look really cute in there  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:  I like the way you have your cage set up,  hopefully he will get used to hammocks!
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on April 29, 2009, 10:49:28 PM
Thank you Julie, I like to reverse them around. This is the first time I put the floor liner fleece side up. Did you mean to put the roll your eyes emoticon or was that a mistake? He loves both his sleep sack and double decker he just didn't like it when I had it hanging.

Just in case anyone didn't see my other post JuliesZoo74 made the liners and beds but her machine broke.
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Post by: WEAVER on April 30, 2009, 07:35:01 PM
Here is a picture of my cage this time around...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-10.jpg)
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Post by: Scubbs on May 01, 2009, 12:29:54 AM
Aw, no individual level pics?  :P
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Post by: coliekumar on May 01, 2009, 12:53:59 AM
Aw, no individual level pics?  :P

ditto!  :'(
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 01, 2009, 01:53:15 AM
Weaver, If I was ever feeling blue I could just come on here and look at your rat's cage and the bright cheeriness would make me feel better. :)
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Post by: ROS on May 01, 2009, 06:06:59 PM
I love WEAVER's cage!!! You are changing my opinion on Martins!  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 02, 2009, 09:46:41 AM
Okay this is probably a stupid question.

But why do the cage doors all have those things on them (are those zip ties?). Do the Martin's cages come with door latches? Surely they must, so what are those ties for?
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Post by: artsiekat on May 02, 2009, 10:34:00 AM
Okay this is probably a stupid question.

But why do the cage doors all have those things on them (are those zip ties?). Do the Martin's cages come with door latches? Surely they must, so what are those ties for?

Are you talking about those metal circles on the doors? There's four of those per door. Those are the door latches.
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Post by: twilight on May 03, 2009, 02:40:03 AM
Great cages! What do you have to do to get Martins to put in the extra large doors instead? Do you mention it during the ordering process somewhere?
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Post by: Scubbs on May 03, 2009, 02:42:00 AM
You can email them  :)
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Post by: twilight on May 03, 2009, 02:58:47 PM
I emailed Martins.  :)
The larger doors are now standard on the R-695.
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Post by: WEAVER on May 04, 2009, 01:05:46 PM
Quote
Aw, no individual level pics?

Taking cage pictures with the doors open on each level is quite a bit harder with six rats rather than three ;)  I am not quick enough to keep them all in the cage and take pictures.  It seems like the minute I back away from the cage and get the camara focused I see a rat escape :yelcutelaugh:

I can't even tell you how many pictures I have with a rat crawling out!
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Escape.jpg)

I changed my cage the other day into pastels again, today back into brights.  I am hoping to make more cage liners and new stuff in the next few days.  I am getting tired of some of my older hammies :P  Ok, here is the cage today...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cage1-6.jpg)

AND I even took INDIVIDUAL pictures!!! :wink5:
Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cagetop.jpg)

Middle level (with my new handsome guy Wesley posing)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cagemiddle.jpg)

Bottom level---see the rats ready to escape!??!!!!....and yes, they did crawl out :D
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cagebottom.jpg)


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Post by: PKT on May 04, 2009, 08:20:26 PM
Weaver, what a beautiful cage!  Where did you get that 3 level hammock on your top level (with the apple print on the bottom)?  My girls would love that.
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Post by: WEAVER on May 07, 2009, 10:51:29 PM
I have been sewing the past two days and put together a new rattie ensemble.  This one is geared towards the boys ;D

My battery on my camara died before I could take an entire cage picture, so I only have pictures of each section. :-[

Top section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Topcage.jpg)

Middle section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Middlecage.jpg)

Bottom section (notice my ratties escaping once again :yelcutelaugh: )
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Bottomcage.jpg)
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Post by: mcfate on May 08, 2009, 02:22:38 AM
Your cage looks great Weaver (as always!)  When my add on comes in the mail 4-6 weeks :(  I am going to make some better fitting liners.  My boys are starting to sleep and play under them.  Do your ratties do this?  my cage this week!

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/rats002-2.jpg)


ugggg...I think that happened because I was trying to make it brighter and then posted the one I deleted.....I really need a new cam.  Hopefully I will get it as a b day gift....anyway here you go bad pic but I am trying.  I have posted a couple of pics with a better cam that isn't mine.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 08, 2009, 03:37:48 AM
you picture is broken  :BlueDumboBigEyes: Mine can't get under the liners because I either zip tie or regular tie them on. My cage is going to look a little different this week I have some new stuff  :BlueDumboSmile: I am cleaning it right now I should have pix up tomorrow.
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Post by: mcfate on May 08, 2009, 05:09:16 PM
Someone made your liners right Bloo Cheese?  So do they have holes in them to tie them down?  I am wanting to make my own, and I was going to safty pin them outside of the cage (not within their reach).  Is this bad?
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Post by: WEAVER on May 08, 2009, 05:40:30 PM
I safety pin mine down.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 08, 2009, 07:49:59 PM
Yea, JuliesZoo74 made them but her machine is broke. She put grommets in the corners. I used zip ties at first but I have found it easier to use my mom's expensive cooking twine.  :doh: Don't tell my mom lol she hasn't missed it yet. I really need to get some yarn or something to use instead.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 08, 2009, 07:51:29 PM
Oh the picture of yor cage isn't broken anymore  :) I really like that dino fabric.
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Post by: mcfate on May 08, 2009, 10:35:55 PM
My son really likes the dino fabric too!  I didn't make those though!  I am trying to group my hammocks together to help them get comfortable using them.  If I put the tunnel in between they seem to get in all three of them more.  I want to spread them out more over time.  I bought that set on e-bay before I knew how many people made sets here.  My boys also really like the baskets hanging on the sides.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 09, 2009, 01:12:31 AM
I just hand sewn my boys three hammocks, a flat hammock, a pocket hammock and a corner hammock. I don't know why I did though, because Cheese hates them. I guess I hoped Bloo would go into them exspecially the pocket hammock but no dice. I will probably get some type of hanging basket like you have.
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Post by: mcfate on May 09, 2009, 02:19:35 AM
My guys are slowly getting use to them.  I made a hammock path from the baskets to the shelf. 
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 10, 2009, 06:07:29 PM
Here is the cage when I cleaned it uhm...3 days ago (needs cleaned again tomorrow) I took out the double decker hammie and sleepsack in hopes they would use the new hammies I made (see close ups here http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4056015.msg4578977/,#new ) I also put in  2 baby hats for them to use as sleep sacks but they both vetoed that idea.

front

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo133.jpg)

top
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo134.jpg)

side

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo136.jpg)

other side

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo137.jpg)

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Post by: WEAVER on May 10, 2009, 11:32:30 PM
Cage cleaning day again :)  Here is my cage this time around...

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/May9cage.jpg)

Bottom section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/may9cage1.jpg)

Middle
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/May9cage2.jpg)

Top
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/May9cage3.jpg)

And just a few extra pictures of my crew wanting to come out and play :wink5:
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Group1.jpg)

And out they go...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Group2.jpg)
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Post by: mcfate on May 11, 2009, 02:11:44 AM
Very pretty....new matching liners.  They look thinner than some of your older ones.  Are these summer liners?
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Post by: WEAVER on May 11, 2009, 06:59:14 AM
No, they are made the same.  Maybe it is the more solid color that is making them look so different. ???  I also use batting in my liners, so after they are washed a couple times they tend to get little fluffier. ;)
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Post by: The Futile on May 11, 2009, 09:22:40 PM
WEAVER- your cages are always so colorful :D
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Post by: WEAVER on May 12, 2009, 12:22:10 AM
Thank you rattie_abbi :)

These yellow liners I think are my favorite ones yet.  They are not the prettiest ones I have had, but it seems much easier to spot the ratties in this setup than some of the others I have had. 
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Post by: mcfate on May 12, 2009, 02:28:31 AM
does the batting stay in place well in your liners?  I am going to have a go at trying to make some after my move......I should be settled in at the new house at the end of may. 
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Post by: WEAVER on May 12, 2009, 06:55:27 AM
The batting stays in place.  Just make sure you catch it all the way around as you sewing. ;)
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Post by: Scubbs on May 12, 2009, 04:57:51 PM
What kind of batting do you use, Marsha?  I got one really thick, fluffy batting that (despite catching it all the way around as I sewed) got really weird after washing once inside of a hammock and a cage pad.  It just all collected into a ball in the middle of both  :P
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Post by: artsiekat on May 12, 2009, 05:18:21 PM
What kind of batting do you use, Marsha?  I got one really thick, fluffy batting that (despite catching it all the way around as I sewed) got really weird after washing once inside of a hammock and a cage pad.  It just all collected into a ball in the middle of both  :P

I've used two kinds of batting. One is really fluffy and looks like poly filling that's been pressed together. That stuff will bunch if you don't top stitch over it. I've bought another kind (can't remember the names, how helpful is that?) that is thinner, usually, and the fibers seem closer together and it appears to have more stability, much like it's a fabric unto itself. I've used that without top stitching and it stays together after washing. I know both of them I've used were quilt batting. Sorry I'm not more help. :P
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Post by: Heatherama on May 12, 2009, 06:13:37 PM

Top
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/May9cage3.jpg)


That giant blue hammock there on top in the middle, did you make that?  If so, can you tell me how big you had to make the pieces for that?  I tried making one, and it came out so small and unuseable...it looks like you'd have to make the squares pretty huge.
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Post by: WEAVER on May 12, 2009, 07:59:59 PM
I use the rolled quilt batting for my cage pads, 1/2 inch thick, and only one ply.  They work great and stay nice and dry.

Heather, you do have to use larger pieces.  I actually did not make that one, I bought it from MRR a while ago. ;) 
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Post by: mcfate on May 13, 2009, 01:15:02 AM
My boys smell a bit more than they did when they were 2 months old.  Bigger boys=more pee I guess.  I am changing all the cloth out and wiping down every three days.  Deep cleaning in the shower once a week.  Cage after deep cleaning

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/cagetoday002.jpg)


(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/cagetoday003.jpg)


(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/cagetoday001.jpg)

a couple of toys and the food dishes weren't in there yet.  They were soaking in the sink.
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 13, 2009, 08:36:44 AM
Well I finally get why everyone uses such BRIGHT colors.  I made a set for my new R-695 and thought black with a pattern would look chic.

WRONG! With the black cage wire it looks just dark and dreadful. I wonder why they don't powercoat the Martin's cages in a light grey instead of black.

Anyways I plan to hit the fabric store and buy the most obnoxiously loud color prints I can find to brighten up the cage.
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Post by: WEAVER on May 13, 2009, 12:40:18 PM
I also wish the cage wires were a lighter color, but I have gotten used to the black.  I also have a lot of iron in my home, so the cage blends a little bit better than if it was a lighter color.

I have found that with using pastels, not only is the cage "lighter and brighter" it is also easier to locate the ratties.  I love brights though so I keep switching back and forth.  Now that I have boys, I have been trying not to use so much pink, but I LOVE pink!
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Post by: Scubbs on May 13, 2009, 01:52:45 PM
I have found that with using pastels, not only is the cage "lighter and brighter" it is also easier to locate the ratties.  I love brights though so I keep switching back and forth.  Now that I have boys, I have been trying not to use so much pink, but I LOVE pink!

The ratties don't care!  :yelcutelaugh:  Believe me, after years of subjecting my boys to over-the-top girlyness day in and day out, I can tell you first-hand that all they care about is if it's comfy and there are friends to snuggle with  :) 
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Post by: Joy on May 14, 2009, 09:33:07 AM
We got our R690 yesterday!  Easy to put together - even for me - & we were able to find some fleece on sale at Joann's, so the levels are all covered & secured with binder clips.  I even crocheted a 'hammie'.  (It turned out to be quite easy for me because I always slip or lose stitches anyway - I'm a lousy crochet-er.  I started out planning to make a nice square hammock & ended up with a V-shaped one.  Dtr Em looked at it with a cocked eyebrow & "oh mom" expression, but I decided it was EXACTLY what I'd planned to make all along!  ;D Luckily the girls aren't particular.)

Now the Questions begin:

1) Those door latches are murder!  They're too tight.  We were pushing the entire wall of the cage in to get them unlatched!  Help!!  Any suggestions on how to 'ease' them up a bit?  I've also noticed most of the latches on you all's cages are ... well ... it's possible we put the front panel on upside down I guess.  Does that matter? (oops, that's another question!)

2) Why do some of you use zip ties to attach the various panels instead of the little wire clips that came with the cage?

3)  Some cage pictures here show the lower ramp going into a plastic tub or onto a plastic mat instead of just resting on the bottom of the cage.  Why is that?

 
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 14, 2009, 10:05:58 AM
1) Those door latches are murder!  They're too tight.  We were pushing the entire wall of the cage in to get them unlatched!  Help!!  Any suggestions on how to 'ease' them up a bit?  I've also noticed most of the latches on you all's cages are ... well ... it's possible we put the front panel on upside down I guess.  Does that matter? (oops, that's another question!)

Yeah I just set up my Martins last weekend and some of the door latches are too tight as well. I would think a pair of pliers could open the hooks up a bit, but I have babies in it and there is no way they can push the door enough to open it in the middle anyway.

I used the zip ties because I heard it is MUCH faster and they won't rust over time like the clips would. It was pretty fast, I ended up with blisters but it was fast. I would bet if you ever wanted to change the cage, or store it, the zip ties would be much easier to take off and put back on too.
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Post by: Joy on May 14, 2009, 10:12:47 AM
I probably will take a pair of pliers to those latches ...

And I can see how the zip ties would be faster & probably keep the panels together tighter.  I just know better than to 'wing it' when I'm putting something together ... or cooking!  If I ever ignore the instructions & try to do what I think is "better", I end up with a mess.
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Post by: WEAVER on May 14, 2009, 10:46:52 AM
The door latches are a little "stiff" when it is brand new, but the more you open and close them, the easier they get to open.


So are you gonna share some pictures?? ;) :poke:
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Post by: Joy on May 14, 2009, 11:21:35 AM
The door latches are a little "stiff" when it is brand new, but the more you open and close them, the easier they get to open.
So are you gonna share some pictures?? ;) :poke:

So maybe I'll hold off with the pliers then ...

RE pics ... yeesh, I'd be embarrassed for you guys to see our set-up!  I've seen YOUR pictures, Weaver!  At one point last night I was thinking I wish I could hire an interior decorator for the rat cage!  I think Emily will be able to 'get the job done' eventually ... especially once she sees pics of others' cages & decor.  (Notice how I dodged the pictures request?  ;D)

Now about that Question #3 - tub/plastic mat at the bottom of the lower ramp - what's that about? 

Emily decided she wanted bedding on the bottom - in the tray - instead of fleece.  I wanted to go with fleece since we're also trying to litter-box train them now.  We have some of that litter-box training miracle stuff that we've put in a container for them, complete with poo from the old bedding.  I think we'd be more successful with fleece on the bottom & the only bedding in the litter box, but NOOOO ... I'm just the "mom" ... what do I know!  ;)
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Post by: Accidental Damage on May 14, 2009, 12:06:39 PM
Now about that Question #3 - tub/plastic mat at the bottom of the lower ramp - what's that about? 

I think the tubs you are referring to are litter trays.
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Post by: Joy on May 14, 2009, 12:14:15 PM
Now about that Question #3 - tub/plastic mat at the bottom of the lower ramp - what's that about? 

I think the tubs you are referring to are litter trays.

Really?  Why are they at the bottom of the ramp - with the ramp actually leading into them?  Is that a 'choice' place for them?  We put the litterbox in the corner ... thinking of adding a little curtain, maybe a magazine rack, a nice scented candle ...  :o (And YES I am JUST KIDDING! 8))
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Post by: Libitnia on May 14, 2009, 12:16:32 PM
I have avoided this thread like the plague.... and with reason!  Everytime I come here I get the urge to make new things for my girls to use in their newsed 695.  I have tons of fabric! 

.......BUT I CAN'T POSSIBLY DO IT COZ MY MACHINE BROKE!!!!
boooo  hooooo.....!!!!
 :'(


*is having a tantrum*
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Post by: coliekumar on May 14, 2009, 12:27:04 PM
Now about that Question #3 - tub/plastic mat at the bottom of the lower ramp - what's that about? 

I think the tubs you are referring to are litter trays.

Really?  Why are they at the bottom of the ramp - with the ramp actually leading into them?  Is that a 'choice' place for them?  We put the litterbox in the corner ... thinking of adding a little curtain, maybe a magazine rack, a nice scented candle ...  :o (And YES I am JUST KIDDING! 8))


Many rats relieve themselves at the bottom of their ramps.  ;)
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Post by: Joy on May 14, 2009, 12:35:47 PM
Humph ... okay, thanks!  Now, back to topic posting pics ... sorry about hi-jacking!
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Post by: WEAVER on May 14, 2009, 12:43:46 PM
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RE pics ... yeesh, I'd be embarrassed for you guys to see our set-up!  I've seen YOUR pictures, Weaver!  At one point last night I was thinking I wish I could hire an interior decorator for the rat cage!  I think Emily will be able to 'get the job done' eventually ... especially once she sees pics of others' cages & decor.  (Notice how I dodged the pictures request?  )

Come on, don't be like that. :BlueDumboBigEyes:  We are all here to learn and get ideas from one another.  I love to see how everyone has their cages set up and too see how they made things fit in certain areas of the cages.  I would hate to believe that someone would not post a picture of their cage because they would be "embarrased".

 
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Humph ... okay, thanks!  Now, back to topic posting pics ... sorry about hi-jacking!
Ok, you start by posting your pictures!  You need to put us back on track seeing you did the hi-jacking.  It only seems fair :wink5:


Edited to add...today is my cage cleaning day...no one shares pictures, I won't share mine :poke:  Seems only fair, right? :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 14, 2009, 06:25:05 PM
RE pics ... yeesh, I'd be embarrassed for you guys to see our set-up!  I've seen YOUR pictures, Weaver!  At one point last night I was thinking I wish I could hire an interior decorator for the rat cage!    ;D)

I know *exactly* what you mean. I set up the cage last weekend and installed my newly made hammocks and such (which were too dark once inside the cage). Originally I was going to take pictures but I realized they would be pitiful compared to the designer cages in this thread.

I decided to make some new brighter hammocks before I would dare to post anything on here.
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Post by: Scubbs on May 15, 2009, 12:53:38 AM
Aww, no one shared pics!  Now WEAVER won't post hers!  :P
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Post by: mcfate on May 15, 2009, 03:38:23 AM
I think as long as you have a martin's cage and love your rats it is okay to post your pics!  My cage isn't pretty, but I am trying, and learing.  I want this thread to get bigger because I love my cage, and I love other peoples cages and ideas.  Just post them already   :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: Joy on May 15, 2009, 08:41:54 AM
(I know what I'll do!  I'll copy Weaver's pics & post them as my own!!!!  :cheeky:)

Okay Okay!  But I really DO have a great excuse this time - no digital camera.  Pics will have to wait until Monday.  (By then everyone will have forgotten about me! ;D)
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Post by: coliekumar on May 16, 2009, 06:32:37 PM
Okay, my new girls are coming tomorrow, so I set-up the 680 for them while we do intros etc (they are already QTed)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/Martins680.jpg)
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Post by: Scubbs on May 16, 2009, 07:10:53 PM
Eee, so cute!  So many girly colors and prints :cheeky:
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Post by: coliekumar on May 16, 2009, 07:12:58 PM
Thanks!  ;D  Hopefully my girls like it too!
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Post by: eye.luv.my.rats on May 16, 2009, 07:49:07 PM
How do you hang a wheel from the side of the cage!? That would be so great if I could do that!
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Post by: coliekumar on May 16, 2009, 07:51:36 PM
I just use zip ties around the base of the wheel, but it all depends upon what type of wheel you have.
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Post by: eye.luv.my.rats on May 16, 2009, 09:14:32 PM
I have wodent wheels...I can see how it's done now..thanks! I am definately going to do that!!
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Post by: artsiekat on May 17, 2009, 03:57:21 PM
I'm posting pics in hopes that Weaver will keep posting hers! hehe!

Full cage:
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2192/3540130576_0d8baf3f3c.jpg?v=0)

bottom:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3406/3539318205_d424dc7f94.jpg?v=0)

top:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3350/3539318573_fb3222f977.jpg?v=0)
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 17, 2009, 10:26:56 PM
Firstly is the top door bigger than the bottom? and second I love that double stack cube thing, creative idea. Third which numbercage is that?


I think everyone should post what number cage they have for people like me who are clueless.
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Post by: artsiekat on May 17, 2009, 11:23:05 PM
Firstly is the top door bigger than the bottom? and second I love that double stack cube thing, creative idea. Third which numbercage is that?


I think everyone should post what number cage they have for people like me who are clueless.

I have the 695, the bottom door is slightly smaller than the top, but can still fit a 12in wheel. Autumn made the double stack rat lounge, you can find her hammies in the swap meet section. :)
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 18, 2009, 12:13:27 AM
I knew I wasn't just crazy lol. I thought it was the 695 I wasn't sure though. I'm poor right now and my boys hate hammocks anyways Or so they make me think. I did catch Bloo snoozing in the double decker that i hung so the bottom wasn't touching the ground this time. Cheese is napping under a pocket hammie i sewed and Bloo was napping under a basket filled with fleece scraps I hung. I put him inside the basket and he is burrowing in it I hope he actually goes to sleep in there, If I were a rat I would.


just an update: BLOO IS STILL INSIDE THE BASKET!!! woohoo!!! Now if only he would let Cheese know how awesome it is and it he would go in there by himself. Lazy rats.
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Post by: Scubbs on May 18, 2009, 03:53:59 PM
Piccies from Huron Valley Rat Rescue (aka Blackthorn on here)  :)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3316/3542903687_f5278f0883.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2362/3542901447_edf0b06eb7.jpg)
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Post by: mcfate on May 18, 2009, 03:57:57 PM
Is that cut up carpet?  Or a rug used for the liners?  Anyone else try this?  Is is easy to wash?
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Post by: Scubbs on May 18, 2009, 04:00:52 PM
It's cut up carpet.  Depending on your washer/dryer machine, it's easy to clean.  Understandably I don't think some machines could handle it, but Blackthorn's never had a problem.  It's not too big of a deal since they're small pieces.  The carpet does fray a little with each wash, but so long as you have some scissors handy, it's no biggie.
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 20, 2009, 07:58:40 PM
Okay here is our "newbie" R-695 cage. It does not have a lot of stuff in it, the one thing the boys really need is a wodent wheel which I plan to pick up this weekend.

But they are young so they like the space to race around. The bottom level is still pretty much empty.

(http://www.blackplague.org/femmes/rattie_cage_1.jpg)

(http://www.blackplague.org/femmes/rattie_cage_2.jpg)

(http://www.blackplague.org/femmes/rattie_cage_3.jpg)

(http://www.blackplague.org/femmes/rattie_cage_5.jpg)

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Post by: coliekumar on May 22, 2009, 01:01:10 PM
So, last week my 680 held my two new girls pre-intros and now that they are successfully in the CN, it holds my lone foster girl who is recovering from her e-spay.

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/R680-522.jpg)
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 22, 2009, 02:11:08 PM
Is that a ferret litter box in the corner? I looked at some yesteday and they seemed too big (but now I get why they have that corner thing, because they manage to always poop OUTSIDE of the bars on the lower level). I think they are doing it intentionally to keep things neat.
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Post by: coliekumar on May 22, 2009, 02:30:32 PM
Yep, I use ferret boxes for my smaller cages and as extras and then I prefer to use smaller cat boxes for my larger cages!  IMO the ferret boxes are actually a little too small (for ferrets or rats )  :P
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Post by: tysetsu on May 22, 2009, 04:16:29 PM
Colie that little face in the upper left is so freaking cute!! And your cage is so pink and cute  :heart:
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Post by: coliekumar on May 23, 2009, 12:55:28 AM
Thank you again!  I pretty much have an addiction to cuteness...  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Leona on May 23, 2009, 10:44:24 PM
How do you guys keep the liners on the 695? I have two, one I added tiles and one I did not, I searched the forum and found where they said most do safety pins or pillow-case style, and I'm wondering which would be best? And by safety pins do they mean big ones or small ones? Can they slip open and stab the rats?
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Post by: PKT on May 24, 2009, 10:11:54 AM
My cage pretty simple for this thread, but I thought I'd show it anyway.  This is my first fix-up for the R-695 for my 3 girls.  They are loving all the space!  Since these pictures were taken, I have added a litterbox under the wheel--a high traffic area.  Their food, water, and when the picture was taken, their giant nuts-in-their-shells-in-something-else ball are off to the left.  Next to the Kashi box they have a dog chew toy--dried sweet potato on a rope. 

I know I am one of the few people on this thread probably who uses a mesh wheel.  My girls have had and rejected both wodent wheels and silent spinners.  I bought an extra-wide mesh wheel so my two teenage girls can run on it at the same time, side by side, and I find that my mesh wheel is quieter than both the wodent & silent spinners! 

Leona, I put my liner (a towel) on with safety pins, small ones, on each corner and my rats don't touch them.  I think pillowcase style is really only possible in CNs or FNs; with Martin's, the middle shelf comes attached to the wall so you wouldn't be able to slide it into fabric.

Top:
(http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff74/ASarf/P5230158-1.jpg)
Bottom:
(http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff74/ASarf/P5210114-1.jpg)
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 24, 2009, 10:46:44 AM
Is that the shredded newspaper that came with the cage?

My setup is new too. I use vinyl because it seemed cleaner, and with all the wet poops on the lower level I can't imagine using material. At least I can wipe them up, but how do yall keep it clean with material? Mine just started learning to use the litterbox (well sort of) so maybe if they get that down to a science it will be better.
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Post by: coliekumar on May 24, 2009, 10:52:28 AM
How do you guys keep the liners on the 695? I have two, one I added tiles and one I did not, I searched the forum and found where they said most do safety pins or pillow-case style, and I'm wondering which would be best? And by safety pins do they mean big ones or small ones? Can they slip open and stab the rats?

I use safety pins, although there have been some people on the forum who would say to steer clear for safety reasons, so it is a personal choice.  I have never had any problems with them, so I have continued to use them  ;)  Half the time, I don't even secure the liners down, but it depends upon the rats I have in the cage.
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Post by: PKT on May 24, 2009, 10:55:26 AM
Is that the shredded newspaper that came with the cage?

My setup is new too. I use vinyl because it seemed cleaner, and with all the wet poops on the lower level I can't imagine using material. At least I can wipe them up, but how do yall keep it clean with material? Mine just started learning to use the litterbox (well sort of) so maybe if they get that down to a science it will be better.

Yes, it is!  I was so happy to see that stuff.  I have found that my girls investigate new hammocks faster if I put paper in them.  I put the rest of the shredded newspaper in a huge box and it's basically like a swimming pool--I bury treats and things in it, and they dive down and have secret parties down there.  My ultra shy girl came out of the cage by herself for the first time in 3 months to dive into it!

My cage gets hugely smelly when the girls don't use the litter box.  It makes a huge difference.  I just added a second litter box under the wheel where they poop a lot and the smell had completely gone, even though the liners are way due to be changed.  I can't imagine using material for non-litter box trained rats.
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Post by: coliekumar on May 24, 2009, 10:55:53 AM
My cage pretty simple for this thread, but I thought I'd show it anyway.  This is my first fix-up for the R-695 for my 3 girls.  They are loving all the space!  Since these pictures were taken, I have added a litterbox under the wheel--a high traffic area.  Their food, water, and when the picture was taken, their giant nuts-in-their-shells-in-something-else ball are off to the left.  Next to the Kashi box they have a dog chew toy--dried sweet potato on a rope. 

I know I am one of the few people on this thread probably who uses a mesh wheel.  My girls have had and rejected both wodent wheels and silent spinners.  I bought an extra-wide mesh wheel so my two teenage girls can run on it at the same time, side by side, and I find that my mesh wheel is quieter than both the wodent & silent spinners! 

Leona, I put my liner (a towel) on with safety pins, small ones, on each corner and my rats don't touch them.  I think pillowcase style is really only possible in CNs or FNs; with Martin's, the middle shelf comes attached to the wall so you wouldn't be able to slide it into fabric.



I think the reason many people don't use mesh wheels is more about safety.  (of course, for the life of me I can't remember, they get their tails stuck and ripped off and paralyzed or something? )  Blegh, I am having a brain fart  :P
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Post by: PKT on May 24, 2009, 11:04:24 AM

I think the reason many people don't use mesh wheels is more about safety.  (of course, for the life of me I can't remember, they get their tails stuck and ripped off and paralyzed or something? )  Blegh, I am having a brain fart  :P

Yeah, I have heard that too, though I thought it was more about the wheels with the bars across and not the mesh.  Their tails can't fit in the mesh, though a toe could. For me it was a choice between offering a mesh wheel and no wheel at all, because I tried every style of solid wheel before I got frustrated and got the mesh.  They just wouldn't run on the solids, and I had the wodent wheel I gave to you in there for a long time.  So, I'm hoping for the best.
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Post by: coliekumar on May 24, 2009, 11:05:37 AM
 :thumbsup2:  Good, I am sure it was the bar type I was thinking of.  I even said I was having a brain fart!  :doh:
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on May 25, 2009, 09:10:48 PM
I don't post very often on this thread, mostly because I don't have a camera that's worth a darn. :P
I cleaned my 680 today, and something about this setup... i just like. Plus Termite was being his
adorable self while I was trying to clean around him  :BlueDumboSmileTongue: So I just grabbed my phone
and snapped a couple pics.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g13/wildgirl_1/68025may.jpg)

Termite, being adorable.
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g13/wildgirl_1/TermitePeeking.jpg)
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Post by: mcfate on May 26, 2009, 12:24:36 AM
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g13/wildgirl_1/TermitePeeking.jpg)

Gosh cleaning is boring please pet me?  please!   :heart:
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on May 26, 2009, 10:06:49 AM
Is it just me or does that 680 look taller than normal?
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Post by: artsiekat on May 26, 2009, 10:53:56 AM
Termite is precious!  :heart:
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Post by: italianqt on May 26, 2009, 12:29:41 PM
Is it just me or does that 680 look taller than normal?
I'm pretty sure it's a 670. Termite is a doll!
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on May 26, 2009, 12:40:13 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone! :)
It's probably just the angle that makes it look taller, but I can garauntee you that it is a 680.
And here's the other pic I couldn't upload yesterday.

(Termite, actually asking to come out for once!)
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g13/wildgirl_1/TermiteEyes.jpg)

I wish I could have gotten a pic of his cute little butt. I swear he looks like he's got no pants on!
His hair is growing back in patches all over his hind end. :rattysmiley:
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Post by: italianqt on May 26, 2009, 12:43:30 PM
Awww!

Can you check the measurements on it? It really doesn't look like one.
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on May 26, 2009, 12:52:01 PM
30"18"24"
Though, I think I got the front panel of a 670, because the door on this cage is tiny!
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Post by: critterchic on May 27, 2009, 12:31:58 AM
So, I have been looking at these cages for a while now and really like what I see. So I am ordering a 695 for when I take the boys to work with me. The cage calculator says it will fit 5.6, so with the four boys it should be fine, I hope.
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Post by: mcfate on May 27, 2009, 03:36:36 AM
Wow I am done.  I am so sleepy, cutting carpet stinks, and taking of c rings.....just evil, evil c rings.  I will post better pics soon.

My rat family, and my new cage complete!

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/m005.jpg)

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/m004.jpg)

phewwww long day.
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 27, 2009, 08:36:18 AM
Wow...that is one beautiful HUGE cage McFate. What is it? A 695 with a 680 on top?

Probably darn heavy to lift off the pan too. Martin's needs to come up with cage handles for sides!
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Post by: artsiekat on May 27, 2009, 10:56:29 AM
Wow...that is one beautiful HUGE cage McFate. What is it? A 695 with a 680 on top?

Probably darn heavy to lift off the pan too. Martin's needs to come up with cage handles for sides!

They actually do have handles! They have hooks on them and you just hook them on anywhere you want on the cage. Of course, I'm a spaz and lost one of them...

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Post by: coliekumar on May 27, 2009, 11:01:51 AM
Wow...that is one beautiful HUGE cage McFate. What is it? A 695 with a 680 on top?

Probably darn heavy to lift off the pan too. Martin's needs to come up with cage handles for sides!

The RUUD is actually just a 695 and a 680 put together!  The Martins people even admit it.  So it looks like a RUUD?
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Post by: Sonya_99 on May 27, 2009, 11:16:56 AM
They actually do have handles! They have hooks on them and you just hook them on anywhere you want on the cage. Of course, I'm a spaz and lost one of them...

You mean handles came with the original cage? I never opened the envelope with the c-rings because I used zip ties. Are there handles in that?

Wow..that would be so cool!
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Post by: italianqt on May 27, 2009, 11:20:53 AM
They should be in there, Sonya!
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Post by: rodent_girl_1985 on May 27, 2009, 01:20:26 PM
Can someone give me the measurements for the shelves and levels in the ruud cage? I'm making liners for someone, and need the complete measurements. Thanks!
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Post by: coliekumar on May 27, 2009, 01:43:35 PM
Can someone give me the measurements for the shelves and levels in the ruud cage? I'm making liners for someone, and need the complete measurements. Thanks!

You can also call Martins, they should be able to help you with that!
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Post by: JuliesZoo74 on May 27, 2009, 02:57:48 PM
They actually do have handles! They have hooks on them and you just hook them on anywhere you want on the cage. Of course, I'm a spaz and lost one of them...

You mean handles came with the original cage? I never opened the envelope with the c-rings because I used zip ties. Are there handles in that?

Wow..that would be so cool!

Yup, the handles are in the envelope with the c rings :P
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Post by: mcfate on May 27, 2009, 03:53:32 PM
It isn't quite a Rudd....it is a couple of inches shorter.  It is the exact thing as WEAVER'S custom cage.  I had my heart set on a barn top for a R-695,  but they couldn't do it in powder coat.  I believe the Rudd fits 9 by the cage calculator, and my cage fits eight.  Even though it is a couple of inches shorter than the RUDD it feels so huge!  This set up, as far as toys, wheel, and litter boxes is not exactly how I want it.  I was so so worn out from unpacking the new home, looking after the kids and putting the new cage together.  I am waiting for a few things to come in the mail.  I hate my wheel now.  Even flipping it upside down and hanging it from the top of the cage takes too much room.  I need a Wodent Wheel or a Silent Spinner.
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Post by: vintagerat on May 28, 2009, 12:09:04 AM
It isn't quite a Rudd....it is a couple of inches shorter.  It is the exact thing as WEAVER'S custom cage.  I had my heart set on a barn top for a R-695,  but they couldn't do it in powder coat.  I believe the Rudd fits 9 by the cage calculator, and my cage fits eight.  Even though it is a couple of inches shorter than the RUDD it feels so huge! 

Could you tell me what you told them to make it custom? I really like you're cage and Weaver's and am possibly wanting to buy one soon instead of a 2nd CN. Also, how much did this cage cost you?

Thanks  :D!
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Post by: mcfate on May 28, 2009, 05:53:29 AM
going to Pm you :)

And they can give you a price quote before you buy,  it is dif. because of shipping
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on June 04, 2009, 02:03:49 AM
Heres the boy's R-680 this time

It has a sleep sack on top shelf and a basket filled with fleece scraps. bottom shelf is bowl of food and another bowl with frozen peas and then a water bottle on the side of the cage. On the cage floor is the litter box, wheel, double decker hammie hung from bottom shelf and a bandana in the corner. And one of my ferrets cubes washed for the rats. They climb on it so thats good enough reason for me to put it in there.

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rodger%20Rabbit/PictureorVideo127.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rodger%20Rabbit/PictureorVideo126.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rodger%20Rabbit/PictureorVideo125.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rodger%20Rabbit/PictureorVideo124.jpg)

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Post by: coliekumar on June 06, 2009, 12:54:21 PM
My turn again...

The 680 with my three pre-neuter boys.  They got kicked out of their CN to make room for the newcomers.  Funny thing is, they like this cage better!  (Hammocks by Pink, liners by my hubby)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/680-66.jpg)

And...  Introducing my 690, my natal rat home.  (Hammocks by Tysetsu and liners by hubby again)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/690-1.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/690-2.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/690-3.jpg)

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Post by: Wheeljack on June 06, 2009, 02:41:10 PM
Nice setups Colie!

You need to find some names for those little natal cuties.  :)
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Post by: Whiskey on a Sunday on June 06, 2009, 02:45:15 PM
I recently bought a used RuuD, its not the greatest but I love it anyway. I was hoping some one here could tell me how every one attatches the liners to the shelves. I'm going to try my hand in making my own hammocks and liners and just can't figure out how to keep them in place where my crew won't try to chew it.
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Post by: coliekumar on June 06, 2009, 03:04:45 PM
Nice setups Colie!

You need to find some names for those little natal cuties.  :)

Tell me about it, I don't know what my problem is!  I guess I just want them to be really good!
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on June 06, 2009, 08:09:59 PM
I recently bought a used RuuD, its not the greatest but I love it anyway. I was hoping some one here could tell me how every one attatches the liners to the shelves. I'm going to try my hand in making my own hammocks and liners and just can't figure out how to keep them in place where my crew won't try to chew it.

In that setup I didn't even bother attaching liners. I just zip tied one corner in place because they kept moving it. Before I zip tied them all in place or used twine to tie it in place.
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Post by: mcfate on June 06, 2009, 10:22:29 PM
I am using cut carpet for liners right now.  Nobody has chewed it, or tore it up yet.  I don't know if I am going to use it forever, just thought I would try it out :)
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Post by: vintagerat on June 07, 2009, 02:22:39 AM
Marsha?!  :poke: I need updated pictures  :cheeky:! Still deciding on getting the same Martin's that you have or not.
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Post by: tysetsu on June 07, 2009, 11:51:43 AM
OHHH MY GOSH. Colie that is wayyy to cute  :heart: :heart: :heart:
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Post by: Marilena on June 07, 2009, 06:58:20 PM
My Birthday was last Friday, and my boyfriend bought me my dream cage!!! A martins R-695!    I wasn't aware of just how big it was, and My am i HAPPPPPPY!!!!

This is their old cage (made by me for their emergency/travel cage/baby cage)
(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v4478/33/100/546611126/n546611126_1927681_2580347.jpg)
(http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v4478/33/100/546611126/n546611126_1927682_2918792.jpg)
All Items were hand sewn by me!

Annnnnnd their new cage that was set up yesterday (He didn't remember my many rants about the metal clips, although it wasn't a hassle at all for us to put together. Maybe they have changed the clips/clippers?? The pliers they sent were strong)

(http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v4478/33/100/546611126/n546611126_1927594_1336748.jpg)

(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs053.snc1/4478_88311371126_546611126_1927593_4899477_n.jpg)

That would be my lovely kitten, Mari, upset that Claudia (my blue adventurer) can sniff her paws now.

My adopted mom bought me TONS of fleece for my birthday, and I'm in the process of sewing together cage liners, hammocks and eventually cubes..in that order sadly. I can't wait to take the class at JoAnn Fabrics to figure out how to use my Singer Sewing machine. You just take in your machine, and they teach a class to make something with it for twenty bucks! Genius!

I can't wait to decorate it now! I strive for Weavers talent!!!
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Post by: artsiekat on June 07, 2009, 07:22:42 PM
Congratulations on the 695! Can't wait to see your updates! :D
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Post by: Marilena on June 08, 2009, 11:08:01 AM
Ok so I'm putting everything in and I have a dilemma that I'm sure is just a blonde moment on my part BUT


How do you attach the Silent Wheel to this cage? In all my searching I can't figure out how to without the stand...and it didn't come with one!

I was able to get 2 of them for $1 at RodentFest this year, and now I'm sad that I can't use them!
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Post by: italianqt on June 08, 2009, 11:14:56 AM
A Silent Spinner? The little nub on the back of the wheel screws off.
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Post by: Marilena on June 08, 2009, 11:57:29 AM
I get that it unscrews, but what I'm finding it that if I put the wheel inside the cage, and go to screw the piece back on from the outside...the width is too much...it doesn't go together.

I'm sorry for hijacking the thread! I'll try googling more or maybe post a picture!
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Post by: mcfate on June 09, 2009, 03:06:41 AM
After my trial run with the carpet liners I have decided to give up.   They fit great, the boys do not chew them, but they came almost completely apart after two washes.  Maybe I just bought cheap carpet?  I have no idea.  I know Blackthorn uses them, Scubbs posted pics not too long ago.  I made a double set of liners, waiting till they wear out and then I am moving on :)

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/ct001.jpg)

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/ct002.jpg)

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/ct003.jpg)

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/ct004.jpg)

I still really love my cage, and yes I left some zip ties uncut.  When I carry the cage to the tub for deep cleaning (like tonight)  The cut zip ties scrape me and it hurts.  I am going to try to melt them or file them down (when my boys are not in the cage of course)!
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Post by: mcfate on June 12, 2009, 07:37:36 PM
Where are all the Martins's people?   :BlueDumboBigEyes:
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Post by: mcfate on June 12, 2009, 07:43:38 PM
Where are all the Martins's people?   :BlueDumboBigEyes:
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on June 12, 2009, 09:06:00 PM
I'm done posting my cage because noone ever comments on it.
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Post by: Lauren_22 on June 12, 2009, 09:12:43 PM
I'm done posting my cage because noone ever comments on it.

That is a very poor reason not to post your cage. I have posted pics of my cage several times and no one has said anything about it. The point of posting isn't to get the reaction "oooh I love your cage" or "your cage looks nice", its to show people and possibly give people an idea of what they might be able to do with their cage. You don't know if someone has looked at your cage pics and thought "hey thats a good place to put that." Not everyone posts what they think.

-Lauren
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Post by: coliekumar on June 12, 2009, 09:15:25 PM
I agree with Lauren.  I very rarely post comments on people's pictures, but I look at pretty much everything on this website and I learn from it and appreciate it.  That is why I post in turn, to give back some of what I have gotten.  Of course, if you choose not to post your cage, I completely appreciate your decision  :)
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Post by: JTO_ on June 12, 2009, 09:16:28 PM
I have seen your cage get tons of comments. :P
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on June 12, 2009, 11:29:17 PM
Yea like the very first time I posted it. But it is OK I see everyones point on people getting ideas from looking at other peoples cage, sorry.
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Post by: mcfate on June 13, 2009, 03:01:54 AM
Hey BlooCheese don't be that way :)  I have commented on your cage before.  I have asked about your liners and who made them.  I am going to go back to fleece/flannel liners, and try to make my own.  If that doesn't work out I am going to probably buy from the same person you did, they were well made :)
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Post by: mcfate on June 13, 2009, 03:07:43 AM
Oh, and I have to use a litterbox on every level off my cage :(  does anyone else have to do this?  I would like to take it down to two boxes.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on June 16, 2009, 03:27:32 AM
Whoa I swear I replied to you what in the world?

Anyway unfortuanently the person who made my liners, her sewing machine is broken. Thankfully there are tons of people out there who make great liners. I have a few in mind+++++++++++++++++++++++++(Bloo says hi) I don't know if I will be buying another floor liner because Bloo likes to chew the corners now but I will still buy shelf liners and hammies as my boys decided they aren't for decoration anymore. Thanks to your advice I think. I hang them low and make them tight. It doesn't look pretty with that one string going across the cage but it works and i didn't make the hammies for no reason.
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Post by: JTO_ on June 18, 2009, 02:36:27 AM
I will have a RUUD hopefully by the end of next week!
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Post by: saddiedog on June 18, 2009, 09:14:08 AM
I will have a RUUD hopefully by the end of next week!

YAY! How exciting, those things are huge :hyper:
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Post by: CinemaGeek on June 18, 2009, 01:35:46 PM
Yay for more RUUD people  ;D
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Post by: mcfate on June 19, 2009, 01:18:28 PM
The RUDD is huge!  But I am sure your ratties will love it.  I often don't know which door to open on my cage now :)
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on June 19, 2009, 02:32:19 PM
My Martins 695 just got delivered this morning!  So I'm going to spend the afternoon putting it together and decorating it.  Hopefully it won't take too long to assemble.  I'm kind of spoiled because it only took me about 20 minutes to put my CN 162 together.  I plan on using the zipties to secure it instead of the c-rings because I've read all your warnings about what a pita the c-rings are.  LOL

I'll post some pictures once I've got it together and ratties inside.

Deb
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Post by: saddiedog on June 19, 2009, 04:50:15 PM
My Martins 695 just got delivered this morning!  So I'm going to spend the afternoon putting it together and decorating it.  Hopefully it won't take too long to assemble.  I'm kind of spoiled because it only took me about 20 minutes to put my CN 162 together.  I plan on using the zipties to secure it instead of the c-rings because I've read all your warnings about what a pita the c-rings are.  LOL

I'll post some pictures once I've got it together and ratties inside.

Deb

I love my R695 ;D and good choice to go with the zip ties instead, I really can't imagine putting together the whole cage with them :eek:   Pictures? :puppy_dog_eyes:  :poke:
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on June 19, 2009, 04:52:14 PM
I promise I'll get pictures as soon as I put it together and put the ratties inside.  :)  I'm just relieved that putting it together is less complicated than I had expected.  They already have the shelves and ramps assembled to the sides.  So all I have to do is put the four sides and top together.

Deb
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on June 21, 2009, 02:25:07 PM
Man, what an ordeal it was for me to put this Martin's 695 cage together!  The cage itself is very easy to set up.  But I screwed up and flip-flopped the sides the left and right side walls should have been on.  So, then the ramp that leads to the hole in the main floor didn't line up.  Thank God I used zip ties to put the cage together so it was relatively easy to take it back apart again.  But in the middle of taking it apart, my power went out because we were in the middle of a huge thunderstorm.  So here I am in the somewhat dark living room trying to keep doing it.   :yelcutelaugh:  Any how, the power came back on again after about an hour and I was able to finish putting the cage together.  By that time, it was too late to think about getting it decorated.  So I waited until today to do that and put the babies into the cage.  Now, please keep in mind before you look at my pictures that my cage is NOWHERE near as color coordinated and cutely decorated as most of yours.  :)  And my cubes are in HORRIBLE shape.  These bad ratties have been tearing them apart and I really need to either order some new ones or learn how to make some on my own.  So, please keep that in mind when you look at my cage pictures.  But the babies were very excited when I put them in there, and were running around checking everything out.  So, without further ado... here's some pictures.

