Best Rat Cages Compared & Reviewed (Updated 2017)

the best rat cages reviewed and compared

Updated: Feb 17

Often when you own a rat you’ll end up either looking for a new, better rat cage or you’ll want to find the absolute best rat cage.

The reasons for this range from wanting the best for your rat, your rats having grown or because you’re introducing a new rat to your existing little fur babies and want them to have plenty of room.

In this post we compare the best rat cages to help you find the best value, quality, ease-of-cleaning and more.

Rat cages can be expensive so you need to look at value for money.

You also need to look at the quality of the cage, the size of the cage, the ease-of-assembly and of course how easy the cage is to clean, because rats make a lot of mess!

5 Best Cages For Rats Comparison Table 2017

Product Name:

Dimensions:

Our Rating:

Price:

MidWest Critter Nation
Single Habitat

36 x 24 x
39 inches

Kaytee My First Home

24 x 24 x
41.5 inches

Prevue Hendryx 485

31 x 20 x
54 inches

MidWest Critter Nation
Double

36 x 24 x
63 inches

MidWest Ferret Nation

36 x 25 x
62.5 inches

Picking The Top Rat Cage:

When you’re picking your rat cage there are a number of things you should pay attention to before purchasing.​

1. How Many Rats You Have:

Generally speaking there is a rule of thumb about square feet per rat in a cage, luckily we’ve created a rat cage calculator to help do this for you.

However you can always get bigger if you want the option to add more rats later. Remember that males prefer more floor space and females prefer to climb and so would enjoy a taller cage more.

2. The Floor Type:

Mesh flooring isn’t suitable for rats, despite what claims are made in product descriptions. Mesh flooring causes rats to slip, or trap their feet, which can cause sprains and breaks.

3. Ease-of-cleaning:

You need to keep your rat cages really clean to prevent infections, smells and general horrible living conditions for your rats.

When picking the right rat cage it’s best to look for easy to clean cages, look for cages with pull out flooring or large doorways so you can take levels out without disassembling the entire cage.

The easier it is to take out and clean the worst areas the more likely you’ll be to do it regularly. Performing daily spot checks and giving the cage a deeper clean once a week is a good idea to keep whatever cage you have nice and clean!

4. Access:

Following from where we briefly touched on this subject in the point above, it’s really important to have good access to your rats. Look for cages that give you the best ability to get access to your rats quickly in case you ever need to.

5. Material:

You should pay special attention to the material of the cage. Wooden, plastic or glass cages/tanks aren’t nearly as good as proper metal cages.

The issue with cages such as those are that wooden cages can be chewed up and soak up urine which makes them smelly and difficult to clean.

Plastic cages or tanks are susceptible to ammonia staining which causes damage and can condensate – causing respiratory illnesses that rats are prone to anyway. Glass tanks have the same issues as the plastic one, providing little ventilation, plus rats like to climb so it’s really better to have an all metal cage preferably with bars.

The Best Rat Cages Reviewed:

MidWest Critter Nation Single Habitat:

Overall Rating:

midwest single rat cage review

What Are The Pros and Cons?

  • Great Quality
  • Easy to clean, removable trays.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Rat friendly solid metal floors.
  • Good size for accommodating lots of accessories.
  • Not big enough for more than 2-3 average rats.
  • Bedding falls out of the sides easily.
  • Metal flooring can get cold.
  • Fairly expensive.

There are several good things about this cage from MidWest. First of all it’s a fully functioning rat cage that’s designed to meet all the specifications we outlined above…

More importantly though it’s the overall quality of these features that really sell it. The cage is easily assembled (it’s a smaller counterpart of it’s larger version so takes less assembly time) and it’s very easy to clean.

With large wide swinging doors for ease-of-access and measuring at 36 x 24 x 39 inches it's a great size for a single rat who will certainly feel like they are living in a mansion. We give this cage a very good 8/10 and this is only because it's not really that large for high-end rat cages.


Kaytee My First Home:

Overall Rating:

kaytee my first home review

What Are The Pros and Cons?

