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Rats Rule! => Rat Care Corner => Topic started by: KW on October 22, 2011, 11:39:52 AM

Title: Best Information on Rat Care for first time owners?
Post by: KW on October 22, 2011, 11:39:52 AM
What is the best book, currently out there that I can easily get, for the first time rat owner?  And what are some of the good websites out there?   I am 'adopting' out two of my babies  to a co-worker and just want to make sure they have the proper information.
Title: Re: Best Information on Rat Care for first time owners?
Post by: KW on October 22, 2011, 12:38:28 PM
Also what is a good sized cage for two adult males, just need the dimensions?  They will get out to play and stuff but not all the time.
Title: Re: Best Information on Rat Care for first time owners?
Post by: Vonda Z on October 22, 2011, 03:29:50 PM
I started with this book: http://www.amazon.com/Rats-Complete-Guide-Debbie-Ducommun/dp/1889540714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319311840&sr=8-1 and I think it was pretty good - although I really should read it again after having some rat experience. It was definitely better than a lot of the beginner finch books I have read.

I also recommend the rat guide website which I found through links people have posted here for more specific information: http://ratguide.com/ - this site has helped me a lot.

I have always heard two cubic feet per rat, but I personally prefer to have extra space just in case you have temperamental rats or you suddenly feel the need to add a rat.
Title: Re: Best Information on Rat Care for first time owners?
Post by: loveforrats16 on October 22, 2011, 06:41:42 PM
I'm not sure about any books, as I learned everything from websites and here. Definitely recommend here. Otherwise, there's a few websites in my signature.
Yes, 2 cubic feet per rat is the minimum.
Here's a website that you put the dimensions in and it tells you how many rats you can have in the cage. Again, it'll tell you the absolute most that can, but it would be better if someone does at least 1 less rat then it says can fit.