Cage pictures:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0002-2.jpg)
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0001-2.jpg)

Toby, Kaylee and Jack:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0018-1.jpg)

Toby, Morty & Jack:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0017.jpg)

Krazy Kaylee climbing the door of the cage:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0015.jpg)

Toby:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0014-1.jpg)
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0011-1.jpg)

Kaylee:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0004-1.jpg)

Morty:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0009-2.jpg)
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/Martins%20695/DSC_0003-3.jpg)

Hope I didn't post too many pictures!  :)

Deb




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Post by: artsiekat on June 21, 2009, 02:42:23 PM
Debs, wooo! The cage looks great! :)

And look, I added the 5 inches in for you! :P

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3416/3642164295_e609e67978.jpg?v=0)

For anyone else interested, that's a diagram for the middle floor of the 695, the smaller shelves are both 10x18in. :)
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Post by: saddiedog on June 21, 2009, 06:36:39 PM
  And my cubes are in HORRIBLE shape.  These bad ratties have been tearing them apart and I really need to either order some new ones or learn how to make some on my own. 

those are what you call worn out cubes? *quickly and slyly scoots ripped up hammocks under chair with foot*

yeah...those are in no way fit to give the ratties... :dontknow: :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on June 21, 2009, 06:49:48 PM
Hehehe...well the pictures don't do the cubes justice.  You can't see where they've totally ripped the floor out so that it's flapping when I pick up the cube.  And they ripped out one side of the cube so that there's quick access in and out that way too.  Trust me when I say that these cubes are on their last legs.

Deb
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Post by: saddiedog on June 21, 2009, 08:45:09 PM
  Trust me when I say that these cubes are on their last legs.

Or lack there of  :yelcutelaugh: Sorry, couldn't help it, My dad's cheesy sense of humor has rubbed off on me :doh:
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Post by: synelovator on June 22, 2009, 03:35:46 AM
Deb, your cage looks GREAT.  I love the elephant in the bottom!
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Post by: italianqt on June 22, 2009, 01:46:09 PM
Deb you are more than welcome to send me those "worn out" cubes when you are done with them to use at Wee Companions. :cheeky:
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Post by: Violet976 on June 22, 2009, 11:35:33 PM
"Italianqt:" Are you really interested in worn or hammocks (even pretty chewed ones?). My newest rattums are chewers, and I can't stand the mess they leave of my poor hammies. I have way more hammocks that I need, if you guys really want some "loved" hammocks, I'll sort through them & send some your way.

edit: I also have fleece that I had cut to size for levels & cage bottoms that are chewed at the corners so I can no longer secure them, if you want those, I'll round some up too.
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Post by: italianqt on June 23, 2009, 04:02:32 AM
omg yes! We've been throwing away lots of stuff lately so liners, hammocks - we can give it a shot! We fold liners up or fold fleece up to make poor-man's-hammocks all the time so those liners with chewed corners would be awesome!!!
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Post by: Violet976 on June 23, 2009, 02:35:10 PM
Ok then, I'll rummage through my rattums "collection" and get a pile going! I've been wanting to get rid of some of the worse stuff anyways, but didn't have the heart to throw them out! Win Win!  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: Marilena on June 23, 2009, 05:23:09 PM
So I finished sewing, and of course my machine started to jam at the end of it...gr.

(http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs105.snc1/4778_93945176126_546611126_2014500_7199779_n.jpg)
(http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs105.snc1/4778_93945181126_546611126_2014501_6610184_n.jpg)
(http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs085.snc1/4778_93945186126_546611126_2014502_5196354_n.jpg)


Yay!!
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on June 23, 2009, 05:47:18 PM
Very nice, Marilena!!!  :)

Deb
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Post by: saddiedog on June 23, 2009, 06:08:49 PM
Loving the pink liners! And I feel your pain, my sewing machine is on the fritz too, now I have to make stuff for the new cage by hand :doh:
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Post by: mcfate on June 27, 2009, 01:44:29 PM
Your cage looks great Marilena!  Now that you have all the extra room are you going to stay with just 2 girls? 
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Post by: Marilena on June 27, 2009, 05:20:42 PM
 :BlueDumboBigEyes: McFate, I never realized just how big this cage is!:BlueDumboBigEyes: I would love to have a neutered male, but I don't want to dip into their vet fund to spay a male myself. I have been eyeing the adoption thread for such a lovebug.../hide from boyfriends glare.

lol, I am more than happy with my girls, I just miss the cuddlin!!
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Post by: JTO_ on July 07, 2009, 06:50:57 PM
Got my used RUUD today, the top is actually a 685 instead of a 680, so I have one more level.  The girls love it!

(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_4072.jpg)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_4075.jpg)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_4076.jpg)
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Post by: Pennytherat on July 07, 2009, 10:22:36 PM
 :party:
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on July 07, 2009, 10:34:11 PM
That's totally awesome, Johnny!  Congrats!!!   :thumbsup2:

Deb
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Post by: mcfate on July 08, 2009, 03:43:43 PM
The RUDD like cages are great.  My boys have lots of room.  The only thing is now that they are growing up, they aren't as active as they were as babies, they don't always run all over and climb all the bars.  A RUDD is probably great for girl rats.  I wish the RUDD came on wheels.  Moving down the hall to the shower for a deep clean isn't easy by myself.
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Post by: JTO_ on July 08, 2009, 05:58:51 PM
Yeah, the girls love it so far!  I might have to get my dad to help me rig up something to put it on wheels. 
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on July 08, 2009, 06:02:16 PM
Yep, it shouldn't be too hard to make up a little wooden frame with wheels to put the cage on.  It sounds like it'd be nice to keep it on there all the time, so you could move it out of the way when you need to sweep or vacuum around it.

Deb
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Post by: myk9x2 on July 09, 2009, 01:54:01 AM
Congrats, you guys have successfully convinced me that a Martin's is the way to go. I was considering a Critter Nation, but I think an R-695 is the way to go.

I do have one question, though. Do those of you with chewers who use zip ties have problems with rats chewing the zip ties?
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Post by: mcfate on July 09, 2009, 12:47:12 PM
My boys haven't chewed even one yet, and there are quite a few on my cage.  Some people have had that problem.
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Post by: JTO_ on July 14, 2009, 10:40:38 AM
I am loving this cage more and more!  The only downfall, is that I got it used, and I think the previous owner lost the handles.  So it took five minutes to get it out, then again to get it back in. :P  I will definitely try to get my dad to make a movable frame that it can sit on.  I also cleaned it today.

(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_4103.jpg)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_4104.jpg)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_4105.jpg)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_4109.jpg)
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Post by: critterchic on July 20, 2009, 08:14:51 PM
I just bought this R695 off the Pack Rat section (like I don't have enough cages! :hyper:). I took it to work and put it in my reception area and take the boys on alternate days. At first they weren't to sure they liked it, but now they hang on the bars of the cage just waiting for me to take them out and off to work. Funny thing is, about 98% of my clients don't even notice them! :shocked2:

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11904.jpg)

My wonderful, naughty Coco,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11902.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11903.jpg)


Where is Weaver?? I need some inspiration!! :cheeky:
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Post by: mcfate on July 20, 2009, 08:22:59 PM
She has been been missing for a long time.  Your cage looks great.
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Post by: critterchic on July 20, 2009, 08:38:28 PM
Thanks, it's the same stuff from my FF. Almost the same footprint! Who knew? :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: mcfate on July 20, 2009, 08:54:23 PM
wow, that makes things easier!
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Post by: FishOutOfWater on July 21, 2009, 10:15:21 PM
I got a Martins-R695 this afternoon! I traded it with a woman on craigslist for my quarantine cage. (She's down to one rat and not planning on getting more, so she wanted a smaller cage appropriate for just 1-2 rats.) So far I only have my two rats, Siam and Cricket, in it, but I'm excited by the fact that I can possibly get more rats. Their old cage, a superpet, only comfortably held two.

Here's the initial rushed set-up done this afternoon:

(http://i360.photobucket.com/albums/oo44/xenobart/2009_07_21002.jpg)
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Post by: Pennytherat on July 22, 2009, 01:15:16 PM
What a good idea, critterchic! They probably love seeing all the new people ^_^ And you have mad decorating skills  :o
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Post by: mcfate on July 23, 2009, 02:56:47 AM
FishOutOfWater you cage looks awesome too.  I loved my cage when it was just the R-695.  With my growing number of rats, I decided to upgrade my cage, but it became to big for me to handle.  Even though I am about to be a Martin's sell out  :-[  I will still watch this thread and comment on how great your cages look :)
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Post by: Adam on August 03, 2009, 07:24:31 PM
I cleaned the girls tonight and changed their cage around.  Here is there new setup :)

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage5.jpg)

Close up of the top level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage6.jpg)

Close up the bottom level.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage7.jpg)

I absolutely love this cage!  I think I am going to get a black tv stand to put it on and get it up off the floor.  I hope to find one with doors on the bottom of it to help store all of their stuff.

what cage is that?
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Post by: Marilena on August 03, 2009, 07:37:37 PM
That would be the Martins R-695.

I have one as well. Best cage evar!
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Post by: Adam on August 03, 2009, 10:48:33 PM
That would be the Martins R-695.

I have one as well. Best cage evar!

I love this cage and i thought it was, is this cage a good size for 2 males?
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Post by: Marilena on August 03, 2009, 11:06:28 PM
The pictures are truly deceiving! This cage is PLENTY of room for 2 males.

Try getting a tape measure, and actually visualize the size of this baby. It's a large cage, even I was shocked when it came home!
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Post by: critterchic on August 05, 2009, 10:28:23 PM
At work cage,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11974.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11964.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11968.jpg)

My turn,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11965.jpg)

No way bro,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC11969.jpg)

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Post by: mcfate on August 06, 2009, 02:23:51 AM
I still really like that blue star/moon fabric.  Where did you buy it from?  I would love a nice big flat hammock with that print.
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Post by: critterchic on August 06, 2009, 08:07:28 PM
I found that fabric at Jo-Ann's. It looks even better in person. Violet976 made that playhouse and I have washed it several times and it is still in fantastic shape. I think I found it on the wall with the calico stuff.
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Post by: jackie71 on August 10, 2009, 03:58:03 PM
A few years ago, all my cages were Martins cages. I had them custom made and was able to attach all three together. It made for quite a palace for my crew.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/jorats/Cages/sm18newcage1.jpg)


O this site will be the end of my retirement savings! LOL...i love this cage set! amazing!!! :heart:
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Post by: vintagerat on August 12, 2009, 12:40:17 AM
I got my cage barely used from Mcfate (here on the forum). It is a custom RUDD, like Weaver's, but yet I messed up the addition on the top...so the set up isn't exactly the same  :P.

Being a FN/CN person....I can tell this cage is going to be a pain in the arse to clean...but I like how it looks in my animal room and it doesn't take up about 6ft of wall space like the 1 level CN & FN did. Plus, the hubby and I are going to be moving at the end of the year to a new place to save money...so we will probably move into a 2 bedroom and who knows how large the rooms will be....so at least I know this Martin's will fit...no worries there!

It is really weird having all of my rats living together....I see them romping through this cage and it makes me feel overwhelmed  :yelcutelaugh:. This cage is supposed to only house 8 rats max, but I have 9 in mine. I decided that the RUDD was just too tall and my oldest rat is a bit over 3 years old....so it just made more sense to get this cage instead of spend the extra money on a RUDD. I don't plan on getting more rats after all of mine pass on...I want to take a break afterwards (my youngest are 8 months)...because my husband and I probably want to decide about kids in 2-3 years and I don't like the idea of being preg/having a baby/young kid around and having to clean a rat cage, I mean...I love rats, but they are a lot of work and stress :P!


Living in the cage is:
3 year old Spartan (the "uncle").
1 year old Spice (the momma).
8 month old boys (the kids): Jack, Jasper, Harper, & Tucker.
8 month old girls (the kids): Leah, Lyra, and Tansy.
Yep...all boys are neutered!!


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2583/3813102609_f2c5e056f3.jpg)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2442/3813100535_efa2f53d4e.jpg)

Bottom floor....
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2486/3813913092_f159eff040.jpg)

Middle floor...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/3813912638_24bb1af10c.jpg)

Top floor...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2637/3813100957_835025c4b9.jpg)



And a couple of "happy rat" pictures  ;D....


Lyra...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2643/3813929580_2a2aba148b.jpg)

Spartan (my oldie & the "uncle"!)...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2626/3813118533_3a2b8a2779.jpg)

Spice (the momma)...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/3813119091_671f75af5b.jpg)

Tansy...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2446/3813118033_c1576ac106.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on August 12, 2009, 11:28:32 AM
Your cage looks soooo good! :heart:

You are right, I am sure it is going to be harder to clean, but all in all I think you will like it.  The worst part about this cage, or any Martins is the fact that there is no where to secure the liners.  I use safety pins, but the boys still crawl under the liners.  It drives me insane.  You would think with all of the hammies they have they would sleep in one of them.   :doh:
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Post by: mcfate on August 12, 2009, 01:59:42 PM
Yay it looks great, and yes liners are the worst part.  I tried lots of stuff.  I sent you a PM undergunfire about mailing the handles yesterday.  They should be there soon.  Hi Weaver  :wave2:
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Post by: vintagerat on August 12, 2009, 08:35:49 PM
Thank you, Marsha & Shelby  ;D!

I really do like the Martin's a lot (so far! lol). Spartan is my oldie...so he is staying down at the base a lot. Luckily, there is always a rattie down there sleeping with him...so he isn't alone.

The liners on the shelves are the only ones that have been "slipping" off. I just fix them up multiple times a day when I am home. I need to make more liners tomorrow night....I only made one set so far and I made the large shelves like 2 inches too short  :confused:. I am probably going to clean this cage more often (probably every 3 days), so that I don't have to haul it to the tub as often. I am hoping my rats don't start chewing the liners. They chewed the towel at the base already, but I knew that would happen, as it is secured to the base.


I am more over having an issue with hanging hammocks. The metal curtain rings that you get from Walmart are too large to fit through the floor shelves  ???. I just used safety pins if I needed to hang it from the floor shelves.
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Post by: coliekumar on August 12, 2009, 08:43:37 PM
I put my curtain rings through lanyard hooks and then clip the lanyard hook to the wire on my cages.  You can find lanyard hooks in the craft section (I think...) or at JoAnns. 
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Post by: mcfate on August 13, 2009, 02:41:16 AM



I am more over having an issue with hanging hammocks. The metal curtain rings that you get from Walmart are too large to fit through the floor shelves  ???. I just used safety pins if I needed to hang it from the floor shelves.

Coated paper clips they come in many colors and are also a cheap.  They don't have sharp points like pins (for the inside of the cage and hammocks, safety pins are fine for the liners on the outside).
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Post by: WEAVER on August 13, 2009, 07:53:17 AM
I use the small snap hooks found in the craft section of Walmart (witht he jewelry beads) and just put them through the shower curtain hook.  For things that are longer to hang (like envelope hammies, cubes) I use binder clips.

You are right about changing the cage out more often.  It makes it so much easier to clean the more often you do it.  I went out of town for six days and hubby took care of the animals.  He did not want to have to clean the rats, so I did them the day I got back.  The cage itself felt nasty and so did my liners when I pulled them out.  I prefer to change my cage about every four days max.
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Post by: vintagerat on August 13, 2009, 08:30:34 PM
Thanks, guys...I thought maybe I was being dumb or something....I spent a good few minutes trying to get the curtain hook into the hole  :doh:. I think I have snap hooks around here somewhere, so I will have to use those!
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Post by: vintagerat on August 16, 2009, 02:22:05 AM
2nd cleaning and I still love this cage! Cleaning is actually a breeze. I enjoy decorating this cage more then the CN (but I still miss my FN). My complaint so far is that I find it a challenge to lift the cage off of the base and then put it back on while trying not to mess up the base pan towel...or squish a rat in the process. The cage really is rather heavy!

I am amazed at how friendly my girls have become. Spice has always been a little love bug, but her girls have always been so skittish and unsure of me for some reason...now they are investigating my hands and will even sit still for a quick pat on the head! The best part about this cage is that the rats can still run in and out of it while I am redecorating! With the FN/CN, they really coulnd't get back inside...I would have to pick them up and put them in..which was hard because they would hide out in the room because they were scared. So....the confidence level of my rats has changed dirastically.

My free range rabbit and my one cat like to sit together now and watch the rats eat/play  ::).



Sorry the pictures are rather dull looking...I waited until dark and I couldn't use my favorite camera setting because there wasn't enough light in the room.....


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2583/3825639634_558cd215ae.jpg)

Top...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2570/3824838361_71828cc6e4.jpg)


Middle...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/3825640308_e42ca777ba.jpg)


Bottom...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2523/3824838995_b7c2c7a15e.jpg)


I decided to use up some old towels from the FN/CN to make my shelf liners...they came out really great. I just used a layer of fleece on the inside!


Oh, and when Chelsey gets back from her vacation...I will need to order an XL (errr..or bigger!!) pocket hammock because all 9 of my rats (boys are 1lbs each or more) stuffed into a large pocket hammock!!!!
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Post by: mcfate on August 16, 2009, 05:25:36 AM
Is the top third with the door still making you upset?  I have looked at all of the pics, and the old pics of mine, and I think I could help make it right.  Does it make it harder to clean?
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Post by: WEAVER on August 16, 2009, 11:48:50 AM
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My complaint so far is that I find it a challenge to lift the cage off of the base and then put it back on while trying not to mess up the base pan towel...or squish a rat in the process.

Have someone hold up the ladder on the bottom level as you set the cage back into the pan.  It makes life much easier ;)


I am glad that you are liking the new cage.  I would imagine it has a lot more decorating possibilites than the CN or FN with all of the different levels.

Do you find that your ratties have less space or more space?  I have always wondered that.  I would like to get two more ratties in the future and had thought that if I did I would need to change out my cage to a CN.  I am worrried there would not be enough floor space if they all got on one level at the sametime.  For example when I feed them their veggies or baby cereal.
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on August 16, 2009, 12:17:52 PM
I use a safety pin to latch the ladder to the main level of the cage.  Makes it easier to place the cage on the ground to clean and then to put it back into the base pan.  :)

Deb
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Post by: vintagerat on August 16, 2009, 02:34:45 PM
Shelby....I got the handles and instructions in the mail! Thank you for sending them...the handles made lifting much easier. The top level being "wrong" actually isn't bothering me anymore  ;D!

Marsha...To be honest, my rats have more space! When I feed fresh foods, they are always on the same level...but dinner time only lasts a short time. For sleeping during the night they usually are all on the same level sleeping in a rat pile, but during the day they like to spread out all over the cage.

I have 9 rats in this cage and I think the limit is 8....but honestly, they aren't cramped in the least bit. This really is a big cage and offers so much more than a FN/CN does. Like I said in my last post....look how much it has helped my girls to become more confident  :D!

Deb...Good idea! My husband is allergic to the rats when he touches them and their stuff (probably due to pee)...so pinning up the ladder would work just great!!
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Post by: WEAVER on August 18, 2009, 02:01:50 PM
I know I have been missing in action around here for a while.  We put an addition on our home this summer for the piggies and my sewing so that was keeping me very busy.  The addition is just about completed and the kids are back in school, so hopefully I will be able to spend a little more time doing the things that I enjoy ;)


My cage this time around.  (I still have six ratties :wink5:)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-13.jpg)

Top
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cagetoplevel.jpg)

Middle
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cagemigglelevel.jpg)

Bottom
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cagebottomlevel.jpg)


I also just wanted to mention that it really bothered me and slightly hurt my feelings that people were taking offense to me posting my cage.  We are all here to share ideas to provide our ratties with the best home possible.  I don't view cage decorating as contest and wish others would not either.  I really hope that it does not get to the point where I feel like I can't share my cage pictures like before. :'(




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Post by: coliekumar on August 18, 2009, 05:40:40 PM
I would just like to say that I have always loved viewing your cages and have gained a lot of decorating and sewing inspiration from your cage posts.  I really hope you continue posting.  I too have had some comments said to me on the same subject that were hurtful, so I can understand how you are feeling.  *hugs*
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Post by: critterchic on August 18, 2009, 06:43:40 PM
I for one have always enjoyed your cage and watching it grow was a lot of fun. I am really sorry you felt that way. Your cage was one of the reason I chose to get a R-695 for my at work cage for my boys.  I really missed you and being inspired by your decorating skills. So glad your back!
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Post by: WEAVER on August 18, 2009, 07:13:03 PM
I big thank you to both of you.  I really felt awful about the whole thing.  I never wanted to make anyone feel like their cage was not picture worthy.  I enjoy seeing pictures of EVERYONE'S cage no matter the style, kind, size, or what hammocks are in it.  I often check out the FN thread, the CN thread, the Fiesty Ferret one.  I just love looking at all of the ideas and creations everyone has (and their adorable little ratties in the cages).  :)


Ok, enough about all of that *sigh*

How about an adorable Delilah picture with her puppy dog eyes?
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat4-2.jpg)

She is such a difficult little rat, but with a face like that, you just can't get mad at her

Oh, ya, and back onto the cage subject.  For those of you who wonder, yes, my ratties do get under my liners :doh:
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat11-1.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on August 18, 2009, 08:40:20 PM
The cage looks great, Weaver! I wish I could make my liners like yours...my aren't fluffy enough and I am afraid to get thick batting as my sewing machine was free and probably isn't in the best of shape.

HAHA @ the ratties under the liners!! My crew will only pull up one edge and sleep under that one edge, but it is usually only one rat at a time. Luckily they don't all get under there!
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Post by: coliekumar on August 18, 2009, 09:05:17 PM
So, no pictures as of now, but I wanted to say that I have had great success with my 690 with a trio of very shy rats.  They did not do well in the CN colony (two gentleman and a spayed lady) and then even the 680 had too much open space for them, so into the 690 they go and voila!  They now come out and explore and even play a little in their cage instead if just cowering all day every day!  I will update with pictures as well next cage cleaning.
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Post by: WEAVER on August 18, 2009, 10:10:11 PM
Coliekumar and undergunfire, both you have now mentioned the fact that rats tend to be more skittish in certain cages than in others.  I am somewhat new to ratties, and only have had the Martins 695 and now the newer addition, so excuse my ignorance :P  My ratties are all friendly for the most part, but tend to hang out in the upper section of the cage.  They hardly ever use the very bottom level and Delilah uses the middle level when the younger rats start driving her crazy.  Do you think they are feeling like the cage is too big?  I honestly don't understand why if they have all of this room they don't use it. ???

For the past month or so I have been debating getting a CN just so the rats have more floor space seeing they are all in the one area.  I also am looking at adopting a few more ratties in the near future.  I REALLY love my Martin's though :-\  I love the levels being closer together and the fact that the cage is not soooo huge.  I feel like there is more usable space, I just don't understand why the rats are not using it.
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Post by: vintagerat on August 18, 2009, 10:47:25 PM
Marsha....I guess all I can say is to try a CN. Yep...it is an expensive option! I found out that, while debating a Martin's, I wouldn't truly understand if I liked the Martin's unless I sprang for it and bought it. I am glad I did. I miss my FN, don't get me wrong...but I love this Martin's because of what it has done for my rats.

I have found over the last week, that my rats are now mainly starting to use the top level more and more...then pretty much ignore the middle level and only use the bottom sometimes. I seems odd, having 9 rats on the top level most of the time, but I don't think they would want it any other way. I think in the CN, they were "out in the open" too much. I just think they feel more secure in a Martin's.

Remember...if you do get a CN, then you're rats might just still hang out on the top level...which isn't really a bad thing, a 1 level CN has more space then a 1 level Martin's.

The way that I see it is....rats just like to stick together! I am glad I have the middle level, though...as I usually only find one or two rats at a time down there and I think they use it as a "get-a-way".
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Post by: WEAVER on August 18, 2009, 11:17:28 PM
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I have found over the last week, that my rats are now mainly starting to use the top level more and more...then pretty much ignore the middle level and only use the bottom sometimes.

This is how my ratties were for a long time, but the more time that goes on they seem to hanbg out on the top more than ever.  I sometimes wonder if that is because they know that is where I give them their snacks.  I don't know.

I have been thinking about the CN, but to be completely honest I really don't like the look of them.  I like the way the bars look better on the FN, but I know for a fact that Claire could escape.  She is full grown, but really tiny.  I also don't like the look of rat proofing the FN, which is why I did purchase the Martins in the first place.

Another option I have been thinking about is taking the top level down and ordering another of the 695 bottom section.  I could take down the side wall and attach the two cages together (ultimately making two 695 side by side, but connected).  The only problem than would be the bottom litter pans and trying to move the cage around to clean it and area around it.  I just love the thought of how much floor space that would provide for them.


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Post by: critterchic on August 18, 2009, 11:19:12 PM
Just a thought about using the lower level. I noticed that your cages are on the floor, as you know both the CN and FN have a base. So, maybe if the Martins was off the floor the rats might be more inclined to use the lower level.
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Post by: mcfate on August 18, 2009, 11:20:37 PM
My rats still hang out at the top of the CN a lot, just like they did in the Martin's cage.  They still use the rest of the cage, but sleep and hang out there more.  I really don't think buying a CN will change that for you.  I change the CN shelf liner at the top of the cage everyday, just because that is where they hang out and pee.  The rest of the liners don't have to be changed  as often.  I am sorry that is why you stopped posting your pics Marsha.  I like looking at all the cages.  We all have diff, neat ideas and it is about sharing, and not a contest (to me anyway).

ETA  I don't really take pics of my cage with the ratties in there.  Maybe I should so you guys could see them.  Delilah  :heart:  I have all man rats, she is so pretty!

hanging out at the top of the cage
(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/001.jpg)

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/003.jpg)

Sam says "Hi Ladies!"

(http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv340/lilredpixie_2000/002.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on August 18, 2009, 11:46:43 PM
Marsha....do you also feed you're homemade mixture at the top? I feed that at the bottom, but I do feed their fresh foods at the top (they don't get fresh every day, though).

I hated the look of the CN and I also think the bars "stick" with more pee because of how close together they are...haven't had that issue in my Martin's yet. The CN always seemed really grimy to me.

You could get creative if you wanted to do 2 695's together.....you can have a special BASS pan made & spray paint it to you're liking. You can also have the hubs make a nice short wood platform on wheels, so you can move it around! I like having my Martins on the floor, so the rats can come and go when they are playing...so just keep that in mind, you may want as short as a platform with wheels as possible.
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Post by: rodent_girl_1985 on August 19, 2009, 12:19:58 AM
Weaver, your cage looks amazing, but there is one thing in particular that always catches my eye: those awsome braided ropes! I've tried I don't know how many times to make a braided rope and they come out pitiful :BlueDumboBigEyes:
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Post by: WEAVER on August 19, 2009, 09:21:00 AM
Weaver, your cage looks amazing, but there is one thing in particular that always catches my eye: those awsome braided ropes! I've tried I don't know how many times to make a braided rope and they come out pitiful :BlueDumboBigEyes:

Thank you :)  I just wanted to let you know in case you maybe interested that in the next few days I will be offering braided ropes, cubes and several hammies for sale.  ALL of the money that I collect from these items (minus shipping and paypal fees) will be donated to HVRR to help their ratties. :heart:  Keep watching in the sales part of the forum, and not only would you be getting your ratties a few new ropes, you would be greatly helping make a difference for the rats in need. ;)
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Post by: WEAVER on August 19, 2009, 09:31:20 AM
Mcfate, thank you for your input.  Having had the cage I currently have, and than the CN, I can appreciate your experiences.  I am glad to hear that your rats are still hanging out together even in the larger sized cage.  Your ratties are adorable!  I love the little guy with the tiny dumbo ears  :-*

Undergunfire, I do feed their mix on the bottom of the cage.  They get lab blocks in the top portion and have fresh food there daily as well.  If I feed them their fresh on any other level the middle ladder going to the next level is in the way.  They have the most floor room on the top level.

I am going to keep pondering.  I had thought about the Bass pans, but I have hard wood floors and don't want the metal to scratch the floor when I move the cage.  My hubby is pretty good with constructing things as well (we both put together my guinea pig cages) so he said he would think about it.  I may give Becky at Martins a call to see if they have a pan, or could get me a pan that would work. 
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Post by: coliekumar on August 19, 2009, 07:01:31 PM
I am coming in a little late in the conversation, but I do have some input.  My 680 doesn't feel all that much small as far as floor space goes than my CN, there is only a few inches difference on each side.  I could upload a pic of my 680 on my CN if that would help.  My rats spend most of their CN time on the top of the cage (either on shelves or hammocks) but do come down to the bottom and middle levels to run around, play, wrestle, and play with me (I love to open up the doors and stick my arms in to play.  My rats generally use all of their Martins cages, but I have never had larger than an R695, so I am not as knowledgeable in the larger cages.  Another idea is, if chewing is not an issue, they can make the ferret cages in rat spacing and they have some larger floor sizes and some pretty cool cages, such as the New Englander (same size as CN) or the penthouse/hotel (48" length). 

I love cage shopping!
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Post by: mcfate on August 20, 2009, 05:36:06 AM
Had to work late, tried to sleep and woke up hehe...anyway I love the barn top to the  New Englander,  and I wanted one for my R-695, but they couldn't do it.  I think the New Englander is really neat and would be great fun for the ratties, but I would never be able to move it around or clean it well, which is why I sold my add on cage in the first place.  The barn top would be such a cute rattie bedroom, but the only way you could buy it and add it to the R-695 was with the ferret PVC and a open pan which they could chew on  :-[
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Post by: WEAVER on August 24, 2009, 07:31:00 PM
Tonight is my cage cleaning night.  Does'nt anyone have new piccies to share? :hyper:
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Post by: critterchic on August 24, 2009, 08:05:40 PM
I cleaned my boys R695 on Saturday (the at work cage) and will be decorating it tomorrow and will post pictures tomorrow night. So please post your cage picture. :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Cricket Song on August 24, 2009, 08:32:48 PM
Just got the Skyscraper recently and put it together! It's home to our two young boys, Noah & Hydron, and will also be home to our two spayed girls from MRR next month. The rat cage is on a heavy-duty 6-foot-long polyresin table, which doubles as play space, and is right next to my son's bed so we can play there, too:

Hydron on the left, standing on a dollar store crate, and Noah...um...somewhere with a lab block!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/CricketSong/August09RatsinSkyscraper004.jpg)

Noah in the food bowl on the second level, and Hydron's tail sticking out of the Wodent Wheel, lol. I had to put material in there so it only sways a little, and they are staaaaaarting to explore it.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/CricketSong/August09RatsinSkyscraper016.jpg)

Noah in the basket, under the fleece! The basket is secured to the top by a strip of fleece woven through the straw and tied to the wire.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/CricketSong/August09RatsinSkyscraper027.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on August 24, 2009, 08:34:07 PM
Aww that picture of Noah is precious!! Can I be nosy and ask which lucky girls you're adopting?  :cheeky:
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Post by: Cricket Song on August 24, 2009, 08:45:03 PM
I know- Noah looks like Sister Noah of the Church of Ladybugs. :yelcutelaugh:

LOL! Sure! We will be bringing home Kenna (the PEW currently paired with Elsa) and Flutter (one of the black berk Noisy Girls, who are actually related to the other girls). My son, Ben, fell in love with Kenna on sight, and will re-name her Izzy. I am still working on a new name for Flutter- her white belly marking looks just like Africa, so I've been looking up Swahili, Nigerian, Kenyan names...favorites so far are Penda (which means beloved & affectionate) and Kaya (which means stay and don't go away).

Two of the other Noisy Girls are being adopted, and Elsa (the himi sister of Kenna) will be paired with Eek, the last Noisy Girl (and her relative). They'll be so lovely together, black & white!
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Post by: tysetsu on August 24, 2009, 08:52:52 PM
Oh that's fantastic! I love the name ideas for flutter. Penda and Kaya and both so pretty  :) I hope we'll get pictures of them in the cage with Sister Noah  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Cricket Song on August 24, 2009, 09:08:24 PM
Yep, you will! I am hoping the girls are hammock lovers- my boys don't even usually lie on fleece- they shove it off the shelf and stretch out on the wire!  ::)
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Post by: vintagerat on August 24, 2009, 10:04:20 PM
I'm doing a cage cleaning tomorrow night, so I will posted pictures then! I need to find time to sew up new liners...I only have 2 sets right now, so the cage always looks rather boring  :yelcutelaugh:.
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Post by: WEAVER on August 24, 2009, 11:41:21 PM
Cricketsong, your cage looks great and your boys are precious.  I can't wait to see pictures of the new girls once they move in :hyper:


Undergunfire, sounds like you need to get to sewing :yelcutelaugh:  Seriously, at the moment, I only have three sets of liners.  They keep ruining them!  I can't seem to sew fast enough these days.  I was not sure if you knew this or not, much with this cage set-up you can make the pads reversable.  I have started doing that, just so I have more choices, but they take up less storage space.

I did clean my cage this evening and took pictures.  I will upload them on photobucket in the morning and share them than.
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Post by: vintagerat on August 25, 2009, 12:02:33 AM
Marsha...it is so hard to sew between sewing orders, work, sleep (much needed!!), spending time with hubby & pets, cleaning pets, etc...HAHA! I do hope to get some stuff sewn for my rats this weekend, though, as I bought some really cute fabric at WalMart that I can't wait to make stuff from.

I did notice that you could make reversible liners! I have done that so far, but only one side of the liners has been "pretty". I was desperate to sew a 2nd set, so I just took some plain 'ole fleece baby blankets and sewed some random grey & black fleece that I had onto the back to be the underside  :P. I need to check out sales to see when I can pick up some printed fleece...it is usually too expensive when it isn't on sale. I really don't like spending more than $5 per yard of fleece.

I have been very lucky....no one has ruined my liners yet. I do not pin down my liners, though, as I know they will surely get ruined then.
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on August 25, 2009, 03:45:40 AM
Paula!! Your cage looks great! It looks like the boys have really come out of their shells. :)


(~Court)
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Post by: WEAVER on August 25, 2009, 10:24:14 AM
Ok, new cage pictures :)
It is slightly slainted.  I think I may have been a little tired when I took the picture.

Entire cage
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-12.jpg)


Bottom section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Bottomcage-1.jpg)


Middle section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Middlecage-2.jpg)


Top section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Topcage-1.jpg)

I tried to set the top level of the cage up differently this time to give the ratties a little more floor space.  We will see how this works out :P
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Post by: calicavylover on August 25, 2009, 03:25:15 PM
In my next life I am coming back as a Weaver rat. I should be getting my Martins in the next few weeks! Can't wait!
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Post by: WEAVER on August 25, 2009, 04:37:07 PM
I didn't know that you were getting a Martins.  How exciting :hyper:  What model are you getting for the girls?  I can't wait to see how you decorate it.  You gotta share piccies :wink5:
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Post by: critterchic on August 25, 2009, 05:18:42 PM
Weaver!! Looks so great. I love those lime green liner's and litter pan. Where do you get the green litter pan? I am decorating the boys FF right now with a lime green liner. :thumbsup2:
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Post by: WEAVER on August 25, 2009, 05:58:01 PM
Thanks Critterchic. ;D 

I got the green litter pan from Tractor Supply :)
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Post by: vintagerat on August 25, 2009, 07:47:22 PM
Its looks amazing, Marsha  :hyper:! You should sell Martin's floor liners  :poke:.

 :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: calicavylover on August 25, 2009, 08:03:04 PM
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I didn't know that you were getting a Martins.  How exciting   What model are you getting for the girls?  I can't wait to see how you decorate it.  You gotta share piccies

Yep from someone here actually, it's a 695...hopefully all 5 will get along so they can live together. Right now the babies are still in a separate cage because they are soooo much smaller than the trio of fattie girls. I'm going to have to read up on rattie intros so I know what I'm doing.
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Post by: WEAVER on August 25, 2009, 08:24:29 PM
Its looks amazing, Marsha  :hyper:! You should sell Martin's floor liners  :poke:.

 :BlueDumboSmileTongue:


I have sold several sets of liners.  I just don't offer them "normally".  Right now my website is just geared towards guinea pigs, and I am not sure if I will ever offer other critter items.  I do make people ratties items though if they are wanting something specific.  My cage pads usually run $35.00--$40.00  for a R-695 full set, all depending on the type of fleece.  If you are wanting a set at somepoint just let me know :wink5:


Calicavylover, rattie intros for me have not been nearly as hard as piggie intros.  Hopefully you will have the same success.  Honestly I don't think it will be that hard seeing they are all still young and the same sex.  Introductions though for the rats are MUCH different than piggies.  They need to play sessions first and than you keep seperating and restarting the process again on another day.  It was weird after doing piggie intros for so long and NOT seperating unless bloodshed. ::)
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Post by: critterchic on August 26, 2009, 07:21:23 PM
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12147.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12148.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12149.jpg)

Coco,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12164.jpg)

Captain,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12153.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on August 26, 2009, 11:28:35 PM
I love how the levels match all of the stuff!  I have not done that yet.  Maybe I will sometime soon.  I gotta sew my guys up some new stuff!  I am tired of all of the things they have and Claire has ratified most of it.
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Post by: vintagerat on August 26, 2009, 11:33:51 PM
Very cool cage, critterchic! I think you have a unique decorating style, as I also love how your levels and hammocks all match.
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Post by: critterchic on August 27, 2009, 12:04:48 AM
Thank you Weaver and Undergunfire! Means a lot coming from you two, as I have always loved your cage decor! I am working on Coco and Captain's 1st Birthday decoration's for their FN tonight, their b-day is Friday. With Violet965's help their cage will hopefully be amazingly colorful.  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: vintagerat on August 27, 2009, 12:08:04 AM
Thank you, Critterchic  :D!

I can't wait to see the boys' birthday cage!! I can only imagine how cute it is going to be. Didn't you get birthday fabrics from Violet  :hyper:?
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Post by: critterchic on August 27, 2009, 12:16:44 AM
Yes!! Violet made them the most amazing B-day Spoiled Rotten Package! Really been a nail biter to wait until their B-day! :yelcutelaugh: And I am making them new matching liners with all the color's she used, so should be really bright!
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Post by: WEAVER on August 27, 2009, 09:39:08 AM
Oh, my, gosh...A birthday cage!!! :yelcutelaugh:  How exciting :hyper:  I can't wait to see that once you have it all together.  I think I remember seeing the hammies in Voilet's thread.  I recently ordered two new hammies from her as well. ;D  Gosh, isn't spoiling the furkids so much fun? :wink5:
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Post by: coliekumar on August 27, 2009, 10:49:55 AM
Ok, new cage pictures :)
It is slightly slainted.  I think I may have been a little tired when I took the picture.

Entire cage
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-12.jpg)


Bottom section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Bottomcage-1.jpg)


Middle section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Middlecage-2.jpg)


Top section
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Topcage-1.jpg)

I tried to set the top level of the cage up differently this time to give the ratties a little more floor space.  We will see how this works out :P


I have these same lime green polka dot liners for my 690!
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Post by: critterchic on August 30, 2009, 08:50:27 PM
Here is a pics of Bravo & Baby's Martin Playpen, not quite as creative as some but they like it. :yelcutelaugh:

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12241.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12247.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12245.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12249.jpg)
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Post by: Stacy M on August 30, 2009, 10:20:20 PM
LOL at your poodle? checking out the ratties!  How adorable.
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Post by: critterchic on August 30, 2009, 10:37:11 PM
LOL thanks, yes my poodle Smith. One of the reason's I have a playpen for the boys. :hyper: Smith is way to interested in the rats, so for the rats to have some "safe" time out of their cage the Martin's Playpen was the way to go.
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Post by: calicavylover on August 30, 2009, 11:47:46 PM
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Here is a pics of Bravo & Baby's Martin Playpen, not quite as creative as some but they like it.

Where did you get the playpen? I would love something like that because I have curious dogs as well!
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Post by: critterchic on August 31, 2009, 12:10:43 AM
I bought mine slightly used off the Pack Rat section from a GMer's. www.martincages.com for a new one.
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Post by: Justadae on September 02, 2009, 07:28:36 PM
Just bought my first Martin's cage, it's a 695.  :hyper: I only have two girls but I decided that more space is always good.. and one can always get more rats.  ;) I can't wait for it to get here! I can, however, wait to put it together.. Good thing my mother is skilled at construction and such.  :heart:
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Post by: vintagerat on September 05, 2009, 04:43:51 PM
Just bought my first Martin's cage, it's a 695.  :hyper: I only have two girls but I decided that more space is always good.. and one can always get more rats.  ;) I can't wait for it to get here! I can, however, wait to put it together.. Good thing my mother is skilled at construction and such.  :heart:

I can't wait to see your Martin's all set up  ;D!!
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Post by: Justadae on September 06, 2009, 12:06:54 AM
Yeah I'm pretty excited, I bought some fabrics today to make them hammocks and such. So far I've managed a tube thing, lol. It should be here by Thursday! ... but I still have so many things I need to do to prepare.  :eek:
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Post by: Justadae on September 10, 2009, 07:29:08 PM
Well it managed to come a day early while I was at class. Got it all put together last night, I LOVE how easy that process was.  :heart:

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h108/justadae/695spesandfizz.jpg)

Today is my sewing and hanging things day, haha. I should have a decked out picture by the weekend.
P.S. This cage is awesome and way bigger than it seems in the picture.  :hyper:
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Post by: mcfate on September 11, 2009, 03:11:17 AM
The R-695 is way bigger than it seems in pics.  It is a great cage.
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Post by: critterchic on September 12, 2009, 06:25:12 PM
I have the R-695 at work and when I first saw it I could not believe how big it is. Pictures do not do it justice. Congrats on the new cage, it really is a fun cage and easy to clean. :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Stacy M on September 12, 2009, 06:34:17 PM
Agreed.  With the rats in it I was like...oh wow that really is big lol.  Cute cage.  Show us when you get hammocks in!
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Post by: WEAVER on September 13, 2009, 05:37:42 PM
Hi everyone :wave2:  Big news!!!! :hyper:  About two weeks ago I aquired two ill baby rats.  They of course are still in quarentine, but are feeling soooo much better.  Anyways, I was going to start a new thread, but I thought instead I would just add it here. Martin's and I are working on a larger sized cage to accomidate everyone comfortably, and fix my "floor" level issues with my current ratties.  This is what I am thinking we are going to do...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-14.png)

It is basically using the R695 I currently have and the top piece.  It will be like having two 695 side by side, but one of them mirror imaged to allow more floor space.  I am working out what I am going to use at the bottom of the cage to protect my floor.  I am thinking I may use a large piece of coroplast and wrap my towels and fleece around it, binder clip it and have it extended around the cage about two inches on each side seeing I have rats who like to pee out of the cage.  If I find the rats are able to move the cage (although I doubt it seeing it is so large), I can use my spring clamps that I have and put holes in the coro to secure it down.

What do you think?
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Post by: Schrute on September 13, 2009, 05:46:59 PM
That will be a very nice cage! I'm really excited to see how it turns out.
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Post by: vintagerat on September 13, 2009, 07:32:48 PM
Marsha....I am jealous (and so are my rats!!). I can't wait to see it finished  :hyper:. Do you know when it will be done?

Congrats on the new rats, too  :party:! When do we get pictures  :poke:?
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Post by: Chunky on September 13, 2009, 08:32:20 PM
i just ordered a 695 yesterday and i had the tape measure out today seeing where i can put it. MAN! its alot bigger than i thought it might have been. does anybody have a pic of a 695 next to a smaller cage with specs for a comparison? that would be great.
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Post by: WEAVER on September 15, 2009, 12:58:39 PM
undergunfire, the cage will be arriving withing the next week of so.  It will still be a little while before I can combine the babies with my other kids anyways.

Here are some pictures of my quarentine cage and the two new girls ;)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-15.jpg)

This is new kid Mitzi.  She is just about seven weeks old.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Mitzi3.jpg)

And this little girl is Lu-Lu.  She is six weeks old.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rat1-4.jpg)
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Post by: rat_cuddler on September 15, 2009, 01:11:44 PM
I love your cages Weaver. Although you make me feel like I am abusing my poor ratties. :bow: They do not have nearly as much color as yours do.
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Post by: WEAVER on September 15, 2009, 01:18:16 PM
It is ok.  Your not "abusing" them.  Ratties can't see the colors anyways, so I really don't think they care very much how bright their cage is. :wink5: 
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Post by: critterchic on September 15, 2009, 07:16:20 PM
Weaver your new babies are very cute. If you don't mind walk me around the block again with the new cage addition. Another 695 added to the current 695 but without the 680 (?) on top of the add-on 695? So, one side will be taller?  Will be looking forward to pics in any case!
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Post by: Justadae on September 15, 2009, 07:48:57 PM
Wow, Weaver, I always love the color schemes in your cages! Your new girls are adorable.

Here is my cage. I fell behind this weekend, went to Disneyland instead of making things for the girls!  ;)
I did, however, manage to get the red hammock (makeshift liner for now) and green fleece liner in there. Added in the litter box a few minutes ago, hopefully they take to it.

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h108/justadae/ratties002-1.jpg)

And where do the girls spend all their time now?

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h108/justadae/ratties001-1.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on September 15, 2009, 08:15:59 PM
Awww justadae, your girls are adorable curled up in their basket  :)
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Post by: vintagerat on September 15, 2009, 10:42:44 PM
Your cages look so awesome, guys  ;D!!!

Marsha....your new girls are so adorable. You are going to have one cuuuuute clan once everyone is living together in their new huuuuge cage!!


Here is my custom RUDD from tonight. I ran out of towels because my rats shred them so quickly in the Martins, so I had to use my "emergency back up bedding"  ::).

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2487/3924254177_9bf56572b2.jpg)


Top level (were all 9 spend most of their time, lol)....
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2568/3925041510_ac6984273d.jpg)

Close up of the huuuuge cube that I made. It was my 2nd attempt at a cube (1st attempt was last year!!). I made it really big on accident. I don't think I will ever make another cube again....too much work, LOL!!!
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/3924255409_ef025687c9.jpg)

Middle level (with Tuckie on the ramp and mama Spice at the door)...
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3437/3925042498_6c20c41163.jpg)

Bottom level (with stupid sunseed newspaper pulp type bedding....not sure I like bedding!)...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2432/3925043084_21af242e90.jpg)



I am hopefully going to be making/buying her hammocks & beds a lot lately, as I am getting sick of using the same stuff all of the time. I'd like to donate the "rattified" and ones that I am sick of to a rescue  :).
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Post by: WEAVER on September 15, 2009, 11:34:36 PM
(http://If you don't mind walk me around the block again with the new cage addition. Another 695 added to the current 695 but without the 680 (?) on top of the add-on 695? So, one side will be taller?)

No, the cage will just be two levels now instead of the three.  I am trying to provide them with a bit more floorspace seeing they all seem to hang out at one place all of the time.  It will be basically two r-695 connected side by side, but one of the r-695 is mirror imaged so the floor plan is better.

Everyone's cages look great :)  I was so happy to come back on and see new postings with pictures.  I just love looking at everyone's pictures and your adorable ratties :heart:
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Post by: Violet976 on September 16, 2009, 12:25:43 AM
undergunfire: your cage looks awesome!! Mine never looks so color coordinating & jam packed full of fun, no matter how hard I try! & that cube is fantastic!
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Post by: Marilena on September 16, 2009, 01:31:49 AM
Underfire! I have those same food dishes!! I loooove the star!

Weaver, I'm so glad you came back to us, I missed seeing your cages!!
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Post by: mcfate on September 16, 2009, 01:42:16 AM
I am happy to hear you have new babies Weaver!  They are very pretty!  Undergunfire, if you hammies aren't totally pee and soiled you might think about moving some that have already been used around the the levels.  This helped a little with them always being at the top.  When I bought a Rody Igloo and Savic Circus I put them on two diffrent levels with a hammock.  This also seemed to move them to other levels.

ETA
They started to chew on a bit of the plastic on the igloos, and stopped chewing their liners so much.
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Post by: Pennytherat on September 16, 2009, 01:57:19 AM
I have the CN and was just wondering something about martins cages :) I guess people are martin's or CN people, nothing in between :yelcutelaugh: How do you clip fleece on the levels? I have horrible rat manor memories coming back to me, clipping fleece without full access to the levels seem confusing... how do you manage it? With the CN the pans slide out and you can reach in and everything, but with a martins... ???
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Post by: Violet976 on September 16, 2009, 02:13:52 AM
you know, I'm seeing all of these amazingly bright, colorful & jam packed cages here filled with hammocks galore, & it's just got me curious... I'd love to see pictures of everyones "hammock collection". From all of these cage photos I'm just picturing gorgeously huge bookcases/closets filled to the brim with bright fantastic hammocks. It's making me quite jealous!  :yelcutelaugh: :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: coliekumar on September 16, 2009, 09:29:05 AM
I have the CN and was just wondering something about martins cages :) I guess people are martin's or CN people, nothing in between :yelcutelaugh: How do you clip fleece on the levels? I have horrible rat manor memories coming back to me, clipping fleece without full access to the levels seem confusing... how do you manage it? With the CN the pans slide out and you can reach in and everything, but with a martins... ???

I am a Martins person and a CN person  ;)
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Post by: coliekumar on September 16, 2009, 09:30:14 AM
you know, I'm seeing all of these amazingly bright, colorful & jam packed cages here filled with hammocks galore, & it's just got me curious... I'd love to see pictures of everyones "hammock collection". From all of these cage photos I'm just picturing gorgeously huge bookcases/closets filled to the brim with bright fantastic hammocks. It's making me quite jealous!  :yelcutelaugh: :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

There is already a hammock collection thread!!  Maybe you should search for it and bring it back from the dead?  :cheeky:
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Post by: vintagerat on September 16, 2009, 10:57:02 AM
I have the CN and was just wondering something about martins cages :) I guess people are martin's or CN people, nothing in between :yelcutelaugh: How do you clip fleece on the levels? I have horrible rat manor memories coming back to me, clipping fleece without full access to the levels seem confusing... how do you manage it? With the CN the pans slide out and you can reach in and everything, but with a martins... ???

Most of us don't clip the fleece, I don't think. I know personally that Marsha and I use batting in between fleece for our liners...the batting/fleece combo makes the fleece kind of "pop" back into place if the corner gets lifted up. If I were to clip down my fleece....it would be shredded by the end of the day. You can always use safety pins to clip down fleece, though.

Martin's doors are bigger then they seem, honestly. I thought I would have trouble hanging hammocks and stuff, but I do not. I think it is just as easy as the CN/FN.


On a side note....thank you for all of the compliments, guys  ;D!
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Post by: tysetsu on September 16, 2009, 11:35:41 AM
undergunfire.....i LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabric you used for the big cube  :BlueDumboBigEyes: I must have it gahhhhhh
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Post by: critterchic on September 16, 2009, 07:39:29 PM
The bottom half has the same purple as last week, just clean. :yelcutelaugh: Because I made up new hammies in the same fabric design, but in red. I never really like the color red until I started making hammocks for Coco and Captain.

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12381.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12382.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12383.jpg)

Captain,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12388.jpg)

Bravo,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12412.jpg)

Baby being a contortionist,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12399.jpg)
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Post by: Scubbs on September 16, 2009, 09:26:18 PM
Oohh!  The purple and red look so neat together!  :)
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Post by: vintagerat on September 16, 2009, 10:42:46 PM
undergunfire.....i LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabric you used for the big cube  :BlueDumboBigEyes: I must have it gahhhhhh

Walmart  ;D!!! When I saw it, I had to have it....it is ugly, but pretty...so I bought 2 yards for myself. I plan to make a set from it, once I get the chance.


Critterchic....I LOOOOVE the red and purple together, as well. I love how you make matching sets and have your liners be a plain color to match!!!
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Post by: critterchic on September 16, 2009, 10:56:24 PM
Oohh!  The purple and red look so neat together!  :)

Thanks, I was hoping they would look good together.

Critterchic....I LOOOOVE the red and purple together, as well. I love how you make matching sets and have your liners be a plain color to match!!!


Thank you!  I actually love solid colors, and then find prints to match.
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Post by: Violet976 on September 16, 2009, 11:00:34 PM
critterchic: I did a double take when I saw your last cage post!!! Those colors look fantastic together, & that red just screams at me, in a good way!  :thumbsup2: I usually don't like such matching cages, but that combo works really nicely together!  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: Rotten Applesss on September 16, 2009, 11:01:42 PM
I am so jealous of everyone's awesome fabrics and hammocks!!!
Critterchic - LOVE the colors  :heart:
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Post by: Chunky on September 17, 2009, 10:24:17 AM
Lol Rotten, 666th post.
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Post by: Hippidy on September 20, 2009, 12:25:05 AM
your cages are amazing! I'm thinking about getting a Martins instead of a CN now. :hyper: I just have to figure out which style!
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Post by: vintagerat on September 20, 2009, 08:11:34 AM
your cages are amazing! I'm thinking about getting a Martins instead of a CN now. :hyper: I just have to figure out which style!

I haven't had any other cages from Martin's besides the 695....but I'd recommend that  :).
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Post by: rodent_girl_1985 on September 20, 2009, 01:02:08 PM
Your cages look so awesome, guys  ;D!!!

Marsha....your new girls are so adorable. You are going to have one cuuuuute clan once everyone is living together in their new huuuuge cage!!


Here is my custom RUDD from tonight. I ran out of towels because my rats shred them so quickly in the Martins, so I had to use my "emergency back up bedding"  ::).

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2487/3924254177_9bf56572b2.jpg)


Top level (were all 9 spend most of their time, lol)....
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2568/3925041510_ac6984273d.jpg)

Close up of the huuuuge cube that I made. It was my 2nd attempt at a cube (1st attempt was last year!!). I made it really big on accident. I don't think I will ever make another cube again....too much work, LOL!!!
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/3924255409_ef025687c9.jpg)

Middle level (with Tuckie on the ramp and mama Spice at the door)...
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3437/3925042498_6c20c41163.jpg)

Bottom level (with stupid sunseed newspaper pulp type bedding....not sure I like bedding!)...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2432/3925043084_21af242e90.jpg)



I am hopefully going to be making/buying her hammocks & beds a lot lately, as I am getting sick of using the same stuff all of the time. I'd like to donate the "rattified" and ones that I am sick of to a rescue  :).

A bit off topic, but what kind of food is in your rats bowls? It looks really interesting. I need to get my guys off oxbow because they just plain old don't like it.
Awsome looking cage by the way, I love all the mix of colors :thumbsup2:
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Post by: vintagerat on September 20, 2009, 01:12:24 PM
rodent_girl....The food in their little dishes is just Wellness Senior dog food. I got it for $7 a 6lbs bag...so I couldn't beat the price. I feed them dog food as a staple. I always alternate what brand of senior dog food that I buy, each time a bag runs out....just to mix things up. I do occasionally feed Harlan for variety, as well. In their dish on the bottom level is a mostly organic cereal grain mixture that I make up.
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Post by: LoveMyPets81 on September 20, 2009, 02:24:30 PM
wow I love all of yours guys cages. So colorful! I dont have alot things for my boys just yet... :BlueDumboBigEyes:
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Post by: Chunky on September 21, 2009, 08:06:34 PM
so happy i got it  ;D
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v175/DSCRUB/Picture399.jpg)

my attempt at a double decker made from a Dollar Tree scarf
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v175/DSCRUB/Picture379.jpg)

and a little baby tongue  :BlueDumboSmile:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v175/DSCRUB/Picture397.jpg)
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Post by: LoveMyPets81 on September 22, 2009, 11:44:41 AM
Here is mine:

(http://i662.photobucket.com/albums/uu350/fishygirlpa/rattys/DSCN2637.jpg)

(http://i662.photobucket.com/albums/uu350/fishygirlpa/rattys/DSCN2638.jpg)

(http://i662.photobucket.com/albums/uu350/fishygirlpa/rattys/DSCN2639.jpg)

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Post by: WEAVER on September 26, 2009, 03:26:47 PM
I just watned to give everyone an update so you just did not think I was not posting my new cage.  I have not "officially" ordered the parts I need yet.  I am having MAJOR problems trying to get the two new babies to get along with the others.  Everyone did fine the first into/playtime.  From the second time on, Petunia HATES Lu-Lu.  I mean chasing her, hair up and the works.  Lu-lu is only close to eight/nine weeks old so I have been intervening a little more than I maybe should/would have normally.  It is VERY stressful.  I hate intros anyways, but this is one of the worst introductions that I have ever done either pig or rat.  I don't know if I should keep trying, or just keep them seperated and have two different cages.

Those of you who have done this several times, what do you think?  My other six get along very well.  It took a long time for them to except Claire, but now Claire is one of the cage favorites and top rat of the cage.  The weird thing is, out of all of my ratties Petunia is one of the sweetest ones and never causes problems.  Right now though, she is like a killer rat. :BlueDumboBigEyes:
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Post by: coliekumar on September 26, 2009, 03:39:48 PM
I just watned to give everyone an update so you just did not think I was not posting my new cage.  I have not "officially" ordered the parts I need yet.  I am having MAJOR problems trying to get the two new babies to get along with the others.  Everyone did fine the first into/playtime.  From the second time on, Petunia HATES Lu-Lu.  I mean chasing her, hair up and the works.  Lu-lu is only close to eight/nine weeks old so I have been intervening a little more than I maybe should/would have normally.  It is VERY stressful.  I hate intros anyways, but this is one of the worst introductions that I have ever done either pig or rat.  I don't know if I should keep trying, or just keep them seperated and have two different cages.

Those of you who have done this several times, what do you think?  My other six get along very well.  It took a long time for them to except Claire, but now Claire is one of the cage favorites and top rat of the cage.  The weird thing is, out of all of my ratties Petunia is one of the sweetest ones and never causes problems.  Right now though, she is like a killer rat. :BlueDumboBigEyes:

I would keep trying.  If her picking on the babies really makes you uncomfortable, let them grow a little before you try intros again, but it should not be necessary.  Has there been any biting?  Are the babies fighting back?  Of course, don't do anything that makes you uncomfortable, but I would push this a little farther if I were you.

Good luck either way  ;) 
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Post by: vintagerat on September 26, 2009, 04:07:04 PM
Are they all spayed, Marsha? Have you tried bath-time intro's? A bit of vanilla extract on them/around the cage?

Like they say...no blood, no foul. It is honestly scary...it's hard not to get disappointed and want to give up  :worry:!
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Post by: juliebug on September 26, 2009, 05:04:59 PM
my R 695 came today! soon i'll get to add to this thread  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: WEAVER on September 26, 2009, 05:13:45 PM
Quote
Are they all spayed, Marsha?

All of my adults are spayed with the exception of Delilah.  My vet opted not to do her because of her age and health.  The babies are not yet spayed.


Quote
A bit of vanilla extract on them/around the cage?
I did the vanilla on their backsides.  They were not around their cages.  This was just in neutral territory. 

The baby did fall onto her back, but when Petunia pinned her down, Delilah and Claire ran to help Petunia out.  Three adults on one baby scared the crap out of me never mind what poor Lu-lu was thinking or feeling.  She was screaming, but I know rats can be dramatic.  There was no blood.

I would love to have them get along, but it won't break my heart if they don't.  I think cage cleanings are easier with several smaller cages to break them up into different days.  One large cage would be one large cleaning.  I just hate the space issues of tons of cages everywhere.

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Post by: critterchic on September 26, 2009, 06:47:31 PM
Have you tried one on one with the babies? Two babies-one adult, then add another adult and so-on. Rather then everyone at once? My two sets of boys may never live together.
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Post by: WEAVER on September 26, 2009, 09:36:22 PM
Really, the baby girls are doing fine with everyone with the exception of Petunia.  She gets all fluffed up and everything.  She means business.  Toby and Claire seem to really like the babies.  I think they are happy to see kids closer to their age.
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Post by: Schrute on September 26, 2009, 11:39:02 PM
Hey, Lisa! That looks great! ;D
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Post by: LoveMyPets81 on September 27, 2009, 11:40:32 AM
Thanks Schrute! I cleaned it yesterday,so new blankeys and moved some stuff lol. I like this cage.  ;D
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Post by: WEAVER on September 27, 2009, 11:40:35 PM
I cleaned the R-695 tonight, and thought it has been a while since I shared pictures of it.  So I snapped a few pictures to share :wink5:

Here is what the cage is currently looking like...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-16.jpg)

Top section.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-13.jpg)

Bottom section.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-10.jpg)

And a few of the kids ;D
My two boys I have the least amount of pictures of.  They are lazy boys.  But I got this picture of them together eatting dinner.

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Boys1.jpg)

And this one of Claire sitting on the edge of bowl like she is a bird.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Claire1-3.jpg)
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Post by: tjscritters on September 28, 2009, 07:44:05 AM
Thanks everyone for posting your cage pics!!  It's very informative for a newbie like myself.  We are ordering a Martin's cage this week and need some ideas on how to decorate it.   I do have some questions though, most of you have the ferret versions and the spacing seems small.  Martins is telling me a ferret cage will not be suitable because they use 1" x 2" mesh.  The rat mesh is 1/2" by 1".  We will be housing dwarfs and standards so I want to make the best decision here.   Also how do you attach the fleece onto the ledges?  I can't tell from the pics.    The mesh is 1/2" x 1/2" for the ramps is that usually a problem for ratties?  I didn't notice any covering on the ramps.
Any suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated!!   Does everyone make all the fleece things themselves?
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Post by: WEAVER on September 28, 2009, 08:11:17 AM
Most of us actually have the rat cages.  The ferret cages bars look more like squares instead of rectangles.  They are also PVC coated instead of being powdercoated.  For what you are explaining, you do need the rat cage and not the ferret ones.

The rats are fine walking on the smaller wire like on the ramps and the individual levels.  A lot of us use fleece, or make liners to lay on the levels to help keep them cleaner, and to provide the ratties with a soft place to walk. 

Some of us do make/sell our own items and others just buy them from someone.  Hope that helps :)
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Post by: LoveMyPets81 on September 28, 2009, 10:28:16 AM
Your cage looks awesome Weaver! Mine looks so bare next to it lol.
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Post by: WEAVER on September 28, 2009, 10:37:02 AM
Just wait!  You are still new to ratties;)  It gets addicting.  Before long you will have so many rat toys, hammies, food dishes, etc than you know what to do with.
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Post by: tjscritters on September 28, 2009, 10:57:57 AM
Awesome!!  How do you attach the fleece to the shelves and ledges?  Will anyone be at Rodentfest selling their fleece goodies?  I'm thinking of the 695, sounds like 695 owners are pleased. 
thanks
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Post by: LoveMyPets81 on September 28, 2009, 11:09:08 AM
LOL! Yeah,thats how it was with my bunnies and piggies. I have so much stuff for them seesh. For my fish too! All my pets are spoiled rotten.  Tj-some dont attach it,others may use binder clips. Yes 695 is a very nice roomy cage.  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: Chunky on September 28, 2009, 08:11:04 PM
This week
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v175/DSCRUB/Picture431.jpg)
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 01, 2009, 01:24:52 AM
Awesome!!  How do you attach the fleece to the shelves and ledges?  Will anyone be at Rodentfest selling their fleece goodies?  I'm thinking of the 695, sounds like 695 owners are pleased. 
thanks

I just ordered a new set for my R-680. The shelf covers have grommets in them and removable clips included in the price. Price was $25 without batting and $26 with so I got it with batting. The floor mat of course is made oversized so the cage holds it down. Here is the sellers site (liners are not listed in store, I custom ordered them and you can too)

http://www.friends4fuzzies.webs.com/

Here are the clips used
http://www.friends4fuzzies.com/apps/webstore/products/show/372699

Her customer service had been very prompt.
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Post by: vintagerat on October 01, 2009, 11:07:36 PM
We got new hammocks from Chelsey AND I made some new hammocks & new liners  :hyper:. The shots would have turned out brighter, if I had gotten off my butt early enough to take pictures when it was still light outside (so the room wasn't so dark)  :P.


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3438/3973620650_d7a44af90a.jpg)


Top...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2472/3973632342_8e30239a75.jpg)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2448/3972869217_6451ae8f5c.jpg)

Middle...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/3973626606_4fc2f615d7.jpg)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2471/3972863141_8f453213de.jpg)

Bottom...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2439/3972857213_d0c025872b.jpg)
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Post by: tysetsu on October 01, 2009, 11:26:19 PM
amy your cage is adorable!
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Post by: critterchic on October 01, 2009, 11:39:56 PM
undergunfire, very pretty!
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Post by: bipolarwreck on October 02, 2009, 02:31:09 PM
this will be the home for my two girls in a couple of weeks...its a martins 690

theres not much in it right now, but so far theres a few hammocks...i need to remake my cube because the opening is annoyingly large (thanks to my sewing haha)

ill take more pics when i get the girls in and cozy!

(http://i33.tinypic.com/od1ys.jpg)
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 02, 2009, 02:57:51 PM
I hate to be a Debby Downer but you are going to regret not getting that cage powder coated not long after you have it. The galvanized metal absorbs urine and not matter how well you clean it the cage will reak. Also galvanized metal contains zinc which isn't good for your rats. I don't even know why martin's will sell them galvanized. I think if you get some Rust-Oleumís Painter Touch Ultra Cover 2x  and let the cage cure for 2 weeks so it will be non-toxic you will be good to go.
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Post by: bipolarwreck on October 02, 2009, 03:14:47 PM
I hate to be a Debby Downer but you are going to regret not getting that cage powder coated not long after you have it. The galvanized metal absorbs urine and not matter how well you clean it the cage will reak. Also galvanized metal contains zinc which isn't good for your rats. I don't even know why martin's will sell them galvanized. I think if you get some Rust-Oleumís Painter Touch Ultra Cover 2x  and let the cage cure for 2 weeks so it will be non-toxic you will be good to go.

is it just paint?
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 02, 2009, 03:20:04 PM
Yup but that is the only brand recommended for galvanized metal i believe. Its what people use for bass pans in their Ferret and Critter nation cages.
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Post by: bipolarwreck on October 02, 2009, 03:24:35 PM
do i need to do anything to the pan?

should i just use clear?

having a slight panic attack lol
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 02, 2009, 03:35:06 PM
I didn't mean to worry you I'm sorry. The pan is plastic and it's fine as is. I just mentioned it because I have read posts of people having to trash their galvanized Martin's because it stank.

I think most people use the gloss

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=400

I think it would be fun to do it in a color.
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Post by: bipolarwreck on October 02, 2009, 03:42:32 PM
im thinking i could just tape off the rubber or whatever it is around the doors

and yeah, im thinking of using a color, i think itd be cute

im gonna see if anyone thinks thats a bad idea first though
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 02, 2009, 03:45:58 PM
The stuff around the doors is plastic too and that is safe. no need to tape it off.
Good idea on waiting to see what people say. Perhaps you could start another thread as I started a hyjack on this one  :cheeky:

edit: lol you read my mind and started a thread before i said anything.
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Post by: coliekumar on October 02, 2009, 03:47:29 PM
im thinking i could just tape off the rubber or whatever it is around the doors

and yeah, im thinking of using a color, i think itd be cute

im gonna see if anyone thinks thats a bad idea first though

The stuff around the doors just snaps on and off.
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Post by: bipolarwreck on October 02, 2009, 03:48:41 PM
im thinking i could just tape off the rubber or whatever it is around the doors

and yeah, im thinking of using a color, i think itd be cute

im gonna see if anyone thinks thats a bad idea first though

The stuff around the doors just snaps on and off.

oh ok cool

yeah, totally sorry for going off topic  :eek:
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Post by: critterchic on October 02, 2009, 08:56:47 PM
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12501.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12502.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12505.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12506.jpg)

Baby in the cube that Weaver made,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12516.jpg)

Bravo on the cube, they love it!
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12514.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12511.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on October 04, 2009, 04:03:11 PM
CritterChic, I am so glad that your boys are enjoying their new cube :)

I cleaned the baby girls today.  Their cage is now green and pink.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-17.jpg)

I have still been working on intros.  Things are going a little better, but still stressful.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will continue to improve and end up liking one another.

The girls are growing so fast!
Lu-lu
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Lu-lu1-2.jpg)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Lu-lu2-1.jpg)


Mitzi
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Mitzi1-2.jpg)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Mitzi2-1.jpg)
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Post by: Schrute on October 05, 2009, 08:27:55 AM
Amy - Seeing how nice your cage pads are makes me sooo excited about getting mine!! :hyper:
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Post by: Schrute on October 05, 2009, 08:30:29 AM
critterchic - Bravo is quite possibly the cutest rat I've ever seen. :heart:
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Post by: vintagerat on October 05, 2009, 09:45:58 AM
Randi....Thank you  ;D! I'm getting started with your cage pads tonight  :cheeky:!

Marsha...I LOOOOOOVE your little girlies cage, it is so adorable. All of the colors are very cheery!

Critterchic....again, I just love how you match everything...it looks great!!
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Post by: WEAVER on October 05, 2009, 10:58:18 AM
Thanks Amy ;D

Here is the r-695.  I did them in a aqua-blue color theme. :)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-18.jpg)

Top half
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-11.jpg)

Bottom half (with Claire wanting to come out and play)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-14.jpg)

And just a few extra of the kids...
Petunia and Toby
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Ratties1-1.jpg)

Abigail and Delilah
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Ratties2-1.jpg)
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Post by: critterchic on October 05, 2009, 12:51:53 PM
Weaver your cages look fantastic!

undergunfire, thanks! I just bought some amazing fabric at Jo-anns for another set. Chocolate brown and hot pink! I don't as a rule use pink in any of my boy cages but this fabric was to awesome to pass up.

Schrute, thanks! Bravo is such a cool rat, he loves to go to work with me and will hang on the bars of the FN in the morning just watching me and waiting to go.
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Post by: vintagerat on October 05, 2009, 05:44:40 PM
Marsha....do you have 6 in the 695 now? I don't want my rats to die, obviously, but I can't wait until I can take off the top level and just have a 695....one less level would be a lot less work!
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Post by: WEAVER on October 05, 2009, 09:44:32 PM
Yes, for right now I have the six in the 695.  They are actually using the entire cage right now.  Before when I had the other cage stacked, they were only living in the top portion ???  For me it is a little tight, but it is just temporary until I can figure out if they will accept the babies. 

And yes, not having that third level makes it SOOOO much easier to clean.
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Post by: vintagerat on October 06, 2009, 12:02:44 AM
See.....I have 8 rats now that Tansy has passed. Spartan is over 3 years old (his 3rd birthday was in July) and I will be honestly amazed if he makes it past this year. That being said, when he passes I will have 7 rats and I am thinking about having 7 in a 695. They NEVER use the base of their cage....only when I pour out their grain mix, but even then...they are never down there that much...maybe a half hour while they all eat, and then some will venture down there randomly looking for more food.

Basically, all 8 hang up on the top level of the Martin's 80% of the time. Sometimes I have a few hang out on the middle level for a bit...but not much longer then a little snooze. Yep, I've sat and watched my rats to see how they use the custom RUDD.

Whats the recommended max amount in a 695, anyway?

I know when I go off to dog grooming school for 7 weeks in May, regardless of how many rats I have (I don't plan to get more!), I will have to keep the Martin's as an 695 to make cleaning easier for my hubby. He is very allergic to rats, so he's going to have to wear gloves. Hopefully it works out for him  :-\.


ETA: They probably don't like the base because it is on the floor. I will probably get a little stand when I just have the 695, so maybe then they will use the entire cage more fully!

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Post by: Domo on October 06, 2009, 12:30:45 AM
See.....I have 8 rats now that Tansy has passed. Spartan is over 3 years old (his 3rd birthday was in July) and I will be honestly amazed if he makes it past this year. That being said, when he passes I will have 7 rats and I am thinking about having 7 in a 695. They NEVER use the base of their cage....only when I pour out their grain mix, but even then...they are never down there that much...maybe a half hour while they all eat, and then some will venture down there randomly looking for more food.

Basically, all 8 hang up on the top level of the Martin's 80% of the time. Sometimes I have a few hang out on the middle level for a bit...but not much longer then a little snooze. Yep, I've sat and watched my rats to see how they use the custom RUDD.

Whats the recommended max amount in a 695, anyway?

I know when I go off to dog grooming school for 7 weeks in May, regardless of how many rats I have (I don't plan to get more!), I will have to keep the Martin's as an 695 to make cleaning easier for my hubby. He is very allergic to rats, so he's going to have to wear gloves. Hopefully it works out for him  :-\.


ETA: They probably don't like the base because it is on the floor. I will probably get a little stand when I just have the 695, so maybe then they will use the entire cage more fully!



Well teh rat calc says about 5 rats. But it is just a calc. Have you tried making the bottom level darker?
Sounds funny but after i placed a few hammocks on the bottom level they now avoid the lighter top level and stick to the darker one.
The rat calc says about
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Post by: vintagerat on October 06, 2009, 12:43:07 AM
Yeah...calculators are really just a guide, in my opinion.

I don't make my cages dark because my rats don't like it all that much. I can really tell their moods change when everything isn't all bright fabrics  :P.
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Post by: WEAVER on October 06, 2009, 07:21:51 AM
I understand what you saying.  As you know, mine where just living in the top section of the RUDD as well, so to me, I feel like now they have more room in the 695 than they did in the RUDD.  At least now they use entire cage.  With all of the hammies and such, I feel like they have quite a bit of room to play and get excersize, plus they have floortime daily where I just leave the cage door open and let them come out at free will.  I just don't think there is a lot of floorspace.  That is the problem I have with this cage with so many ratties.  I keep hoping that Petunia will except the babies so I can just do the two r-695 connected side by side like I orginally wanted too.
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Post by: vintagerat on October 06, 2009, 10:00:04 AM
That does make sense, Marsha! Well, for your sake, hopefully everyone bonds so that you can get your big cage  :D.

Even when I had the FN for my 6 boys (when Ralphie was still with us), they always hung out on the shelf. I'm glad I had 2 shelves because it added more "floor space", but it was always the highest shelf that 6 rats always were on. Same with the CN for the girlies. So really, it doesn't matter right now that my Martin's has less floor space then a FN...if I had all my rats in a double CN, I am not doubting at all that all 8 would all be on the top level only....on the highest shelf.

Rats  :doh:.
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Post by: tjscritters on October 08, 2009, 10:10:30 PM
We just got a R695 and our boys are not littered trained so they are peeing on the fleece.  Does anyone have other ideas for liners of the shelves?   I've been wiping the spots with baby wipes when I see them, but I'm sure I won't find all the spots till I smell them.  ewwwww.   
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Post by: Schrute on October 08, 2009, 10:15:57 PM
When I had my FF, I lined it with tile, and just wiped down the tile.
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Post by: vintagerat on October 10, 2009, 12:45:05 PM
Here's the Martin's as of last night! There are hammocks from Chelsey's, Andie's, Zoe's, and me in there  ;D.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3420/3997728183_690ff83eb2.jpg)


Top level....
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2480/3998484418_2b82c3dae0.jpg)

Middle level (with stupid sun glare)....
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2576/3998486012_27b5187020.jpg)

Bottom level....
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3494/3998486898_9d0f720d40.jpg)
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Post by: Rotten Applesss on October 10, 2009, 12:58:35 PM
Awww! undergunfire: your cage looks sooooooo adorable!!! :balloon: Your ratties are very spoiled!  :heart:
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Post by: SpinningLoaferz on October 10, 2009, 01:37:27 PM
i was wondering where everyone got there liners for the martins..could anyone recommend me to the maker of any of these awesome liners? lol
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Post by: vintagerat on October 10, 2009, 01:47:25 PM
i was wondering where everyone got there liners for the martins..could anyone recommend me to the maker of any of these awesome liners? lol

I make them! I am still finalizing all the details on my website and figuring out prices. I know that WEAVER makes them, as well as Kat's Rat Mats.

 ;D
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on October 10, 2009, 02:51:30 PM
undergunfire, your cage looks amazing!!
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Post by: WEAVER on October 14, 2009, 05:23:40 PM
Got my new cage today :hyper:  I still have to make them a cage pan to fit the bottom, and make a cage liners, so it will be a few more days for me to get it all together.

  This is what my cages have looked like for the most part of this week...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Floortime1-3.jpg)

The rats have been moved into my office, where I am most of the time, so I have just been leaving them out to play and try to get to know each other better.  Mitzi is still a problem, but I am hoping as she matures she will calm down with my other ratties.
Here are my two new girls with Petunia watching their every move.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Floortime5-3.jpg)

Everyone sharing baby oatmeal.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Floortime3-3.jpg)

Next time I will hopefully have pictures of all of them living together (somewhat peacefully :BlueDumboBigEyes: ) in their new cage :wink5:
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Post by: WEAVER on October 14, 2009, 05:31:59 PM
Sorry double post.
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Post by: tjscritters on October 14, 2009, 06:22:05 PM
WOW, everyone has done such wonderful things with their cages.  Gives a newbie (me) some ideas on what to put in a cage.   Weaver, what is the fencing you have around the cages? I want to do something like that, but all I could find was marshall playpen, which is not suitable. 
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Post by: WEAVER on October 14, 2009, 08:20:09 PM
It is actually storage grids that I connected together with cable ties.  I got them at Target a long time ago.  I am not sure if they sell them anymore. That playpen was orginally for my guinea pigs, but I have been getting more use out of it with the ratties. 

I know several other members here use the grids as well, but have to use them three grids high or their rats jump over it.  I have trained my adult rats to stay in, but the babies have not caught on and still try to jump out.  Hopefully they will get it soon. 
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Post by: tjscritters on October 14, 2009, 08:28:43 PM
Yes I did the storage grids with my guinea pigs as well. My ratties would get out of the holes of the grids, they are babies yet. I have never seen the ones you have around the ratties, looks like mesh (?)    We have the Martin's play pen which we like, but I would like something a little larger and a place for us to climb into as well to play.   
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Post by: WEAVER on October 14, 2009, 09:03:39 PM
It is actually solid.  I have no idea what it is...plastic of some sort. 

I know what you mean about the large playpen.  I love to just sit in there with the rats and have them walk and climb all over me.  I think I am their favorite jungle gym :wink5:
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on October 14, 2009, 11:44:54 PM
I am so stinkin jealous of that 'playpen'!!  :o
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 17, 2009, 12:31:13 AM
OK so after not posting my cage my months because of no new bedding i finally have a cute brand new set from friends4fuzzies to reveal  :BlueDumboSmile:

The liners are batting padded and reversable with different color/pattern on the other side.

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/rats%20new%20bedding/closedcage.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/rats%20new%20bedding/cagetop.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/rats%20new%20bedding/cheeseeats.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/rats%20new%20bedding/PictureorVideo460.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/rats%20new%20bedding/cuppy.jpg)

(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/rats%20new%20bedding/BlooCheesecage.jpg)

Here is the fabric up close
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/fabrics/P5120115.jpg)

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Post by: Dori on October 17, 2009, 08:22:07 AM
This is my Martin's R680 cage home to my four month old girls Callie and Sallie. I hope to introduce them to my group of 4 living in a RUUD cage so this cage is only a temporary cage for them.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/4014101440_334f29e8fb.jpg)

Here are two old pics I just found of my Martin's R695 home two two girls who are no longer with me.   :'(
(http://inlinethumb39.webshots.com/678/2035799490100247419S425x425Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2035799490100247419SNGiFS)
(http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/41418/2661654480100247419S425x425Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2661654480100247419bWqHJB)
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Post by: WEAVER on October 17, 2009, 10:08:05 AM
I am so in love with the Pi-Rat material! :heart:  I wish I could get my hands on some of that fabric. :puppy_dog_eyes:

Dori, your babies are adorable peering out at you.  I would love to see some pictures of your RUDD if you have any. :wink5:
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Post by: Dori on October 17, 2009, 10:20:22 AM
I am so in love with the Pi-Rat material! :heart:  I wish I could get my hands on some of that fabric. :puppy_dog_eyes:

Dori, your babies are adorable peering out at you.  I would love to see some pictures of your RUDD if you have any. :wink5:

I can't find any of my RUUD cage pics except this old one when I first got the cage and didn't know how to set it up! I have two wheels in the cage because even though there were only four rats living in it they fought over who got to use the wheel!  I'll take a pic of my RUUD cage today and post it.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3500/3199105897_1109ae4f15.jpg)
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 17, 2009, 11:10:46 AM
I am so in love with the Pi-Rat material! :heart:  I wish I could get my hands on some of that fabric. :puppy_dog_eyes:

Dori, your babies are adorable peering out at you.  I would love to see some pictures of your RUDD if you have any. :wink5:

I saw the fabric and I just had to have it  :BlueDumboSmile: I know the stock name and SKU number, it is from Joanns. Maybe if you bribe me I'll share  :cheeky: It wasn't easy to get ahold of
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Post by: WEAVER on October 17, 2009, 11:22:48 AM
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I can't find any of my RUUD cage pics except this old one when I first got the cage and didn't know how to set it up!

What are you talking about!???  The cage looks great.  It has tons of toys and tunnels to keep the ratties entertained for a while.  Your R-695 is an awesome setup as well.  You should share your cage pictures more often :poke:


(http://I know the stock name and SKU number, it is from Joanns.)
I know Joanns had it a while back, but it was before I had ratties.  It is absolutely adorable!  I have that yellow "squeek" fabric from Debbie Mum put up to make rattie stuff, but I never got my hands on the fabric that you have. :'(
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 17, 2009, 11:36:26 AM
lol I have the yellow squeak mouse fabric reserved for my next set  :cheeky: . Had to buy all the fabric from 3 different sites in order to come up with enough for a full set.
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Post by: krazycatlady on October 17, 2009, 11:40:47 AM
bloo & Cheese are just flippin adorable  :heart: :heart:

as well as the fabric, but the boys just steal the thunder from the set  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: andie3131 on October 17, 2009, 04:50:46 PM
Ok so you all are making me want a martins cage now as well.  Don't get me wrong I still love my CNs but I'm worried about intros with my hairless baby boys they've got a couple of scratches and bite marks, so intros are going slow.  I also think it may be the Siamese and one of the Himis picking on Charlie our oldest sweetest rat, because I've noticed a couple large scabs on him as well.  I haven't seen any nasty gashes or blood but still.  I was thinking of getting a Martins for the baby's and Charlie.  And of coarse neutering the 2 other boys possibly 3 of them if I can get a good deal is the other option.  I've heard the R680's and up are best?
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 17, 2009, 06:05:57 PM
Yup R-680's and up are the best. I love how if you only have 2 boys like me it's not overkill.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 17, 2009, 06:06:30 PM
bloo & Cheese are just flippin adorable  :heart: :heart:

as well as the fabric, but the boys just steal the thunder from the set  :yelcutelaugh:

I agree  :cheeky:
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Post by: WEAVER on October 17, 2009, 06:43:39 PM
(http://I've heard the R680's and up are best?)

They have the largest footprint.
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Post by: MomoInAShoeBox on October 17, 2009, 11:37:15 PM
Hey guys, I have yet to introduce my babies to everyone. I took these pictures during cleaning day so none of the liners are in and there are some unpleasantness in there =D  The very large Berkshire is Momo, Honey is the honey colored one, then there's Sophie who looks like a dictator, and then House, my little boy named after Gregory House because of his fur and gimp leg.
  (http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h108/justadae/Picture333.jpg)
(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h108/justadae/Picture330.jpg)
(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h108/justadae/Picture324.jpg)
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Post by: Tracey Lyn on October 18, 2009, 03:37:57 PM
Fricken awesome cages!!  :thumbsup2: :yelcutelaugh: :BlueDumboSmile: :bow: :cheeky: :poke:
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Post by: LoveMyPets81 on October 20, 2009, 01:06:56 PM
Cleaned the cage last night. Think I went a lil overboard??  :yelcutelaugh:

(http://i662.photobucket.com/albums/uu350/fishygirlpa/rattys/DSCN2765.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on October 20, 2009, 07:22:42 PM
Na, there is no such a thing as going overboard ;)

I got my cage together and just put the ratties in about an hour ago.  So far, so good.  They have squabbled a tad bit, but nothing major.  I am keeping my fingers crossed this works out.

The cage is HUGE.  They are loving it, but I am dreading cleaning day already.  I think today the cage took me about two hours to figure out where everything went.  Hopefully as time goes on it moves along a little faster.

I will post pictures later on this evening. :)
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Post by: WEAVER on October 20, 2009, 08:46:44 PM
Ok, here it is, my second custom made cage.  Home to my eight little ratties.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-19.jpg)

Martins was awesome to work with once again and we kept e-mailing and talking on the phone until they completely understood what I was wanting.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  It is just about as long as one of my guinea pig cages!  The thing is HUGE and my ratties look a little lost.  They are enjoying it though and are still exploring everything and trying to figure out the layout of where everything is and what each ladder leads too.  Everyone for the most part is getting along pretty well and with there two ladders on each level they are not getting trapped anywhere which is nice.
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Post by: Dori on October 20, 2009, 09:11:07 PM
Ok, here it is, my second custom made cage.  Home to my eight little ratties.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-19.jpg)

Martins was awesome to work with once again and we kept e-mailing and talking on the phone until they completely understood what I was wanting.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  It is just about as long as one of my guinea pig cages!  The thing is HUGE and my ratties look a little lost.  They are enjoying it though and are still exploring everything and trying to figure out the layout of where everything is and what each ladder leads too.  Everyone for the most part is getting along pretty well and with there two ladders on each level they are not getting trapped anywhere which is nice.

I love your custom cage!!! What kind of pan is that? My ratties would love a cage that large!
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Post by: critterchic on October 20, 2009, 10:08:53 PM
Wow oh Wow! That cage is amazing and I love how the middle shelves are attached to create such a big space. Way to go Martins! :thumbsup2:
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Post by: LoveMyPets81 on October 20, 2009, 10:40:25 PM
WOW! Thats freaking awesome. What spoiled rattums you have. That was cool of Martins to make it the way you wanted.  :)
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Post by: Kota on October 21, 2009, 12:25:48 AM
Ok, here it is, my second custom made cage.  Home to my eight little ratties.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-19.jpg)


Oh my goodness, thats the most amazing cage I've ever seen.
You do such a great job decorating your cages.
 :thumbsup2:
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Post by: neelia on October 21, 2009, 03:22:42 AM
I agree with everyone else, that cage is AMAZING!
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Post by: vintagerat on October 21, 2009, 10:21:14 AM
I'm jealous, Marsha  :o!! Your new custom Martin's looks so amazing! I can't wait to see cleaning day pictures all the time now  :cheeky:.

If I wasn't wanting to get out of ratties for a little while after my current 8 pass, then I'd love a cage like that. I guess it is something to think about for the future when I have more time to be involved with a big group again.
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Post by: WEAVER on October 21, 2009, 11:57:20 AM
Thanks everyone ;D  I really am happy with it and the rats are doing great.  Little bickering, but the cage is so large that everyone can get away from everyone else.  No tight squeezes like there was before and soooo much more floor space which is really what I was wanting.

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What kind of pan is that?
Martins does not make a pan large enough to accomidate the cage so I made it.  It is black 6mm coroplast.  I used cable ties to keep the square shape so there would be no tape showing on the outside of the cage collecting urine.  The fluted two shorter sides of the pan I put electrical tape over the edges to stop the urine from possibly going down into the coroplast.  The electrical tape blends perfectly.  You can't even see it.  The pan is about an 1 1/2 inches larger on all sides to protect the floor a little better and make it easier to lift the cage and slide it back down into the pan on cleaning days. :wink5:
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Post by: PorkChopandTwinkie on October 21, 2009, 02:16:24 PM
In my next life, I want to be a rat... so I can live with Weaver!!!!  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: sevenfourteen87 on October 22, 2009, 12:05:17 AM
In my next life, I want to be a rat... so I can live with Weaver!!!!  :yelcutelaugh:

If I were a rat I'd hope that she'd adopt me too!

I've just ordered my R-695 today and I am SO so excited for it to get here! I think I've worked out how to attach fleece liners to the shelves, but I'm sure I'll be in this section of the forum for advice!  :hyper: I can't wait to decorate and post pictures!
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Post by: mcfate on October 22, 2009, 02:32:13 AM
Marsha your cage is awesome, but even better than that I am glad to hear that your girls are getting along! 
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Post by: SouthPaw on October 22, 2009, 11:52:24 PM
Wow Weaver, that cage is amazing! And as usual the decorating is top-notch, I love love love bright cages like that.

I've read this thread beginning to end and have gotten so many ideas.  ;D I was looking back at a picture of my Martins when I had rats (so probably 2 or 3 years ago), and it looks so pitiful haha... only ONE hammock! I'd do it so differently now.
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Post by: Hippidy on October 24, 2009, 01:55:02 AM
I'm so excited I just got my R-695  :hyper: It took me like three hours to put it together, move everything out of the super pet exotics, and get the ratties settled. I have a question though...

How do you get the extra ramp off the bottom level and onto the full level? Is there an easy way to do this? I managed to get some of the metal conectors off that I had screwed up on but they have theirs so tightly on!

How do you attach your fleece? Or do you attach it?

Oh and is there a way to hang hammocks off the bottom of the full middle level? My shower curtain hooks are too big. I managed to squish them to make it work temporarily but it doesn't look terribly safe for a long term thing.

I'm just so excited I figured this would be a good place to ask
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Post by: WEAVER on October 24, 2009, 08:41:50 AM
I don't understand your question about the ramps.  They should already be attached where they need to be ???

I attach my cage liners using saftey pins.

To hang stuff from the smaller spacings, I find that those round binder clips work best.  I also use those and the silver shower curtain hooks with snap hooks attached to that all depending on what type of hammie it is.


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Post by: Hippidy on October 24, 2009, 01:48:56 PM
sorry I realized how dumb the ramp question was as I was falling asleep. It was 1am so I was a bit bubble headed! They connected two ramps to the bottom level and I didn't realize all I has to do was attach one to the middle level.. duh

now I have to invest in some paper clips and new fabric! It's so worth it I'm so excited. The rats love the cage they were pooped this morning from running around  ;D

I can't wait to pretty it up. It looks so bare
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/10-23-09/cid__1024091243-00.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on October 24, 2009, 05:25:45 PM
WHOA.....hellooooooooooo nakie keeekeee  :-*!!!!!!
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Post by: krazycatlady on October 24, 2009, 05:28:35 PM
woooooooooooooooo i see a nekkie kiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttty  :heart: :heart: :heart:
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Post by: WEAVER on October 24, 2009, 05:31:30 PM
I think the little rattie on the bottom of the cage is saying the samething!
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Post by: vintagerat on October 24, 2009, 05:39:30 PM
I think the little rattie on the bottom of the cage is saying the samething!

HAHAHAHAHAHA  :yelcutelaugh:!!!!
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Post by: Nat Loves Rats on October 24, 2009, 07:04:04 PM
I'm jealous, Marsha  :o!! Your new custom Martin's looks so amazing! I can't wait to see cleaning day pictures all the time now  :cheeky:.

If I wasn't wanting to get out of ratties for a little while after my current 8 pass, then I'd love a cage like that. I guess it is something to think about for the future when I have more time to be involved with a big group again.

AH what??????? Getting "out" of rats? How? How is it humanly possible?

Lol they're just so freakin awesome! I always thought that once you get em, you're hooked...
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Post by: krazycatlady on October 24, 2009, 07:17:30 PM
I'm jealous, Marsha  :o!! Your new custom Martin's looks so amazing! I can't wait to see cleaning day pictures all the time now  :cheeky:.

If I wasn't wanting to get out of ratties for a little while after my current 8 pass, then I'd love a cage like that. I guess it is something to think about for the future when I have more time to be involved with a big group again.

AH what??????? Getting "out" of rats? How? How is it humanly possible?

Lol they're just so freakin awesome! I always thought that once you get em, you're hooked...

I'm pretty sure that that IS the case.. I dont know why and how i never had rats before, always hampsters, never rats. I wish I would've caught on to them a lot sooner!

I have my three girls but I have GGMR and I hope to have them for the rest of my life

theyre like pokemon  :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: della luna on October 24, 2009, 07:21:15 PM
^ *hums* Gotta catch 'em all!
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Post by: WEAVER on October 24, 2009, 07:27:35 PM
Cage cleaning day, which means new pictures to share :wink5:  I made them new cage liners.  I have had this pattern in the past, but I loved it so much I went back and got more.  It is that micro fleece so it is super soft and fluffy.

Entire cage...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Newcage1-1.jpg)

Left side
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Newcage2-1.jpg)

Right side
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Newcage3-1.jpg)



Few extra pictures.  Abigail in the lower level of the cage.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Oct1.jpg)


All of my girls except Petunia.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thegirls2-3.jpg)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/TheGirls1-4.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on October 24, 2009, 07:29:31 PM
I'm jealous, Marsha  :o!! Your new custom Martin's looks so amazing! I can't wait to see cleaning day pictures all the time now  :cheeky:.

If I wasn't wanting to get out of ratties for a little while after my current 8 pass, then I'd love a cage like that. I guess it is something to think about for the future when I have more time to be involved with a big group again.

AH what??????? Getting "out" of rats? How? How is it humanly possible?

Lol they're just so freakin awesome! I always thought that once you get em, you're hooked...


Well....I have had rats for a few years and just want a break, I don't have a decent rat vet, I can't take all of their "ups & downs" and their short lifespans, and they are my most demanding/worry-me-to-death pet. I am leaving for dog grooming school in May for 7 weeks, then after that I will be focusing on my career and in a few years I will hopefully own my own mobile grooming van. We want a kid in a few years and my husband is allergic to my rats....so being busy with a kid and not having help with the rats probably just won't work out. Plus...I have 4 rabbits, 2 cats, pet sitting 1 cat for three years for my MIL, wanting another cat next year (so will have 4 to care for for the next three years), we have 1 dog & want to adopt or foster another. In the end...I can handle caring for 4 rabbits, 4 cats, and 1-2 dogs.....sounds much easier to me then the 8 rats I have now - if that was the only pet I had, LOL.

Everyone's life changes...and with changes, some things from the past/present just do not fit your "new life". It doesn't mean I don't love rats, it just means they aren't right for me anymore...at least not now or in the next coming years. So, once my current 8 pass...I will be able to "breathe easy"! Chelsey (Scubbs) knows all of what I am talking about right now, LOL.
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Post by: WEAVER on October 24, 2009, 07:38:56 PM
I forgot to add this "in cage" photos.
Wesley on the main floor checking out his new ball.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Wesley-4.jpg)

This is the very top medium sized level.  Petunia is ready for her nap, sleepy after checking out the new setup.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Petunia-3.jpg)

Same level, just opposite side of the cage.  Wesley crawling up into his hammie.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Wesley2-1.jpg)

It is much easier to get photos now that I can fit "into" the cage :cheeky:
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Post by: Chevalrose on October 24, 2009, 07:39:17 PM
Here's my freshly cleaned R-695...holding only 2 ratties.

Full cage:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Rats163.jpg)

Top:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Rats164.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Rats167.jpg)

Said ratties enjoying clean hammock:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Rats166.jpg)
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Post by: Nat Loves Rats on October 24, 2009, 07:59:12 PM
I'm jealous, Marsha  :o!! Your new custom Martin's looks so amazing! I can't wait to see cleaning day pictures all the time now  :cheeky:.

If I wasn't wanting to get out of ratties for a little while after my current 8 pass, then I'd love a cage like that. I guess it is something to think about for the future when I have more time to be involved with a big group again.

AH what??????? Getting "out" of rats? How? How is it humanly possible?

Lol they're just so freakin awesome! I always thought that once you get em, you're hooked...

I'm pretty sure that that IS the case.. I dont know why and how i never had rats before, always hampsters, never rats. I wish I would've caught on to them a lot sooner!

I have my three girls but I have GGMR and I hope to have them for the rest of my life

theyre like pokemon  :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh:

LOL when I was little I was like obsessed with pokemon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not anymore lol
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Post by: krazycatlady on October 24, 2009, 08:08:07 PM
 :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh:

Yep, now we've moved onto rats!  :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Nat Loves Rats on October 24, 2009, 08:34:02 PM
 :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh:
WAYYY more sophisticated  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on October 24, 2009, 11:38:31 PM
I'm jealous, Marsha  :o!! Your new custom Martin's looks so amazing! I can't wait to see cleaning day pictures all the time now  :cheeky:.

If I wasn't wanting to get out of ratties for a little while after my current 8 pass, then I'd love a cage like that. I guess it is something to think about for the future when I have more time to be involved with a big group again.

AH what??????? Getting "out" of rats? How? How is it humanly possible?

Lol they're just so freakin awesome! I always thought that once you get em, you're hooked...


Well....I have had rats for a few years and just want a break, I don't have a decent rat vet, I can't take all of their "ups & downs" and their short lifespans, and they are my most demanding/worry-me-to-death pet. I am leaving for dog grooming school in May for 7 weeks, then after that I will be focusing on my career and in a few years I will hopefully own my own mobile grooming van. We want a kid in a few years and my husband is allergic to my rats....so being busy with a kid and not having help with the rats probably just won't work out. Plus...I have 4 rabbits, 2 cats, pet sitting 1 cat for three years for my MIL, wanting another cat next year (so will have 4 to care for for the next three years), we have 1 dog & want to adopt or foster another. In the end...I can handle caring for 4 rabbits, 4 cats, and 1-2 dogs.....sounds much easier to me then the 8 rats I have now - if that was the only pet I had, LOL.

Everyone's life changes...and with changes, some things from the past/present just do not fit your "new life". It doesn't mean I don't love rats, it just means they aren't right for me anymore...at least not now or in the next coming years. So, once my current 8 pass...I will be able to "breathe easy"! Chelsey (Scubbs) knows all of what I am talking about right now, LOL.

Hey don't feel bad I don't plan on getting anymore rats after my boys pass. I am definitely more of a ferret person like you are a rabbit and cat person. I might get another rabbit, I miss my Fatty Boom Boom. It's amazing how big of a hole he left in my heart when I only had him a little over a month.
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Post by: Domo on October 25, 2009, 12:38:36 AM
I'm jealous, Marsha  :o!! Your new custom Martin's looks so amazing! I can't wait to see cleaning day pictures all the time now  :cheeky:.

If I wasn't wanting to get out of ratties for a little while after my current 8 pass, then I'd love a cage like that. I guess it is something to think about for the future when I have more time to be involved with a big group again.

AH what??????? Getting "out" of rats? How? How is it humanly possible?

Lol they're just so freakin awesome! I always thought that once you get em, you're hooked...


Well....I have had rats for a few years and just want a break, I don't have a decent rat vet, I can't take all of their "ups & downs" and their short lifespans, and they are my most demanding/worry-me-to-death pet. I am leaving for dog grooming school in May for 7 weeks, then after that I will be focusing on my career and in a few years I will hopefully own my own mobile grooming van. We want a kid in a few years and my husband is allergic to my rats....so being busy with a kid and not having help with the rats probably just won't work out. Plus...I have 4 rabbits, 2 cats, pet sitting 1 cat for three years for my MIL, wanting another cat next year (so will have 4 to care for for the next three years), we have 1 dog & want to adopt or foster another. In the end...I can handle caring for 4 rabbits, 4 cats, and 1-2 dogs.....sounds much easier to me then the 8 rats I have now - if that was the only pet I had, LOL.

Everyone's life changes...and with changes, some things from the past/present just do not fit your "new life". It doesn't mean I don't love rats, it just means they aren't right for me anymore...at least not now or in the next coming years. So, once my current 8 pass...I will be able to "breathe easy"! Chelsey (Scubbs) knows all of what I am talking about right now, LOL.

Hey don't feel bad I don't plan on getting anymore rats after my boys pass. I am definitely more of a ferret person like you are a rabbit and cat person. I might get another rabbit, I miss my Fatty Boom Boom. It's amazing how big of a hole he left in my heart when I only had him a little over a month.
Natlovesrats and I are in the same boat. I love my little guys but in the future I don't myself having them until maybe a long time has past.
The same goes for ferrets. After my current animals, I won't have any except the occasional foster. In the FAR future I plan to go back into rabbtiry. FAR future.
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Post by: rodent_girl_1985 on October 25, 2009, 12:38:56 AM
I forgot to add this "in cage" photos.
Wesley on the main floor checking out his new ball.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Wesley-4.jpg)

This is the very top medium sized level.  Petunia is ready for her nap, sleepy after checking out the new setup.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Petunia-3.jpg)

Same level, just opposite side of the cage.  Wesley crawling up into his hammie.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Wesley2-1.jpg)

It is much easier to get photos now that I can fit "into" the cage :cheeky:

Oooh, look how smooshy that fabric is! That must ultra soft. I'm jealous of your rats!!
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Post by: krazycatlady on October 25, 2009, 12:40:02 AM
I got some smushy ultra soft fabric in the remnant bin today at Joanns, first time ive ever seen any in there, it was still like $4 i think but well worth it, i wanna go back and buy the whole thing and make a blanket out of it for myself  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: Nat Loves Rats on October 25, 2009, 10:24:25 AM
Woah rodent_girl your rats have a freaking MANSION! Lol
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Post by: vintagerat on October 25, 2009, 01:25:22 PM
natlovesrats.....I think that is Weaver's cage, if you are talking about the cage pictured above  :P.


Marsha....I just love the new long cage, it's perfect  :balloon:!
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Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2009, 02:37:12 PM
Thanks undergunfire :)  I am very happy with it and feel that I made the right decision rather than getting the CN.  The rats I think have a lot more usuable space and the floorspace is great.  I can see this being a good cage as my ratties age as well.  With it only being the two larger levels the rats are still using the entire cage.  I was worried that they would hang out on one floor or the other, but they are all over the place.

It is a two man job though to pick the cage up and out of the pan and to put it back in, but I mainly clean my cage in late afternoons/evenings anyways, so all of my helpers are home from work/school. ;)
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Post by: JesB on October 25, 2009, 02:50:35 PM
OOOOMMMMGGGG ... I didn't know it until looking at these pictures ... but .. I went to the martins website ... and a cage that i picked up a few weeks ago via CL for free ... is a Martins ferret cage ... The New Englander ... I've been using just the top section for some of my younger girls, because I neeeeed some binder clips to hold fleece down onto the levels.


One of the bottoms of the ramps is rusty ... can I put CLR on it and then hit it with primer before laying down the fleece??

Also, if I can't find binder clips, what else can I use to hold fleece down to the levels and ramps?
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Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2009, 03:15:01 PM
I am not sure if binder clips will work to hold down fleece in a Martins cage.  I use safety pins.

You maybe better off to just replace the ramp.  I think a new ramp for the R-695 is only $5.00, so I would think the New Englander would be about the same.

What a great find for you! :hyper:  Make sure to post pictures when you get everything together.  I would love to see yur setup :wink5:
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Post by: JesB on October 25, 2009, 03:18:41 PM
Ohhhh I didn't realize they made replacements for it!!!   I guess we'll get one ordered ... now that I just dragged it all inside ... rofl ... I don't know wherrrre to put it    i guess i can tote it back outside til we get a ramp ...  altho ... since it's just the bottom ... I might be able to figure something out inside ... I was thinking of getting it all with clr just to make sure it was good to go ... and spraying it all with paint ... IDK what kind of paint most people suggest tho ??  I don't really have bar chewers ...


Where do they sell replacement ramps??   I can't find them anywhere ...
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Post by: Nat Loves Rats on October 25, 2009, 03:36:36 PM
natlovesrats.....I think that is Weaver's cage, if you are talking about the cage pictured above  :P.


Marsha....I just love the new long cage, it's perfect  :balloon:!
:doh: oops. DUH!
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Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2009, 03:37:29 PM
Just call Martins and Becky can get you a ramp. :wink5:

I have no idea about painting the cage.  Maybe someone else can help you with that. ???
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Post by: JesB on October 25, 2009, 03:46:17 PM
Only Becky?  Lol ... I'll make a note to call on pay day and order a new ramp from Becky   lol
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Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2009, 04:01:25 PM
Becky will more than likely be the one who answers the phone when you call  :P
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Post by: JesB on October 25, 2009, 04:11:36 PM
Heh ... I guessss you call often yea ?
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Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2009, 04:20:08 PM
After custom ordering two cages within a six month time-frame, yeah I guess I do/did.
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Post by: Scubbs on October 25, 2009, 04:22:57 PM
Eee, Marsha, the cage is beautiful!  It's so huge a colorful.  :D  And I'm sure the ratties are enjoying all the new room.  Is everyone living together now pretty happily?
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Post by: WEAVER on October 25, 2009, 04:33:52 PM
Yes, they are actually doing very well.  It seemed like it took a lot longer this time than the last, but it went a little more smoothly once they were all in the cage together.  I think it helped that they all had a "different" cage.  Mitzi seems like she is actually in charge of everyone right now.  It is odd seeing a rat 1/2 the size of the others bossing them all around.  She is a fiesty little thing.  I can tell she is all better.  She acts NOTHING like the sweet, sick little rat that I brought home.  Lu-lu is a lot like Claire, just sweet and easy going.  Mitzi is a wild child, well except when she is sleeping. :-*

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Oct10.jpg)

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Post by: critterchic on October 26, 2009, 01:29:31 AM
Well, I have some new boys that I have adopted from BluRat here on GM. And here they are in the work cage, now home to Louie and Nibs. They look so little in there!


(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12612.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12616.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12617.jpg)

Nibs,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12623.jpg)

Louie,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12635.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12636.jpg)
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Post by: katieshamrock on October 26, 2009, 04:40:46 PM
I want a Matins so badddddly!

Question for those of you who use full liners.. How often do you change them?
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Post by: vintagerat on October 26, 2009, 05:15:10 PM
Question for those of you who use full liners.. How often do you change them?

Mine get changed every 3-4 days. I have 8 rats (the "said" max limit) in my custom RUDD, though.
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Post by: daratter on October 26, 2009, 05:29:16 PM
Yey, a Martins thread! :thumbsup2: Ive had soooo many Martins cages now and I have loved everyone of them.
The current older girls colony #1 (custom built Martins):
(http://www.pxrats.com/GirlsCageLg.gif)
Martins custom based off the ferret cage they have:
(http://www.pxrats.com/ferretcondocage.jpg)
The RUUD R-699 that I have since split into 2 cages:
(http://www.pxrats.com/girlsmartins2.jpg)
The current middle age girls colony#2 (older model R-695):
(http://www.pxrats.com/ratroomboyscage.gif)
I have so many more, now and in the past, I will have to find some pics of them all.
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Post by: PixieSeer on October 28, 2009, 12:22:44 AM
In my next life, I want to be a rat... so I can live with Weaver!!!!  :yelcutelaugh:

If I were a rat I'd hope that she'd adopt me too!

Haha, I want to be a rat for a couple lifetimes!  :hyper: There are so many amazing cage-decorators on here! Weaver, Scubbs, and Undercrossfire, just for starters! I love all the cages on this thread! Keep it up, to everyone. So many unique styles.  ;D
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Post by: vintagerat on October 28, 2009, 01:07:44 AM
I had to break down my custom RUDD into two different cages. Spootie is really slowly down a lot and it is was the point where the other 6 young rats pushed him away from food & left him all alone on the middle level to sleep alone. So, Spoots got his own "pad"! He now gets all the nummies he wants and a rice sock to snuggle with during the day. I took Debbie's advice and put Tucker (my sweetest boy) in with Spootie at night time...and then Tucks can go back into the 695 during the day.

I have 7 in the R695 right now...well, more like 6 because rats are up at night mostly & that is when there is 6 in there...during the day when they sleep there is 7. I know it seems like a lot (some say only 3-4 in a 695), but honestly...all 8 never used the custom RUDD fully, they'd sleep at the way top and ignore the other 2 levels. So, I really don't feel bad about 7 being in the 695 right now.

Now, onto the pictures  :balloon:....

Whole R695...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2726/4052212350_6c1589541f.jpg)

Top level of the 695...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2600/4051470333_6d6e4d63bd.jpg)

Bottom level of the 695...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2475/4051472969_0bd080e88c.jpg)


Spootie's "pad"...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4051475339_183734bbf0.jpg)


The two cages together...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/4052228370_07a44c1d44.jpg)
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Post by: tueurose on October 28, 2009, 01:55:41 AM
I have such cage envy of you WEAVER. That cage is magnificent. I just drool over it and every time I see photos, I look over at my cage and think to myself, "It's good your boys don't know what they're missing" haha.
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Post by: Malexis on October 29, 2009, 11:13:38 PM
My poor girlies are so deprieved after seeing all of your guy's cages! Seriously have given up making a liner for the top level of the R-685 because i have to hand sew everything. I can't figure out how to thread a sewing machine to try and teach myself how to sew lol. (should probably ask my aunt sometime soon.) I've also kinda been behind in sewing up some hammies, but now seeing your guy's cages have really inspired me! Hopefully i can get them a few hammies sewed sooon!
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Post by: mcfate on October 30, 2009, 03:56:44 AM
critterchic, your new babies are sooooo cute.  I still really love that blue star fabric.  I hope to see new pics of the babies as they grow!  I miss soft little baby rats!

ETA I should really read the whole page before I post  :doh:

Amy, were you sad that you needed to break down the cage?  That is the great thing about the big Martin's cages, it is easy to do.  Your crew is getting older, so sad how quickly that seems to happen :(
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Post by: WEAVER on October 30, 2009, 07:50:22 AM
Amy your cage looks great.  You are probably finding it sooo much easier to clean and decorate now that they are seperated ;)  Now you can also clean on seperate days instead of having to do the entire cage all at one time.  That is what I had liked about mine being seperate.

I think I am going to reorder the "addition" so I still have that as a back up cage.  I really like the top of the r-695 as a cage.  It worked out well having it for surgeries, injuries, or quarentine.  One of my babies chewed threw the carrier the other night while I was cleaning their cage.  Now I also have to figure out another option for a carrier.  I have never had a rat do that before, but she did and managed to do it real quickly.  All I saw was a blur of grey fur darting out of the carrier and across the floor.  Little stinker! ::)
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Post by: Hippidy on October 30, 2009, 12:26:22 PM
Hey undergunfire what are you using for a litter box in your R-695? I'm always looking for different litter box options and it looks like a good size.

Just cleaned and cut some new liners. I still need to make a bunch more hammocks for this cage! It looks pretty bare.
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/10-23-09/IMG_1057.jpg)

Top
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/10-23-09/IMG_1055.jpg)

Bottom
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/10-23-09/IMG_1056.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on October 30, 2009, 04:35:44 PM
Shelby....I'm not sad that I had to break down the custom RUDD....quite happy, actually. I am sad for my 3+ years old, Spootie, but other then that....I am feeling relieved. My "babies" all turn 1 years old on December 11th. I am sad that they have gotten so much "older" in what seems like no time, but I am just waiting for the day when I can take my break from rats. I know it sounds bad  :worry:.

Marsha....I'm loving cleaning the 695. I do clean that and the little oldie cage on the same day. I just prefer to get it done and over with!

Hippidy....Are you talking about the little white pan? It is just a little thing my MIL gave me. I think she used it to hold stuff for yarn? The other green-ish colored boxes came from Petco...they fit very well in the Martin's and were only $5 each.
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Post by: critterchic on November 01, 2009, 12:55:53 AM
critterchic, your new babies are sooooo cute.  I still really love that blue star fabric.  I hope to see new pics of the babies as they grow!  I miss soft little baby rats!

Thanks! They are so sweet and soft, and I will be sure to post a ton of pics as they grow.  :thumbsup2: Check with Violet976, she might have some of that fabric left over. It is even better looking in person.
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Post by: vintagerat on November 01, 2009, 03:13:39 PM
Now that Spootie has passed  :'(, I have just chosen to leave my Martin's as a 695. There are 4 big boys and 3 little ladies in there, but you honestly can't tell. For my particular crew, I think a 695 is just fine. I'll probably have to clean every 3 days, but I am fine with that. I am just happy that ALL the space is now going to be used wisely. As silly as it may sound, I think the custom RUDD was too much space for them. My crew really sticks together.

Now that it is a 695, I just adore the cage  ;D. It is much easier for me to pick up to change out the pan towel and it is easier to toss in the tub (now that it is getting colder).

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2591/4064879015_0c0b73a63c.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3513/4065633014_e376aef222.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3481/4065637818_cbe97ef0cd.jpg)
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Post by: JTO_ on November 01, 2009, 08:15:12 PM
My RUUD :)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_42071.jpg)
Whole thing
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_42081.jpg)
Top
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/johnny724/100_42101.jpg)
Bottom
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: JTO_ on November 01, 2009, 08:16:26 PM
(Double Post)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: mcfate on November 01, 2009, 08:26:07 PM
That rattie crawling out of the octosleeper looks like it just woke up!  I love that sleepy face   :rattysmiley:
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Post by: critterchic on November 02, 2009, 10:06:44 PM
Here is my boys Nibs and Louie's R-695. I moved them into the rat room today when I cleaned out the cage. I have added two more litter pans, they are getting the litter box training about 40%, so I thought if I put in a couple more it would help them figure it out quicker. :BlueDumboSmile:

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12681.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12683.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12686.jpg)

and a couple of the boys,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12705.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12704.jpg)

Louie with a pea on the Cozy Cavern from Violet976,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12712.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12698.jpg)
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Post by: critterchic on November 02, 2009, 10:22:42 PM
The Playpen, it's not very interesting but the boys seem to like it anyway.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12695.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12693.jpg)

Louie escaping,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12694.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: vintagerat on November 02, 2009, 11:15:06 PM
I LOOOOVE the cage, critterchic!

And oh my goodness! Louie matches the rattie fabric  :heart:.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on November 02, 2009, 11:57:27 PM
Thanks! I thought the same thing when I first saw the picture. :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on November 05, 2009, 12:28:18 PM
We need new WEAVER pictures!
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Post by: vintagerat on November 05, 2009, 07:58:18 PM
Just throwing it out there for anyone interested with a Martin's.....I am going to just sell my 695 topper part (the part that makes it a bit shorter then a RUDD). We are moving from a 3 bedroom with a garage for storage to a 2 bedroom without a garage....so I honestly have no space to store anything. Let me know if anyone is interested. I need to decide how to price it & what shipping would be.

 :)
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Post by: neelia on November 05, 2009, 08:00:39 PM
I may be interested! Let me know how much you'd give it to me for to ship to 93065. I would still need to get the bottom pan if I'm reading that correctly, right?
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Post by: Rattie Kisses on November 05, 2009, 08:09:42 PM
Where are you located, undergunfire? I may be interested
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: vintagerat on November 05, 2009, 08:10:10 PM
I may be interested! Let me know how much you'd give it to me for to ship to 93065. I would still need to get the bottom pan if I'm reading that correctly, right?

I asked my husband (who does all my shipping) and he said it would cost approximately $15 to ship anywhere. He said it is that "expensive" because of the dimensions (18"x30"), not the weight. I'll also include a free hammock of anyone's choice with the purchase of the topper  :).

I'll ask probably $30 for the addition with a free hammock of one's choice.

I used the topper part as a "oldie cage" for Spootie for a few days and I just used 2 towels and a piece over the carpet. You can't use a pan from Martin's because the door won't be able to open. You can use a longer piece of coroplast or plexiglass with fleece/towel wrapped around it, though.

I'm in AZ, by the way.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on November 06, 2009, 10:10:19 AM
Sorry I have not been posting pictures.  I only have the two sets of cage pads right now, so the cage kind of looks simuliar each time.  I am slammed in sewing orders so I have not had a chance to make my own kids new things at the moment :puppy_dog_eyes:

Here is their cage picture this time around. 
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-20.jpg)
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Post by: juliebug on November 06, 2009, 10:36:22 AM
your cage is always fantastic WEAVER. where did you get that pink wodent wheel?
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Post by: Billie40 on November 06, 2009, 11:33:00 AM
And where do y'all get those little wiffle-ball type things? I think my kids would like them.
Weaver, if you ever run out of things do you can go ahead and decorate my cage for me, I'll let you.
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Post by: WEAVER on November 06, 2009, 11:53:37 AM

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your cage is always fantastic WEAVER. where did you get that pink wodent wheel?

I got the pink wodent wheel from MRR. 
http://mainelyratrescue.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=2

This website sells them also.  I got my blue one from them.
http://www.glideroom.com/


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And where do y'all get those little wiffle-ball type things?
Most of my bird toys I order from www.bird.com.  My mom is also really into birds and she has a lady that sells them from her home.  Mom spoils my rats and pigs with new toys on occasion from her. :)  I think that is where they came from if you are talking about the two on the top. ???
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Post by: Billie40 on November 06, 2009, 01:21:30 PM
...that explains it, scared of birds so I usually stay away from that section. They have a big old scary bird guarding that aisle in my usual store who doesn't stay in a cage. *shudder*
I'll check a chain store this weekend.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: della luna on November 06, 2009, 07:25:59 PM
LOVE the cage Weaver! (as usual)

Hopefully I will have my own cage to post as of Christmas!  I just ordered it this afternoon!  *happy dance*
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Post by: Rattie Kisses on November 07, 2009, 05:35:05 PM
Gunfire, is the cage in good condition? If so, I would love to buy it from you. My girls need a nice travel cage.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: bipolarwreck on November 07, 2009, 08:52:17 PM
just redecorated the girls cage, its a 690...its not much, but its home, and the girls seem to really enjoy it  :)

eleanor is up top, and phoebe is at the bottom
(http://i37.tinypic.com/r88orq.jpg)

heres the top, theres a goofy shaped hammock, and a bunch of fleece scraps, their food dish, and a few paper things they like to chew
(http://i34.tinypic.com/2ltgiag.jpg)

the bottom, theres a giant piece of fleece strung up to give them more room to run around on (i usually use a more fitted piece that i made from the leg of a pair of pants, its stretchy, and it kind of makes a big trampoline, the girls love it...ill try to get a pic of that one when i put it back in), and some more paper things for them (and phoebe trying to escape)
(http://i35.tinypic.com/13za59z.jpg)

Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on November 07, 2009, 09:03:05 PM
Wow bipolarwreck, I loooove the pink cage. You did an awesome job painting it. :thumbsup2:
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Post by: bipolarwreck on November 07, 2009, 09:05:49 PM
thank you very much  ;D i do enjoy it being a bit "different" from the norm

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Post by: Bloo Cheese on November 07, 2009, 10:02:48 PM
I admire it as well  ;D The pink looks awesome with the black pan and trim, it really does! Did you ever order a bedding set?

Also I hope you flu is all gone. I had an upper respiratory infection for a month and a half and my coughing bruises my ribs.
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Post by: bipolarwreck on November 07, 2009, 10:15:25 PM
i didnt order one yet, severe lack of funding

and im much better, thank you!
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on November 07, 2009, 10:24:12 PM
Your welcome  ;D

Ah well that is understandable. And it IS the holidays. Her store will still be there when you do have the funds. When you do order though I HIGHLY recommend you specify anti-pill fleece (I didn't specify and I got Blizzard fleece which will pill up and not look so nice in about 6 months)  :( and pay the extra $1 for batting padding as it is super absorbent, comfy and helps a ton with odor.

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Post by: WEAVER on November 08, 2009, 09:38:46 AM
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I didn't specify and I got Blizzard fleece which will pill up and not look so nice in about 6 months

Actually non-pill wicks urine better than the anti-pill solids do.  The anti-pill solid colors, both from Hancock and Joanns are quite a bit thinner and therefore the stretch making your pads not as durable or long lasting.  Their solid fleece are great for hammies and such, but for liners, I myself think the solid colors are a better fleece. 

Now with the anti-pill patterned fleece, that is a MUCH better quality fleece than the regular.  I try to make most of guinea pig cage pads out of the premium fleece to help keep their cages dry.  Guinea pigs pee quite a bit more than ratties though :wink5:
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on November 08, 2009, 10:42:35 AM
Well that is what the batting in the middle is for. I won't replace the liners if there is nothing wrong with them. Pilled up fleece is so ugly and it sheds horribly leaving bald patches. If your rats don't chew like mine don't I reccomend the anti-pill. But if they are just going to shred it anyway sure go for the blizzard ifyou want.

I know the blizzard will pill up and look ugly because I have a set I got 6 months ago and the fleece looks like crap and is all rough feeling.
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Post by: WEAVER on November 08, 2009, 04:17:09 PM
If you use a patterned fleece instead of a solid color you don't notice the wear as much. 

I have never had fleece "shed" or leave bald patches and my guinea pig items last forever.  Pigs don't ruin their items like rats do.  They usually just wear out and have to be replaced.  I wash my guinea pig pads and beds daily ???
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on November 08, 2009, 04:35:31 PM
Maybe the particular brand of fleece used on my first set wasn't very good. It is so thin in parts you can see through it. Stange huh? The Blizzard fleece seems much softer and thicker than my first set so maybe it won't end up looking as bad.
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Post by: coliekumar on November 08, 2009, 04:44:16 PM
I have had hammock makers make me products using fleece from fleece blankets from the $1 store.  That fleece wears through, but its the only fleece that I have noticed do that?  All of my blizzard/anti-pill fleece holds up very well.  The flannel on the other hand...  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Kota on November 09, 2009, 10:29:40 PM
Love that pink chage Bipolarwreck!
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Post by: vintagerat on November 09, 2009, 10:46:41 PM
Maybe the particular brand of fleece used on my first set wasn't very good. It is so thin in parts you can see through it. Stange huh? The Blizzard fleece seems much softer and thicker than my first set so maybe it won't end up looking as bad.

I have purchased solid fleece from Walmart in the past that was suuuuper thin. Now when I buy from them, I make sure that it is thicker fleece.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on November 09, 2009, 10:51:11 PM
Nibs & Louie's cage this week, they are getting bigger!
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12806.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12807.jpg)

the awesome cube WEAVER made,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12808.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12809.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12843.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12854.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12824.jpg)
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Post by: della luna on November 10, 2009, 07:20:25 AM
^looks great  :D
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Post by: WEAVER on November 10, 2009, 11:21:35 AM
WOW!  The boys are growing so quickly :o  Your cage looks great.  I am glad that your boys are being "nice" to the cube.  My brats have basically torn up all three of the ones that I made them.  I really need to make them new ones.  My two new babies love to chew their hammies, cubes and liners.  It is driving my crazy!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on November 11, 2009, 08:49:44 PM
Thanks WEAVER! I am so lucky that my boys aren't chewers! I still have my first original liner's still in use from last Winter and the hammocks are holding up as well. I think I would go nuts if I had chewer's!  The cube is a huge favorite, I did see some Winter fabric of yours that I love, so will be ordering a couple of more cubes soon. :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Hippidy on November 11, 2009, 09:44:35 PM
Maybe my boyfriend will get me some hammocks for Christmas so my cage wont look so empty :( I'm not the best sewer so I can only do the basic kind myself.

(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/10-23-09/IMG_1064.jpg)
I do have an envelope hammock I made and the green one in the top corner is sort of one... They like it none the less! I have a green, pink, blue theme right now.
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Post by: andie3131 on November 11, 2009, 09:47:54 PM
Ok so I know most of you have a 695 or higher.  I was wondering if any of you had a 690 or so?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on November 12, 2009, 07:25:07 AM
There are quite a few people on the thread that have pictures of their 690's and 680's ;) 
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Post by: coliekumar on November 13, 2009, 12:34:10 PM
I have personally posted both my 690 and my 680 and a couple occasions on here  :)

And on another note, soon I will have a new cage to post!!  My 680 has always been my favorite cage, hands down and I ahve been searching for another cage I liked as much, but could hold more rats.  Those of you who know me well know I go through cages like tissues, so hopefully my new cage will be the last!!  It is a double 695 in size, but in its interiors it will be more like a 680.  So, WEAVER's cage without the middle full floor (sort of) with slide out pans because I am lazy  ;)

YAY!!  :occasion18:
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Post by: Wheeljack on November 13, 2009, 02:10:16 PM
I cannot wait to see that Colie.  I love looking at the pics in this thread.  I don't have or need a Martins, but it's fun to live vicariously through other posters.
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Post by: coliekumar on November 13, 2009, 05:29:40 PM
I have a lot of trouble just living vicariously through someone.  It seems I always have to do it myself!!   :yelcutelaugh:  Hopefully, for cages at least I can stop that insanity, its expensive!!
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Post by: WEAVER on November 15, 2009, 07:41:46 AM
Coliekumar, I can't wait to seee your new cage :hyper:  The rats love their new setup, but I must admit and say that I hate having to have someone else home to help me lift the thing.  It is not necessarily too heavy, just too awkward to lift.  Petunia is still chasing Lu-lu and making her cry all of the time, if that does not stop, I may have to think of another configuration. :P

I forgot to post pictures of my cage last cage cleaning, I will have to look back through my pictures and see if I can find it.  But here is the newest cage pictures that I have.


(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cage1-8.jpg)

I even took individual pictures ;D
Sorry, their is tons of natural light that comes in the window behind the cage.  No direct sun, but great light and it makes the pictures look wonky.

Top left
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Topright.jpg)

Top right
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Topleft.jpg)

Bottom left
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Bottomleft.jpg)

Bottom right
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Bottomright.jpg)
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Post by: della luna on November 15, 2009, 09:49:37 AM
^looks great as usual, WEAVER!  Looking at your cage makes me anxious for mine to come in!
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Post by: Chevalrose on November 15, 2009, 02:11:20 PM
My cage with the new green liners:

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Rats001.jpg)

Top:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Rats002.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l172/Chevalrose/Rats003.jpg)
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Post by: della luna on November 15, 2009, 02:41:40 PM
^I love how you're using bird ladders as ramps!  I've been wondering lately if the ramps are removable, so I could do something similar- guess that answers that  =D

I feel bad that I've been posting on here so much w/out anything to contribute!  I promise that I'll make up for it once my cage comes in!
Which just reminded me that I'm going to need at least TWO sets of cage decorations!  AHHHHHH!  I totally forgot about that.  Don't know WHAT I was thinking, but I'm gonna need multiple so I can switch out while one is being cleaned.  :/  Guess it's back to Hancock's for me!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Nomi on November 15, 2009, 04:42:44 PM
I have a huge parrot ladder my mom's boyfriend gave me, and my girls love running on it in free-range... But my new little boy thinks it's a chew toy. Wooden bird ladders definitely backfired for him.
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Post by: Chevalrose on November 16, 2009, 08:48:48 AM
If I don't give them other things to chew on, they do chew the ladders. I usually have to replace them every couple months. I like them better than the ramps though.
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Post by: WEAVER on November 20, 2009, 06:45:12 PM
Here is my cage this time around.  New liners!
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage2-15.jpg)

I use 4" pipes for floortime, but thought I would put one in their cage to change it up.  They :heart: it!  Well worth the $5.00! :yelcutelaugh:
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Tube.jpg)
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Post by: RatTech on November 20, 2009, 09:31:46 PM
Here's my modified Martins RUUD (R699) Cage!  I went for the "EARTH" theme this time. It's home to my two newest boys, Gizmo and Quinn.

(http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv182/DressagePercheron/DSC08589.jpg)
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Post by: critterchic on November 22, 2009, 06:36:32 PM
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12874.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12875.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12877.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12905.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12932.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12895.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12904.jpg)
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Post by: JTO_ on November 22, 2009, 06:50:33 PM
I decided to fully load it this time.  I used all but one of my hammock hooks. :P

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2732/4125685303_9279022d67.jpg)
The whole area around the cage.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2782/4126456858_987cc9b852.jpg)
Top section.  The very top is everything that is red, blue and green.  The next is a baby theme.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2547/4126458686_3eec6a6fd6.jpg)
Next are animal prints/beds.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2707/4126459988_d5fa2a6174.jpg)
The whole cage, in all it's glory. :)
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Post by: WEAVER on November 26, 2009, 10:06:56 PM
New cage piccies :)

Entire cage
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage3-12.jpg)

Top right
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rightsidetop.jpg)

Top left
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Topsideleft.jpg)

Bottom right
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Rightsidebottom.jpg)

Bottom left
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Leftsidebottom.jpg)

Can you tell my ratties love to come out and play? :yelcutelaugh:

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Post by: Kikoh on December 04, 2009, 02:52:49 PM
Hey!
I am not new....just migrated from RF, and have been admiring everyone's Martins!
I have a brand new R-695, and a new R-680 that I am not allowed to have until the holidays. My rats are currently in a Crummy Super pet cage only good for 2 rats,in it I have 1 girl rat and her babies as she had an accidental litter in the 12th of November, I was originally gonna get her 2 cage mates but then voila! babies xD. I have 2 boys housed in another superpet cage.
I will be keeping 1 boy with my 2 other boys, and they will live in the r-680, and 4 girls who will be housed in the r-695.

I am using all your awesome cages as inspiration for decorating my new cages :3
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Post by: Rotten Applesss on December 04, 2009, 03:07:17 PM
WEAVER - I always love seeing pictures of your cage :]
I really want to get the boys a wheel for christmas. Where did you get yours? I like that blue one, but not sure if it is a good size for boy ratties or not.
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Post by: Navi on December 04, 2009, 06:25:06 PM
I got some awesome hammocks from Andie3131 for the Winter Gift Swap, so I have to show them off. ;D Thanks Andie!

Top
(http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs041.snc3/12834_1216585788512_1644891862_564986_2413302_n.jpg)
(http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs041.snc3/12834_1216585828513_1644891862_564987_1902520_n.jpg)

Bottom
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Its a Martin's R690, home to my three girls.
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Post by: WEAVER on December 05, 2009, 10:21:51 AM
WEAVER - I always love seeing pictures of your cage :]
I really want to get the boys a wheel for christmas. Where did you get yours? I like that blue one, but not sure if it is a good size for boy ratties or not.

Thank you for your nice comment about my cages :BlueDumboSmile:
I ordered my wheels from http://www.glideroom.com/ quite a while back.  The blue one is my favorite too.  I have two boys, and they fit in them fine.  My boys are not huge boys though, just slightly larger than my girls are.  If you have really large boys you need the larger wheel, not the senior size.
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Post by: mustang480 on December 05, 2009, 12:33:40 PM
WEAVER, do you make your own cage liners?  Is there batting in them?
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Post by: WEAVER on December 06, 2009, 10:32:59 AM
Yes, I do make my own cage liners and use batting.  I also take custom orders on R-695 or R-680 cages if you would like a set ;) 
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Post by: mustang480 on December 06, 2009, 10:49:55 AM
Yes, I do make my own cage liners and use batting.  I also take custom orders on R-695 or R-680 cages if you would like a set ;) 

The liners look super WEAVER!  I am currently trying to decide between the R695 and a CN for my 4 boys, so I'm looking around to see how liners fit the different cages etc.  If I do go with the 695, I will def keep you in mind for the liners!!   ;D
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Post by: vintagerat on December 06, 2009, 11:16:14 AM
Here is my Martin's this time around  :). For some reason I keep taking the pictures when I use the strawberries/cherries set....maybe because I love it so much  :yelcutelaugh:? I really need to make new liners & more hammocks. I wish I had like $300 to blow on some, but I just don't! I have donated a lot of my older hammocks to a small animal rescue here in AZ...so I am finding that I don't have a whole lot now  :P.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2788/4162684185_d97ddcc0b6.jpg)
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on December 06, 2009, 08:33:50 PM
Here's some pics of Oliver in his 695.  It's not quite as fancy and color-coordinated as some of yours though.   :-\  But he likes it!

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/DSC_0003-9.jpg)

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/DSC_0005-6.jpg)

Oliver nom'ing on sunflower seeds:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh60/bikerdeb61/Rats/DSC_0026-4.jpg)

:)

Deb
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Post by: vintagerat on December 07, 2009, 12:20:20 AM
Ohh whatever, Deb  :P....Oliver's 695 looks so cute! I like all the green, red, & yellow  ;D! Who made that cool fleece hut thing?!
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Post by: Addicted2Rats on December 07, 2009, 12:21:49 AM
Thanks, Amy!  ;)  Gosh, I can't remember who made that?  I've ordered stuff from you, from Scubbs and ummm...maybe it was evilhobbitgirl?  Hopefully someone will see this and recognize who made it.  LOL  ETA:  I did a search in the Swap Meet area to try and figure out who I had ordered it from.  It's from javakittie.  This is the link to her thread:

http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4018288.0 (http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4018288.0)

I know that I'm going to need to order more of those cuz my guys love them!


Deb
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Post by: furbabyfurniture on December 07, 2009, 03:29:30 AM
**THUD** Oliver!!   :heart: :heart:
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Post by: vintagerat on December 07, 2009, 08:55:27 AM
Thanks, Deb! I might have to order one....they look cool!
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Post by: critterchic on December 08, 2009, 01:50:39 AM
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13025.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13026.jpg)

the triangle made by Lauren_22, she also made the double cube,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13029.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13031.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13037.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13041.jpg)

see how much they have grown,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12635.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13044.jpg)
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Post by: ShaiTempest on December 09, 2009, 06:22:32 PM
Can anyone provide me with the dimensions of the Martin's R680 shelves/balconies?  I want to make sure some of the bedding pieces or toys I'm going to get for it will fit on the shelves themselves.
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Post by: SouthPaw on December 09, 2009, 08:17:45 PM
Still want to add more to it but it's looking better! They love their new hammies from Chelsey  :)

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y105/SingedWhiskers/Rats/DSCN0276.jpg)
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Post by: della luna on December 09, 2009, 08:25:07 PM
^ooh a 685!  I haven't seen one of those on here in a while.  I came this *holds fingers up* close to buying one.
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Post by: SouthPaw on December 09, 2009, 08:44:58 PM
^ Oh really, what did you end up with instead? It's a decent cage but I sometimes wish I would have went for the 695 (err I mean, I wish I would have had my dad get the 695... lol) just so I'd have more room for hammocks and tubes and stuff. Ohhhh well, it still works.  :rattysmiley:
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Post by: della luna on December 09, 2009, 09:02:14 PM
^ I decided to go with the 695 (read: I switched the order from a 685 to 695 after we already ordered and suprised my mom later! lol. don't worry she was already expecting to pay as much as the 695 cost us.)  I was really into getting a 685, but I just don't like using flip-tops, so that put me off of it.
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Post by: WEAVER on December 10, 2009, 07:28:40 AM
Wow, everyone's cages look amazing and it looks like a whole lot of new ratties are getting new hammies for the holidays. :wink5:

Deb, I love the colors you used in your 695, not to mention the little man is quite adorable.  Do you have your 695 sectioned off into two cages?
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Post by: vintagerat on December 10, 2009, 09:59:40 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2647/4175827186_4a594660c2.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2788/4175066895_d713db5c4f.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2621/4175067701_18f7fb6276.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4012/4175067257_944b8ece6d.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on December 14, 2009, 10:11:46 PM
I cleaned the 695 again, so here are the pictures  :)....

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2578/4186724500_4e55a49cb7.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/4185971721_c08ab047f5.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2717/4186727318_22e4dab424.jpg)
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Post by: Kikoh on December 15, 2009, 02:56:42 PM
Wow!
Fantastic cage :3
I just ordered 2 R-695s, and 1 R-680, and all three arrived in under 2 days!
That's whats great about living 2 hours away from where they are shipped from.
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Post by: della luna on December 15, 2009, 06:13:01 PM
^WHAT?? *grumbles*  Did you get them powdercoated?  I live 2 hours away and have been waiting 5 weeks now!
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Post by: Kikoh on December 15, 2009, 08:23:46 PM
I did get the powder coated.
Hmm, that's very strange, they are usually so good with that.
Maybe try calling/emailing them.
Also if its a custom order it may be longer, but 5 weeks is unusually long.
Sorry I feel bad now that i got it so quick lol
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Post by: della luna on December 15, 2009, 10:34:39 PM
^Lol, it's not your fault!  It was actually a custom order.  I'm just a bit annoyed because they said it probably wouldn't take long, and I still haven't gotten an email saying it has been shipped out yet.  I emailed them last week and they said all of their cages were getting powdercoated at the end of last week/over the weekend (which is probably why yours was ready so fast!), and that they were hoping to have the cages shipped out by Monday or so... :(  It's really not that big of a deal, I'm just so excited to finally get it rofl!

~ontopic~  I always love looking at your cage undergunfire!  The colors really make me happy XD lol
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Post by: Hippidy on December 15, 2009, 10:35:45 PM
I just made my second pocket hammock and a nice liner for the top of my R-695
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/IMG_1101.jpg)

The bottoms pretty boring they really only eat down there
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/IMG_1102.jpg)

Let us out please :)
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/IMG_1103.jpg)

Here's my first triangle hammock. They've eaten the back out of the this one already!
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/IMG_1096.jpg)
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Post by: coliekumar on December 20, 2009, 09:29:55 PM
Still no luck on getting good pics here, but my cage nonetheless:

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/newercage_2.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/newercage_3.jpg)

(http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu286/coliekumar/newercage_4.jpg)

Hopefully that illustrates the size and layout okay!  :)
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Post by: Scubbs on December 20, 2009, 09:35:18 PM
Eeee, awesome cage is awesome!  I'm so excited to see cage pics  :)  It looks great!
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Post by: coliekumar on December 20, 2009, 09:52:05 PM
Thanks!  I am moving (again again) into an apartment with 3 bedrooms, so we will be getting a bunny/rat room, so I think we should start having some good cage pics soon!  Its more fun to decorate when everything is clean and organized.   :)
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Post by: della luna on December 20, 2009, 10:14:42 PM
It looks fabulous, colie!
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Post by: critterchic on December 21, 2009, 08:46:24 PM
Louie & Nibs first Christmas, hammies by Violet976.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13235.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13236.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13242.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13253.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13255.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13262.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13263.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13268.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13270.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13267.jpg)
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Post by: SouthPaw on December 21, 2009, 10:11:26 PM
Cute! I so wish I would have had the extra money for a Christmas cage. Maybe next year  :D
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Post by: Kikoh on December 24, 2009, 01:46:28 AM
Louie & Nibs first Christmas, hammies by Violet976.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13235.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13236.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13242.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13253.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13255.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13262.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13263.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13268.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13270.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13267.jpg)


That cage is adorable, i love the holiday theme. And is your rat a tri-color? Either way very handsome ratty.
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on December 25, 2009, 01:01:36 AM
R-680 front
IMG]http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo540.jpg[/IMG]

back
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo541.jpg)

Bloo
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo530.jpg)

Cheese
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo538.jpg)
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Post by: Kikoh on December 25, 2009, 08:30:26 PM
Very nice cage BlooCheese, and I have to say...Cheese is effing adorable, looks like a little bandit with that face :3

And I have a question for people who use Zip ties...are they sturdier then the C-clips? I ended up using the clips because I had no ties laying around :(
BUT they make it feel flimsy, would it make it less flimsy feeling if I added zipties next to the C clips? If so i might go out and get some.

I also feel like my 680 is much sturdier then my 695
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Post by: della luna on December 25, 2009, 09:01:31 PM
^It probably depends on how tightly you put the c-clips on there.  Most people just use cable ties because they can be easily removed.
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Post by: coliekumar on December 25, 2009, 09:50:51 PM
I have had cages put together both ways.  The c-ring cages always felt much sturdier to me, but I put my c-rings all on and then tightened them all up, so it may depend upon how you do it.  Zip-ties are much more convenient, especially if you plan to take the cage apart often for cleaning/travel. 
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Post by: Kikoh on December 25, 2009, 10:17:38 PM
Now i know that, i accidently put my 680 door backwards, luckly it was only 3 clips till i realized....but it took about 15 mins to PRY them off with a plier i wish I had used cable ties instead
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Post by: ThaRatChick on December 25, 2009, 10:30:25 PM
I gto an R-695 for Christmas!! I con't wait to put it together, and I'm making plenty of hammocks  :cheeky:

My dad is letting me use a bag of black zip ties, theyll even blend in! I'll post pics when i have it together and decorated!
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Post by: della luna on December 25, 2009, 11:13:16 PM
^me too!  soooo excited.  Unfortunately, I have to wait to finish putting it together until we go out and buy more cable ties... ugh!

Incidentally, I was wondering if anyone would mind me posting pictures of my cage on this thread, even though it belongs to mice?  No problem if they do.
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Post by: ThaRatChick on December 25, 2009, 11:24:34 PM
People love mice cage pics too!! It's going to be a mouse town, it''s giant! I pulled out the pan and marveled at the size of it LOL
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Post by: Kikoh on December 26, 2009, 12:38:16 AM
I know me to xD
I knew the dimensions ans stuff, but I was still like "holy crud" once it was all assembled xD
I honestly dident expect it be so large
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Post by: ThaRatChick on December 26, 2009, 12:46:49 AM
I'm making a mooses and gray hammock set :) So far i have a flat, cube, pocket, and tube. I might make the bunkbed typre one, and then i'll be out of moose fabric  :yelcutelaugh:
I can't put together/decorate te cage until monday (i keep the rats at my moms and it's my dad's weekend). I can hardley wait!!  :hyper:
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Post by: Kikoh on December 26, 2009, 12:52:17 AM
Your gonna love and so are your rats.
I love martin cages better then CNs and FNs.
How many rats do you have?
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Post by: Bloo Cheese on December 26, 2009, 01:04:22 AM
Thanx kikon. The cage is very sturdy with the ties. I hate the c-rings, part of the cage is put together with them and the rest with cable ties. It took me hours of pain and cussing to get the c-rings on then i figured to look for the ties and i found them and put the rest of the cage together in 5 mins. c-rings are EVIL!

