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Offline ILoveMyRatties

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Running ball as sleeping space
« on: July 14, 2015, 06:24:53 PM »
Does anyone use a 13 inches running ball as a sleeping space hanging in their cage. How many rats fit comfortably in them? Do they like to sleep in them? My space pods fit my 3 female rats ok, but I will get a neutered boy soon and was wondering if it could work for 4 rats. My girls don't like sleeping in cubes or hammocks very much.

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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2015, 07:34:01 PM »
I got a big diameter running ball before I knew it was bad for their backs. Robin at MRR suggested I make a bed of half. I didn't have the right hooks so I jury-rigged this Frankenstein thing of twisted paper clips and they LOVED it! I seem to recall I anchored all sides. Ended up having to lower it when some of the fat neuters got older so they could get in and out. Age, sex, didn't matter--they loved it. It had air holes so was breathable, and it was easy to clean.
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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2015, 08:34:08 PM »
Thanks. Is there a reason you are not using it entirely with just the entrance opened? It is hot here (105F) and the AC is working hard to maintain my condo at 73F, I felt bad when I saw them all cramped inside their space pod.  I even hanged two space pods side by side but they wanted to stay together  :D. The air holes might really be good here.

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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2015, 08:46:01 PM »
They like their igloos and hammocks, but where we were living then got hot and having it completely open on the top--a hanging half sphere--worked really well. I wonder where that thing got to in this crazy house?  :doh:
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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2015, 09:36:34 PM »
I took both "doors" off my ball and hung it up with some rigging with hooks and fleece strips. I've had both boys and girls use it indiscriminately.  But my girls switch sleeping places daily so it's hard to say where they'll end up next. :)

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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2015, 09:51:13 PM »
How many rats would you say can fit comfortably in the 13 inches sphere?

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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2015, 10:46:12 AM »
One count? Seven, including a couple of two-handers.  :shocked2:
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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2015, 10:48:37 AM »
Seven?  That's all?  Lol!
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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2015, 10:50:51 AM »
I only have 3 ladies so I haven't seen more than that in there.  :BlueDumboSmile:

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Re: Running ball as sleeping space
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2015, 12:39:13 PM »
thanks. I'll get one for them then.  :hyper: