Indoor beats outdoor hands down – rats hate being cold. Keep their house away from draughts and direct sunlight and at about 20 degrees. Rats can become stressed by the vibrations made by sounds, so keep your rats away from loud noises. Make sure they’re not close to TVs, loudspeakers or household appliances. Place them at the heart of the home, somewhere where you spend a lot of time as they enjoy company.
Your rats’ housing should be made of a material that is gnaw-proof and secure so that your rats can’t escape and nothing else can get in! Make sure their enclosure has a solid floor to avoid problems with their feet. You should give each of your rats a nest box to sleep in which is kept in the dark as rats are very sensitive to light. Rats love to shred their own bedding, so pop in a few sheets of kitchen roll for them to build their own little nest!
The essentials you will need to make the perfect set up for your rats:
Large enclosure Food bowl Sipping water bottle Nest boxes Platforms Toys Drainpipes Cardboard boxes Hammocks Paper-based rat bedding Excel Nuggets