I messed up the first pic link somehow here it is though, looks better from the front lol
(http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll67/WeLoveOurWeasels/Rats/PictureorVideo540.jpg)
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Post by: ThaRatChick on December 26, 2009, 01:07:46 AM
I don't think i woudl like the CNs/FNs because i use litter, and midwest cages and bass pans are expensive!! I currently have 2 girls that won't get along, and i just adopted a trio of gals. I'm hoping to intro one of my single-lings into the new trio.  :) My total is 5.

I'm glad i read up on the cage, and didn't use the c-clips  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: della luna on December 26, 2009, 11:52:38 AM
The cage looks great, Bloo Cheese.  I really do like the 680's, besides the fact that it seems sort of hard to get under that first ramp?

My 695 is almost halfway finished, I had to stop because I ran out of cable ties!  >:(
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Post by: ThaRatChick on December 26, 2009, 03:26:45 PM
How many zip ties do you use to put an R-695 together? Just every few bars or so?
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Post by: vintagerat on December 26, 2009, 05:13:44 PM
How many zip ties do you use to put an R-695 together? Just every few bars or so?

I think I did every 6-7 bars, just to be sure it stayed together well.
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Post by: della luna on December 26, 2009, 08:32:24 PM
I used a tie every 7 bars, except on the top and middle floor which I used every 5 bars (the middle because I felt like it needed to be sturdier, and the top because it was slightly bent).  I used about 100 in all.
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Post by: ThaRatChick on December 27, 2009, 12:30:00 AM
I was at my moms for an hour today while my dad excersized the dogs and i put the cage together. It was easy, and i used a lot of zip ties :P
On monday i'll decorate and cut off all the zip tie ends  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: della luna on December 27, 2009, 01:03:08 AM
posted these in my thread, but I'm just so excited haha!

I don't think its too bad for a first attempt at decorating the cage!

(http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv191/della_luna/013-2.jpg)
(http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv191/della_luna/010-3.jpg)
(http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv191/della_luna/014-6.jpg)

It will just be lined with newspaper in the bottom.
I thought it was going to seem HUGE for two mice, but it really doesn't, haha.  They are both running and climbing all over the place.  According to the cage calc I could put 8-10 in there, but I don't think I'll ever go past five.

What has me worried now is that if I think this cage isn't even big for two mice... what size cage am I going to expect to have for rats O.O ?
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Post by: Kikoh on December 27, 2009, 01:14:30 AM
I love the size of my 695, it seems perfect for my rats.
I think 2 rats would be very happy in a 695.
And you didnt need to put on the hardware cloth?
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Post by: della luna on December 27, 2009, 01:18:14 AM
^oh I didn't mean to imply that it wasn't enough room for rats, just that I seem to have insane expectancies now for my own cages :P

and no, the hardware cloth turned out not to be needed.  I won't be able to put any babies in there until fully grown, but it is fine for adult mice (at least the two I have now).  The spacing ended up being 1.1cm across and 1.5cm diagonal on each square.
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Post by: Kikoh on December 27, 2009, 01:26:02 AM
You have spoiled little mice :3
I saw in Petsmart they had this cage advertised as a mouse starter kit it about the size of half a ten gallon tank, it was so tiny, I almost wanted to complain to Petsmart for selling it. poor mice deserve better care then that, i would not put anything in that cage.
There rat kit Is to small for even 1 rat....and forget the Rabbit kit, my bunnies carrier is bigger then that cage.
If i decide to adopt a pair of mice from the rescue near me, i'll definatly consider Martins custom, maybe a 680, cause yours just looks so cool
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Post by: della luna on December 27, 2009, 01:33:57 AM
hehe thanks I'm really loving it!  I admit it probably is a bit overkill for two mice though XD
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Post by: Kikoh on December 27, 2009, 01:45:25 AM
I always say there is no such thing as overkill for pet cages.
Think about it, in the wild they have infinite space to run and play, so by caging them the biggest cage you can give them is the best :3
If I did not have slanted ceilings I would have gotten the RUUD, but as of now the slant makes it impossible for me to have anything taller then 3 and a half feet up against the wall.
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Post by: furbabyfurniture on December 27, 2009, 02:42:29 AM
yay!! it looks great!   :hyper:
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Post by: WEAVER on December 29, 2009, 10:34:42 AM
It has been a while since I shared cage pictures so I thought I would post a few. 

Here is the entire cage...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-21.jpg)

We offered two new baby girls a home.  They were born in October.  The colony will not except the babies though no matter how hard I try :P  Right now I have the cage bottom divided with the smaller wire to keep the babies safe, but this is temporary until I figure out what kind of cage I am going to get, or how I may rearrange this cage.

Top left
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Topleft.jpg)

Top right
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cagetop.jpg)

Bottom Left
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Bottomleft.jpg)

And bottom right (the babies' temp home)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Dec2009002.jpg)
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Post by: DebsRats on December 29, 2009, 01:05:44 PM
I just love to see your cages. They're always so beautiful. That baby on the bottom is very cute.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Nomi on December 29, 2009, 09:21:49 PM
Woohoo I get to post in here now! I got my new-to-me 695 all set up. The furry ones love it. Despite being the same dimensions as my converted bird breeder cage, it makes much better use of that volume so they have more running room. I've got a mix of hammocks in there (the plaid monstrosities are my first attempts at sewing machine use, but the rats don't mind my crooked edges)

(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/martins.jog)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: SouthPaw on December 29, 2009, 11:42:08 PM
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Cage1-21.jpg)
:notworthy:


Cage cleaning day, their Wodent Wheel finally arrived! Unfortunately I don't think they've even set foot in it yet lol, I put a banana chip in it to tempt them, and they were hesitant to even grab that!
(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y105/SingedWhiskers/Rats/DSCN0356.jpg)
I really need to get them more toys, and some tubes to crawl through... it's been such a sloooow process for me to gather up all the things I want in their cage.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on December 30, 2009, 09:58:07 PM
I got the cage decorated but it might be a week or two until you can get pics, my mom's computer doesn't have a card reader!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Storyseeker on December 31, 2009, 01:19:48 PM

(http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b28/Storyseeker/MartinsTopLevel.jpg)

(http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b28/Storyseeker/MartinsBottomLevel.jpg)

I won't be getting my boys for another couple of months.  This will give me too much time to play.
Here's my evolving cage set up.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Kikoh on December 31, 2009, 09:01:00 PM
I know that according to cage calculator 3 rats can fit in both the 690 and the 680, but I have heard that people feel more space is given with the 680.
I adore my 680, as much if not more then my 695, but I love the way the 690 looks it has the nice style of the 695, and a footprint that makes it easier to place in various places.
I had a weird thought. Since the RUUD is made with the 695 and the 680, could you make a 'mini' ruud with the 690 and the 670?
Maybe i think to much, but that seems so cool.
It could also be that since it has a small footprint it would not be as stable as the real RUUD.
Then it could make more space for people with less floor space, but still have enough space for 4-5 rats.
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Post by: arumberg on December 31, 2009, 09:14:05 PM
I had a weird thought. Since the RUUD is made with the 695 and the 680, could you make a 'mini' ruud with the 690 and the 670?
Maybe i think to much, but that seems so cool.
It could also be that since it has a small footprint it would not be as stable as the real RUUD.
Then it could make more space for people with less floor space, but still have enough space for 4-5 rats.


I had actually thought about doing that with my 670 and 660 to make it one large cage, but I still needed a second cage. (was working on intros) I was looking for another cage and came across the 690, so I decided to put the 2 guys I wanted to put in the 660/670 in the 690 and put the lone guy in the 670.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Kikoh on December 31, 2009, 09:16:49 PM
I have never seen a 660 in use, and rarely seen 670s. but I like them, I recommended them to my friends who want only 2 rats, and have a budget.
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Post by: ThaRatChick on December 31, 2009, 09:18:41 PM
oOo and you could make a humungo-RUUD with 2 r-695s. Not sure how you would get to the top though  :yelcutelaugh:
A Ladder!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Kikoh on December 31, 2009, 09:25:15 PM
Imagine attatching 2 ruuds side by side like what WEAVER did with her custom cage?
 i can dream xD
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: arumberg on December 31, 2009, 09:30:01 PM
I have never seen a 660 in use, and rarely seen 670s. but I like them, I recommended them to my friends who want only 2 rats, and have a budget.

Actually, a 660 is not large enough for 2 rats. I use it for short term (a day or two) use or as a hospital cage. And while the cage calculator says it is large enough for 2 rats, I think that is pushing it unless the 2 rats are on the smaller side. I use my 670 for long term temporary/quarantine puposes. I personally would suggest a 680 or larger for 2 rats.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Kikoh on December 31, 2009, 09:33:38 PM
I do agree, I will always recommend the 680 first, BUT if the person has smaller budget, then the 670 can fit 2, if they get plenty of out of cage time.
I personally would not use it for 2 rats as long term housing.
I have 4 rats in my 680, 2 are babies, and 1 is going to a new home in a few days, so only 3 rats will be in it.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on January 01, 2010, 11:04:11 AM
If the cages are the same size, I personally think they would be better side by side rather than on top of one another.  The floor of the cage is just too small, that is the main problem.  Even with having just the six rats, I thought the RUDD (695) main level was not large enough to accomidate all of the rats at one time.  They seemed crowded to me when I gave them their plate of veggies. 

I love the large cage that I put together, I really do.  It gave the rats soooo much more room to run and play.  Unfortuntely though it was a pain to clean, and too large for me to lift the cage by myself.  I am also getting older and trying to get down on the floor and clean all of the levels was killing me.  For right now, I dismantled it. :'(  I am keeping it, for I love the cage and may go back to it.  It is also great to have on hand seeing it is actually several different cages that made up the large one.  I have the two new kids in one portion and that may become their permanent home, or I may end up giving them the 695 if I can find room for another larger cage.
 
Right now my colony is living in a new FN.  They are all adults so the bar issue is not really one for me.  I like it.  It is different.  I am still liking my Martins better, but I am hoping with time I can adjust and like this cage just as much.  The FN is sooooo open.  It is weird after having so many levels and such to put smaller things.  At the moment my hammies look kind of small, and my cubes don't fit right.  I have been spending the last few days sewing them some new things together that are made for that cage.  They needed new stuff anyways :wink5:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on January 04, 2010, 06:31:04 PM
WEAVER, it will be very weird not to see your cage in this thread. But I will be looking forward to seeing your cage in the FN thread! :poke:
Here is Nibs & Louie's cage, I decided to decorate with Coco & Captains Birthday hammies from Violet976. At little festive for the New Year!
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13408.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13404.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13405.jpg)

Nibs exploring,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13415.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13417.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13428.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: rattikins on January 06, 2010, 08:47:54 PM
Wow, I'm so impressed with some of the cages.  I just got my 695 so it gives me plenty of ideas on how to decorate the cage. :)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on January 06, 2010, 10:48:44 PM
critterchic where did you get that green tube? I've looked for things like that but I can't find the right size.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on January 06, 2010, 11:11:45 PM
critterchic where did you get that green tube? I've looked for things like that but I can't find the right size.

Petsmart, there is a purple one on the top level. They get chewed on but they have lasted quite a while and they are bendable, so you can make all kinds of shapes to fit any space. They were like $6.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on January 08, 2010, 09:35:28 PM
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2214.jpg)

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2215.jpg)

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2216.jpg)

I moved some hammocks around and added another rope since then-

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2269.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Nomi on January 10, 2010, 10:40:01 PM
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/stripeset.jpg)

I made a set! The liner is made from a reclaimed bunch of hospital blankets (washed thoroughly of course) from Goodwill and I used some to make an extra thick, super comfy winter pocket hammock. The other hammock is really lopsided and too baggy, but there are two approving ratty butts up on top of it! (the third rat butt is inside the pocket too). They were all very eager to snuggle up so I think they excuse my poor sewing skills. I got 7 yards of that fabric for $8 at a Jo-Ann's that's closing here so I can make a whole bunch of stuff for the bottom of my 695 too.
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Post by: andie3131 on January 10, 2010, 11:22:52 PM
I've been debating for a long time if it is worth the extra money (that I don't really have, but can make it so lol).  So I have a question for those of you with the 695 and a CN or FN.   I have trouble moving the CN's outside every week to be cleaned.  Their so Big and Bulky, plus I think I'd like to use bedding again in one of my cages on the bottom.  I just think it might be easier for me to dump the pan, seeing not all of my babies want to use litter boxes lol.  I know I want to keep one of my CN's but I was thinking of getting a martin for the other.  It looks like it'd be alot smaller and easier to move around, yet still plenty of room.  Is it?  I'd still take it outside to clean as we don't have a pull down shower head and the hose and a scrub brush seems easier too me.   So basically my question is is it easier to pick the martins up or push the CN around?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: vintagerat on January 10, 2010, 11:33:19 PM
I think Martin's are easier to handle, personally. I hope I don't sound rude saying this (so sorry if I do), but do you think you can lift a Martin's with one hand? They are kind of heavy, but weight less when not full & when the pan isn't attached. With only 5 rats now, I don't have to shower clean the Martin's as often....so less rats is definitely better. What about getting a pull-out pan if you are going to be using bedding? You could just change that out every few days (it would be easy) and then scrub clean the Martin's once a month.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on January 10, 2010, 11:38:59 PM
I've never had a CN so I can't compare the two. The martins is easy to clean/move because of the handles. You can put them where ever you want when you're moving the cage. I can attach them to the longer sides to fit it down the hall better and then I can move them to the shorter sides to lift it into the bath tub. I hope that made sense. I move it in two pieces so it isn't heavy. The handles help a lot.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: andie3131 on January 10, 2010, 11:55:08 PM
Hehe Amy no your not being rude at all, I have one hand and that has become a fact of life.  There isn't much I can't do(you'd be surprised, like put a pony tail in my own hair lol), but there are somethings I can't so it's a check and see kinda thing lol.  Anyway it looks to me like they are drop in pans, so I would be able to lift it off the pan and empty it right?  I had the large all living things cage with the red pan before and was able to lift it.  I know the 695 has to be larger but I would think from the looks of it something kinda close?  I'm no good with measurements, go figure, so I can't picture how big the 695 really is lol.

I didn't realize it had handles on it, thats a plus lol.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Bat on January 11, 2010, 01:22:04 AM
Hopefully I'll be able to post here soon. New 695 for a brand new rat owner will be shipped out tomorrow! :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on January 11, 2010, 08:02:59 AM
The 695 is not that heavy.  In my opinion it is just more akward to carry than it is heavy.  I think you would be able to lift it.  If you have carpeting or a floor that does not scratch very easy you can just push the 695.  That is how I used to move mine around to clean it.  It is much easier to push around than the FN is even though the FN has wheels.

Just something else to think about Andie is the hammies are a little harder to hang in a Martin's than a CN or FN.  I personally think that would be a harder task than moving the cage itself.  The underside of the second level of the Martins has very tiny holes, the same size as the laddders.  You have to use snap hooks or binder rings to be able to hang anything.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: vintagerat on January 11, 2010, 08:50:52 AM
Anyway it looks to me like they are drop in pans, so I would be able to lift it off the pan and empty it right?  I had the large all living things cage with the red pan before and was able to lift it.  I know the 695 has to be larger but I would think from the looks of it something kinda close?  I'm no good with measurements, go figure, so I can't picture how big the 695 really is lol.

I didn't realize it had handles on it, thats a plus lol.

Yes, with the drop in pans you can just lift the cage off the base, after unhooking the wires that hold the cage down to the base. If you can lift the ALT's cage, then I do think you could lift the Martin's. I saw the ALT cage in person once before and while I didn't lift it...it seems like Martin's would be less awkward.

Shoot...if you were trading a FN for a Martin's, then I'd probably just trade you. I like both cages, but I just decided to keep the Martin's because my husband said it would be dumb to purchase another cage & loose money if I don't plan to have rats for a long while. I don't know how I'd feel about another CN....my girls made it nasty, but they aren't with me anymore....so maybe it would be more like the FN now in cleanliness. Hrmmmm.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: mustang480 on January 11, 2010, 09:36:15 AM
Anyway it looks to me like they are drop in pans, so I would be able to lift it off the pan and empty it right?  I had the large all living things cage with the red pan before and was able to lift it.  I know the 695 has to be larger but I would think from the looks of it something kinda close?  I'm no good with measurements, go figure, so I can't picture how big the 695 really is lol.

I didn't realize it had handles on it, thats a plus lol.

Yes, with the drop in pans you can just lift the cage off the base, after unhooking the wires that hold the cage down to the base. If you can lift the ALT's cage, then I do think you could lift the Martin's. I saw the ALT cage in person once before and while I didn't lift it...it seems like Martin's would be less awkward.

Shoot...if you were trading a FN for a Martin's, then I'd probably just trade you. I like both cages, but I just decided to keep the Martin's because my husband said it would be dumb to purchase another cage & loose money if I don't plan to have rats for a long while. I don't know how I'd feel about another CN....my girls made it nasty, but they aren't with me anymore....so maybe it would be more like the FN now in cleanliness. Hrmmmm.

You mean the CN got nastier than the FN?  I thought they were the same cage except for bar spacing? 
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: vintagerat on January 11, 2010, 03:58:46 PM
Mustang....I think I explained this previously in one of your threads. Since the CN's bar spacing is smaller, the pee would stick to it better and it always felt nasty. I had no issues with the FN or my Martin's for some reason. I just didn't have a good experience with my first CN.....the difference in quality is amazing if you compare the CN & FN.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: andie3131 on January 12, 2010, 01:08:50 AM
  It is much easier to push around than the FN is even though the FN has wheels.

Just something else to think about Andie is the hammies are a little harder to hang in a Martin's than a CN or FN.  I personally think that would be a harder task than moving the cage itself.  The underside of the second level of the Martins has very tiny holes, the same size as the laddders.  You have to use snap hooks or binder rings to be able to hang anything.

That was what I was really wondering.  You would think the CN having wheels would be easier but it's so bulky and I have to squeeze it through my dinningroom table and back door to get it outside.  And I've had to replace the wheels a few times, because they get caught on the small door step on the way out or in :(  as far as hammock hanging I hadn't quite thought of that  ???  I may have to think a bit harder ugh  >:(  Hmmm, so hammock hooks are out huh lol.  I have TONS of them :P   

Shoot...if you were trading a FN for a Martin's, then I'd probably just trade you. I like both cages, but I just decided to keep the Martin's because my husband said it would be dumb to purchase another cage & loose money if I don't plan to have rats for a long while. I don't know how I'd feel about another CN....my girls made it nasty, but they aren't with me anymore....so maybe it would be more like the FN now in cleanliness. Hrmmmm.

Haha I thought about you wanting the FN and considered seeing if you wanted to do a trade.  If the martins worked out for me than that would totally work out and be great.  But..... If the martins didn't work out for me I'd be looking for a cage again :-\  I'm hoping to find one on CL again.  I had passed up two adds I saw awhile ago, ARGH.  If not I will save my pennies for a new one.   It just seems with my asthma acting up so much lately and soon I'm going to  have a Huge belly, the Martins may be easier.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: vintagerat on January 12, 2010, 09:02:09 AM
Well, Andrea....instead of spending all of the money on a new 695 and not knowing if you will like it, I'd be willing to trade with you. If you decide a few weeks later that you'd prefer the CN...we can do a trade again  :P. Honestly at this point, I am not picky. My Spice is slowing down already at 18 months old...girl babies in the litter have passed on (even all the ones I adopted out), and my boys are 13 months old and still going. I don't know how long my crew will live, given that Ralphie didn't live long and Spice is already slowing down. I didn't like my CN probably because all the girls were gross. Now that it is down to Spice & her 4 boys....I'd be willing to give the CN another shot. After all, any cage I have will be coming down for storage in probably a year.

Do you have a 2nd CN shelf or know where I can get one for cheap if we trade? I think that having 2 shelves really uses the space more wisely.

Just shoot me a PM or FB message me  :).
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Post by: critterchic on January 14, 2010, 11:09:27 PM
Louie & Nibbies clean cage,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13452.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13453.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13454.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13456.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13473.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13481.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13479.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13480.jpg)

wondering how to get back in,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13483.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13470.jpg)
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Post by: Wheeljack on January 14, 2010, 11:32:22 PM
Critterchic (or anyone else whose had a 695 and a FF),

I'm thinking about scrapping my FF and getting a 695 for one of my groups who refuse to be litter trained.  Is the Martin's less of a pain to clean than the FF?  Is the cage sturdier?  My FF's seem to rattle everytime the rats move, is the 695 less noisy?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on January 14, 2010, 11:44:48 PM
I actually don't have my FF anymore and much prefer the 695 to the FF. The pan is deep enough for any kind of bedding/shavings you might want to use. I can get my upper body into the 695 to hang hammies and the door is in the middle, which makes cleaning and decorating really nice and easy. I have found the 695 fairly sturdy, I do hear them on the wheel, it does rock the cage a little when they get going, but it is solidly built.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Bloo Cheese on January 15, 2010, 03:29:26 AM
I do NOT reccomend the FF It only has 2 doors instead of 4
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Wheeljack on January 15, 2010, 06:42:57 PM
I do NOT reccomend the FF It only has 2 doors instead of 4

Fully agree, which is why I'm thinking of replacing mine with a 695.  I have 3 newish boys that will poop everywhere except in the litter pans.  I have 4 cat sized boxes in my FF and am about to give up--I just don't want to spend money on a Martin's if it has the same drawbacks as the FF.   CritterChic has reassured me though, so I'll be placing my order for one soon.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: RattiesSix on January 15, 2010, 10:16:14 PM
Gotta put this in here. I love and hate my FF. Having uxpgraded to it from a SP Exotics, its soooo much better. But it was hard to put together and I KNOW its not put together right and idk how to fix it.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: magicalrose on January 16, 2010, 11:22:09 AM
 :) Not sure what my cage is but it was a heck of a craigslist find lol My girls love it...tons of room. Still in the process of decorating and love looking at these posts for new ideas   :thumbsup2:

(http://i364.photobucket.com/albums/oo85/devonnjaedon/cage001.jpg)

(http://i364.photobucket.com/albums/oo85/devonnjaedon/cage003.jpg)

(http://i364.photobucket.com/albums/oo85/devonnjaedon/cage004.jpg)

Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on January 16, 2010, 11:29:26 AM
Doesn't look quite like a martins... At least not the rat ones. We still would love you pictures here though!  ;D
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Post by: Stacy M on January 16, 2010, 11:40:14 AM
Pink argyle!!! *drools*  Very cute, and it looks huge!  Check out the FN and CN threads too for ideas!
It looks to me like the Martins ferret cages, but I could be wrong.  Either way, awesome find!!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on January 16, 2010, 12:20:10 PM
 :shocked2: I love argyle!  :heart:

Here's a few pictures of my cage. The girls have already put their touch on the new hammocks  ::)
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/January%202010/IMG_1178.jpg)

It's kind of hard to see but I recently got a froggy place mat :) It's very cute
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/January%202010/IMG_1176.jpg)

I put a bunch of hammocks and toys in the bottom but they only go down there to eat  >:(
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/January%202010/IMG_1177.jpg)

I don't know what to do to get them to play more or to use their bottom level. Maybe an R-695 is just to big for my two girls  :BlueDumboSmileTongue: I still love spoiling them regardless.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Stacy M on January 16, 2010, 01:00:57 PM
I love the froggy mat.  It looks a bit like the Keropi I loved as a little girl  :yelcutelaugh:

As for getting them to use the bottom level, do your have your martins raised?  If it's on the floor that could be why.
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Post by: andie3131 on January 17, 2010, 01:16:33 AM
Thanks to Amy for doing a trial trade with me (hopefully permanent) I am getting to experience a 695!  And a big Big thank you for the liners!  It is definitely a bit larger than I was expecting but still not as big and bulky as the CN.  Decorating it is going to take some getting used to.  I'm so used to needing more hammocks.  My son asked me "Is this going to be enough hammocks for them mom?"  lol.  I do love all the levels in it though!  Is their a trick to keeping the shelf pads on?  In the CN I just made them a bit larger so I could tuck the sides in, but theres nowhere to tuck them here lol.   Anyway here is there first decorated 695 with the help of my sweet son who has been very helpful the last couple days since my back..went out, I guess you'd say(I don't know how).  OT : he even helped me and changed my nephews diapers, and made french toast for breakfast for them.  He's only 11 <3   I had to share, I'm so proud of him :)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4280309593_cd3ddde68b.jpg)(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4280309585_0dd670c335.jpg)
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Post by: mcfate on January 17, 2010, 01:58:35 AM
My old cage has traveled more than I have!  It isn't even a year old yet.  It still looks new :)
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Post by: vintagerat on January 17, 2010, 04:02:22 AM
Thanks to Amy for doing a trial trade with me (hopefully permanent) I am getting to experience a 695!  And a big Big thank you for the liners!  It is definitely a bit larger than I was expecting but still not as big and bulky as the CN.  Decorating it is going to take some getting used to.  I'm so used to needing more hammocks.  My son asked me "Is this going to be enough hammocks for them mom?"  lol.  I do love all the levels in it though!  Is their a trick to keeping the shelf pads on?  In the CN I just made them a bit larger so I could tuck the sides in, but theres nowhere to tuck them here lol.   Anyway here is there first decorated 695 with the help of my sweet son who has been very helpful the last couple days since my back..went out, I guess you'd say(I don't know how).  OT : he even helped me and changed my nephews diapers, and made french toast for breakfast for them.  He's only 11 <3   I had to share, I'm so proud of him :)

Yeah....it definitely takes getting used to, but before you know it its really easy....at least it was for me. The Martin's is odd because less hammocks kind of equals more. I think it is easy to place hammocks in then a CN. If its permanent, then I will miss the Martins....but I'll be taking a break from rats, so I'm definitely not picky right now.

As for the shelf pads....I just pinned them down with safety pins...one in each back corner, that kept them on there.

Oh and I love your son....I think he's the cutest friendliest little 11 year old I have ever met! You did a good job raising him  :thumbsup2:.
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Post by: Nomi on January 17, 2010, 11:19:55 AM
When I make Martins shelf pads I sew some ribbons onto two corners so I can just tie them on the outside. It keeps the pads from slipping off when my rats jump around or burrow.
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Post by: della luna on January 17, 2010, 11:26:03 AM
For the liners, I just made mine slightly heavier by using a layer of fleece sewed on top of a layer of denim.  Obviously, I don't have big rambunctious rats like the rest of you, but mine haven't moved an inch ;)
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Post by: Hippidy on January 17, 2010, 11:33:17 AM
I only put down liners on the bottom and full middle level. They take everything else off. Plus their litter box is right under the top most level and they always pee through that level so the fleece would just get nasty so quickly.

smesyna I have the cage on a little table so they aren't right on the ground. They just like being in the top most area I think.
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Post by: Kendra on January 21, 2010, 09:03:56 PM
My custom stacked 680's

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4294499392_ef3564912c_m.jpg)
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Post by: Kikoh on January 21, 2010, 09:16:01 PM
Wow cool, never seen a cage like that.
its like the 695 with a little extra ramp.
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Post by: Kendra on January 22, 2010, 12:20:27 AM
It was a custom job.  More pictures (including close-ups) here:

http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4047836.0

It's actually a bit bigger than an R-695, but smaller than a RUUD.  The dimensions are 30x18x48, compared with 30x18x36 for a R-695 and 30x18x60 for a RUUD. 
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Post by: Hippidy on January 22, 2010, 01:05:02 AM
Valentines day is coming up! I found place mats! yay!

(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/January%202010/IMG_1189.jpg)

(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/January%202010/IMG_1187.jpg)

and before I went shopping, right after I cleaned
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/January%202010/IMG_1186.jpg)

Peanut <3
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/January%202010/IMG_1190.jpg)
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Post by: MissSara on January 22, 2010, 01:19:23 AM
Ooooh! Cute placemats!

Where'd you find them  :poke: haha
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Post by: Hippidy on January 22, 2010, 01:20:58 AM
Target  ;D they were almost hidden
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Post by: critterchic on January 24, 2010, 10:43:25 PM
I decided to switch up the cages. Baby, Bravo, Nibs and Louie are getting along so well I have finally decided to try them all in the FN together, and hope for the best. Captain & Coco are now in the 695, I think Captain will do better in this cage as well. I made them some new hammies to celebrate their new home. Some of their toys are being washed and because of Captain I didn't want to much clutter.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13550.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13551.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13552.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13553.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13554.jpg)

A couple of Captain,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13558.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13561.jpg)

and Coco,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13559.jpg)
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Post by: PlayingPretend on January 27, 2010, 06:15:54 PM
So ignoring how phallic the ties look...

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/5756/cage.jpg)

There are only three hammocks in there currently. It's a temporary cage, but I should be adding a few more things as the days wear on. I have a CN coming soon.  :hyper: That'll definitely be more extravegant, lol.
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Post by: della luna on January 31, 2010, 03:32:02 PM
Pretty boring this time around.  Just did intros, so the cage is pretty plain (not much to fight over!)

(http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv191/della_luna/Snow/003-8.jpg)
(http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv191/della_luna/Snow/001-10.jpg)
(http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv191/della_luna/Snow/002-12.jpg)
If anyone has a problem with me posting here, please tell me and I will move myself over to the Pocket Pets section!
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Post by: ThaRatChick on January 31, 2010, 04:36:47 PM
5 mice now, nice!

I love how you make the little popsicle stick huts!  :)
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Post by: critterchic on February 01, 2010, 04:08:05 PM
Coco & Captains place to call home, all clean. The triangle and round cube made by Lauren_22 and the rest by me.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13582.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13583.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13586.jpg)

Coco,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13591.jpg)

Captain,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC13596.jpg)
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Post by: ThaRatChick on February 01, 2010, 04:59:22 PM
Round cube? Looks fun!
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Post by: andie3131 on February 08, 2010, 01:18:49 PM
 I liked the 695 so much....I went and got another and made them a couple new hammies to go in it :)

TOP
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4340036254_957c7a5461.jpg)

Bottom
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4340036256_ecd76fc124.jpg)

WHOLE CAGE
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4340048196_8405c68c55.jpg)
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Post by: vintagerat on February 08, 2010, 05:42:16 PM
Your cage looks great, Andrea  ;D! I'm glad you like it! How do the rats like it?

I still have a few shelf liners and the hot pink middle floor liner that I need to send to you...I will do that this week, so send me your address either in PM or FB message  :P.
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Post by: andie3131 on February 08, 2010, 06:17:43 PM
Thanks Amy :)  I think the boys are enjoying it almost as much as the girls do theirs and the girls LOVE LOVE LOVE it lol.   I think I need some practice on the middle floor liners though, I even took measurements before we put it together and it came out.....just wrong :(  Good thing I got fabric comming outta my butt lol.  Thanks again for doing the trade.  If you hadn't and I couldn't find one on CL who knows how long before I woulda broke down and bought one :-\
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Post by: TheDarkRats on February 08, 2010, 09:07:37 PM
Love all of the cages! When I get my two rats in October, i'm planning on getting a R-695.  :heart:
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Post by: Nomi on February 09, 2010, 09:36:29 AM
A recent top portion of my 695. They love the little baby toy! The turtle has a mirror on the back and they love spinning him around.

(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/martins1.jpg)
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Post by: ThaRatChick on February 11, 2010, 08:19:44 PM
Holly and Baby's cage today-
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2319.jpg)

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2320.jpg)

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2321.jpg)

Lemme Out Plz  :BlueDumboBigEyes:
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2322.jpg)

ZZzz
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/asaspics/The%20Three%20Musketeers/IMG_2323.jpg)
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Post by: Stacy M on February 12, 2010, 10:17:49 AM
Nomi, I love the cage, especially the baby toy!  How cute.
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Post by: SpinningLoaferz on February 13, 2010, 05:08:45 PM
So i realized that the martins cages are extremely hard to take pictures of...especially if you have a dark background behind it...so these picstures look absolutely terrible..because they were taken at night with a horrible flash..ugg...i promise to get better pictures eventually...Ive never posted pics of my r-695. its for my 5 girls. So here it is...once again sorry bout the horrible quality..

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4353929429_22bcdb9462_b.jpg)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2743/4353934447_7626ae9547_b.jpg)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4353926741_95e3159064_b.jpg)
^hehe pay no attention to the random rat butt..
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Post by: WEAVER on February 18, 2010, 02:33:32 PM
It has been a while since I posted a Martin's picture so I thought I would post my babies cage this time around.  It is a smaller sized custom cage that is perfect for just the two of them.

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Martinscage.jpg)

They live in my office so they are with me all day long.  This is what their setup looks like on most days and they can run back and forth to my desk as well.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Babiessetup.jpg)
They are very well behaved little girls and DON'T chew anything so I am able to keep them "free range" most of the time.


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Post by: RattiesSix on February 18, 2010, 08:38:45 PM
Do they ever take leaps off of that table? It's looks like the perfect setup.

That's exactly what I need when we move out. So I can sit and do schoolwork, and they will still be in my view. It gets hard to do anything sitting in the bathroom with them. They enjoy running off with my pencils and such.  ::)
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Post by: WEAVER on February 19, 2010, 08:14:03 AM
No, they do not leap off of the table.  My other rats have never done that either.  They do get in the window sill sometimes though.   :wink5:
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Post by: vintagerat on February 19, 2010, 08:49:28 AM
Your martin's looks so cute, Marsha  ;D!

I love love love love loooooove your huge window that look out into the yard. I'm from NY, but have been living in AZ for the past almost 5 years. I miss the trees & grass sooooo much! Once we move back that way in *hopefully* 3 years, I am so looking for a place with huge windows  :).
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Post by: andie3131 on February 19, 2010, 10:08:39 AM
I'm from Chicago and I've been in PHX AZ since 94' and I miss trees, grass, even forest preserves!  But I'd be cool living near you Amy at least you sorta have 4 seasons and you definitely have more trees and grass than me.  Actually flagstaff would be great!
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Post by: WEAVER on February 19, 2010, 03:15:26 PM
Thank you Amy :)  We put an addition on our small house this past summer.  We were busting out the seams, but I did not want to move seeing I am emotionally attached to this house (our first home, place my kids were born etc), and I love how we are out in the middle of no where.  A dead end off of another dead end.  Lots of wildlife and it is quiet.  So anyways we added a room on the back of our home for the piggies/ratties and my sewing.  I  :heart: it and spend most of my time out here.  It is truly the nicest room of the house, has the best lighting, french doors and it is just me and my furkids.  Does not get much better than that.

We waited a long time to be able to do this, but it was sooo worth the wait and the payment for 30 years :P  We now have our house space back and my business and animals have their own space.  With our house only being 1400sq feet orginally it was a tight squezze with two kids, the business, and all of the animals.

Here is the rattie room, slightly changed now that the rats are in here as well, but you get the idea.
View when you walk in...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/house/Newroom1.jpg)


The rats are now in the far back left hand corner in the FN and the pig cage got moved to be beside the other cages.  I need to take new pictures that include the rats.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/house/Newroom3.jpg)

Standing in the back corner of the room looking towards the door.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/house/Newroom5.jpg)

Lots of great light!  Feel free to come and visit if you are ever in the area ;D
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Post by: vintagerat on February 19, 2010, 03:30:50 PM
Maybe I have been overly emotional lately, but that room just brings tears to my eyes! Its the perfect space for pets and for you. I dream of a space like that someday...it looks like its from right out of a magazine, even though it has piggie cages  :P. Where do you live? Because I am coming over and maybe never leaving :yelcutelaugh:!

Just gorgeous  :heart:.
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Post by: WEAVER on February 19, 2010, 03:54:49 PM
I live in Alabama.  Not the best tourist place, is it? :yelcutelaugh:  I grew up in MA though, so although AL has been a HUGE change, I have grown to really like it here.

Thank you for your nice comments on my home.  You are so sweet.

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Post by: mustang480 on February 19, 2010, 05:32:02 PM
I loooooove your room!  That is fabulous!  Are the guinea pig cages open?  Don't they jump/climb out?
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Post by: ThaRatChick on February 19, 2010, 09:01:25 PM
Guinea are ground critters they can't climb or jump too well. They even have trouble with ramps that are a little steep :P

But WEAVER, you are awesome are decorating cages, and setting up rooms!
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Post by: mustang480 on February 19, 2010, 09:20:06 PM
Wow, I didn't know that about guinea pigs!  That is so awesome that you can have the cages open like that for them!  :)
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Post by: ThaRatChick on February 19, 2010, 09:28:59 PM
Yep guineas are pretty cool. The cages need to be pretty big though. The best option is what WEAVER has going on, using closet organizer shelves and a coroplast pan.
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Post by: Stacy M on February 20, 2010, 09:12:55 AM
Yeah, the ones they sell in the stores are woefully inadequate.  The only commercial cavy cage I've every seen that works is by Midwest. It's like a C n C cage.  The ones in the store bring tears to my eyes, especially the "starter" cages for guinea pigs  :'(  I'm twenty-three and I still feel guilty about the two guinea pigs I had when I was 8-14.  I got one and then got another to make him happy (I'm incredibly lucky they just got along!) so two were stuck in a stupid store bough cage.  It was an extra large super pet one or something but still.  Ahh I'll get back on track though!!

Weaver, everything looks so great!  I'd love to see the part of the house with the rats! Your house looks awesome.  I'm trying soo hard to figure out 1400 square feet compared to my house but for some reason it doesn't sound that small?  I dunno.  Thanks for the pictures though!  And I love the fruit/sweets themed cage too!

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Post by: WEAVER on February 20, 2010, 09:41:16 AM
smesyna, if our house had a basement, or maybe even a garagae, 1400 sq ft would have been ok, but we are only on a slab.  It was a three bedroom home, two bath, but with two kids, 25 animals and running a business out of my home, trust me it was VERY tight.  The new room is 10x26 and having the pigs and rats in there along with my sewing has made such a difference.  A lot of people don't really realize how much room sewing takes up when you are doing it everyday.

I have had guinea pigs for close to thirty years, and I too used to keep them in store bought cages until I later learned there was such a thing as CC.  If you don't know better, you can't do any better.  It is great there are so many places on the internet now-a-days to learn new things and share ideas. I am sure our furkids are greatful for that. :)

Ok, I have hyjacked a lot more than I should have.  Back to Martin cages :wink5:
 
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Post by: Scubbs on February 20, 2010, 12:41:44 PM
A lot of people don't really realize how much room sewing takes up when you are doing it everyday.

Amen!  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Nomi on February 25, 2010, 10:45:48 PM
Did a whole new set today, liners and everything! Whew. Couldn't wait for laundry to finish so I could put it all in.

The pictures really drown the color. The fish fabric is bright blue and teal, and the liner is a lovely teal as well. :)

(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/fishie1.jpg)

(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/fishie2.jpg)
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Post by: Pennytherat on February 26, 2010, 05:50:32 PM
I'm considering getting a martins cage to put my little loner girl Heidi in. She recently proved to me that she will NOT tolerate living with other rats. I was slowly introducing her to my boy Jerry, and she attacked him out of the blue and took off a chunk of his ear. It was very upsetting, because she's a total sweetheart with people and poor Jerry wasn't doing anything to bother her. Needless to say, I will not be trying to introduce Heidi to any other rats again. Anyways, she is currently living in the rat manor, which I loathe. It's very narrow, I can only fit one or two hammocks in it, I can't use fleece bedding in it, and it has very small doors. It was going to be a temporary cage, but now that's changed...

Anywho, my question is - do you think the 695 or 690 be better for little Heidi? She is getting lots of free time in the hallway until we can get her a better home. The rat manor really isn't big enough because she's so active and she needs lots more toys/fleece bedding than I can fit in that little cage. I feel like she deserves better than that :BlueDumboBigEyes:
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Post by: Kikoh on February 26, 2010, 06:33:49 PM
Well the 695 is gonna be the obvious choice considering the size heh.
Personally for a single rat i would recommend the 680, same footprint as the 695, but not as tall. I have one and i LOVE it, even more then my 695.
It has the same amount of floor space all around at the 690.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on February 26, 2010, 07:53:45 PM
(http://rattytails.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=71639065) that probably didnt work lol. and i know my set up isnt as glamors as some but it is very functional :)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on February 26, 2010, 07:54:55 PM
http://rattytails.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=71639065

maybe someone could pm and tell me how to properly post a picture.. i read the intro but i guess im not getting it
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on February 27, 2010, 01:59:12 AM
My first time posting my cage.  I am still new to making it decorative, but I'm getting there.  This was taken yesterday and I have since bought more toys and made LONG fleece ropes, which should be in the cage next week.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/_DSC0052.jpg)
Whole cage.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/_DSC0053.jpg)
Top.  This is their very first cube and they seem to like it.  They remained asleep in it the entire time.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/_DSC0054.jpg)
Bottom.
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Post by: Pennytherat on February 27, 2010, 02:08:11 AM
What model is yours? The 695?
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Post by: Hippidy on February 27, 2010, 02:17:33 AM
It looks like my R-695 so I would assume that's what it is.

I like how you've organized your cage LetMeEvolve. Mine looks really cluttered right now and I want to do something different with it. It's never perfect it's always too empty or too full!
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Post by: vintagerat on February 27, 2010, 02:44:37 AM
I'm considering getting a martins cage to put my little loner girl Heidi in. She recently proved to me that she will NOT tolerate living with other rats. I was slowly introducing her to my boy Jerry, and she attacked him out of the blue and took off a chunk of his ear. It was very upsetting, because she's a total sweetheart with people and poor Jerry wasn't doing anything to bother her. Needless to say, I will not be trying to introduce Heidi to any other rats again.

Maybe I missed the story  :-X, but why can't Heidi just live with Penny (and your boys live together) - weren't they getting along?
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Post by: Pennytherat on February 27, 2010, 04:24:29 AM
I haven't really been posting the story (I took a sort-of-hiatus from the computer during most of the rat drama). Months ago, Heidi started really bossing Penny around by nipping her ears and pinning her down all the time. I thought it was because Heidi is young and hyper and was frustrated that Penny wouldn't tussle as much, so she resorted to picking on her. It got to the point where Penny's poor ears were scabby and she jumped whenever I touched her because she though I was Heidi. I couldn't bear to watch it any more, so I separated the CN and put them in either half. I started a thread about it and spoke with several of my rat-loving friends, asking if there was anything I could do to fix it, and the only advice I received was to expand the colony. After a few months of the girls being separated, and me looking for rats up for adoption, we adopted my two new gorgeous (yes, neutered!!) boys in hopes that they would fix my colony woes. Intros were going fine until Heidi turned on poor Jerry when we finally let them meet :( Now I can just hope intros with Penny and the boys will go smoothly, and they can live together, which would be awesome because Penny really is getting lonely again.

Sorry to hijack the martin's thread!  :BlueDumboBigEyes:
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Post by: ThaRatChick on February 27, 2010, 01:56:29 PM
http://rattytails.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=71639065

maybe someone could pm and tell me how to properly post a picture.. i read the intro but i guess im not getting it

You can post the pictures to a photo sharing site like photobucket.com. Then you can take the IMG cade that they give you and paste it here. Wala! Pictures!

What cages are those?
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on February 27, 2010, 07:07:22 PM
my cages? the little boys and my foster boys are in 2 r660s but the ferret version because it is slightly taller and allows me to put their pvc pipe on the ceilling and still have a wheel so that it gives them more room. i have a r695 i bought for them but they refuse to get along well enough to be in the same cage. my 3 girls are in a r690. i moved them in there from their r685. i added 2 additional balconies as well to the girls cage so there is enough room for my new girls im getting. i might change cages around if the boys fail to get along. their smal cages are just temporary.
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on February 27, 2010, 10:39:19 PM
It looks like my R-695 so I would assume that's what it is.

I like how you've organized your cage LetMeEvolve. Mine looks really cluttered right now and I want to do something different with it. It's never perfect it's always too empty or too full!

Thanks!  I feel like it's a bit empty, but I'm still getting used to putting more in there.  Right now, they have a bunch of those cat jingle balls that they carry around.
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Post by: Scubbs on February 27, 2010, 11:18:13 PM
Those are really nice liners, LME!  Also, you snatched up the purdy bunkbed I had my eye on  ;D
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on February 27, 2010, 11:26:23 PM
Thank you!  The pan liner is from Friends4Fuzzies, the middle floor is from Weaver, and the pink ones I made.

The fabric was too cute to pass up with the bunk bed.  And it is seriously huge.  The girls could have a few friends over to go in it with them.   :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Scubbs on March 01, 2010, 07:37:10 AM
Now that I'm looking at the bunk bed compared to the cage... you're right, that thing IS massive!  I didn't realize it was that huge!  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Pennytherat on March 01, 2010, 08:36:16 PM
Oops! I had two windows up and posted in the wrong thread.  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: WEAVER on March 02, 2010, 02:18:50 PM
My little girls cage :)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Girlscage.jpg)

And my sweet baby girls :-*
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/baby1.jpg)

Getting too big for the little tunnel.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Baby2.jpg)
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Post by: AlwaysAmy on March 02, 2010, 02:24:57 PM
Just wanted to say that I LOVE THIS THREAD!  Seeing all of these cages gives me new ideas all the time!  Thanks!
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Post by: Dori on March 02, 2010, 05:05:25 PM
Thank you!  The pan liner is from Friends4Fuzzies, the middle floor is from Weaver, and the pink ones I made.

The fabric was too cute to pass up with the bunk bed.  And it is seriously huge.  The girls could have a few friends over to go in it with them.   :yelcutelaugh:

Do you have a litter pan in there?
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Post by: Stacy M on March 02, 2010, 05:11:35 PM
Thank you!  The pan liner is from Friends4Fuzzies, the middle floor is from Weaver, and the pink ones I made.

The fabric was too cute to pass up with the bunk bed.  And it is seriously huge.  The girls could have a few friends over to go in it with them.   :yelcutelaugh:
Do you have a litter pan in there?
It's kinda hidden, but if you look closely you can see the corners of a corner style litter pan on the bottom level to the right sticking out under the pink lined shelf :)
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 02, 2010, 05:19:32 PM
Thank you!  The pan liner is from Friends4Fuzzies, the middle floor is from Weaver, and the pink ones I made.

The fabric was too cute to pass up with the bunk bed.  And it is seriously huge.  The girls could have a few friends over to go in it with them.   :yelcutelaugh:

Do you have a litter pan in there?

