Best* Rat Cages & Habitats

Create a satisfying home for your social rodent. A good pet rat house can help your furry friend feel secure and loved, as well as helping you store all the supplies they need to stay active and stimulated.

 
 

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Providing your rodent a secure home can be important to their health and wellness. These pet rat cages are highly rated by Petco’s pet parent customers—from fun features to spacious accommodations.

Kaytee Rat Home

Kaytee

Rat Home

The Kaytee Rat Home can make an excellent starter pet rat house for new pet parents. This enclosure includes a deep base to reduce messes and is fairly easy to assemble with a wire top that snaps on with chew-proof latches. Your rat can enjoy the wavy ramp that brings them to a second level with a secured food bowl that enables them to grab a snack. With 8 square feet to explore, once you add toys and accessories, your rat is sure to be physically and mentally stimulated.

Features:
  • 25.5-in. L x 12.5-in. W x 14-in. H
  • Front and top access doors
  • 6 casters to increase mobility
  • Chew-proof latches

You & Me Rat Manor Habitat

You & Me Rat

Manor Habitat

This pet rat habitat can be an excellent choice for one or multiple rodents. With four different levels connected between 3 ladders, there is plenty of room to add toys and accessories and for your pets to explore. Wire mesh platforms and ladders help prevent the buildup of waste and improve sanitation on multiple levels. Plus, a deep metal base catches scattered waste and food for easier cleaning and reduced mess outside the habitat. This sturdy pet rat cage is made of chew-proof heavy-duty welded wire to help keep your furry friend secure in their habitat. Two large doors provide access for your pet and allow you to reach inside for cleaning.  Many rats enjoy racing throughout the multiple levels looking for treats.

Features:
  • 15.5-in. L x 22.5-in. W x 32-in. H
  • Wire mesh platforms and levels
  • Interwoven wire connection for easy assembly
  • Stain-resistant powder-coated finish

Prevue Pet Products Earthtone Dusted Rose Rat and Chinchilla Cage

Prevue Pet Products

Earthtone Dusted Rose Rat and Chinchilla Cage

The Prevue Pet Products Rat and Chinchilla Cage can be a great option for plenty of space and easy handling. This pet rat house with a sturdy frame can provide plenty of room, small wire spacing to help prevent escapes and is easily moveable on wheels. With two platforms and a base connected by two ramps, your rat can enjoy exploring this home and still have plenty of space for toys and accessories. The habitat is pet-parent-friendly, with a large opening front door and a secondary door in the roof. The tray and pull-out grill are designed for easy cleaning yet can lock into place to prevent your pet from dislodging them. A bottom shelf is included for the convenient storage of your pet’s supplies.

Features:
  • 31-in. L x 20.5-in. W x 40-in. H
  • Rolling casters for increased mobility
  • 3/8-in. wire spacing for security
  • Spacious front and top access doors

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Learn More About Pet Rat Habitats

When you’re ready to bring home a pet rat, the first thing you’ll need is a secure rat habitat cage that’s both secure and stimulating for your rodent. Pet rat cages have different features and may be made of various materials, but some of the best rat homes share some things in common. Whether you begin with rat and mouse starter kits or customize a pet rat house from scratch, you’ll want to put together a habitat that’s secure and appealing for your rat, with elements such as the following:

  • A secure structureRats are great survivors in the wild because of their ability to solve problems, climb, dig and wriggle through impossibly small openings. While those skills may help rats get by in the great outdoors, you don’t want your pet rat using them to escape from a cozy habitat. Look for a strong house made of a material like glass or metal that can’t be gnawed or burrowed through by your pet. If you select a metal wire cage, make sure the spaces between bars aren’t big enough for a rat to slip through. And be sure your pet rat habitat latches close securely.
  • Proper beddingThough your pet rat habitat should be sturdy, it should also be cozy. Rats like to burrow, so fill the bottom of your pet rat home with at least a couple of inches of suitable bedding. Shredded paper or cardboard, wood shavings and fleece are all popular bedding choices. If you use wood, make sure that it is not made of cedar or pine, as these can be harmful or even toxic for rats.
  • Food and waterYour rat needs to have constant access to filtered or distilled water. While rats can drink from dishes, water bottles are more sanitary and the preferred water receptacle for rats among pet parents. A sturdy food bowl that’s hard to tip over should be used for rat food and supplementary fruits and veggies—but remember to remove any uneaten food after 24 hours.
  • Room to exerciseRats need exercise to thrive. It’s recommended that your pet rat habitat cages be on the larger side to give your rats room to run around. A cramped home can make your rat stressed and sick.

If you’re creating a rat habitat cage for the first time, Petco’s rat care sheet can guide you while you’re putting together a happy home for your rodent.

After safety, the most important things you can provide for your pet rat are cleanliness, exercise and enrichment—and how you set up your pet rat habitat can affect all those elements. Keeping your pet rat house clean is crucial for your rat’s health, reducing the risk of disease and infection. To make sure your rat’s cage stays sanitary, provide enough bedding for both burrowing and excretion, and remove soiled areas of bedding frequently—especially if they’re damp. Clean out uneaten food once or twice a day. Periodically clean the entire cage, wash the interior, and swap out all the bedding for fresh new material. It’s also important for rats to have enough space in their home that they’re not sleeping and standing in their own waste. 

For exercise and enrichment, rats need structures that they can climb. Hammocks and cubbyholes give rats comfy and secure places to rest, while branches and ladders let your rat use their unique ability to climb. Solid structures that create variety will give your rat a pet house that’s fun and interesting to explore. Wheels can be a good way to let energetic rats exercise—but if you add one to your rat habitat cage, make sure it’s a solid structure, as rats’ tiny feet can get caught between the bars of wire wheels. 

There’s no need to stick with the basics when it comes to pet rat cages. Rats can be extremely smart, so they typically enjoy toys and games and benefit greatly from having fun things to do in their rat habitat cage. If you want to enrich your rat’s habitat, browse Petco’s rat and mouse supplies and accessories for fun options. Chew toys like sticks and small branches, fabric rings and blocks help keep rats occupied and their teeth in good condition. Plastic tubing can be put together to create tunnels for your rat to run through and hide within. And solid-bodied exercise wheels or saucers can entertain your rat while keeping them physically fit.

Remember that rats are social creatures who feel happiest when they can interact with their pet parents. No matter how comfortable and fun your pet rat house is, it’s recommended that you take your rat out of their home for at least an hour a day to play and bond with them. It’s good for their physical, mental and emotional well-being—and it just might boost your mood, too.

Many rats fare well when they’re kept in an area that’s between 65º and 80º Fahrenheit. It’s vital to make sure rats don’t overheat, but temperatures that are too low can also be harmful. Make sure your pet rat habitat isn’t in a drafty area or one that’s too stuffy. It’s also essential to avoid putting your rat cage in direct sunlight.

Because rats are social creatures, don’t tuck your rat habitat cage away in an isolated room. Your rat will love being in a place where they can feel like a participant in your home’s activity. Just make sure their habitat won’t be disturbed or compromised by other animals or young kids, and don’t put them too near a source of loud noise—such as a TV or speakers.

*Based on petco.com sales data.