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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2007, 01:46:20 PM »
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2007, 05:44:09 PM »
I sent in a request, too!  I requested smaller bar spacing and horizontal bars so the rats can climb on them.
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2007, 05:54:27 PM »
I sent in the email and got a phone call from Jim Wingate VP of New Products today, but unfortunately I wasn't home so he left a msn. and phone number where to reach him on Monday. He said he can answer any ques. I have and he has a few ques. he'd like to ask regarding the "Rat Nation".

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #28 on: August 11, 2007, 01:14:18 AM »
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2007, 11:15:14 PM »
I received an email over the weekend with some questions from midwest.  They wanted some facts about the rat community and a few items about development of the Rat Nation.  I responded with an extensive email.  Hopefully something will come of this...
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2007, 02:58:48 AM »
I really do hope something comes of all this, an RN would be amazing  :thumbsup2: Keep us updated on any advances!
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2007, 02:02:24 PM »
TEK, that's great. I think the more we can inform them about the mass of rat loverz that are out in the world the better.

Jim Wingate just contacted me and their still in the process of collecting information. Their currently trying to find out how many rat groups/organizations are in the US along w/ a number of rattie owners out there to see if the demand if great enough still to make the RN. Though he said their 98% about making a RN they'd still like to collect as much info. as possible. If they can do this in a timely manner he said they'd be looking at the first quarter of the new year for the cage. He said he'd keep me updated and if I had any questions to call him and he'd be happy to answer them & left me w/ his direct number at Midwest Metal as it came up on my caller ID.

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2007, 02:48:15 PM »
Excellent! If he would like to talk to me about number of rat owners in CO, I'm in the process of starting an association out here, so I can give him a pretty good estimate- or could send one to you to pass along to him.
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2007, 09:21:35 AM »
It would be really cool, if they do make a RN, that I could attach to the FN for those that have already bought them.

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #34 on: August 15, 2007, 10:18:22 AM »
I really wish it would be out sooner! That way, I wouldn't have to spend 400$+ on Martins just to get a couple RNs.  :(

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2007, 04:21:48 PM »
Yeah I know what you mean. I'd love for it to be coming out sooner coz I'd love to get my girlies a RN coz I'm soo in love w/ my FN for my boys. It's sooo darn simple to clean. Only thing I don't like is they get Harlan crumbs all over their bedding and when I wash it the darn crumbs gets all over my dryer.. lol

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2007, 05:46:23 PM »
Yeah I know what you mean. I'd love for it to be coming out sooner coz I'd love to get my girlies a RN coz I'm soo in love w/ my FN for my boys. It's sooo darn simple to clean. Only thing I don't like is they get Harlan crumbs all over their bedding and when I wash it the darn crumbs gets all over my dryer.. lol

I feel your pain.  I've started shaking out the bedding outside to get all the crumbs and such out.  It goes all over me  :confused: but at least it's not in my washer or dryer.  :thumbsup2:
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2007, 06:13:52 PM »
as i take the bedding out of the FN, I roll the bedding up and then shake it out insdie of a kitchen sized trash bag....cuts down on the stuff in my washer and dryer.


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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #38 on: August 15, 2007, 06:17:30 PM »
I use a little dirt devil to vacuum out crumbs before changing liners.
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #39 on: August 15, 2007, 10:43:48 PM »
I have a little dirt devil under the bed I'm gonna have to get out and charge to use when we're chaning bedding because the Harlan crumbs are awful.. lol I shake them, but some are stuck in the fibers of the hammocks or if they chew a hole they get stuck inside on me.. lol

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2007, 11:07:01 PM »
I sent them sumptin, too...

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2007, 11:10:53 PM »
I have the same issue! Vaccuuming doesn't do nearly as much as I'd like. So, instead I do a combo of what JR and Tonivan do. For the smaller stuff I empty it in the garbage can and the larger stuff (like the huge cover for the bottom floors) gets taken outside and shaken.

Just don't tell the people in the three apartments directly below me that those are rat raisins mysteriously showing up on their balcony edges! :confused: I try to dump it on mine and then sweep it off, but sometimes just dump it over. Harlan blocks make a lot of noise when they land in bushes from 4 stories up.  :yelcutelaugh:
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #42 on: August 16, 2007, 08:09:37 AM »
If they definitely come out with a RN I will wait and just use my crappy superpet for the time being.  My boyfriend told me today that he wanted a ferret nation, but whats the point right now if they come out with a RN?  I only have 3 rats and I dont see myself having much more then that ever.  Is it hard to littertrain older rats?  I think it would be cool if the FN or RN had a little deeper pan.  My rats arent litter trained.
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #43 on: August 16, 2007, 08:43:45 AM »
I will be so happy if they come out with one.  I love my current cage, but I'll be moving in the next year or so and when I do, I want them to move up (as it were). :D  I did want an FN but given that if there's a chance they can get out, my girls will attempt it.  My boys have no interest in getting out unless there's a yogie involved but the girls would be gone in an instant.  If there were an RN with 1/2 inch bars I would dance.
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #44 on: August 16, 2007, 04:50:09 PM »
I'm gonna be trying some diff. techniques today to try and get as much Harlan crumbs out of their bedding as possible before I wash them. Also what does everyone use to wash their rattie bedding?? I use dreft detergent, but sometimes I can still smell a bit of pee afterwards. Is there something else I can wash the bedding with to get it smelling cleaner?

italianqt, that's cute the rat rasins raining down.. lol

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #45 on: August 16, 2007, 04:58:41 PM »
I think most people use some kind of regular or "free" detergent, and then vinegar in the rinse water (I double rinse) helps a LOT with the smell.
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #46 on: August 16, 2007, 06:36:50 PM »
I think most people use some kind of regular or "free" detergent, and then vinegar in the rinse water (I double rinse) helps a LOT with the smell.
I never thought of using vinegar for the rinse! I'm going to stick in my downy ball next time, hehe.

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #47 on: August 16, 2007, 06:39:24 PM »
I think most people use some kind of regular or "free" detergent, and then vinegar in the rinse water (I double rinse) helps a LOT with the smell.
I never thought of using vinegar for the rinse! I'm going to stick in my downy ball next time, hehe.

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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #48 on: August 16, 2007, 08:57:53 PM »
wahhh... WHERE'S MY RAT NATION?? I can't wait. :P
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Re: Let Midwest know there is interest in a "Rat Nation"
« Reply #49 on: August 16, 2007, 09:09:05 PM »
Hmmm.. that's an awesome idea Vinegar in the downy ball since I do happen to have one. I will def. be giving the vinegar a try and the double rinsing before I throw them in the dryer w/ a nice fabric softner.