Yep, a light green corner pan.  I had a small cat litter box in the cage, but my girls kept moving it and then sleeping behind it.  This one hooks to the cage, so they can't move it.
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Post by: critterchic on March 02, 2010, 07:23:44 PM
WEAVER, love how girly your cage is, sometimes I almost wish I had girls so I could do an all pink cage.  :cheeky: And that pic of your girl almost to big for the tunnel, priceless. :balloon:
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Post by: Kikoh on March 02, 2010, 10:36:31 PM
WEAVER, since I was gonna order from you at one point but lack of money caused issues.
I have been looking at your site and wondered, Could your stuff for guinea pigs also be used for Bunnies? My bun is 2 pounds and I actually use fluffy big rat hammocks as crash pads.
And I love the little cage, its perfect for the 2 little rats heh.
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 07, 2010, 01:37:34 AM
From a few days ago.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0061.jpg)
Whole.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0062.jpg)
Top

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0065.jpg)
Bottom
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Post by: Hippidy on March 11, 2010, 02:24:02 PM
Ok so my cage is totally miss matched right now so it looks silly but who cares lol

Top:
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/March%202010/105_0012.jpg)

I finally found a system that works for the litter box. When the rats sleep on the top corner envelope hammock they pee right when they get out of it so they make a huge mess. I put a milk carton behind it so now they go in there. I have is perfectly secured to the corner. Half the time they'll go in their litter box because it is conveniently placed right off the ramp.

Bottom:
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/March%202010/105_0013.jpg)
It's pretty bare because they don't use anything I put down there. They seem to be enjoying the cup holder I have in there but they really only go down there to eat and run on the wheel.

And this is what my cat does every time I clean the cage:
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/March%202010/105_0019.jpg)
He rolls around on the floor like a weirdo. He'll patently wait until the floor is cleared off and roll around purring. some times he watches the rats from the floor and he'll meow at Peanut who gives him a death stare. He's so weird.
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Post by: Kikoh on March 11, 2010, 04:51:52 PM
Yay! So i finally got my first real liner set which looks great. Hammock, and set made by Autumn here Arumberg :)
I'll be posting my 695 Set that she made once I go out and get clips to put it on.
There is an awesome patchwork tunnel that go's along with this set, but I did not have enough hooks.
(http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx65/kikonthecobb/Cagepics001.jpg?t=1268344089)
They usually have more stuff but I had the iggloo and some toys in the dishwasher.
(http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx65/kikonthecobb/Cagepics006.jpg?t=1268344147)
Pigeon enjoying her comfy liners!
(http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx65/kikonthecobb/Cagepics005.jpg?t=1268344205)
Just acute shot of Ivy standing in her new hammock :)
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Post by: Scubbs on March 12, 2010, 10:55:28 AM
And this is what my cat does every time I clean the cage:
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt65/hippidy/March%202010/105_0019.jpg)
He rolls around on the floor like a weirdo. He'll patently wait until the floor is cleared off and roll around purring. some times he watches the rats from the floor and he'll meow at Peanut who gives him a death stare. He's so weird.

I can't stop giggling at this.  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Hippidy on March 12, 2010, 01:29:04 PM
Ha ha glad you enjoyed it  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: RattiesSix on March 12, 2010, 02:50:14 PM
You have my dream breed of cat. They're just so freaking wrinkly, and I want to squeeze him.  :puppy_dog_eyes: :help: Did you get your fellows from a breeder? Feel free to PM me so we don't hijack this.  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 12, 2010, 04:39:20 PM
my cages with my home made 3rd level!!
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/biddyboys.jpg)
little boys cage
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/bogboys.jpg)
rescue boys cage
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/girl1.jpg)
top (new)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/girl2.jpg)
middle
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/girl3.jpg)
bottom :)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/dacages.jpg)
whole set up!
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Post by: LivingPinCushion on March 13, 2010, 07:13:35 PM
Do all of the new R695's come with the large doors? Or is that something you need to message them about when you order it? I'm selling my R680's to order a 695 but I want the large doors since the ones on my r680 were a pain for me.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 13, 2010, 07:19:51 PM
i have a new r-695 and the doors are about the same size as my r-690 above ^^^ neither were special orders and both were bought this year (2010) so is that the big doors your talking about??? my old old old r685 had a slightly smaller door but not by much.

and where are you located? i would gladly take the r680 off your hands! im kicking myself in the butt for selling my r685.. because my boys are not getting along and therefore can not live in the r695 together that i bought for them :X
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 13, 2010, 07:21:01 PM
I can also vouch for the larger doors.  I ordered mine in January with no special orders and that's how the doors came.
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Post by: LivingPinCushion on March 13, 2010, 07:26:14 PM
Woohoo I can't wait for larger doors. I'm moving my three old men out of my double wide fn142 because they can no longer stand the young boys hyper activity lol. I'm live around chicago, IL not sure how far that is from you. I had both my r680's stacked but I like the floor plan on the 695 better for oldies.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 13, 2010, 07:29:24 PM
....depends on how much your selling it for??? lol. i honeslty think the r685 would be great for old boys because of the special ramp and the full 2 floors
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 17, 2010, 08:11:54 PM
Last setup:

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0098.jpg)
Whole.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0099.jpg)
Top.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0100.jpg)
Bottom.

Today's setup:

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0148.jpg)
Whole.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0149.jpg)
Top.

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0150.jpg)
Bottom.
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Post by: ThaRatChick on March 17, 2010, 08:56:51 PM
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/bogboys.jpg)

Love the "Stud" bowl  :yelcutelaugh:

LetMeEvolve I love the rainbow fabric :)

I just moved one girl out of the rat manor and into the bottom part of my R-695, while the other 2 girls are in the top. It involved a hunk of leftover mesh stuff and a bunch of safety pins and clips.
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Post by: Scubbs on March 18, 2010, 11:36:51 AM
Melissa - your cage is going to be filled up once you get your order from me!  ;D

I'll hopefully be posting in this thread soon!  I'm going to start fostering/quarantining for Blackthorn/HVRR possibly next week, so I'll be able to make all sorts of fun custom things for the 695 she's loaning me.  Mmm, pretty cage liners...
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 19, 2010, 05:55:04 PM
I have tons of stuff, but I never know what to do with the bottom.  I can't wait to make it prettier!  I got a bunch of toys for them (mostly bird toys), so that should be in next cleaning time.

I'll be out of this thread in about two weeks.  I'm calling Petsmart tonight to see if they'll pricematch.  If not, I have to wait until next week.  Then I have to worry about selling my 695.   :-\
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Post by: Scubbs on March 22, 2010, 11:08:40 AM
Well, not quite a 695 (I failed to remember that 695's are fairly huge and don't really fit well, or at all, in cars!), so for my two new fosters, I have a 680.  I haven't had time to work on a cute cage set (I have one cut up, though!), but I did sew up some shelf liners real quick for them and will be working on ramp covers today since they seem a bit hesitant to go down them.  So, in short, it's nothing amazing just yet.  :P

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4453758157_124b857b38_b.jpg)

Close-up of the cute liners I made out of fabric I've had forever and don't think anyone's ever ordered in!
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2770/4454536744_2d36ed17d8.jpg)

And the new inhabitants for the next few weeks, Alex & Rowdy -
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4454526786_a958512e08.jpg)
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Post by: WEAVER on March 22, 2010, 12:44:07 PM
Hey Chelsey, it is so good to see you posting over here.  I bet you are loving only having to clean that small cage :wink5:  Your new fosters are precious!  I love how the boys have an all pink cage :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Nomi on March 22, 2010, 02:43:54 PM
Cuties! Do they happen to be 2 of the 5 I helped transport for HVRR?

So this set started out as one I was going to send along with the 3 dozen + to MRR... But I had to keep it. I feel horrible!  :yelcutelaugh: I made them replacements but for whatever reason I just needed to keep them. I don't even LIKE pink or flowers. I put it in the day before they went off to QT so it smelled like "home" by the time they were moved to my friend's house.

The top. Flat, pocket, double, and flappy-tube-thing...
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/martinsfloral1.jpg)

Bottom. Camera doesn't do this justice, it's SUCH a pretty print. Tube, corner and double decker.
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/martinsfloral2.jpg)

Scooter loving the new digs. Also, my watermelon food dish <3
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/scooterfloral.jpg)
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Post by: Wheeljack on March 22, 2010, 02:52:20 PM
Scooter loving the new digs. Also, my watermelon food dish <3
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/scooterfloral.jpg)

What kind of fabric is the floral print?  It may be my monitor but it looks a bit shiny.  I have some peach/melon liners those hammies would match perfectly.
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Post by: Nomi on March 22, 2010, 03:29:12 PM
It's just bright camera flash (point and shoot with not a single manual setting, sigh); the fabric is 100% cotton and was scrap some local crafter turned in at Goodwill. I practically stalk my Goodwill waiting for this angel in disguise to dump new fabric remnants- sometimes I get 4+ YARDS of untouched fabric for $2. Sadly, I only got a large pillowcase's worth with this print and the one for the bottom of the cage so I had to make it count.
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 22, 2010, 05:33:19 PM
Chelsey, I LOVE the cage!  Are your new fosters boys?  I hope they like pink!

Nomi, is the green bowl from Beverly's?  If not, they have an identical one that I've been eying for awhile.
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Post by: Nomi on March 22, 2010, 07:24:44 PM
I got the bowls Tset of 2) at Goodwill, and I've never heard of that store anyway. Couldn't resist for a dollar! I love fruit themed things, can't wait to get a good watermelon hammock set sometime.
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 22, 2010, 08:59:08 PM
Beverly's is a more expensive version of Joann's and the only local fabric store here, besides Walmart's fabric department.  I need to hit up Goodwill again to see what I can find.  All of my bowls have been from there.
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Post by: Scubbs on March 23, 2010, 12:27:23 AM
Yep, they are boys!  Sadly, they were adopted out previously (I think about a year ago) and were returned because of financial issues.  Both boys, especially Alex, have pretty terrible URIs, so they're on meds.  Hopefully they recover without a hitch, because they are wonderful and I would love to see them go to a forever home.  :heart:
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Post by: Poohs100AcreWd on March 24, 2010, 01:30:21 AM
I'm glad I don't live closer because I would have a million rats.  I'm in between Wee Companions and Rattie Ratz (4 hours drive to one, 6 hours to the other) and it's hard enough not to drive to pick up a few new ratties.

And from tonight:

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0161.jpg)
Full

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0162.jpg)
Top

(http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/letmeevolve/Rats/DSC_0163.jpg)
Bottom

Yes, I'm aware they don't have a litter box or a water bottle in the pictures.  They were added before the rats were put back.   ;)
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Post by: Hippidy on March 25, 2010, 06:10:25 PM
I though I would make my cage less girly for Oliver. Maybe he'll stop destroying the fleece now  ::)

Top
(http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs412.snc3/24907_1362071684134_1001847242_31088766_1718161_n.jpg)

Bottom
(http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs432.snc3/24907_1362071644133_1001847242_31088765_2186400_n.jpg)
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Post by: Wheeljack on March 25, 2010, 06:13:54 PM
Question for anyone:  how are the ramps connected to the shelves?  Do they just hook on or are they attached with C-rings?
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Post by: coliekumar on March 25, 2010, 06:20:39 PM
They come pre-attached with c-rings.
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Post by: Stace Cadet on March 27, 2010, 08:02:26 AM
my cages with my home made 3rd level!!
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/biddyboys.jpg)

How did you attach the pieces of pvc pipe to your cage?  Your cage looks like it'd be a lot of fun!

I'm like the least handiest person to ever walk the planet.  It took me FOUR HOURS to put my Martin's together and I gave myself a nasty blood blister in the process by smashing a chunk of my thumb in a pair of pliers.   :doh:  I'm hopeless.
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Post by: WEAVER on March 27, 2010, 10:13:46 AM
Here is Sabrina and Annie's cage this time.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/martinscageweek4.jpg)

Sabrina coming out from hiding her stash in her new Easter cube.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Sabrinaincube.jpg)
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Post by: Scubbs on March 28, 2010, 02:20:10 AM
Adorable and colorful as always, Marsha!  :)

Here's my cage this week.  The pictures are pretty terrible, thanks to my camera dying.  You can see a better picture of the whole "sweets" cage set here (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4455760351_b0d0f2e0b0_b.jpg).  :thumbsup:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4468519741_1f4d484e9d.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/4468521525_ac48cdba82.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4468522071_93452d0811.jpg)

Rowdy, in the new "go away I'm eating" snuggle sack  :P
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2790/4469299078_7c3f2fd692.jpg)

"What is this thing and how can I make it disappear?"
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4468522323_85368f826f.jpg)

And Alex, who is doing somewhat better, but still not doing very well.  :-\
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4469296200_2beff8585f.jpg)
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Post by: vivianelizabeth on March 28, 2010, 05:01:10 AM
I think I'm in love with Rowdy. :heart:
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Post by: Ratacate on March 29, 2010, 11:49:19 PM
i've got a ruud. and its not really decorated at all, caus ei just got it today, but i'll keep you posted ad the decorations grow!
(http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs463.snc3/25420_108848512469345_100000325898305_147126_733948_n.jpg)
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Post by: SouthPaw on March 30, 2010, 12:16:14 AM
All nice and clean, the cage got a much needed thorough scrubbing this weekend!

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y105/SingedWhiskers/Rats/DSCN0643.jpg)

Check out that awesomely destroyed hammock lol.
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Post by: RattiesSix on March 30, 2010, 12:19:53 AM
Southpaw, is that a custom cage or...? What model is that?
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Post by: SouthPaw on March 30, 2010, 12:23:13 AM
That would be the 685. A 6 year old 685.  :P
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Post by: RattiesSix on March 30, 2010, 12:28:46 AM
Hmm... I don't think Ive payed enough attention to see a 685. So used to 680 and 690/695.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 30, 2010, 08:29:47 AM
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/cage-1.jpg)

here is a 12-13 year old 685.. right before i sold it :P

3 cheers for martins!! it held up great considering it housed 5-6 females constantly :)
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Post by: vivianelizabeth on March 31, 2010, 02:00:00 PM
wooooowww that's impressive!
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Post by: Wheeljack on March 31, 2010, 05:54:49 PM
I just got an ancient Martin's cage off of CL and it's in amazing condition.  The seller said he'd had it at least 7yrs and it's galvanized and it doesn't smell at all an only has a teeny bit of rust.  I can't wait till my paint cures for 2 weeks so I can post pictures.
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Post by: Emymoo on March 31, 2010, 06:16:00 PM
it held up great considering it housed 5-6 females constantly :)
:eek: A cage that size should never have more than three rats max....

I found a 690 on craigslist for $30 last week. I have absolutely no need for it at the moment, but considering how cheap it was  I figured I could get it to use as a QT cage in the future. Unfortunatly, it was sold already :( *cry*
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 31, 2010, 06:30:09 PM
Quote
A cage that size should never have more than three rats max....

suebee has 4 males in a cage smaller than that.. so apparently neither of us know anything about rats...........
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Post by: Wheeljack on March 31, 2010, 06:37:40 PM
Quote
A cage that size should never have more than three rats max....

suebee has 4 males in a cage smaller than that.. so apparently neither of us know anything about rats...........

Aren't the 680 and the 685 the same size?  I believe Suebee has the 680.  There is a difference between having one extra rat in a cage and having almost double the recommended number I think is what the other poster is referring to.

I know you've said in other posts your rats get a lot of out time and that you feel they have enough space to live in, but you keep your cages more crowded than many of us are used to--you'll probably continue to get comments on it.  (I am not saying your cages are over-crowded nor am I agreeing with putting 2x the rats in a space--I'm just trying to point out why you are going to occasionally get comments like this--no flaming or offense intended)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 31, 2010, 06:46:06 PM
first of all there was never 6 full grown rats in it at any time. i got them in groups of 2 or 3 and got the new group when the others reached 18m-24m of age. secondly the r685 has 2 full entire levels its like the 695 without the 2 balconies so no, it is not the same size, same height yes, but not the same size.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 31, 2010, 06:49:50 PM
and there is offense intended in every comment like that. so dont try and pull the "no offense" it was posted to note the amount of wear the cage had handled and still in one peice. i no where stated that someone SHOULD put 6 rats in there and think it was okay. my rats were not cage agressive or had any amount of squabbling that was out of the ordinary so i think they had plenty of space.

i am done.
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Post by: Wheeljack on March 31, 2010, 06:51:48 PM
first of all there was never 6 full grown rats in it at any time. i got them in groups of 2 or 3 and got the new group when the others reached 18m-24m of age. secondly the r685 has 2 full entire levels its like the 695 without the 2 balconies so no, it is not the same size, same height yes, but not the same size.

 :)  Your other post kind of implied there were 6 adult rats in there at once, we can only judge on what is posted.

I hope that Martin's I just got holds up as well as yours did.  I would hate to think I inhaled all that Rustoleum just to have to redo the entire thing in a few months.  Luckily none of my boys chew their bars or anything - but I do tend to bang my cages around while I'm cleaning them.

Edit:  just saw your post above.  No there was no offense intended, your original post appeared your cage was grossly over-crowded which is a problem.  You've explained that it was otherwise, no need to presume you know what my intent was when I posted.  If I had wanted to cause offense you would damned well know I was intending it.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: mccauleywent73005 on March 31, 2010, 07:30:47 PM
the only reason I put it like that was because I was in no way telling anyone to throw 6 rats in there and think its ok. it was just a statement on the wear and that's it. the most I would suggest someone housing in that cage is 4 adults. and my cages are not overcrowded at all. infact all of them are undercrowded. the only time they didn't have enough room was when I first got the boys outta QT. I will clarify stuff more in future posts lol geezeeeeee
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Wheeljack on March 31, 2010, 07:34:26 PM
It is a pain to clarify, but we have non-registered users combing these threads as well as people who don't post very often and may not know you from your other posts, so if something that throws a red flag comes up, it gets questioned (it happens to all of us).

Let's declare peace and return the thread to showing off cages.   :)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on March 31, 2010, 09:12:01 PM
My math states that the 685 can hold 3.75 rats. So 4 wouldn't be too bad. But 6? That would be very overcrowded.

Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Talex on April 02, 2010, 01:05:58 PM
Lol since I keep missing out on getting a used cage I finally broke down and ordered a new Martins 695 this morning before I could change my mind. I was debating this or the CN for my 4  6 week old boys. They are currently in a Rat ummm manor, mansion something from Petco and love climbing the sides and running up and down the levels so much I went for the Martins. I am amazed how fast they are, its like they teleport, not run, to the different levels. Im really looking forward to those huge doors and the better construction as well as the size.
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Post by: ThaRatChick on April 02, 2010, 01:25:11 PM
Lol since I keep missing out on getting a used cage I finally broke down and ordered a new Martins 695 this morning before I could change my mind. I was debating this or the CN for my 4  6 week old boys. They are currently in a Rat ummm manor, mansion something from Petco and love climbing the sides and running up and down the levels so much I went for the Martins. I am amazed how fast they are, its like they teleport, not run, to the different levels. Im really looking forward to those huge doors and the better construction as well as the size.
The 695 is like, twice the size of the RM. And the big doors... You're gonna love 'em!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 02, 2010, 01:36:45 PM
i just lucked out and got 2 practically brand new 695s for 75 bucks each :P so now i have 3, and a r690 as well lol! im overflowing with cages :)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Talex on April 02, 2010, 02:33:13 PM
ROFL you are torturing me. So far I have just MISSED getting a Ruud, R695, and a single CN. That is the problem with living in the middle of nowhere I think. Now this is cool, 2 hours after I made my order to Martins I got an e-mail confirmation that it has been sent..already! And I was thinking it would take longer because of the Holiday.
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Post by: The Jenn on April 03, 2010, 09:19:26 AM
Martin's shipping is really fantastic. When I ordered my playpen, they sent confirmation of shipping three hours later (and this is after a small customization, mind you). Then it arrived at my house the next morning. I was floored that it took less than 24-hours to get here! Only one state away, but still. Efficiency.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on April 03, 2010, 11:39:17 AM
I asked my mom for one for Christmas. I read on here that one Christmas the R-695 got back ordered because so many people wanted it. I told her to order it early or ask them when to order it so that I would have it at least in December. Well She ordered it 3 months early and it came 3 days after she ordered  :BlueDumboSmile: I was very happy to have my cage that early. It was nice for Baby to be able to use it before she passed as well  :heart:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: SouthPaw on April 04, 2010, 12:59:20 AM
I just got an ancient Martin's cage off of CL and it's in amazing condition.  The seller said he'd had it at least 7yrs and it's galvanized and it doesn't smell at all an only has a teeny bit of rust.  I can't wait till my paint cures for 2 weeks so I can post pictures.
They do hold up pretty well! My cage is 6 years old... and it spent about 3 or 4 of those years just sitting in our garage, so definitely not the best conditions lol. The powder-coating is coming off a little bit in some spots, but that certainly hasn't ruined the cage!


Here's the cage after cleaning tonight. I'm a horrible decorator and didn't know where to put the hammocks lol but I wanted to get them all in there!
(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y105/SingedWhiskers/Rats/DSCN0659.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 04, 2010, 02:25:56 PM
SouthPaw - Eee, such a cute and bright cage!  If I were you, I would try hanging the tube on the top shelf so it sits on the floor (or I guess you could hang it from the side in the bottom part of the cage).  My rats always ignore tubes unless they're sitting on the floor, since then they're blatantly open and inviting for lazy ratties.  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: SouthPaw on April 04, 2010, 07:07:47 PM
Hmmm I might have to try that, it'd probably look better. They've actually been hanging out in the tube pretty much ever since I hung it up, which kind of surprised me, I thought it would take them a while to explore it since it's not wide open!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 04, 2010, 08:34:51 PM
Bear in mind, though... most ratties find hammocks that sit on the floor (tubes, cubes, triangles) all the more delicious and chew them to bits!  :P
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on April 04, 2010, 09:37:49 PM
Bear in mind, though... most ratties find hammocks that sit on the floor (tubes, cubes, triangles) all the more delicious and chew them to bits!  :P

Yes, i can vouch for that.

But thats the only way they like snuggle sacks *sigh*
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Violet976 on April 04, 2010, 09:47:19 PM
Bear in mind, though... most ratties find hammocks that sit on the floor (tubes, cubes, triangles) all the more delicious and chew them to bits!  :P

Ditto. But mine also seem to mostly prefer all hammocks to rest on the floor. It's a sad, vicious cycle & their hammocks are shortlived...
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 06, 2010, 02:13:38 PM
Here's mine this week - I sewed up a new cage set, and it came out adorable!  It's not my usual pink-and-rainbows style, which I think is why I like it so much.  The planets/rockets fabrics are from the same collection, but the (amazingly fantastic and wonderful!) plaid was something I just had in my stash, and was pleasantly surprised to see that it matched!  I wish I could take better pictures of the cage sets, but Martin's Cages don't make it very easy sometimes  :P

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4497005133_22a58c54d0.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2703/4497070877_f8c13a45f2.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2691/4497075447_140a845fda.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4497640910_4f248a3a33.jpg)

And Mr. Rowdy  :)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2684/4497080245_3a55c56d7c.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Cookie_Monster on April 06, 2010, 04:17:14 PM
My first try at decorating ANY cage. I scrounged up what I could from the pet store on the way home from picking up the cage. Buying liners and handcrafted hammocks as soon as Cha-Chingggg!   :thumbsup2:

My 680. Awkward view.

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs484.ash1/26491_643733755490_25909455_37631109_636345_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on April 06, 2010, 06:36:12 PM
That plaid is awesome, Scubbs!  ;D
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Cookie_Monster on April 06, 2010, 06:59:45 PM
The whole setup is rad scubbs. Did you buy it or make it? If you made it I'd love to purchase a set from you!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 06, 2010, 11:43:15 PM
I made it.  :cheeky:  You can check out my stuff at ChelseysCozies.com and also in my thread in the Swap Meet section of the forum.  :)  Thank you for the compliment!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: vivianelizabeth on April 07, 2010, 01:10:44 AM
Do you make bunkbed/triple bunkbed hammocks liket he one in your picture?

Those are my girls FAVES.
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Post by: Ms. Kate on April 07, 2010, 01:31:18 AM
(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y105/SingedWhiskers/Rats/DSCN0659.jpg)

Which cage model is this??? :)

EDIT: Nevermind, found it! :doh:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 07, 2010, 12:30:54 PM
Do you make bunkbed/triple bunkbed hammocks liket he one in your picture?

Those are my girls FAVES.

I did make those, yes!  :)  You can email me for price quotes.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: WEAVER on April 07, 2010, 12:57:15 PM
Very nice cage setup Chelsey!   ;D

Where is the other foster boy?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 07, 2010, 12:58:33 PM
He had to be euthanized, sadly.  I have a thread for them/Rowdy over in Rat Tails.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 07, 2010, 01:11:02 PM
Quote
My first try at decorating ANY cage. I scrounged up what I could from the pet store on the way home from picking up the cage. Buying liners and handcrafted hammocks as soon as Cha-Chingggg!   

My 680. Awkward view.

 
 
 
 

i had a question? how does the soft sorbent work with ratties? i saw it the other day in the store and noticed they had all kinds of scents to them, i figured it would irritate them? does it?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: RattiesSix on April 07, 2010, 02:30:29 PM
If I remember correctly, it's scented naturally with the flowers, not perfume.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 07, 2010, 02:40:24 PM
I've used it before with rats, and while the scent didn't bother them, the litter is VERY light, and gets thrown out of the cage like nobody's business.
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Post by: Cookie_Monster on April 07, 2010, 06:24:26 PM
The scent is light AND the litter is light. It actually has rose petals in it (which they munched on) so i don't think I'll be buying the scented stuff again. I'm going to try and litter train again soon. I'm having a lot of trouble utilizing space. That cube and pyramid i got are HUGE....  :doh: I'm a dunce. Picked up some stackable bins at Fred Meyers though. One is on the door. No room for any others.. Need to redecorate :/
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Victoriaa on April 07, 2010, 07:28:45 PM
Here's mine this week - I sewed up a new cage set, and it came out adorable!  It's not my usual pink-and-rainbows style, which I think is why I like it so much.  The planets/rockets fabrics are from the same collection, but the (amazingly fantastic and wonderful!) plaid was something I just had in my stash, and was pleasantly surprised to see that it matched!  I wish I could take better pictures of the cage sets, but Martin's Cages don't make it very easy sometimes  :P

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4497005133_22a58c54d0.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2703/4497070877_f8c13a45f2.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2691/4497075447_140a845fda.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4497640910_4f248a3a33.jpg)

And Mr. Rowdy  :)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2684/4497080245_3a55c56d7c.jpg)

Oh Scubbs! I love, love, love all your "furniture" and your liners!! OOH! I'm so jealous. You spoil your fur-babies. My babies are gunna be so jealous!
If you could so help me, and tell me where you learned to sew, and make all those hammocks!?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 07, 2010, 10:44:35 PM
My aunt taught me the very basics on the sewing machine, then from there I just kind of taught myself through trial and error.  :)  It helps having a sewing-savvy person around to answer questions and provide help.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Talex on April 08, 2010, 02:49:42 AM
Yay my 695 arrived Weds morning. I almost got it togeather before I had to leave for work. Hope to join the legion of Martins cage decorators soon. Now I just gotta figure out how to post pictures.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Victoriaa on April 08, 2010, 08:29:43 AM
My aunt taught me the very basics on the sewing machine, then from there I just kind of taught myself through trial and error.  :)  It helps having a sewing-savvy person around to answer questions and provide help.

My mom used to be a sewing savvy...not anymore! :puppy_dog_eyes:
Well. See I'm not sure how to....make rat hammocks, liners, and all the other stuff! So far, I have made a pocket hammock (took me forever cuz the sewing machine kept unthreading itself :@), and some.....I FORGETT!! I dunno, they're pretty small. I'll PM you.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on April 08, 2010, 04:50:07 PM
Yay my 695 arrived Weds morning. I almost got it togeather before I had to leave for work. Hope to join the legion of Martins cage decorators soon. Now I just gotta figure out how to post pictures.

You should sign up to a photo sharing website (photobucket is very easy), upload there, and they give you codes to share them here :)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Cookie_Monster on April 08, 2010, 05:19:02 PM
Does anyone have the shelf dimensions for a 680 handy?  :poke:
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Post by: possum4 on April 09, 2010, 01:42:53 PM
I hav'nt seen one of these on here yet, but it is a Martins.... (martins folding mansion) loooovvvvveeee it! so do my old ratt(http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b458/rlparadis/cncage010.jpg)ie men!
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Post by: possum4 on April 09, 2010, 01:45:49 PM
(http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b458/rlparadis/cncage010.jpg)
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Post by: possum4 on April 09, 2010, 01:53:08 PM
Ugh can you tell I am not a computer genuius! This (above) is my martins mansion. My older rat gentlemen love it....so do I :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Scubbs on April 09, 2010, 10:15:24 PM
I think you mean a Marshall Mansion.  ;)  Either way, it's done up really cute!
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Post by: possum4 on April 10, 2010, 03:49:43 AM
I think you mean a Marshall Mansion.  ;)  Either way, it's done up really cute!
    Agh,,,HE HE HE .LOL..THEN that means I am an invader in this thread......Marshall?Martins...UGH :doh:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Talex on April 10, 2010, 03:46:38 PM
Ok the rats love the new 695, as do I, but 2 questions. First, seems you cant secure the ramp going from top level to middle as per instructions or you cant use a shelf liner? And I hate the lower spring latch on the upper door. It is very hard to get through two layers of cagewire. Do you guys use it at all? Thanks
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 10, 2010, 04:51:16 PM
talex:   they didnt even have the top and bottom spring latches on the old ones, so i dont use them on the new ones.. they seem like a PITA tho lol! and you can secure the ramp on the sides and leave it loose enough to slide a liner under :)
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Post by: ThaRatChick on April 10, 2010, 05:39:46 PM
I only use the side latches for the doors :)
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Post by: Talex on April 11, 2010, 09:04:22 PM
(http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx266/Elfkatt/Rats022.jpg)(http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx266/Elfkatt/Rats020.jpg) My new Martins, and occupants.
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Post by: Ms. Kate on April 13, 2010, 10:01:55 AM
I have a question for those with 680's... Is it really large enough for 3 ratties? I have two girls and a manrat.  ;D  Thanks!
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 13, 2010, 11:09:00 AM
a 680 is defiantly large enough for 3 ratties. Martins for the most part makes GREAT use of the space within the cage, so it makes it pretty easy to house the higher number of suggested rats, even 1 over is not normally a problem. adding hanging pvc pipe and hammocks also gives you more usable internal space if your worried about it being a tight fit. i always try to leave the bottom level of any of my cages pretty blank so that they have room to run around like nuts, but as they get older, its not AS important to have "running around like a nut" area lol :P
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Post by: Ms. Kate on April 13, 2010, 01:09:21 PM
I just bought the Prevue Rat/Chinchilla cage a few months ago. I love it so much, but I will be moving in a few months - it and all of our other belongings will not fit in my little Mazda.  :yelcutelaugh:  I feel like people are pretty happy with their Martin's so I'm gonna go for it!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Scubbs on April 13, 2010, 05:27:26 PM
Here's Rowdy's cage this week.  :)  I got a bunch of beautifully eclectic and colorful hammocks from Violet976, so I decided to make a colorful/eclectic set to go with them.  I made the liners, long tube, and double decker for this round of decorating.  I adorable all the fabrics, especially the yellow bug fabric (double decker) and yellow leafy fabric (tube).

I wish Martin's Cages would photograph better!  None of the cage pictures I take ever do any justice to the real thing.  :P

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4519123406_f8e7f3dc3e.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2425/4518479687_d600341eb6.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4518480241_e9c2acf3d4.jpg)

Rowdy... no doubt wondering if the bunny toy is edible.  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4519119938_36276642ec.jpg)

Teehee, creepy Easter basket!  I'm sure it will be ignored, but hey... it was 70% off  :P
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4519114906_5a3a5f1a08.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2707/4519115874_8b7aca6b01.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2686/4518482689_c7561703bf.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4518484143_de3d2a99c1.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4519119110_22c571c330.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2756/4518486865_fd2266fb70.jpg)

Once I finished taking pictures, I stuffed all the hammocks with fleece scraps, since those seem to be the only deterrent to Rowdy's insane chewing.  Now he turns the scraps into swiss cheese, instead of the pretty hammocks!  *knock on wood*
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: ThaRatChick on April 13, 2010, 08:50:04 PM
Scubbs, you always have the coolest hammocks with the cutest fabric!!  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: PKT on April 13, 2010, 08:56:02 PM
Scubbs, that cage is absolutely beautiful.   I just wish that Rowdy had better color vision, so he could fully appreciate it!

Kate, I think it really depends on the personalities of your individual rats, unfortunately.  More active/bigger rats need more space. 

(However, you never know if they would be more active if they had more space!!  My girls became much more active when I moved them from a 690 into a 695)

For instance, the cage calculator recommends 5 max rats for the R-695-----I had 3 girls in a 695 for a while, 3 very active girls and I couldn't imagine putting another rat in.  With less active rats, though, it would have been different. 

The good news is, if you buy a 680 and don't like it, you will have approx. 46372945763823 people on this forum willing to buy it from you for a good price!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: PKT on April 13, 2010, 09:01:12 PM
My cage is not nearly as pretty and colorful as Scubbs', but I'll post it anyway!

I know it looks like they don't have any toys, but that's just because my girls methodically stuffed them in the paper bag on the bottom level.  They like to tidy up.   ;D

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4030/4518252605_ca765b1c3b.jpg)

Featuring stuffed rats on top that my mom got me, cheap at Ikea!  The brown thing on the floor is a corduroy pant leg.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4518252735_26e25a0280.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4518887590_99c5823b2e.jpg)

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Post by: ThaRatChick on April 13, 2010, 09:04:18 PM
Be careful with the stuffed rats on the cage, you'd be surprised what the actual ratties can destroy :eek: through bars!
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Post by: PKT on April 13, 2010, 09:13:57 PM
Oh, yeah, those guys are missing a few limbs by now.  That's ok; it's just cotton fluff on the inside.  I'm happy if the real rats are having a good time.
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Post by: ThaRatChick on April 13, 2010, 09:17:47 PM
Hehe, at my dads I have swiss curtains  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: WEAVER on April 14, 2010, 10:12:04 AM
Here is Annie and Sabrina's cage this time around.  I think this maybe the first time ever I have an all "matchy? cage. :)  I totally agree with Scubbs, these smaller cages are VERY hard to photograph.  When I was using my 695 I used to get much better pictures than I am able to now. :-\

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thegirlscage1.jpg)

Scubbs made all of the fleece flower hammies.  It was a nice surprise!  Thanks again Chels ;D
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Sabrinaandnewhammie.jpg)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 14, 2010, 10:17:07 AM
Weaver-- what cage is that? i need a new cage for my older girls, and that looks perfect. is that a 30x18 or 24x14 model? i was thinking of getting them the G325 since they are both older and dont do as much climbing as they used to.
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Post by: WEAVER on April 14, 2010, 10:53:32 AM
It is a cage that Martin's custom made for me.  Basically it is the bottom section of the 695.  I  :heart: it!
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Post by: Ratacate on April 14, 2010, 11:06:40 AM
I was wondering, i have the Ruud, and i find it a pain in the butt to clean and rearrange, and i was wondering about maybe making the whole front panel open up, but still keep the doors on there, but like disconnect all the zip ties and put j clips all down there, would that work?
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 14, 2010, 12:29:01 PM
it wouldnt work because the floors would then not be connected to anything on that side. the levels would be very flimsy.
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Post by: Ratacate on April 14, 2010, 12:44:13 PM
it wouldnt work because the floors would then not be connected to anything on that side. the levels would be very flimsy.

Darn. I really hate how the doors are so small i can't really get to everything.  :-\
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Post by: Nomi on April 14, 2010, 02:22:54 PM
Two new sets from lately. I got some beautiful sheets on clearance that I cut up to make liners!  :yelcutelaugh:

My camera flash RUINS how pretty this set is. Pastels just do not photograph well! There is a matching fleece checkered pan liner, and the pink bucket has a light teal fuzzy rope that turned out yucky looking in the pictures. Jumbo 10" cube (which used to be a bungalow) by Violet, it's months old but I just keep repairing their new "exits"
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/lighttheme1.jpg)
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/lighttheme2.jpg)
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/lighttheme3.jpg)

And my lovely dark set.
(http://users.zoominternet.net/~nomi/darktheme1.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 14, 2010, 04:30:43 PM
nomi, that has to be the prettiest liners i have ever seen lol :) it makes me want to use liners!!
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Post by: vivianelizabeth on April 15, 2010, 06:15:26 PM
Chelsey, I am madly in love with Rowdy.  He's so cute; looks like he has a big personality too!
My rats are so camera shy... mostly because they don't stop moving! :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: Ms. Kate on April 15, 2010, 06:27:17 PM
I just ordered my 680... ;D
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Post by: Wheeljack on April 15, 2010, 09:47:37 PM
WhooHoo!  I finally get to contribute to this thread!

Here is my used, 7-yr old, galvanized C475 all nice and painted and cured.  It was in really good shape, the only thing that couldn't be repaired was the black trim around the doors.

This thing is freaking huge.  Here's a pic of the bottom part of it with my FN's.  There is a third level which adds another 18", but it's only housing three boys so it seemed like overkill.

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/huge.jpg)

Front view:
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martin1.jpg)

Top ( I LOVE the kung-fu monkey fabric)
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martin3.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martin2.jpg)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 15, 2010, 10:29:11 PM
Quote
WhooHoo!  I finally get to contribute to this thread!

Here is my used, 7-yr old, galvanized C475 all nice and painted and cured.  It was in really good shape, the only thing that couldn't be repaired was the black trim around the doors.

This thing is freaking huge.  Here's a pic of the bottom part of it with my FN's.  There is a third level which adds another 18", but it's only housing three boys so it seemed like overkill.

i love it!! what are the white shelf thingies, and where do i get them???

i always loved the layout of the cat and ferret cages compared to the rat ones on martins.
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Post by: Stacy M on April 15, 2010, 10:50:48 PM
The white shelves that are hanging are closetmaid hanging somethings haha sorry.  They sell them at both target and home depot (lowes no longer carries them) but they are much cheaper at target.  They are in the closet/storage sections.  I use one and it is awesome, really makes the cage more fun and uses all that empty space...I know my cage is huge anyway but why not? lol

The other things appear to be the stackable organizers they sell in the same sections but I'm not sure.

ETA: That cage and those hammocks are great! Love it.  It definately looks more than big enough for three rats as is haha.
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Post by: Wheeljack on April 15, 2010, 10:51:28 PM
Quote
WhooHoo!  I finally get to contribute to this thread!

Here is my used, 7-yr old, galvanized C475 all nice and painted and cured.  It was in really good shape, the only thing that couldn't be repaired was the black trim around the doors.

This thing is freaking huge.  Here's a pic of the bottom part of it with my FN's.  There is a third level which adds another 18", but it's only housing three boys so it seemed like overkill.

i love it!! what are the white shelf thingies, and where do i get them???

i always loved the layout of the cat and ferret cages compared to the rat ones on martins.

Target in the home organization area. 
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 15, 2010, 10:52:46 PM
thanks :) that will save me the hassle of ordering more levels from martins! i would have to cover the wire tho huh? it looks wider than is normally safe for rattie feet. i could easily do some sticky tile tho :)
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Post by: Wheeljack on April 15, 2010, 10:57:16 PM
thanks :) that will save me the hassle of ordering more levels from martins! i would have to cover the wire tho huh? it looks wider than is normally safe for rattie feet. i could easily do some sticky tile tho :)

Yes ma'am, the spacing is pretty wide.  I have sticky tile on all the levels.  The coating on the legs will get chewed off over time, but I like how versatile those shelves are. 
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Post by: CassCass on April 17, 2010, 07:08:52 AM
Hey all  :)
I'm thinking of getting a martins cage for a spare/hospital cage.
I wasn't wanting something too big, perhaps the R-680 or the R-640  ? Or could you recomend a different model more suitable?
But i have been informed of a few draw backs of the martins and just wanted to check what your thoughts were on them and if you have these problems with your martins.
-That droppings and urine find their way into all the gaps of the wire and it's very hard to clean off.
-And the powder coating wears off fairly quickly leaving the wire exposed to absorb smells

I just need to take into account anything really bad about the cage as i'm getting it shipped to Aus and it's a bit expensive, so i don't want to be wasting money.

Thanks for any help  :wave2:
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 17, 2010, 09:05:20 AM
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Hey all 
I'm thinking of getting a martins cage for a spare/hospital cage.
I wasn't wanting something too big, perhaps the R-680 or the R-640  ? Or could you recomend a different model more suitable?
But i have been informed of a few draw backs of the martins and just wanted to check what your thoughts were on them and if you have these problems with your martins.
-That droppings and urine find their way into all the gaps of the wire and it's very hard to clean off.
-And the powder coating wears off fairly quickly leaving the wire exposed to absorb smells

I just need to take into account anything really bad about the cage as i'm getting it shipped to Aus and it's a bit expensive, so i don't want to be wasting money.

Thanks for any help   

i had the same martins for 12 years and it was still in one peice, so i think they definatly hold up! there is a picture of it on here somewhere. i wouldnt get the 640.. but the 680 is good or if its for a geratric or hospital cage a G315 or G320 would work great, just ask them to PWDC it, they are very good at helping the customer out :)

i dont have any problem cleaning mine, and they dont have any odor at all after a good hose down. i think you will be very happy when ordering from this company!!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: RMS on April 17, 2010, 02:43:15 PM
Quote
Hey all 
I'm thinking of getting a martins cage for a spare/hospital cage.
I wasn't wanting something too big, perhaps the R-680 or the R-640  ? Or could you recomend a different model more suitable?
But i have been informed of a few draw backs of the martins and just wanted to check what your thoughts were on them and if you have these problems with your martins.
-That droppings and urine find their way into all the gaps of the wire and it's very hard to clean off.
-And the powder coating wears off fairly quickly leaving the wire exposed to absorb smells

I just need to take into account anything really bad about the cage as i'm getting it shipped to Aus and it's a bit expensive, so i don't want to be wasting money.

Thanks for any help   

i had the same martins for 12 years and it was still in one peice, so i think they definatly hold up! there is a picture of it on here somewhere. i wouldnt get the 640.. but the 680 is good or if its for a geratric or hospital cage a G315 or G320 would work great, just ask them to PWDC it, they are very good at helping the customer out :)

i dont have any problem cleaning mine, and they dont have any odor at all after a good hose down. i think you will be very happy when ordering from this company!!

I just want to second what mccauleywent73005 said.  I've loved every Martin's cage I've had.  I used my R680 for years, then gave it to a friend who was just getting into rats.  It's still going strong and looks great.  My powder coating has always worn very well (only the tiniest of chips after six years) and I've had no problem getting them spotless and smell-free with a go in the shower. 

If you're getting it specifically for a hospital cage, I wouldn't go with the R680 - there's a lot of temptation to climb there ;).  The guinea pig cages would probably be a better fit.
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Post by: Cookie_Monster on April 18, 2010, 02:06:27 PM
I just ordered my 680... ;D

rad! You're gonna love it :D
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Post by: RattieRooZoo on April 18, 2010, 09:24:13 PM
Okay, it's FINALLY my turn to post pictures of my 4 boys'  'new' Martin's FC 430HR!  :hyper: I have wanted a Martin's for a very, very long time and got a great deal on this monster of a cage through CL who happens to be a fellow GM'er. My boys *L*O*V*E* it and so do I. I'm still working on setting it up (I ran out of clips to hang hammocks), but here's what I have so far.... I know it's not as cool as most of the other ones shown on this thread, but in my defense, I have A LOT of space to fill in there:

(http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/blueeyesleslie/cage2.jpg)

(http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/blueeyesleslie/cage3.jpg)

My cats are enjoying it too:

(http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/blueeyesleslie/tobysebastianattheratcage3.jpg)

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to repair the spots where the coating has been chewed off??? :help: I contacted the company (since I live local to Martin's  :BlueDumboSmile:) and am just waiting to hear back from them about re-coating it.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 18, 2010, 09:30:07 PM
they sell rubber dipping stuff at home depot. maybe that would work?? im waiting back to hear from martins right now :) i want a f420 or f435 but want it pwdc so they cant chew it lol
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Post by: ThaRatChick on April 18, 2010, 10:19:25 PM
You can always paint it with rustoleum. I think bipolarwreck has a pink martins, if you look back a few pages. :)
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Post by: RattieRooZoo on April 19, 2010, 07:28:42 AM
Thanks, mccauley & ThaRatChick... I'll look into both options.  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Wheeljack on April 19, 2010, 05:45:13 PM
I decided to attach the third level to my c475 and move a group of oldies from the FN into it.

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/whole.jpg)

Gratuitous pic of Smudgey in the new level
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/smudgie.jpg)

Size comparison with my FN 142.  The gentleman I bought this from had used this giant thing for rehabbing a single baby squirrel--it's always nice to randomly meet people from CL who actually spoil their animals.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/size.jpg)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 19, 2010, 05:49:02 PM
::steals wheeljacks martins:: MINE hehehehe
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Post by: Stacy M on April 19, 2010, 08:22:13 PM
OMG no I am stealing it first! hehe  Awesome cage wheeljack!  I love all the pink.  Nice job on the addition too.
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Post by: Jagar on April 20, 2010, 09:48:45 PM
Finally posting some pics of my Martin's R-695.  Since I have a male rat, the cage decorating uses more masculine colors, so no pink here.  ;)

Picture of the whole cage.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/003-1.jpg)

Upper level.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/004-1.jpg)

Lower level.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/007-1.jpg)

Hamlet running around.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/012.jpg)

Hamlet peeking out of his house.  I love the fabrics on this cube.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/011.jpg)
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Post by: hokankai on April 21, 2010, 12:14:54 AM
I will FINALLY be able to post Martin's pics after Thursday!!! My R-680 arrived, but now I just have to get done with finals and put it together. WOOH!
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Post by: Wheeljack on April 21, 2010, 12:38:21 AM
Lower level.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/007-1.jpg)

Hey!  My boys are secure enough with themselves to appreciate all the pink I insist on surrounding them with   :)

I LOVE your dino fabric, that is adorable.
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Post by: vivianelizabeth on April 21, 2010, 03:16:40 PM
I want a martin's SO BAD but shipping it to Canada is ridiculous. :(
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Post by: ThaRatChick on April 21, 2010, 07:25:47 PM
Psh, rats can't see color anyways!  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 21, 2010, 07:26:45 PM
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Psh, rats can't see color anyways!  Yellow Cute Laugh

yes they can :) they can see certain colors.
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Post by: Nomi on April 21, 2010, 09:00:57 PM
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Psh, rats can't see color anyways!  Yellow Cute Laugh

yes they can :) they can see certain colors.

They sure can! Color is an important part of enrichment protocols in research. Rats can also see into ultraviolet, so they can see colors that we humans can't!

http://www.ratbehavior.org/RatVision.htm#Color
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Post by: ThaRatChick on April 22, 2010, 05:16:05 PM
Well....
Psh, rats don't understand social mores.
 :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: critterchic on April 22, 2010, 10:52:07 PM
Wheeljack, that cage is amazing!
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on April 22, 2010, 10:53:47 PM
everyone.. i say we go steal wheeljacks cage..... lol!!!! i want one!! ::adds it to mental "must have" list::
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Post by: hokankai on April 23, 2010, 02:21:00 AM
FINALLY! I just got back from school and immediately put this together, haha. Milo and Oliver come home TOMORROW  :hyper: and I had to be prepared.
Any ideas on things to add?  ???
I'm waiting on another hammock set, so there should be another hammock in there but, anything else?! I've got a Kleenex box I can put in there as well, and was considering litter training them...but I'm gonna wait on that for a bit  ;)

NOTHING could have prepared me for how huge the cage is in real life!  :heart:
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/26126_420496295711_553620711_523150.jpg)
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/26126_420496835711_553620711_523155.jpg)
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/26126_420496975711_553620711_523156.jpg)

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Post by: Scubbs on April 24, 2010, 08:15:53 PM
Adorable cage, hokankai!  Believe me, you'll have it filled to the brim with stuff soon enough.  It takes a while at first to accumulate things... then all of a sudden you have a collection.  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Scubbs on April 24, 2010, 08:18:11 PM
Here's Rowdy's eclectic cage this week.  :)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4549600230_7256b9cae4.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4549601682_99bc1d9a15.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4549600774_a6b4a75ff6.jpg)
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Post by: MaevePotter on April 24, 2010, 09:18:13 PM
Upper level.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/004-1.jpg)

Lower level.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/007-1.jpg)

Hamlet running around.
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/Eolias/012.jpg)

Aw! Thanks for posting pictures. I had so much fun making the dragon liners and dinosaur hammock. I thought they went really well together :) So any plans for getting Hamlet a friend yet? Didn't you tell me you got some babies?

Meghan
http://magicalhammocks.webs.com/
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Post by: KylaMissa on April 24, 2010, 11:17:59 PM
I can finally post my pic here now that my cage has little ratties in it!

(http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/KylaMissa/Abby%20and%20Ziva/12-Cage2.jpg)

I've already changed it around already and I just took this pic . . . yesterday lol.
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Post by: PKT on April 25, 2010, 03:12:41 AM
I can finally post my pic here now that my cage has little ratties in it!

(http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/KylaMissa/Abby%20and%20Ziva/12-Cage2.jpg)

I've already changed it around already and I just took this pic . . . yesterday lol.

Great set-up!  I really like the R-685's, though I've never seen one in person.  Thanks for posting yours.  I might get one as an all-purpose spare cage, because it seems good for geriatrics (shallower ramp), "hospital" patients (full upper floor that you could close off if the rat couldn't/shouldn't move much), and spunky fosters/quarantine rats as well.
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Post by: KylaMissa on April 25, 2010, 10:38:38 AM
Thanks. I love this cage. My girls are itty bitty right now, 5 weeks, so they have plenty of room to run around and explore. They get a great kick out of running up and down the ramp lol
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Post by: Cera on April 28, 2010, 01:32:40 PM
(I hope this hasn't been asked before!)  I have one of the older R695s, disassembled in my attic waiting for two boys to occupy it.  Would I be able to re-arrange it inside to be set up like the new R695s?  As in, reverse the levels and ramps accordingly and just put it together with some heavy duty zip ties?
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Post by: critterchic on April 29, 2010, 06:21:50 PM
It's that time of year again when I take the ratties to work with me. So yesterday I set up the Martins at work and today Nibs and Louie for the first time since they were dropped off by their breeder back in the fall went to work with me today.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC14641.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC14642.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC14643.jpg)

Nibs making for the travel crate,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC14646.jpg)

More pics of them at work over in the Rat Tail section.
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Post by: ChoirRat86 on April 30, 2010, 01:59:38 AM
Critterchic, where do you work that you can bring your rats with you?

When I get a job if I could bring my rats with me I would never get any work done!  :party:
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Post by: Wheeljack on May 05, 2010, 05:06:07 PM
New pics of my C475.  I am debating ordering a F475 (same cage with smaller bar spacing) and putting up my FN's, but I haven't decided.  There are some things I like a lot better with this cage, but some things I like better on the FN (I'm just never satisfied).

My poor lonely Jazzbot with his nautical theme in the top level:
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martintop1.jpg)

And the bottom two levels displaying the boys' new 'if you are going to live like you were raised by a pack of barbarians, then you won't get nice things' decor
Top:
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martintop2.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martintop3.jpg)

Whole thing:
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martintop4.jpg)
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Post by: hokankai on May 05, 2010, 07:48:50 PM
Here's my setup for the week!
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/DSCN1195.jpg)
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Post by: Emymoo on May 06, 2010, 02:47:35 AM
So I picked up my used glavanized R-685 yesterday  :balloon: I didn't quite realised how big it was until I put it into my car and it was a bit of a squeeze to get it to fit. I drive our CRV as well, so it's not a small car.

Anyway, while the cage it self is in great shape, the door latches are starting to rust and the springs used to keep the flp top close/connect the cage to the pan are missing. For $20, not  a huge deal, but to order those parts from Martin's, it's another $20 (shipping is like $12 alone). I'm also going to have to coat the bars. If I was planning on using the cage full time, that wouldn't be too bad, but as it's my quarentine/vacation/hospital/retirement cage, I'd like to keep the repair costs as low as possible.

For people that have had to replace the springs that keep the flip top closed, have you found them at hardware stores or online for cheaper? I tried googling "spring latch", "metal spring", ect. for a good hour, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

Thanks :)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on May 06, 2010, 11:19:05 AM
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For people that have had to replace the springs that keep the flip top closed, have you found them at hardware stores or online for cheaper? I tried googling "spring latch", "metal spring", ect. for a good hour, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

i have a ton of extra spring latches for the flip top, and since i have no flip tops anymore.. they are sitting on a dresser. i already promised some to someone else, but if you pm me your address, i can find out how much it would be to ship 2 to you, and you could just pay for shipping :)
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Post by: Zi on May 06, 2010, 08:22:11 PM
Wow... these are so amazing!  :O *Inspired*  I just have some questions for the sewers here- how do you make the paddings?  Where do you find the hammock hooks?  I plan on making my entire cage as well, I just need a little help... Or some websites? I'm going to start cruising the internet for some tips...

Anything you can supply is MUCH appreciated. ^.^
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Post by: Stacy M on May 06, 2010, 08:36:20 PM
They use flannel and fleece usually, and sometimes stuff it with foam batting.  Someone else might be able to point you to a hammock tutorial..I figured hammocks out on my own and am no good at explaining it though.  As to the hooks, they are in the curtain hardware section of walmart, NOT the bathroom section where logic says they should be.  They can also be bought on ebay or amazon.
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Post by: Zi on May 06, 2010, 08:59:04 PM
Ohh okay! That's perfect :]  I think I'm just being a little lazy... I should be able to figure them out, but the foam padding and clips- that's all great to know! Thanks!! :D
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Post by: daniellek1231 on May 07, 2010, 12:17:53 AM
Here is Sabrina and Annie's cage this time.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/martinscageweek4.jpg)

Sabrina coming out from hiding her stash in her new Easter cube.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Sabrinaincube.jpg)

which model is this cage? i really like it
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Post by: Stacy M on May 07, 2010, 12:55:26 AM
It is a custom cage ;)  I love it too.
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Post by: daniellek1231 on May 07, 2010, 09:27:13 AM
what are its dimensions?
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Post by: daniellek1231 on May 07, 2010, 12:32:58 PM
where can you buy zip ties and hooks?
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Post by: Stacy M on May 07, 2010, 01:34:02 PM
Zip ties can be purchased just about anywhere!  Home depot, walmart, the dollar tree, family dollar, etc.  The shower rings can be bought in Walmart, but are in the curtain hardware section, not the bathroom section where you would *think* they would be.  It is a 12 pack for 1.25.  They can also be purchased on ebay and amazon.com.

I did a search but could not find the dimension of weaver's cage.  Martins will make anything you want that is possible though and give you a quote before you buy.  They are really really good about that.  If you order a custom though, make sure to plug the dimensions into a rat cage calculator to make sure it is big enough though.
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Post by: Wheeljack on May 07, 2010, 02:26:03 PM
I believe Weaver had posted before that her cage was basically the top half of a 695, so it should be 30x18x18.
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Post by: Emymoo on May 07, 2010, 11:53:20 PM
Quote
For people that have had to replace the springs that keep the flip top closed, have you found them at hardware stores or online for cheaper? I tried googling "spring latch", "metal spring", ect. for a good hour, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

i have a ton of extra spring latches for the flip top, and since i have no flip tops anymore.. they are sitting on a dresser. i already promised some to someone else, but if you pm me your address, i can find out how much it would be to ship 2 to you, and you could just pay for shipping :)

Just noticed this.. thank you! PMing you now  ;D

If anyone else knows where to get them cheaper (or has any extras  :poke:  :BlueDumboSmileTongue: ) ;D, let me know!
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Post by: Ratacate on May 08, 2010, 11:34:14 AM
I think WEAVER's rats are the most spoiled rats on here  :P
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Post by: lilsublime2 on May 24, 2010, 01:54:14 AM
Newbie here! Sooo, HELLO! :wave2: haha. And here is my cage I just set up for my ladies Lilly & Zoey! Im quite proud!  ;D


Martin's R-680
(http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac338/lilsublime207/Rattums/SNB10021.jpg)
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Post by: Hippidy on May 24, 2010, 09:46:24 AM
Ooh that print looks interesting. Do you have any closer pictures?

I should get some pictures today after I clean the cage. I bought that monster fabric everybody loves so much and I really need to put it to use because it's amazingly cute!!!
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Post by: Chewbecca on May 24, 2010, 12:40:09 PM
I'm so totally realizing how Martin's cages and Critter nations/Ferret Nations are like the difference between Canon and Nikon cameras.

Whatever you feel better using or fits better for you because both are awesome.
But they are different from each other.

BUT!  I shoot using a Nikon.
And I'm beginning to think that Martin's are the Canons of cages.
While they're awesome, and I DO plan to get one, their models are confusing and hard to remember.
Just LIKE Canon cameras are for me (which is why I stuck with Nikon when I upgraded).

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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on May 24, 2010, 02:43:04 PM
lol good analogy ;) martins arent that hard to remember.... 680 is 2 shelfs 685 is 1 full level 695 is like a combo of the both... all 30x18... 670 is like the 680 only in a 24x14 layout. and 690 is like the 695 only the 24x14 layout as well. the rest of the "Rat" cages are not worth mentioning.. besides the RUDD which is the king of all martins :P
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Post by: Chewbecca on May 24, 2010, 02:50:44 PM
oooh, yeah, I had to stop myself and convince myself that that cage would be just tooooo much because I would have put that cage on my list as "the" cage for my three boys.
And if I were to go that route, I'd have to decide on whether or not that would be best or a double CN.
Because martin's are great if you already have a surface on which to keep them.  But since I would have to keep it on my dresser, that cage would be entirely tooooooo tall, I think.
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Post by: Cookie_Monster on May 26, 2010, 07:36:25 PM
Here are a few setups, now that I got real hammocks!
(http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs619.snc3/32542_652576444670_25909455_37931916_2075194_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs559.ash1/32542_652576589380_25909455_37931929_5043415_n.jpg)
That is a straw hat I've had for well over 10 years. It is now shredded  :hyper:

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs559.ash1/32542_652576873810_25909455_37931941_5390601_n.jpg)


I have opaque black blinds that are usually shut, but I had to get a good picture for you!  :icon_rr:
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Post by: critterchic on May 26, 2010, 10:09:35 PM
I love this cage, R-695, it is so easy to clean and move around. Louie & Nibs seem to really love it too. It was their baby cage before I moved them into the FN. I need to get a couple of things for it, mainly the pvc pipes or tunnels of some sort and a couple of toys, although the boys were having a good time without any toys today. Taking them to work is really making them very social and attention hogs!

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC14989.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC14994.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC14996.jpg)
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Post by: RattieRooZoo on May 28, 2010, 05:51:23 PM
Very nice critterchic! I LOVE the blue "sleepytime" hammies... I want some those exact hammocks for my boys, along with the shelf liners too.
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Post by: critterchic on May 28, 2010, 08:47:27 PM
Very nice critterchic! I LOVE the blue "sleepytime" hammies... I want some those exact hammocks for my boys, along with the shelf liners too.

Thanks! Any one of our hammock makers can make you a set. Check out the Pack Rat Merchant section. I love that set too! Looks even better on person.
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Post by: Cookie_Monster on May 28, 2010, 08:51:32 PM
I've bought my hammocks off of eBay so far. Only got one set I really like. Gotta start buying here!
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Post by: Cookie_Monster on May 28, 2010, 11:28:26 PM
How do you attach shelf liners on your martins?
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Post by: critterchic on May 29, 2010, 12:07:31 AM
I use safety pins in the corners and in the middle of the sides and front. Where the floor meets the ramp I use a paper clip, the little rascals were having a good ole time getting under the liner there.  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Post by: Theratty on May 29, 2010, 01:29:17 AM
ok i found a person with a r695 ,will it fit my 7 females? i hope so its only 36$ just gpot to get a new bottom and hardware cloth for the top ,, plus she has wodent wheels and stuff i can buy from her im so happy :)
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Post by: chapstickaddict on May 29, 2010, 01:53:17 AM
ok i found a person with a r695 ,will it fit my 7 females? i hope so its only 36$ just gpot to get a new bottom and hardware cloth for the top ,, plus she has wodent wheels and stuff i can buy from her im so happy :)

According to the cage calculator, you can fit 5 rats in an R695.
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Post by: Theratty on May 29, 2010, 02:12:05 AM
ok i found a person with a r695 ,will it fit my 7 females? i hope so its only 36$ just gpot to get a new bottom and hardware cloth for the top ,, plus she has wodent wheels and stuff i can buy from her im so happy :)

According to the cage calculator, you can fit 5 rats in an R695.
it is going to half to work for now i guess.... i cant afford to buy a new cage so they can live it out with lots of playtime outside the cage
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on May 29, 2010, 08:59:46 AM
a 695 can easily fit 6, but 7 would be pushing the limit definatly. but it is better than living in a enclosed shower. your just going to have to use it temporairly and save up for a better one  :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Nomi on June 04, 2010, 02:20:02 PM
The lighting ruined the color on these. It's a gorgeous, bright fleece in real life.

(http://imgur.com/OtwDj.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/kGFvV.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/mf1cw.jpg)

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Post by: Wheeljack on June 04, 2010, 02:32:00 PM
That looks really bright and beachy Nomi, I just love those colors together.
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Post by: hokankai on June 04, 2010, 03:43:06 PM
Here's my current setup!  ;D

(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/DSCN1313.jpg)
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/DSCN1317.jpg)
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Post by: SassyGirl on June 04, 2010, 05:24:39 PM
Our R-695 (I need to work on decorating the bottom portion) just re-decorated/cleaned last night

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l182/babygirlsmom1005/IMG_7415.jpg)

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l182/babygirlsmom1005/IMG_7416.jpg)

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l182/babygirlsmom1005/IMG_7417.jpg)
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Post by: Nomi on June 06, 2010, 03:19:44 PM
I love the polka dots! I got this ice cream dish at Big Lots for $1 yesterday that would go perfect with your dotted fleece.

Here's mine. I broke a rule and bought full-price fabric for myself  :P The flash washed out the liner- it's a gorgeous sea-foam green type color made of that fuzzy hospital blanket stuff. Super cozy and absorbent! It actually matches the fabric really well in real-life.

(http://imgur.com/oJX3i.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/rdEBl.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/qWqa3.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/sfUOQ.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/MnhGP.jpg)

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Post by: Alexa on June 10, 2010, 09:45:11 AM
Wow, I didn't know martins' had big doors. Are those a newer model?

They look really really good!  :o
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on June 10, 2010, 09:52:53 AM
Quote
Wow, I didn't know martins' had big doors. Are those a newer model?

They look really really good! 
 

yes the newer models have huuge doors, which is very nice!! you pretty much dont have to order them with the flip top anymore (which used to be a necessity)
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Post by: Hippidy on June 10, 2010, 02:32:24 PM
I wonder for those of you with older models if you could just order the front part of the cage to get the bigger doors. I wonder how much that would cost.

I found out Oliver was pushing the place mat I had on the top small level off and riding it down the ramp into the litter box  :doh: what a silly! I felt bad taking his "toy" away but Juno like's peeing there and it's the top level so it hits everything on the way down. I used a hole punch and ribbon to secure it and they haven't tried messing with it  ;D As soon as I find where my step dad put my camera I'm taking pictures!

Also I just got a rat x-ing sign from Brookfield Zoo! So awesome!
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Post by: Wheeljack on June 10, 2010, 05:32:17 PM
I have my house on the market and had to make a few changes to declutter.  My F475 is now in storage.  The three boys that were in the 475 are now in one level of my FN and the three girls from the FN are now in their brand new little 680.

(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3882/680d.jpg) (http://img217.imageshack.us/i/680d.jpg/)

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Post by: [Brittany] on June 15, 2010, 03:11:11 PM
Very nice cage setups everyone.. I can't wait to set-up mine. :) I'll be sure to have pictures.

I ordered a Martin's R-695 for a pair I will be adopting. I am currently still
waiting on the litter to be born, but they are keeping me updated. (:

Well, I guess it's a good thing that I thought about ordering it early because apparently
it's backordered for awhile, and will be at least 2 weeks before the next shipment goes out.



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Post by: Nomi on June 15, 2010, 06:54:36 PM
I've been saving this fabric for a looooong time and finally used it. Still have to make a few more pieces. Anyone know where I can buy more? It's by Faye Burgos for Marcus Brothers Textiles... Might be old and not for sale anymore. The camera doesn't do it justice- it's extremely vibrant and has some subdued, shiny gold in it.

(http://imgur.com/MszaU.jpg)
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Post by: Stacy M on June 15, 2010, 11:25:16 PM
Wow, Nomi and Wheeljack, awesome!  Nomi, if you find out where to get that let me know! lol  It's gorgeous :)
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Post by: Kikoh on June 19, 2010, 11:08:17 PM
Hey everyone.
I have posted my R-680 pics here before, and have 2 R-695's that I used for my rats.
But now all my rats have been moved into a FN142, and my Blind rat and his cagemate have been moved into a geri cage.

I have acquired 2 mice, that are being housed in a small hamster cage, and would love to upgrade them to one of the R-695s but I know I need to put hardware mesh on  a martins rat cage since thy can get through half inch spacing (both smallish females). My question is has anyone ever meshed a martins.

And if anyone knows about rustoleum I would appreciate any info on that.
I have several rolls 1/4 inch wire hardware cloth and 2 large bottles of black rustoleum spray paint.

I am also going to put linoleum tiles on the levels instead of fleece. (i went on a shopping spree at lowes hehe)

I know della luna here had a Martins custom R-695 made with smaller bar spacing for her mice and that is what initially inspired this idea.
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Post by: Wheeljack on June 19, 2010, 11:15:13 PM
I can answer you about the Rustoleum.  You'll either need to use Rustoleum Stops Rust or the Rustoleum Painters Touch.  It will require 10-14 days (depending on your drying conditions) to fully cure and become non-toxic.  You'll also need to do multiple thin coats instead of one thick one to help prevent it chipping (I painted my galvanized martins with 8 thin coats on each side of the panels).  It will be easier on your fingers if you get a can of it and apply with a roller instead of the spray paint and make sure you have a ton of ventilation--this stuff reeks.
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Post by: Kikoh on June 20, 2010, 12:48:11 AM
Okay good heh. I got the Stops Rust gloss protective enamel, I looked for painters touch but they did not have any.
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Post by: Whiskey on a Sunday on June 27, 2010, 07:36:10 PM
Can some one please tell me the measurments for a full set of lines for a 680?
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Post by: Stacy M on June 27, 2010, 08:19:20 PM
Can some one please tell me the measurments for a full set of lines for a 680?
The two shelves are 18x10, and then the base is 30x18.
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Post by: Whiskey on a Sunday on June 27, 2010, 08:38:42 PM
Thank you!
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on June 28, 2010, 10:29:50 PM
Here's my new R-695! I'm excited. The rats aren't going in until Thursday when I'll be off to keep an eye on them, but I've been playing around with decorating it. I'm going to line the bottom pan with fabric, but not the shelves this time around. I have 2 liner sets being made right now, so the cage will look better soon.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1277778018.jpg)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on June 28, 2010, 10:55:17 PM
did ya have to show off the wheel???? ::jealous::

it looks great!! they will loooove it
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on June 28, 2010, 11:08:32 PM
did ya have to show off the wheel???? ::jealous::

it looks great!! they will loooove it

With how much I spent on that wheel, oh it's gonna be in that cage lol.

I'm so antsy to show them their new cage, and to clear out the two they're in to make some room here.
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Post by: ShaiTempest on June 30, 2010, 07:27:48 AM
I have a question.  My daughter has a Martin's R685 that I got her for Christmas.  She put it together backwards in her dorm so one of the ramps blocks the door.  She is home now for the summer.  It was put together with black zip ties.  How difficult would it be to take it apart and redo the inside so it is done correctly?  Do I have to undo all of it or just the inside shelves portion, sides, what?

Thanks,
Shai
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on June 30, 2010, 08:09:59 AM
if its wtih zip ties all you have to do is cut the zip ties off with scissors or wire cutters and flip the front and the back piece.
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Post by: Ori on June 30, 2010, 01:16:19 PM
I just got my first two rats this past weekend. Here's their nice clean 680.

(http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo75/slytherati/cleancage.png)

There's also a litter pan that goes under the first balcony. They awesomely learned to use that in less than 24 hours of being in there. :D

The cage feels a little empty. I'd like to put more hammocks in, but they don't even like the ones that are there already. Silly girls, hopefully they'll come around soon.
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Post by: Stacy M on June 30, 2010, 01:58:01 PM
Adorable!!  If they've never used hammocks before though, it will take them a little while but give it a chance.  It took mine a while and now you can't get them out of them!
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Post by: hokankai on July 01, 2010, 01:23:57 PM
So I am in LOVE with my set-up this week, after taking a trip to Goodwill and finding some baby rings I am loving the color in this cage. I think I did a good job of maximizing the space of the cage and am just happy about the whole thing  :balloon:. Anyway...pics!

Included:
hammock set done by smeysa
rat pinata
baby rings
bedding confetti
metal basket/ledge with food bowl
plastic baskets
wood chew
igloo/shredded newspaper dig house
PVC pipe

(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/DSCN1487.jpg)
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/DSCN1496.jpg)
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/DSCN1489.jpg)
(http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt29/hokankai/DSCN1490.jpg)
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Post by: Hippidy on July 01, 2010, 01:45:49 PM
I took the pictures with my phone because my camera batteries are dead. I did half boyish half girly. Oliver always gets stuck with pink so I made some new liners lol.

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs047.ash2/35704_1456016952707_1001847242_31331790_7992252_n.jpg)
Top
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs107.snc4/35704_1456016912706_1001847242_31331789_2817064_n.jpg)
I finally put my monster fabric to use!

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs107.snc4/35704_1456016872705_1001847242_31331788_6887985_n.jpg)
Oliver already dug all the litter out of the box  :doh:
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Post by: Wheeljack on July 01, 2010, 07:50:19 PM
With the hopeful addition of my new boy to my existing group of three girls (spayed--don't worry), I decided a 680 was just not quite enough room so I attached a F410 on top and added an old shelf from another cage I happened to have lying around.  This seems much better for 4 rats.

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/newmartins.png)
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/new2.png)

Lily approves
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/lilyhammock.png)
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Post by: Kikoh on July 01, 2010, 10:42:34 PM

I just got the planet fabric used above and I LOVE it, the colorful planets are so adorable.
I already made several hammocks with it :)
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Post by: Stacy M on July 01, 2010, 11:42:29 PM
I love these threads!! I always have something to say about everyone's lovely setups.

Hokanaki-nice cage- I'm especially jealous of your bright blue igloo-I've only ever been able to find the light pastel blue ones *pouts* 

Kikonthecobb-well, we'd love to see the pictures  :poke:  :wink5:

Wheeljack-is that a tube laying on its side on the shelf??  Also, lily is gorgeous!

Hippidy-where did you get the rats crossing sign?  I want one soo badly now.  Sorry if you have been asked a million times.
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Post by: Hippidy on July 01, 2010, 11:51:23 PM
Haha no that's the first picture of the cage with the sign because I just got it like last month. I got it at brookfield zoo. Last year they had a car magnet but now they just have the sign. I was so thrilled when I saw it and it was only $5 so I got it :)

I think you can find them online but idk how much they would be.
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Post by: Wheeljack on July 02, 2010, 12:18:11 AM

Wheeljack-is that a tube laying on its side on the shelf??  Also, lily is gorgeous!


It's a 'L' shaped tube / sleeper sack thingie I made out of scraps.
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Post by: Stacy M on July 02, 2010, 12:48:43 AM
Ah, well its pretty neat.  I think my rats would like that if you don't mind me making them (obviously not to sell, I wouldn't want to steal somebody's design.)
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Post by: Wheeljack on July 02, 2010, 01:26:52 AM
Ah, well its pretty neat.  I think my rats would like that if you don't mind me making them (obviously not to sell, I wouldn't want to steal somebody's design.)

Not in the least, have fun with them  :)
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Post by: Whiskey on a Sunday on July 02, 2010, 03:04:59 AM
Just place an order for a 680. I can't wait for it to get here!
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Post by: Stacy M on July 02, 2010, 03:10:00 AM
Just place an order for a 680. I can't wait for it to get here!

Congrats!!  I'm sure you'll just love it (and your rats too lol).

Hippidy-oh thanks for letting me know! I don't know where that zoo is, but since you suggested it I was able to find them on ebay!!  I ordered one for 10 bucks, but thats not bad considering it has to be shipped.  It's a very cool sign, perfect to put by the rat cage lol.
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Post by: Kevin B on July 02, 2010, 06:40:51 PM
Hey guys, I was just wondering, could 3 males live happily in an R-680? I know the cage calculator says 3, but I was just hoping for more input.
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Post by: Stacy M on July 02, 2010, 08:08:07 PM
Hey guys, I was just wondering, could 3 males live happily in an R-680? I know the cage calculator says 3, but I was just hoping for more input.
So long as they get along well, yes, they could live quite happily.
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Post by: Lizzy96 on July 02, 2010, 08:25:11 PM
Ugh , why must i have opened this thread :P
I was almost satisfied with the way my girls cage looks (Brown and blue, to match my room)
and now I see all the awesomescause cages you guys have, with the rainbow.. and the purple .. and the cute flowers and pink stuff .. AWUH SHUCKS . Now you guys are gonna make me start all over  ::)
Alright , wheres my sewing Kit...
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Post by: Whiskey on a Sunday on July 02, 2010, 08:30:33 PM
^^^
I know! This thread made me decide to go back to martins cages. Althogh I'm terrible at decorating any cage. But I'm still super excited to get my new 680 on wednesday!
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Post by: CaptainXCorkie on July 03, 2010, 01:01:42 AM
Thx I am for sure getting a Martin's. I'm getting two boys soon.  :hyper: I'm so EXCITED!!!! Everyone's rattie homes are so cool and creative.
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 08, 2010, 01:38:26 PM
No theme this time, just threw in what looked like fun. Found the boxes waiting to go out for recycling and snatched them, courtesy of my roommate lol. Also, used the last bit of the white vinegar, so I cut thetop off the gallon and zip tied it up.

ETA, there are a couple raisins under each of the cones, so anyone who goes exploring gets a treat

The whole thing:
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1278609504.jpg)

Top half:
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1278609521.jpg)

Bottom half:
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1278609541.jpg)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 08, 2010, 02:18:36 PM
i see landshark!!! that is my favorite type of beer (i dont drink beer lol) just because of the boxes :P i made hubby switch over to it because the boxes are great for the rats...

lol.. im sad..
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Post by: Nomi on July 08, 2010, 02:32:42 PM
Not the manliest cage I've ever had, but the boys survive.

(http://imgur.com/RdcLA.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/dQYbC.jpg)
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 08, 2010, 02:34:24 PM
i see landshark!!! that is my favorite type of beer (i dont drink beer lol) just because of the boxes :P i made hubby switch over to it because the boxes are great for the rats...

lol.. im sad..

I remember seeing pics of someone else's cage with a LandShark box in it, that's where I got the idea. I've actually never tried LandShark, I prefer Blue Moon but never remember to save the boxes.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 08, 2010, 02:39:36 PM
lol it was probably on my thread... http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4071889.0

i never tried it either :P great box tho

end of hhijack :P
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Post by: Hippidy on July 09, 2010, 05:33:28 PM
My rat cage just seems to be getting boring and plain. I just don't know what to do with it!

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs075.snc4/35100_1464455883675_1001847242_31353805_4338860_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs075.snc4/35100_1464455843674_1001847242_31353804_6267903_n.jpg)

Oliver has almost completely destroyed the bird toy I got for them. It's behind the box on the lower level so you can't see it. I would like to get them more but they're so expensive!
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 10, 2010, 03:48:05 PM
i know my cages are not as fancy as yours... but i just made a new custom table so that i could set my 2 695's side by side so i wanted to share pictures....

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/aratcages.jpg)

boys cage(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/aboyscage.jpg)
adult cage (http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/abellacage.jpg)
crazybaby cage(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/ababygirlcage.jpg)
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Post by: Stacy M on July 10, 2010, 03:53:52 PM
OoO that got there quick, cool :)  And there is nothing wrong with your cages!!  It looks nice having them together like that.  PS: Love that there's a ball in the tent lol. 
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 10, 2010, 07:29:46 PM
OoO that got there quick, cool :)  And there is nothing wrong with your cages!!  It looks nice having them together like that.  PS: Love that there's a ball in the tent lol. 

thanks ;) mine just dont look as pretty as the ones that have all the liners and the complete set of like 5 hammocks and such, but the rats love their homes and they work well for me =) and the ball in the tent lol-- i thought it would give them some exercise to knock it out ;) and i was right, they knocked all their blocks and their ball down to the bottom and hid them all in the PVC tunnel lol. silly rats :P

thanks for the tent and hedgie bags and pinatas smesyna!!
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Post by: possum4 on July 10, 2010, 08:45:33 PM
....tiptoes into rat room at Mccauley's and steals..."stud bowl" for Ratatouille. :yelcutelaugh:.................then :BlueDumboSmile: goes to Hippidy's for the 'Rat Crossing' sign :cheeky:
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 10, 2010, 08:49:07 PM
....tiptoes into rat room at Mccauley's and steals..."stud bowl" for Ratatouille. :yelcutelaugh:.................then :BlueDumboSmile: goes to Hippidy's for the 'Rat Crossing' sign :cheeky:

possum... do you want a stud bowl?? lol i have extra's... pming ;)
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Post by: Wheeljack on July 12, 2010, 05:19:40 PM
(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/cobweb2000/rats/martinredec.png)
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Post by: Hippidy on July 12, 2010, 06:46:31 PM
Love the fish thing!!! I wonder if I should attempt to make something like that... hmm lol
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 14, 2010, 10:29:32 PM
A nice Jaws theme ;)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1279161145.jpg)
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1279160213.jpg)
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1279160905.jpg)
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Post by: Hippidy on July 14, 2010, 11:19:47 PM
 :shocked2: Where did you get the shark thing?!?! How much was it?
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Post by: KylaMissa on July 14, 2010, 11:38:49 PM
I totally have that Shark as well. My girls never used it inside the cage, but I have it out for playtime and they LOVE it! I got it from MRR. Can't remember how much it was. It was a really good price though
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 15, 2010, 08:18:26 AM
$10 from MRR, I bought it just to go wih smesyna's shark fabric lol
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Post by: Ryuu on July 15, 2010, 08:54:09 AM
what are the measurements for a Martins R-695? I want to make cage liners for mine before it gets here.
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Post by: Stacy M on July 15, 2010, 12:07:00 PM
Aww that looks awesome clockworkowl!  I love that you bought that shark-thats one of the most well themed cages I've ever seen!!

The base is 30x18, but you want to make it a little bigger so it can be held in place by the cage.  The small shelves are 10x18.  The large shelf is 18x30 with a cut out of 5x10" 7" from the back of the left side.  This is for the NEW 695 only in case others are reading-old ones have the opening in the front.
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Post by: Ryuu on July 15, 2010, 12:38:36 PM
Aww that looks awesome clockworkowl!  I love that you bought that shark-thats one of the most well themed cages I've ever seen!!

The base is 30x18, but you want to make it a little bigger so it can be held in place by the cage.  The small shelves are 10x18.  The large shelf is 18x30 with a cut out of 5x10" 7" from the back of the left side.  This is for the NEW 695 only in case others are reading-old ones have the opening in the front.
thanks  ;)
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 15, 2010, 02:36:06 PM
Aww that looks awesome clockworkowl!  I love that you bought that shark-thats one of the most well themed cages I've ever seen!!

Thanks! I'm not too ecclectic, I pick a simple theme and stick to it. I'm working on ideas for that pirate fabric you've got. :)
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Post by: Stacy M on July 15, 2010, 05:20:51 PM
Aww that looks awesome clockworkowl!  I love that you bought that shark-thats one of the most well themed cages I've ever seen!!

Thanks! I'm not too ecclectic, I pick a simple theme and stick to it. I'm working on ideas for that pirate fabric you've got. :)
lol
You know they make a ferret thing that is a pirate ship!  It is sooo cute.  It's just like the ferret ark but piratey.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G411K0/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller= (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G411K0/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=)  Not that I'm trying to enable you or anything  :wink5:
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Post by: tysmommy on July 15, 2010, 06:01:56 PM
That shark is SO cool!
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 15, 2010, 08:01:27 PM
lol
You know they make a ferret thing that is a pirate ship!  It is sooo cute.  It's just like the ferret ark but piratey.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G411K0/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller= (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G411K0/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=)  Not that I'm trying to enable you or anything  :wink5:

OMG! Sold! I had seen the ferret ark, but this is awesome! Ah, next free paycheck.
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Post by: critterchic on July 16, 2010, 01:37:33 AM
So, I finally get to do a very girly cage! This is Cookie's cage for now, I have it at work and in a couple of weeks I will be introducing her to Coco and hopefully all will go well. Cookie is little so she and Coco might have the 695 as their cage. We will have to wait and see how big she gets. But for now here is Cookie's girly cage. I still need to add the new toy from Violet and a PVC pipe and Cookie of course!

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15380.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15382.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15386.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15383.jpg)

I love this fabric!
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15385.jpg)
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Post by: Hippidy on July 16, 2010, 10:56:41 AM
Very cute!!! I love how bright that pink is! My cage has been getting more unisex/manly since Oliver started eating all the really girly fabric lol.
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Post by: WEAVER on July 16, 2010, 11:05:00 AM
Very cute cage!  See I have my two little girls living in the Martin's cage and sometimes I wish I could decorate in boy decorations :wink5:
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Post by: Chewbecca on July 16, 2010, 11:08:42 AM
How big (length and diameter) of PVC pipe do you all use in your R-695s?
I just ordered mine last night (it's on backorder for 2 weeks, though! :(), and I am getting toy/decoration ideas.
Mine will be for boys.
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Post by: WEAVER on July 16, 2010, 11:16:50 AM
I find that the 3" works great for my crew.  If you have lots of rats, or really large males you may need the 4 inch.


This is my rats using a 4" three way pipe in a martin's cage.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Tube.jpg)
I like how two rats can fit at the sametime and get around one another.
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 16, 2010, 12:14:43 PM
I use 4" piping, I have some large-ish males in my cage, and the little girls like how roomy it is lol.
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Post by: Kikoh on July 18, 2010, 10:22:02 PM
Does anyone here have the Martins Playpen?
I have a lot of issues with free ranging as I have a free range rabbit so i wanted a safe alternative.
I just ordered the large martins rat playpen
So if anyone uses it, do you like it? Is it plenty large enough?
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Post by: critterchic on July 19, 2010, 12:25:19 AM
Does anyone here have the Martins Playpen?
I have a lot of issues with free ranging as I have a free range rabbit so i wanted a safe alternative.
I just ordered the large martins rat playpen
So if anyone uses it, do you like it? Is it plenty large enough?

I have one and love it! It is plenty big enough and with the cover it is very secure. I use it almost every day, with seven dogs it is the safest place for the rats to free range, they also get the bed when the dogs are outside. Here is a pic of mine from a while ago, they had a lot of fun with this mess!
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12984.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12973.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC12985.jpg)
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Post by: Kikoh on July 19, 2010, 03:30:13 PM
Oh wow it's huge :)
Looks awesome, I think my rats will love it.
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 20, 2010, 12:59:37 PM
Finally using the skull set I got from smesyna :). This one actually matches my bedroom for once lol. (sorry for the strange angles)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1279644875.jpg)
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1279644843.jpg)
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1279644924.jpg)
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Post by: Chola on July 20, 2010, 01:14:51 PM
ClockworkOwl:  That evil ducky is awesome!
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Post by: Hippidy on July 20, 2010, 01:20:44 PM
That's awesome! I had a duck like that once.
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 20, 2010, 01:26:08 PM
Thanks, I was scavenging for red/black stuff and threw it in lol.
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Post by: Kikoh on July 20, 2010, 08:35:21 PM
Can someone tell me the measurments for the Ramps and shelves on the R-690, i need to make some liners before it arrives at the end of the week :)
Also the levels are the same in the R-670 as the 690?
I have a Hamster in the 670, and 2 girls are going in the 690.
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Post by: Ryuu on July 21, 2010, 07:43:03 PM
Could someone post a picture of them standing next to their cage? preferably a R-695 or R-699  :bow:
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Post by: andie3131 on July 22, 2010, 07:00:52 PM
I don't have one of me but I have one of our Male Great Dane sitting next to my 695's if it helps??  Also you can see where the door handles are compared and/or the large box of tidy cats (no worries it's not litter for rats, just a storage box ;) )
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs428.ash1/23670_1338567261053_1137290350_31038526_7525890_n.jpg)
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Post by: lil_nance on July 23, 2010, 03:45:02 PM
What does everyone use in the bottom of their Martins? Mine is put together with the c-clamps before I knew better. I have rescues, a 7mo old neutered male and a 1yr old female. I'm guessing they might be a little old and set in their ways to litter train? I currently put layered newspaper (soy ink, no worries) with CareFresh on top. My female shreds the paper and moves it all up to their house on the shelf. I want something that's cleaner and smells nicer a bit longer. Suggestions.

For those of you with the playpen, is it easy to collapse?
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Post by: armywife on July 23, 2010, 06:00:58 PM
Here is my Martins (F-430HR) it's only temporary, i already ordered the R-695 powder coated for them, but since they are out of stock  :-\  it's going to be 2 more weeks until i get it. Hopefully!  :hyper:

the hammocks and cubes and stuff are all made by me (first try)  :wink5:

(http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/sure_an_angel/RattieManor.jpg)

(http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/sure_an_angel/Mia-1.jpg)
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Post by: andie3131 on July 23, 2010, 06:11:28 PM
I love how you mix all your pics into one large collage.  I've seen others do it but have no clue how?
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Post by: armywife on July 23, 2010, 06:18:04 PM
i did it with paint shop pro. i wanted it to have a transparent background instead of the white but couldn't figure it out. lol
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Post by: hokankai on July 23, 2010, 06:33:19 PM
andie, OH MY GOSH I want your dog SO BAD. That is going to be my first family dog, a harlequin Great Dane  :heart: :heart: :heart:
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Post by: andie3131 on July 23, 2010, 06:44:57 PM
andie, OH MY GOSH I want your dog SO BAD. That is going to be my first family dog, a harlequin Great Dane  :heart: :heart: :heart:

Thanks he is def a beautiful boy, but so are the rest of my babies.  But then again I'm Mom haha ;)

i did it with paint shop pro. i wanted it to have a transparent background instead of the white but couldn't figure it out. lol

Hmmmm I bout something called Corel paint shop pro.  It was suggested to me by one of my friends back in Chicago that does alot of photography, but I havent figured how to do anything with it.  I kinda feel like I wasted my money seeing unless I can find someone here to help me I'll probably never use it :(
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Post by: armywife on July 23, 2010, 07:01:09 PM
thats the one i have too. it is complicated and it took me forever to figure things out but it's a good program. you can message me if you want and i can try to help you out :)
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Post by: andie3131 on July 23, 2010, 07:32:43 PM
That would be cool :)  It'll have to be another time if thats ok, I need to get a bit of sewing and then dinner started here soon.
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Post by: WEAVER on July 25, 2010, 02:05:21 PM
It has been forever since I shared a picture of Annie and Sabrina's cage, so I thought I would this time around :)

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/martins1.jpg)

Picture of Annie on the shelf washing :heart:
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ANNIE-1.jpg)

My girls begging to come out.
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Thegirls-4.jpg)

I am debating putting the girls into my 695 seeing it is just in storage anyways.  I am not able to give them free range all day like I was before :'(  Sabrina was a bad girl and chewed a cord that costed $100.00 to replace.  Her daddy was not happy with her, or me.  They miss being out of the cage ALL day, and I miss them with me too.  Now that they are adults though, they are chewing a lot more than when they were babies.
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 25, 2010, 10:20:58 PM
I went really simple and easy to spot clean this time. I'm moving in a couple weeks and have been really busy.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1280109893.jpg)
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1280109983.jpg)
and Basil enjoying one of smesyna's pinatas, with her entire head.
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Izaia/1280110538.jpg)
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 25, 2010, 10:23:49 PM
Oops, double post.
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Post by: KylaMissa on July 25, 2010, 11:06:44 PM
My girls cage this week with lovely new liners I just got in made by MaevePotter. I love the blue and green!

(http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/KylaMissa/Rats/98-Cage7-251.jpg)
Whole Cage
(http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/KylaMissa/Rats/98-Cage7-253.jpg)
Top where they spend most of their time hence why it's more swanked out than the bottom
(http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/KylaMissa/Rats/98-Cage7-252.jpg)
Bottom with Addison investigating. Her breeder told me she uses the wheel but I have yet to see it
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Post by: Trinity.Speckk on July 26, 2010, 05:02:17 AM
These cages are gorgeous! Where can I find one? Mines a nice big cage, but galvanized, so I'm not big on it. It's about 4-3 years old now too.

 I'm also Canadian, in a small city so this stuff is hard to find! and over priced, my current cage was almost $400!

Help? :help:
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 26, 2010, 08:15:28 AM
Here ya go :)

Martin's Cages (http://martinscages.com/products/cages/rat/)

I've heard shipping to Canada can be a bit expensive since they're an American company, but you can always check. I don't think it would be anywhere near $400. :eek:
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Post by: Trinity.Speckk on July 26, 2010, 11:28:09 PM
Wow!I found an amazing cage thanks for the link ;D

 Just one problem.
Curious as to how much it would be, I went and added The New Englander (FNE-480) to my cart, but upon checkout, it said this 
Error! Box too heavy for your destination! Your destination country allows only up to 66 pounds per package when shipped via postal service. Please email us to coordinate shipping.
 What do I do? Dx I'm only 16 so yeaaah ^-^''
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 26, 2010, 11:43:39 PM
I'm pretty sure that means it would have to be shipped in 2 boxes. But wow, that's heavy for a Martin's cage.

I would just email them! IME, they have great customer service and response time. They also take custom orders(as long as it's within their capabilities) so that may be an option for you.
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Post by: Trinity.Speckk on July 27, 2010, 01:27:43 AM
Ah. Thank you so much!  ;D
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Post by: KittyTango on July 29, 2010, 11:10:18 PM
(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/blackmonstercat/100_2447.jpg)
The Top section

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/blackmonstercat/100_2446.jpg)
Bottom Section

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/blackmonstercat/100_2445.jpg)
Whole cage

This is my Martins cage, I got it used.  It is the older model but it has a flip top lid.  I do wish the doors were larger. 

This cage is home to my two neutered males Ricky and Riley.  They are 5 months old and this was an upgrade from their Rat Manor cage.  They love the extra room.  On Top of the cage are some of the toys they play with when they have their free range time, for some reason they prefer to play on top of the cage and fish tank next to the cage then on the floor.  Go figure.   :doh:
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 30, 2010, 10:32:44 AM
that looks great kitty tango! the only things i would suggest is:

if that flower pot doesnt already have a hole drilled in it, i would suggest you do that. someone on here had a flower pot type thing that the rat some how either flipped over, or got stuck under, and suffocated and died  :worry:

also, add another water bottle (i only see 1--sorry if there is another one hiding) sometimes thoes glass bottles stick and wont let water thru- so its always smart to have 2  :cheeky:

cage looks lovely tho!
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Post by: KittyTango on July 31, 2010, 12:34:00 PM
that looks great kitty tango! the only things i would suggest is:

if that flower pot doesnt already have a hole drilled in it, i would suggest you do that. someone on here had a flower pot type thing that the rat some how either flipped over, or got stuck under, and suffocated and died  :worry:

also, add another water bottle (i only see 1--sorry if there is another one hiding) sometimes thoes glass bottles stick and wont let water thru- so its always smart to have 2  :cheeky:

cage looks lovely tho!

The flower pot has a hole in the bottom of it, but I was wondering if I could make a hole in the side and make it like a house?  How would I cut it?

As for the water, they only have one bottle, but they also have a bowl that I change twice a day, They like to play in it!  LOL.  But I will get them a second bottle.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 31, 2010, 12:41:43 PM
that looks great kitty tango! the only things i would suggest is:

if that flower pot doesnt already have a hole drilled in it, i would suggest you do that. someone on here had a flower pot type thing that the rat some how either flipped over, or got stuck under, and suffocated and died  :worry:

also, add another water bottle (i only see 1--sorry if there is another one hiding) sometimes thoes glass bottles stick and wont let water thru- so its always smart to have 2  :cheeky:

cage looks lovely tho!

The flower pot has a hole in the bottom of it, but I was wondering if I could make a hole in the side and make it like a house?  How would I cut it?

As for the water, they only have one bottle, but they also have a bowl that I change twice a day, They like to play in it!  LOL.  But I will get them a second bottle.

you could probably use like a drimmel type tool, id have to ask the hubby lol
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Post by: KittyTango on July 31, 2010, 12:55:53 PM
that looks great kitty tango! the only things i would suggest is:

if that flower pot doesnt already have a hole drilled in it, i would suggest you do that. someone on here had a flower pot type thing that the rat some how either flipped over, or got stuck under, and suffocated and died  :worry:

also, add another water bottle (i only see 1--sorry if there is another one hiding) sometimes thoes glass bottles stick and wont let water thru- so its always smart to have 2  :cheeky:

cage looks lovely tho!

The flower pot has a hole in the bottom of it, but I was wondering if I could make a hole in the side and make it like a house?  How would I cut it?

As for the water, they only have one bottle, but they also have a bowl that I change twice a day, They like to play in it!  LOL.  But I will get them a second bottle.

you could probably use like a drimmel type tool, id have to ask the hubby lol

I also have a 12 by 12 inch marble slab that I would like to drill a hole in to tie to the side of the cage, how could I do that?
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Post by: Schrute on July 31, 2010, 12:56:07 PM
My 695 was just dropped on my doorstep. Just judging from the size of the box, I'm pretty certain I should have gone with a 685 or 690... :P
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on July 31, 2010, 01:16:42 PM
My 695 was just dropped on my doorstep. Just judging from the size of the box, I'm pretty certain I should have gone with a 685 or 690... :P

lol yeah they are pretty massive, i thought that was a huge cage for a hamster  :eek:
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Post by: Ryuu on July 31, 2010, 05:53:11 PM
For those of you that used zip ties:
1) What size did you use? (4in, 8in,...)
2) About how many would I need to assemble a RUUD (R-699)?
Thanks. :)
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Post by: ClockworkOwl on July 31, 2010, 06:07:37 PM
For those of you that used zip ties:
1) What size did you use? (4in, 8in,...)
2) About how many would I need to assemble a RUUD (R-699)?
Thanks. :)

I used 4 inch since you end up(if you prefer to) cutting most of the length off anyway. I would buy 200, if I were you. It took me about 90 to put my 695 together, every 3-4" apart.
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 01, 2010, 03:59:49 PM
Ok, I got my cage yesterday, and even though I won't have my boys for another month, I decided to go ahead and decorate my cage anyway. ;D
I just got too excited.

Now, remember, I have a month still to run to the dollar store and pick up on odds and ends things.  I want to get a hidey spot for the top balcony, and I want to get some ABC blocks to put on the floor of their cage.
Any suggestions for anything to add, let me know.
Let me just say...the metal shower curtain rings?  Yeah, if you want to hang stuff under the shelves, or anywhere where the mesh is more square than rectangular, GOOD LUCk.  I about lost my patience trying to hang stuff on the bottom level. :yelcutelaugh:

The bottom will have carefresh in it, and NO, I am not lining my middle level, and I may or may not line my lower balcony.  I haven't decided. ;D
I have ferret toy bell balls in the cage, but you cannot really see them as most of them are in the little bathtub dish I have in there (which you really cannot see that either).

Top half:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/4850040997_1ef864c45d_z.jpg)


Bottom half:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4850041005_23d7deb831_z.jpg)


Bottom half at an angle:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4850041011_929d589b7c_z.jpg)


Top half at an angle:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4850041027_cd26d72144_z.jpg)


Whole cage:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4098/4850041029_75a2ede3bb_z.jpg)


I know I need to put some fleece scraps in the rat roost. ;D

My boys will be babies when I get them at about 8 weeks old.

Any suggestions on things to get or things to do with it?
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Post by: Ryuu on August 01, 2010, 04:14:23 PM
@Chewbecca
what if you try to insert the hook through the top and then rotate it? would that work? ??? I don't want to have the same problem when my RUUD gets here. :-\
and your cage looks cool, I think Martin's floors are safe to leave w/o covering :)
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Post by: Stacy M on August 01, 2010, 04:18:40 PM
How weird, I had a martins as a temp cage and had no problem using the shower hooks.  You just had to do it at the right angle (hard to explain.)

It does look great though!  I'm jealous of the rat roost hehe I gotta get me one of those.

Have you considered a sputnik??  My rats love love love them!  And they're so easy to clean-just wipe.  Not a single chew mark on it either, and my girls are usually chewers.

Also, obviously some dollar store storage things could make it more fun.  Just zip tie em to the walls and use one or two as an igloo.  Looks absolutely wonderful as is anyway though!!!
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Post by: Ryuu on August 01, 2010, 05:05:30 PM
Yes the dollar store is our friend ;D
What camera did you use Chewbecca? The quality looks amazing! :bow:
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Post by: PenguinChick on August 01, 2010, 05:58:06 PM

Let me just say...the metal shower curtain rings?  Yeah, if you want to hang stuff under the shelves, or anywhere where the mesh is more square than rectangular, GOOD LUCk.  I about lost my patience trying to hang stuff on the bottom level. :yelcutelaugh:



Chewbecca, I don't have my Martin's yet (ordering in approx 2 weeks!! Soo can"t wait! :D )  but the cage I do have has 1/2" spacing on the levels. You can still use the shower hooks. Just run the shower hook through a lanyard hook and then clip that to the underside of the level. These are what I mean:

http://www.amazon.com/Westrim-Value-Pack-23mm-Lanyard/dp/B001BTY5BY

You can buy them in the jewelry supply section at JoAnn's or online if you don't have one nearby.
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 01, 2010, 06:29:49 PM
Thanks, guys!
I did manage to use the shower hooks, but I had quite some difficulty in the beginning figuring them out.
But I was still able to use them. ;D

Thanks about the pictures!  I use a Nikon D300 with whatever lens I have on it at the time (which happened to be my tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens), and my Sb600 external flash unit with a lumiquest softbox attached to the flash head.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on August 01, 2010, 06:46:59 PM
Thanks, guys!
I did manage to use the shower hooks, but I had quite some difficulty in the beginning figuring them out.
But I was still able to use them. ;D

Thanks about the pictures!  I use a Nikon D300 with whatever lens I have on it at the time (which happened to be my tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens), and my Sb600 external flash unit with a lumiquest softbox attached to the flash head.

youll get used to it, it just takes awhile, it is a "Angle" thing like smesyna said. for the longest i could NOT HOOK anything on the bottom of the floors, and had to have hubby do it, but i finally got the knack lol ;P
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Post by: Ryuu on August 01, 2010, 06:50:11 PM
Thanks, guys!
I did manage to use the shower hooks, but I had quite some difficulty in the beginning figuring them out.
But I was still able to use them. ;D

Thanks about the pictures!  I use a Nikon D300 with whatever lens I have on it at the time (which happened to be my tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens), and my Sb600 external flash unit with a lumiquest softbox attached to the flash head.
Please keep us updated on your cage and take plenty of pictures! ;)
[[What would you recommend for a rookie?]]
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 01, 2010, 07:10:04 PM
What do you guys think of this?

It's for a small to medium bird.  I want to get a Critter Spacepod for the boys, but whenever I need to order one thing online, I try to think of other things I can get as well to justify shipping.
Isn't it CUTE??  I cannot get exact dimensions on it, though.  But apparently the bars are stainless steel.
(http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/assets/product_images/Pets%5Clpj9.jpg)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on August 01, 2010, 07:19:22 PM
you might wanna try petblvd.com as well, they have the space pod, along with alot of other very discounted items ;)
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Post by: Stacy M on August 01, 2010, 07:19:37 PM
They're adorable but really too small for a rat to use.
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 01, 2010, 07:21:40 PM
They're adorable but really too small for a rat to use.

hehehe, I wasn't thinking of a rat using it as in "sitting on it".
I just thought it might be another cute hangy toy for their cage. ;D
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Post by: critterchic on August 03, 2010, 11:27:29 PM
So with some trepidation I introduced Coco to Cookie yesterday, not really knowing what to expect with Coco's past behavior with intro's, well I need not have worried so much! Like most old men Coco loves a sweet young girl!  So today I am trying them in the cage together after some on the bed time. So far so good, a little bit of a scuffle after I put them in the cage but it's been a little quiet now and they are in the cube together! I had to bring the 695 home from work because Cookie is still to little for the FN. But I forgot I wanted to do that and took the wrong car to work! :doh: I worked it out though!   :yelcutelaugh:
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15556.jpg)  :yelcutelaugh:

on to the cage and Coco & Cookie.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15569.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15570.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15571.jpg)

Coco trying to escape,
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15573.jpg)

where did he go?
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15609.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15614.jpg)

a poodle pinata! Cookie loves this thing.
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15628.jpg)
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Post by: Schrute on August 03, 2010, 11:50:06 PM
Coco! ;D

And Cookie looks VERY similar to my girl Cora. :)
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Post by: Stacy M on August 04, 2010, 12:14:56 AM
OMG Awwwww!  The cage is adorable but more importantly they are too precious together!  I am soo glad he's got a friend now.  Woo hoo for easy intros  :party:
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 04, 2010, 12:45:30 AM
I'll be ordering an R-695 from Martin's soon. :D Finally got mom sold on it. It's only for two girls, but I'm hoping to keep it for future ratties. ((I want more than two in the future.)) I'm afraid it won't be as utterly gorgeous as most of yours, as I'm not half as talented with a needle and thread(and no sewing machine), but if they like it that's what counts. :D It's my joint birthday gift from my mom and father. ((And myself, I earned fifty dollars on my own.))
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Post by: Violet976 on August 04, 2010, 12:52:41 AM
Critterchic:  :heart: :cookie: :heart: :cookie: :heart: :cookie: for Coco!!! How wonderful to hear that he now has a new lady in his life. I'm sure Captain is looking down fondly on both of them.  :BlueDumboSmile:
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Post by: SassyGirl on August 05, 2010, 06:09:50 PM
Here's the girls new set up (the hammocks, cube, etc...all from Macie_and_Emma on here).  We love Hello Kitty!

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l182/babygirlsmom1005/Rats/IMG_8144-1.jpg)

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l182/babygirlsmom1005/Rats/IMG_8142.jpg)

(http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l182/babygirlsmom1005/Rats/IMG_8143.jpg)
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 05, 2010, 06:36:12 PM
That's so cute!!!!!
LOVE the Hello Kitty stuff!

Ok, so you left your shelves bare, correct?
Not talking about lining, but you didn't put anything on your shelves?
Because what to put on the shelves of mine is really messing with me.
My hides are all too big almost for the top shelves, and I'd like to put their food bowls there.
I have a bunk bed up on the top level, and a cube and rat barrel on the bottom for them.
I had to remove my rat roost up top to make room for my wheel to be screwed into the side (dang wheel takes up so much room!).

My little boys are going to be spoiled rotten with stuff to do when I get them!
Thank GOD they're babies!  I might be thinking I am wasting a bunch of money if they weren't! :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: SassyGirl on August 05, 2010, 06:54:49 PM
That's so cute!!!!!
LOVE the Hello Kitty stuff!

Ok, so you left your shelves bare, correct?
Not talking about lining, but you didn't put anything on your shelves?
Because what to put on the shelves of mine is really messing with me.
My hides are all too big almost for the top shelves, and I'd like to put their food bowls there.
I have a bunk bed up on the top level, and a cube and rat barrel on the bottom for them.
I had to remove my rat roost up top to make room for my wheel to be screwed into the side (dang wheel takes up so much room!).

My little boys are going to be spoiled rotten with stuff to do when I get them!
Thank GOD they're babies!  I might be thinking I am wasting a bunch of money if they weren't! :yelcutelaugh:

I gave up - they do nothing but kick them up and drag them down to the bottom overnight...so yeah I quit putting linings on the shelves - it was for the best thing for my mental health was to stop the war of the linings!  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Ryuu on August 05, 2010, 07:45:20 PM
now I'm having a difficult time hanging stuff on the bottom levels ;-;
I somehow got the hooks through but I was practicing and I can't do it anymore >n<
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 05, 2010, 08:29:28 PM
now I'm having a difficult time hanging stuff on the bottom levels ;-;
I somehow got the hooks through but I was practicing and I can't do it anymore >n<

Wait until you get them through, only to realize that you put the hook in the WRONG place and need to move it.
And then the hook gets stuck, and you struggle with it for what seems like FOREVER.  And then you are messing with it so much that you start to sweat.  And then just when you are on the verge of tears, the hook finally comes undone.
And then you fear going through the same agony with the next hook.  :yelcutelaugh:

By the time you have your cage decorated, you'll become VERY GOOD at knowing exactly where you want to hang stuff!  And you'll figure the hooks out.
 ;D
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Post by: critterchic on August 05, 2010, 10:22:01 PM
Coco! ;D

And Cookie looks VERY similar to my girl Cora. :)

OMG Awwwww!  The cage is adorable but more importantly they are too precious together!  I am soo glad he's got a friend now.  Woo hoo for easy intros  :party:

Critterchic:  :heart: :cookie: :heart: :cookie: :heart: :cookie: for Coco!!! How wonderful to hear that he now has a new lady in his life. I'm sure Captain is looking down fondly on both of them.  :BlueDumboSmile:

Thanks guys! I wish it had ended so happily! Coco is one stubborn boy! After they were in the cage for a while Coco would stalk Cookie and pin her down I know this happens but he is just so aggressive. She got really scared so I took Coco out and we are going slow with more time on the bed, about an hour or more a day, so hopefully he will just get used to her. Goofy rattie!  :-\


now I'm having a difficult time hanging stuff on the bottom levels ;-;
I somehow got the hooks through but I was practicing and I can't do it anymore >n<

I use binder clips or safety pins, they both work great!
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Post by: Pomlover2586 on August 09, 2010, 02:04:51 AM
695- first set up
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/001-Copy5-1.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/004-Copy6.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/005-Copy6.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/002-Copy4-1.jpg)

First Cleaning
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/006-Copy5.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/007-Copy5.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/012-Copy.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/008-Copy5.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/011-Copy3.jpg)
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 09, 2010, 07:56:35 AM
CUTE, Pomlover!!!

You have girls, right?

I rearranged my cage since my last pictures (I just keep getting different decorating ideas), and it is very similar to yours in decoration.
I mean, of course hammocks and hangy decorations aren't the same, and I don't line my floors in liners, but I have the same style hammocks in the same places you do, for the most part.

I removed the long pieces of PVC piping and just left the curve connection and the "T" connector on the bottom because I decided to leave my long PVC pieces for their playpen so that it'd free up some space in their cage.
I'll be rearranging again once my ladders and Critter Space Pods arrive.

I really like your cage!
And I LOVE the silver igloo!!
Where did you get that and what size is it?
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Post by: Pomlover2586 on August 09, 2010, 04:50:27 PM
I have 2 boys but I don't decorate by gender-  just whatever looks good to me lol.  The igloo is from petco and it's the large size- guinea pigs etc
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Post by: KittyTango on August 14, 2010, 01:59:03 AM
I finally made a nice matching set for my boys! 

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/blackmonstercat/100_2507.jpg)
Ricky in the cube I made

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/blackmonstercat/100_2505.jpg)
Bottom level with new Aspen (They kept eating the liners)  Now They try to eat the aspen too!

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/blackmonstercat/100_2504.jpg)
Top Level

(http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/blackmonstercat/100_2503.jpg)
The Whole Cage

(I haven't put the food or water bottles in yet but they have them LOL)
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Post by: Stacy M on August 14, 2010, 03:07:49 AM
Aww how cute :)  I love the frog fabric.
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 14, 2010, 09:59:17 AM
I'll have to get new pics of my cage as I've rearranged it a ton.
And I'll probably rearrange it even more before I get them! :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: KittyTango on August 14, 2010, 11:53:51 AM
Aww how cute :)  I love the frog fabric.

When I saw it it thought it was so cute!  I wasn't even looking for fabric, just happened to be be near that section at wal-mart and saw it!

Thanks!
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Post by: ratprincess2010 on August 15, 2010, 07:47:57 PM
I was wondering if anyone has stacked one martins cage on top of another to save space? I have a R-695 and just ordered another one and my stepmom asked if i was stacking them to save room. At first i thought it wouldnt work, but since the pan is bigger than the cage itself, it would distribute the weight of the top cage evenly so it might work. But i was just curious if anyone had any success or failure with this? I love the pics of all the cages. I had custom liners made by a friend and am excited for them to get here.
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 15, 2010, 07:55:06 PM
I'll be getting a used modified-for-rats(smaller barspace and powder coated) Ferret Highrise tomorrow for $100! :D My girls are going to be living the high life, omg! :D It's gonna be funny though because where it'll be, it'll almost be touching the ceiling, lolz.

I just wish Zoey was bigger so she could enjoy the extra space with the others. *sigh* Oh well, in time. ^-^ I'm glad I'm getting it, my two girls are growing really fast and can't zoom around their cage like they did when we first brought them home.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on August 15, 2010, 08:06:45 PM
I was wondering if anyone has stacked one martins cage on top of another to save space? I have a R-695 and just ordered another one and my stepmom asked if i was stacking them to save room. At first i thought it wouldnt work, but since the pan is bigger than the cage itself, it would distribute the weight of the top cage evenly so it might work. But i was just curious if anyone had any success or failure with this? I love the pics of all the cages. I had custom liners made by a friend and am excited for them to get here.

all my cages are stacked right now, i have a 695 with a 680 on top, and a 695 with a f400 on top ;) i did have 2 695s stacked on top of each other, but that was like 6 feet  tall lol (and now i have them on a 14" table so it would be over 7 feet tall  :shocked2:), im ordering a 685 soon as well, and that will replace the f400.

but no, martins stack well, the metal is strong and doesnt bow at all.
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Post by: ratprincess2010 on August 15, 2010, 08:55:45 PM
Thanks! I live in a small house and keep my rats in my room so that they get to be interacted with all day long instead of our basement and it would free up more space if i stacked my 695's. so i think that's what i will do. I figured since the weight would be distributed evenly it shouldnt be an issue. Im definitely gonna post pics when i get my liners and stuff in them.
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Post by: Pomlover2586 on August 15, 2010, 11:22:37 PM
Here is my cage this week......I didn't put as many hammocks into it this time, as my boys tend to only use a couple of them. So far their must haves are either a triple or double bunker hammock, a pocket hammock, and a round bird cuddle toy [Blue one in picture]. This week in addition to the hammocks I added a hanging fleece scrap toy [homemade], a loose fleece scrap carry toy, and a coconut bird toy.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/005-Copy7.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/004-Copy7.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/003-Copy7.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/001-Copy6.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/002-Copy5.jpg)
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Post by: Stacy M on August 16, 2010, 04:16:59 AM
OoO cute! What is that ring toy and where did you get it??  I want one lol.  The solid gray igloo is neat too ive never seen ones like that before.
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Post by: Pomlover2586 on August 16, 2010, 04:19:58 AM
The ring toy was a bird toy I found at my local feed supply store. It had a metal bell attached at one end that I removed and then hung it up sideways. It's by far one of my favorites though the boys don't seem to care about it  :yelcutelaugh:    The gray igloo I got at Petco. My store seems to carry gray, blue and purple. But mostly gray and purple.
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Post by: Zoo4705 on August 16, 2010, 09:30:40 PM
My Martins cage - please let me know if you guys have any ideas to spice it up even more!!
It currently houses two girl - Lucy and Ethel  :yelcutelaugh:
(http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt141/becky_bauman/RatCage.jpg)

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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 16, 2010, 09:33:24 PM
An igloo would fit nicely under that bottom shelf. Although... Did you get the galvanized version? Cause galvanized wire rusts easily, absorbs smells, and I've heard something about it can make rats sick.
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Post by: Zoo4705 on August 16, 2010, 09:36:07 PM
Yah its the galvanized one because the black coated one was more expensive...I hope it dosen't make them sick...why do they even have the option if its bad???  ::) We have been switching out small cardboard boxes on the bottom level for them to chew through but we have run out!! I think I have an extra igloo though so I'll put that there.
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 16, 2010, 09:39:41 PM
Yah its the galvanized one because the black coated one was more expensive...I hope it dosen't make them sick...why do they even have the option if its bad???  ::) We have been switching out small cardboard boxes on the bottom level for them to chew through but we have run out!! I think I have an extra igloo though so I'll put that there.

Because it's cheap. I haven't heard of specific cases where it made rats sick. Mainly it's from chewing on bars. The biggest drawbacks are the smell after a while and the rusting after a while. You can fix it with a paint called Rustoleum, but you have to let it cure for two weeks.
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Post by: Zoo4705 on August 16, 2010, 09:42:45 PM
Oh my...I doubt the girls would enjoy going back to their temporary enclosure for 2 weeks...I guess I'll just have to start saving for another one...
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 16, 2010, 09:45:31 PM
Oh my...I doubt the girls would enjoy going back to their temporary enclosure for 2 weeks...I guess I'll just have to start saving for another one...
:/ That's silly. Don't buy a whole nother cage when you've got a good one there. And the great thing is is you can get Rustoleum in different colors so you can make it whatever color you want(I once saw a pink cage in this very thread). If your temp cage is too small, you can go out and buy a decent sized one for about 30 bucks depending where you go and what they have. ((If this is what you did for their temp cage, ignore me, lolz.)) Trust me, it's not worth more money when there's a cheaper fix. You just have to have the patience.
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Post by: critterchic on August 16, 2010, 10:29:54 PM
I cleaned out the 695 today that houses Coco & Cookie, I am hoping they will continue to get along now that the cage is clean.  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15734.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15735.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15738.jpg)

and a couple of Coco & Cookie, I am now using crinkle paper in the bottom pan. Cookie is quite destructive and likes to get under stuff so this way she can burrow and I don't have to make liners for her to chew up.  :thumbsup2:
(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15745.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15756.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15764.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15780.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15796.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15799.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15773.jpg)
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Post by: kayleys_hammocks on August 16, 2010, 10:35:49 PM
Your cage is sooo cute, critterchic!

What is the little yellow thing on the top door?


(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15735.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15764.jpg)

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Post by: TamSmith on August 16, 2010, 10:37:59 PM
critterchic, they look RIDICULOUSLY cute in the crinkle paper! Where did you get it from? How much did it cost. I get them paper like that from the dollar store for them to pull out of stash boxes and other toys but it comes in little bags. Do you just buy the little bags or do they sell big bags of bedding like that? It looks great in the cage and it really just makes me go "AWWW" seeing them lay/play in it.
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Post by: critterchic on August 16, 2010, 10:51:31 PM
Your cage is sooo cute, critterchic!

What is the little yellow thing on the top door?


(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15735.jpg)

(http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss208/critterchic/SDC15764.jpg)


That is a little shelf that I got at PetsMart in the bird section, $6.99 I think. It has verticle bars so needs to be covered. I make a sleeve and close it with velcro.

critterchic, they look RIDICULOUSLY cute in the crinkle paper! Where did you get it from? How much did it cost. I get them paper like that from the dollar store for them to pull out of stash boxes and other toys but it comes in little bags. Do you just buy the little bags or do they sell big bags of bedding like that? It looks great in the cage and it really just makes me go "AWWW" seeing them lay/play in it.

I buy big bags of it at PetsMart look in the bird section, in small animals they only have brown, in the bird section they have pink and blue, $6/7.99 a bag.
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Post by: kayleys_hammocks on August 16, 2010, 11:12:00 PM
That is a little shelf that I got at PetsMart in the bird section, $6.99 I think. It has verticle bars so needs to be covered. I make a sleeve and close it with velcro.

Its soo cute! Very neat idea!
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Post by: chapstickaddict on August 17, 2010, 12:09:13 AM
My Martins cage - please let me know if you guys have any ideas to spice it up even more!!
It currently houses two girl - Lucy and Ethel  :yelcutelaugh:
(http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt141/becky_bauman/RatCage.jpg)



I agree with SweetNightmare. Just get some Rustoleum, paint it pretty colors, and let it cure. Your girls can live in temp enclosure for a little bit; they won't like it as much, but they'll like it more than a smelly cage :)

Also, I have that exact same monkey fabric in green!!!! Did you get it at walmart?
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Post by: rattieluvr on August 17, 2010, 12:18:37 AM
Zoo4705 I was thinking maybe some bird toys that can hang in the cage.  I have some wooden ones and I absolutely love the cocunut shell ones.  I also think the Rustoleum is a great idea so your cage wont go to waste cause of the smell. 
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Post by: TamSmith on August 17, 2010, 12:47:26 AM
critterchic, they look RIDICULOUSLY cute in the crinkle paper! Where did you get it from? How much did it cost. I get them paper like that from the dollar store for them to pull out of stash boxes and other toys but it comes in little bags. Do you just buy the little bags or do they sell big bags of bedding like that? It looks great in the cage and it really just makes me go "AWWW" seeing them lay/play in it.

I buy big bags of it at PetsMart look in the bird section, in small animals they only have brown, in the bird section they have pink and blue, $6/7.99 a bag.
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I'll have to look harder for it. I go in the bird section all the time because I love bird toys but I've never seen it. But seriously, your rats look so cute in it. I love it :heart:
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Post by: Stacy M on August 17, 2010, 10:33:14 AM
Yah its the galvanized one because the black coated one was more expensive...I hope it dosen't make them sick...why do they even have the option if its bad???  ::) We have been switching out small cardboard boxes on the bottom level for them to chew through but we have run out!! I think I have an extra igloo though so I'll put that there.

Because it's cheap. I haven't heard of specific cases where it made rats sick. Mainly it's from chewing on bars. The biggest drawbacks are the smell after a while and the rusting after a while. You can fix it with a paint called Rustoleum, but you have to let it cure for two weeks.
I've never heard of rats getting sick from chewing on galvanized bars.  I've heard of birds getting zinc poisoning from chewing on the bars of certain types of cages but thats it.  Anyway, the main problem with galvanized is that it soaks urine.  It will smell after a while.  I agree that your best bet is to buy some rustoleum painters touch, give it a few thin coats, and let it cure for 10-14 days (more if it is more humid, less time if there is incredibly low humidiity.)  It will be just fine.  I recently painted my galvanized bass pans it was really easy!
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 17, 2010, 12:01:37 PM
Is it only birds that can get the Zinc poisoning? Huh, guess I ran into some faulty information.
But yeah, and just think, you can have whatever color cage you want! Anything from pink to purple or red or whatever color they happen to have! ((Heck, I bet you could make it a rainbow cage if you wanted and could find enough different colors, lol.))
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Post by: Stacy M on August 17, 2010, 03:15:00 PM
There is such thing as zinc poisoning in rats.  The thing is, birds are incredibly incredibly sensitive to zinc.  Here's an example:  Goose ld50 7.5 mg/kg of zinc.  Rats, 1500 mg/kg.  The amount in galvanized steel IF a rat ate the outer coating of the steel would not be enough to harm a rat, while it COULD be enough to harm a bird.  I'm not saying its wonderful for rats to eat zinc but a small amount is safe and we even need it in our diets.  No big deal I just didn't want her to think her rats were going to be made sick from the cage :)

And yes, I wish martins offered multicolored cages.  Its definately a plus to painting yourself! (although some choose black anyway.)
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Post by: critterchic on August 17, 2010, 07:04:00 PM
just redecorated the girls cage, its a 690...its not much, but its home, and the girls seem to really enjoy it  :)

eleanor is up top, and phoebe is at the bottom
(http://i37.tinypic.com/r88orq.jpg)

heres the top, theres a goofy shaped hammock, and a bunch of fleece scraps, their food dish, and a few paper things they like to chew
(http://i34.tinypic.com/2ltgiag.jpg)

the bottom, theres a giant piece of fleece strung up to give them more room to run around on (i usually use a more fitted piece that i made from the leg of a pair of pants, its stretchy, and it kind of makes a big trampoline, the girls love it...ill try to get a pic of that one when i put it back in), and some more paper things for them (and phoebe trying to escape)
(http://i35.tinypic.com/13za59z.jpg)



My Martins cage - please let me know if you guys have any ideas to spice it up even more!!
It currently houses two girl - Lucy and Ethel  :yelcutelaugh:
(http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt141/becky_bauman/RatCage.jpg)



I agree with SweetNightmare. Just get some Rustoleum, paint it pretty colors, and let it cure. Your girls can live in temp enclosure for a little bit; they won't like it as much, but they'll like it more than a smelly cage :)

Also, I have that exact same monkey fabric in green!!!! Did you get it at walmart?

Here is an example of a painted cage and it looks really fabulous and I think it is the same cage as yours, the 690. I would totally paint it if I were you, why spend all that money on a cage and in a couple of months its so smelly you just want to ditch it?
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Post by: LittlOdawa on August 17, 2010, 07:10:05 PM
I love the pink Martin's!
It is too cute
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Post by: LittlOdawa on August 17, 2010, 07:11:06 PM
I love the pink Martin's!
It is too cute
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Post by: rattieluvr on August 17, 2010, 07:48:14 PM
OMG its PINK!!!!! I LOOOOve it!!!! I am now actually thinking of just buying the galvanized one just so I can paint it pink!! Great Job!! :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Hippidy on August 18, 2010, 11:23:09 AM
The only annoying thing about painting it yourself is you have to let it dry for two weeks before it's fume free and dry for the ratties. (At least that's what I've read.)
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 18, 2010, 11:39:02 AM
Ok, question about painting a galvanized cage with rustoleum:
Which TYPE of rustoleum do you use?  And in which FORM do you get it in?

I'd totally buy a cheaper, galvanized cage as a future quarantine cage and paint it with rustoleum.
But Rustoleum is a brand, and they sell several types of paints and products.
So...is it a spray paint?
Can someone link to the proper stuff to buy?
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Post by: Victoriaa on August 18, 2010, 12:47:44 PM
Smesyna told me to buy Rustoleum Painter's Touch Multipurpose! It comes in many different colors, and I believe there are a few other brands..but I would just stick to the brand of Rustoleum.
You can get in a can, but I think the spray would be easier.

I agree, Chewbecca, I would totally buy a cheaper, galvanized cage and paint it with rustoleum.

I think you can get it fairly cheap on Amazon. There's TONS of different colors... its so hard to choose from!
Here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019K5XK2/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=hi) is a link to a sky blue spray paint.
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Post by: Brenadette on August 18, 2010, 01:53:05 PM

(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/martins1.jpg)

Picture of Annie on the shelf washing :heart:
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/ANNIE-1.jpg)

I love how you setup everything too cute. :BlueDumboSmile: This makes me really anxious to switch from my superpets cage to a martins.
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Post by: Chewbecca on August 18, 2010, 02:05:52 PM
Smesyna told me to buy Rustoleum Painter's Touch Multipurpose! It comes in many different colors, and I believe there are a few other brands..but I would just stick to the brand of Rustoleum.
You can get in a can, but I think the spray would be easier.

I agree, Chewbecca, I would totally buy a cheaper, galvanized cage and paint it with rustoleum.

I think you can get it fairly cheap on Amazon. There's TONS of different colors... its so hard to choose from!
Here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019K5XK2/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=hi) is a link to a sky blue spray paint.

oooh, thank you!!!!
I wonder how many cans you'd need?

Anyone know how many cans you generally need to use to do an entire cage + the drop in pan?
Say, a cage the size of the R-685 or R-695?

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Post by: Stacy M on August 18, 2010, 02:17:40 PM
I'd say two, three tops.  You can always buy three and if you don't need the third return it :)
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Post by: Zoo4705 on August 18, 2010, 08:40:06 PM
I will try the Rustoleum thing - although I need to buy a different temporary enclosure because the girls were in a sterile tub (terrible I know) for a couple of days until the Martins cage came.  So anyone have ideas on where to get a good cheap temporary enclsoure??
I actually had my liners and accessories made from a lady on this forum (Stacy) - and they are awesome!! The girls have already modified their cube to have several "emergency" exits LOL  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: kayleys_hammocks on August 18, 2010, 08:50:12 PM
Stacy is Smesyna :) Great hammock maker, she is!

I would say, just look on CL for a nice temp. cage!
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Post by: Gypsyrags on August 19, 2010, 12:27:20 PM
hey clock work owl i love you jaws theme you should totally put the mouth on the wheel once they destroy the basket  :shocked2:
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 19, 2010, 03:29:19 PM
I got my FC-430 HR todaaaaaaay!  :hyper: :hyper: :hyper: I can't wait to go get some more bedding so I can set it up and show you all!!!!!
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Post by: rattieluvr on August 19, 2010, 03:32:29 PM
xXSweetxNightmareXx you had posted on my thread about the Ruud cage and you did mention you were going to get the FC-430 HR and I must say I cannot wait to see pics!!!! You may have sold me on this one instead of the Ruud  ;D
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 19, 2010, 10:54:02 PM
MY NEW FC-430 HR CUUUUUUSTOOOOOOOM! Click the thumbnails for bigger pics.((I have it separated using a shelf from the girls' old cage ziptied over the hole separating the top and bottom levels.))

(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190235.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190235.jpg)
Full cage.
(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190236.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190236.jpg)
Zoey's half.
(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190237.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190237.jpg)
Alice and Nova's half.
(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190239.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190239.jpg)
Zoey really wants to live with the big girls now! XD She mainly hangs out near the ceiling of her half sniffing through the bars.
(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190244.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190244.jpg)
Alice on her wheel. ((Nova won't get on it as of yet.))
(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190250.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190250.jpg)
Inside of the big girls' part. The hammock was made for me by a friend of mine, and held up by binder rings. ((And yes, I could hang them just fine.))
(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190248.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190248.jpg)
Inside of Zoey's part. The tube came from her hamster cage which is now my 'short visit' travel cage for when I, say, go to church or something but started as Zoey's cage. And yes, instead of buying an igloo I fashioned an old petco box into a house for her.
(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/th_P8190247.jpg) (http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j62/starclan_forever/Rats/?action=view&current=P8190247.jpg)
Zoey's a camera hog. This is the only picture at this angle that didn't have Zoey sticking her face right in the lens. XD
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Post by: Hippidy on August 19, 2010, 11:44:16 PM
What are the measurements on that cage? It looks like a R-695 to me.
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 19, 2010, 11:47:06 PM
What are the measurements on that cage? It looks like a R-695 to me.
Four feet tall, two and a half feet wide, one and a half feet deep. It's a foot taller than an R-695.
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Post by: Hippidy on August 19, 2010, 11:51:30 PM
Oh it did look taller in the pictures. Very cool!
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Post by: Whiskey on a Sunday on August 21, 2010, 07:19:04 PM
My boys cage!
Before cleaning today...
(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm240/WhiskeySundays/DSC01693.jpg)

and after
(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm240/WhiskeySundays/DSC01694.jpg)
(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm240/WhiskeySundays/DSC01697.jpg)
(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm240/WhiskeySundays/DSC01696.jpg)

and some happy boys
Oliver
(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm240/WhiskeySundays/DSC01701.jpg)
Tonka
(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm240/WhiskeySundays/DSC01700.jpg)
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Post by: kayleys_hammocks on August 21, 2010, 07:28:14 PM
Both sets are very very cute, whiskey on a sunday!
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on August 21, 2010, 09:26:57 PM
MY NEW FC-430 HR CUUUUUUSTOOOOOOOM! Click the thumbnails for bigger pics.((I have it separated using a shelf from the girls' old cage ziptied over the hole separating the top and bottom levels.))



why dont you just put the stairs up and zip tie it to the ceiling?? thats what i did for my 695 when i had it split in 2.....

see picture (http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/boys.jpg)
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 21, 2010, 11:43:04 PM
MY NEW FC-430 HR CUUUUUUSTOOOOOOOM! Click the thumbnails for bigger pics.((I have it separated using a shelf from the girls' old cage ziptied over the hole separating the top and bottom levels.))



why dont you just put the stairs up and zip tie it to the ceiling?? thats what i did for my 695 when i had it split in 2.....

see picture (http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/boys.jpg)
Cause I got it used and the stairs were C-ring'd to the shelf. And after the heck I went through getting the one shelf off the girls' old cage, no WAY I was getting these suckers off.
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on August 22, 2010, 12:04:28 AM
all u need is wire cutters they come right off
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Post by: Zoo4705 on August 22, 2010, 05:27:01 PM
My martins cage is now purple!! Now I just gotta wait two weeks to put the ladies back in their cage. They are already upset about the temporary cage downgrade...lol.
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Post by: KylaMissa on August 22, 2010, 06:31:34 PM
My new Martins monstrocity lol. Well not new I've had it for about 2 weeks, but I finally got the liners done and the cage finally decorated and all pretty. I like it a lot more now that we cut the shelf it's sitting on in half so now I can actually reach all the levels and everything. I will say I LOVE the pull-out tray. Makes my life a lot easier.

(http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/KylaMissa/Cages%20n%20the%20Like/98-Cage8-222.jpg)
Hard to get a really good picture of this thing lol
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Post by: critterchic on August 22, 2010, 07:01:11 PM
My martins cage is now purple!! Now I just gotta wait two weeks to put the ladies back in their cage. They are already upset about the temporary cage downgrade...lol.

Yay! Can't wait to see it! Your girls will be so happy and so will you because it won't get all stinky on you in a couple of months! Should last for years now. :thumbsup2:
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Post by: Ryuu on August 22, 2010, 07:30:07 PM
Who has more than one Martin's? :)
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Post by: Victoriaa on August 22, 2010, 08:14:27 PM
i know mccauley has like 5 :)
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Post by: Ryuu on August 22, 2010, 08:39:22 PM
I would love to see pics of a bunch of Martin's side by side in a room. :hyper:
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on August 22, 2010, 10:21:06 PM
I would love to see pics of a bunch of Martin's side by side in a room. :hyper:

i postededed somewhere....
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/aratcages.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/compare4.jpg)

and i do have 5... only 4( 2 695s, 680, and a f400)  in use.. and a rat manor  :confused: no pictures of the rat manor in usage tho... cuz it sucks lol
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Post by: Ryuu on August 22, 2010, 11:28:37 PM
I would love to see pics of a bunch of Martin's side by side in a room. :hyper:

i postededed somewhere....
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/aratcages.jpg)
(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/compare4.jpg)

and i do have 5... only 4( 2 695s, 680, and a f400)  in use.. and a rat manor  :confused: no pictures of the rat manor in usage tho... cuz it sucks lol
lol yea I remember seeing those pics, but I don't think i've seen a pic of your f400 (I can see some of it in the second pic I think) or like a pic with all of them in it :)
and yes the rat manor sucks :P
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Post by: CassinCA on August 23, 2010, 07:47:07 PM
Martins cages are getting more and more appealing to me by the day. My concern is that the R-695 is large enough? It seems rather thin (only 18" wide!). Do you have any issues with the wideness or size of the 695?
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 23, 2010, 07:52:57 PM
Martins cages are getting more and more appealing to me by the day. My concern is that the R-695 is large enough? It seems rather thin (only 18" wide!). Do you have any issues with the wideness or size of the 695?
18" is deeper than you think! ((I consider the length from the front panel to the back panel the depth.)) My cage, though taller, has the same footprint as the 695 and it's HUGE! Even without the extra foot of space on my FC-430 HR the cage would have been huge. It's plenty big, don't worry about that.
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Post by: CassinCA on August 23, 2010, 08:26:17 PM
I see that cage doesn't come powder-coated. Did you do galvanized or PVC-coated and how do either withstand the rats?
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Post by: The Jenn on August 23, 2010, 08:32:17 PM
With her modified cage, you contact Martin's before placing your order and they tell you how much extra it will cost to make it "custom" powder-coated for rats. :) I just ordered the same cage brand-new and it was an additional $40 from the $130 cage price, plus shipping. I only live one state away from the company. The total came out to just under $180 for me.
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Post by: Stacy M on August 23, 2010, 08:33:30 PM
Galvanized is grey steel.

She said she got hers used, and it was custom powder coated.

PVC can be chewed pretty badly by rats.
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Post by: xXSweetxNightmareXx on August 23, 2010, 08:38:23 PM
I see that cage doesn't come powder-coated. Did you do galvanized or PVC-coated and how do either withstand the rats?
Like others have said, you have to custom order it. Really, it's a great buy and well worth the money. :D However, if you have girls or young rats, make sure when you custom the coating, you also ask for 1/2" wire spacing instead of the 1".
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Post by: Pomlover2586 on August 24, 2010, 01:07:59 AM
Here's the cage this week  :wave2:

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/001-Copy7.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/004-Copy8.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/005-Copy8.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/002-Copy6.jpg)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Pomlover2586/003-Copy8.jpg)
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Post by: mccauleywent73005 on August 24, 2010, 05:02:14 PM
for Ryuu

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/4martins.jpg)
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Post by: Ryuu on August 25, 2010, 04:45:44 PM
for Ryuu

(http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae223/mccauleywent73005/4martins.jpg)
cool, thanks! :BlueDumboSmile:
it's awesome how you have so many Martin's cages ;D
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on August 25, 2010, 05:30:01 PM
I raided Jo-Ann Fabric's scrap bin  ;D I found the cutest flower print!!! The cage looks adorable!

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs149.ash2/40783_1513720235253_1001847242_31490353_835811_n.jpg)

I would have a picture of the whole cage if my phone wasn't being weird...
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on August 25, 2010, 09:29:56 PM
Here's the picture of the whole cage.

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs400.snc4/46354_1513937400682_1001847242_31490934_3077018_n.jpg)

I got that pink thing recently and thought I could hang it. I need more rats because I swear they don't care when I put new things in the cage!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Stacy M on August 25, 2010, 09:38:32 PM
Here's the picture of the whole cage.

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs400.snc4/46354_1513937400682_1001847242_31490934_3077018_n.jpg)

I got that pink thing recently and thought I could hang it. I need more rats because I swear they don't care when I put new things in the cage!

I *love* that green and purple fabric!  I never saw that at any of my local joanns.  And wow, my rats are all over hanging baskets and such lol.  What odd ratties you have  :wink5:

I got a 695 today so i might be posting here soon.  I have a quick question though if somone might be able to help.  Do you are the springs to attach your cage to the pan?  I looked and don't see any in the pictures, but i was given more than i need for the flip top ???  Thanks.

Edited b/c i started a new page and pic was needed for context lol.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: PKT on August 25, 2010, 09:42:42 PM
smesyna, my 695 is not a flip top, and Martin's also gave me some springs with it.  It seems they do want you to attach the pan to the cage walls, but I never have, and I've never had any problems with it.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Stacy M on August 25, 2010, 09:49:20 PM
smesyna, my 695 is not a flip top, and Martin's also gave me some springs with it.  It seems they do want you to attach the pan to the cage walls, but I never have, and I've never had any problems with it.
Ahh, okay, cool.  Thanks!  Good to know that its not necesarry.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on August 25, 2010, 09:53:16 PM
When I first got the cage I used the springs but then I just got annoyed by having to remove them. The cage is heavy enough that you don't need them unless you want to move the whole cage together.

My favorite part of the cage is the removable handles  ;D I'm a weirdo lol.

The fabric is actually blue and green my phone doesn't do it justice. I saw it and fell in love! I don't remember seeing it on the shelf but I found it in the scrap bin thank goodness! I'm not sire that it's fleece it's almost like a weird fleece/velvet type fabric.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: PKT on August 25, 2010, 10:15:07 PM
When I first got the cage I used the springs but then I just got annoyed by having to remove them. The cage is heavy enough that you don't need them unless you want to move the whole cage together.

My favorite part of the cage is the removable handles  ;D I'm a weirdo lol.

The fabric is actually blue and green my phone doesn't do it justice. I saw it and fell in love! I don't remember seeing it on the shelf but I found it in the scrap bin thank goodness! I'm not sire that it's fleece it's almost like a weird fleece/velvet type fabric.

I love the cage handles!  Couldn't do without them.

Your cage is very cute! ;D
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on August 25, 2010, 10:51:03 PM
Thanks! These are my first patterned liners and I'm a bit overly excited lol.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Chewbecca on August 26, 2010, 07:50:00 AM
We use our springs on our 695 attached to the sides and then to the pan.

Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: buttercup1 on August 26, 2010, 10:26:08 AM
it looks like the R-699? :bow:














You sure you are ready?.... :yelcutelaugh:




















*drumroll please*









Ok, ok, here it is!
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Newcage1.jpg)

Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Topsection.jpg)

Middle level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Middlesection.jpg)

Bottom level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Ratties/Bottomcage1.jpg)

I am pretty happy with the cage.  It took me a whole lot longer to decorate, but hopefully as I get used to the new ramp placements it will get faster.
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Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Hippidy on August 26, 2010, 01:58:30 PM
Very cute! I love all the patterned fabric  :heart:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on August 26, 2010, 06:26:54 PM
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Aw, no individual level pics?

Taking cage pictures with the doors open on each level is quite a bit harder with six rats rather than three ;)  I am not quick enough to keep them all in the cage and take pictures.  It seems like the minute I back away from the cage and get the camara focused I see a rat escape :yelcutelaugh:

I can't even tell you how many pictures I have with a rat crawling out!
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Escape.jpg)

I changed my cage the other day into pastels again, today back into brights.  I am hoping to make more cage liners and new stuff in the next few days.  I am getting tired of some of my older hammies :P  Ok, here is the cage today...
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cage1-6.jpg)

AND I even took INDIVIDUAL pictures!!! :wink5:
Top level
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cagetop.jpg)



Middle level (with my new handsome guy Wesley posing)
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cagemiddle.jpg)

Bottom level---see the rats ready to escape!??!!!!....and yes, they did crawl out :D
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/weaverdcw/Cagebottom.jpg)




buttercup did you have a question for WEAVER? or did I miss something?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Stacy M on August 26, 2010, 06:28:37 PM
Hah, I was going to say something because I thought that looked like one of weavers cages but got tired of going through all the pages of the thread.  That is really ridiculous... 
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: critterchic on August 26, 2010, 06:33:05 PM
WEAVER's style is very unique, not a good choice there! :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: calicavylover on August 26, 2010, 07:39:36 PM
I don't post here too often but know Weaver (and her cages) from another forum. I'd recognize her cages anywhere. What the heck is going on Buttercup, you're not trying to say Weavers cage is yours are you??
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: armywife on August 26, 2010, 08:39:51 PM
Wow a little weird??!
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: kscanuck785 on August 26, 2010, 08:55:02 PM
thats a copy paste from one of Weaver's post about her cage:
the wodent wheels are the same as buttercup's cage post
(http://i33.tinypic.com/2qncx2c.jpg)
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Chewbecca on August 26, 2010, 09:12:53 PM
Holy creepiness.
WHY would anyone copy the pictures of someone else's cage and claim it is theirs?

 :confused:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Stacy M on August 26, 2010, 09:15:56 PM
Holy creepiness.
WHY would anyone copy the pictures of someone else's cage and claim it is theirs?

 :confused:
Yeah, I don't know whats more baffling, trying to claim someone else's cage, or claiming one from the site you are posting it on  :doh:  She even left the /quote part from her edit of WEAVER's post lol.  That and recognizing her cage accessories, hammocks and style gave it away for me.
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: armywife on August 26, 2010, 09:23:50 PM




*drumroll please*
 

 ::)



Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: kscanuck785 on August 26, 2010, 09:24:59 PM
I think this might be a misunderstanding...
on this thread:
http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4074547.msg4776895/,#msg4776895

buttercup says, on aug. 23rd, that she hasn't ordered her Martin's cage yet...
so I'm thinking she means she WANTS a cage like Weaver's...
Maybe?
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: chapstickaddict on August 26, 2010, 09:31:40 PM
Weird. Is it me or are there a few just strange posts happening lately?

I'm hoping it was a, "I want a cage like this" post but the "I want a cage like this" part got forgotten or accidentally deleted... :eek:
Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Stacy M on August 26, 2010, 09:36:50 PM
But this wasn't in the original post (which is on p14) but she said this:
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I am pretty happy with the cage.  It took me a whole lot longer to decorate, but hopefully as I get used to the new ramp placements it will get faster.

Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: Chewbecca on August 26, 2010, 09:41:19 PM
Doo doo doo doo doot Inspector Smesyna!

I think it's kind of creepy.  ESPECIALLY since she didn't copy and paste MY cage. :yelcutelaugh:
Then I might have been flattered (but it'd still be creepy). :yelcutelaugh:

But this wasn't in the original post (which is on p14) but she said this:
Quote
I am pretty happy with the cage.  It took me a whole lot longer to decorate, but hopefully as I get used to the new ramp placements it will get faster.


Title: Re: Martins pics! Everybody post your Martins here!
Post by: chapstickaddict on August 26, 2010, 09:50:46 PM