  • Pretty big at a better price than some cages on this list.
  • Deep bottom tray for playful rats.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Rat friendly solid plastic floors.
  • Not big enough for more than 2 small rats.
  • Plastic cage requires more thorough cleaning.
  • Bad access to the cage, due to not enough doors.
  • Not suitable for young rats and escape artists as the wire spacing isn't ideal.

The Kaytee ‘My First Home’ cage is a large plastic cage that’s designed for rats and small ferrets (and spoiled hamsters).

It’s not the largest cage on this list, and it would in our opinion only be suitable for one full-sized large adult rat.

With that being said it has plenty of room for accessories, it can certainly hold more than one rat if they're not very big and this cage also offers some of the modern perks of newer cages such as being set on wheels for easy moving, the tray is nice and deep for rats who like to scrabble and dig and it has enough height for climbers.


Prevue Hendryx 485:

Overall Rating:

Prevue hendryx cage review

What Are The Pros and Cons?

  • Great size.
  • Storage space under the main cage area.
  • Large doors for easy access.
  • Set on wheels for easy maneuverability.
  • Good size that accommodates lots of accessories.
  • Mesh flooring isn't ideal for rats.
  • Bedding falls out of the sides easily.
  • Quality of the cage on arrival has been hit and miss according to Amazon reviews.
  • It's fairly expensive.

This cage could have it all if it were not for one niggling issue which is that the main flooring areas are mesh instead of solid… We’ve included it on this list as an option for people who can comfortably make some small changes to the cage who also want the extra size.

With 3 platforms, 3 ramps and a hammock included we were actually initially tempted by this cage, as if you can do a little DIY tinkering then you could easily overcome the mesh issue and have it covered over as we said above.

Ultimately this cage is great for 2-3 rats but you've got to decide whether the trade-off is worth it because size can't make up for quality if you can't make the fixes that your rats really need.


MidWest Critter Nation Animal Habitat:

Overall Rating:

midwest critter nation animal habitat review

What Are The Pros and Cons?

  • Great quality cage.
  • Easy to clean, removable trays.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Rat friendly, solid metal floors.
  • Good size that accommodates lots of accessories.
  • Not big enough for more than 5-6 rats.
  • Bedding falls out of the sides easily.
  • Metal flooring can get cold.
  • It's fairly expensive.

This is the larger version of the cage we reviewed at the top of the list. Which is great if you have more than 1 or 2 rats as this cage can comfortably fit 3-5 rats of differing sizes with ease.

You can see more about this cage on this video from YouTube:

All things considered this cage is probably the better investment and price wise it's actually not a lot more expensive than the flawed Prevue Hendryx that we reviewed above here. It's also worth noting that this is the cage we use for our 5 male rats Kylo, Ren, Sirius, Kreacher & Stimpy.


MidWest Ferret Nation:

Overall Rating:

midwest ferret nation cage review

What Are The Pros and Cons?

  • Great quality cage.
  • Easy to clean, removable trays.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Rat friendly, solid metal floors.
  • Good size that accommodates lots of accessories.
  • Storage tray under the cage.
  • Not big enough for more than 5 rats.
  • Bedding falls out of the sides easily.
  • Metal flooring can get cold.
  • Plastic pans should be replaced as rodents can get sick from chewing plastics.
  • It's fairly expensive.

This is another huge cage by MidWest and that’s probably because it’s made for ferrets (although most large rat cages can be used for ferrets and vice versa).

This cage is a close second in our opinion to the MidWest Critter Nation as the pans in this cage are plastic which are less than ideal for rodents that chew everything.

This isn’t to be bad-mouthing the cage though as it was designed for ferrets. It does give you a great alternative to the other cages on the list though as deals on certain cages often don’t run at the same time.

Just like the MidWest Critter Nation cage this stands nearly as tall as most average sized adults and it really is a palace that can keep 5 rats easily.


The Final Say:

To conclude, we've shown you what to look for in a good rat cage and we've also reviewed five of the best cages available at different price ranges.

In our opinion the best rat cage is the MidWest Critter Nation Double, which we personally use for our own rats.

We hope you found our best rat cages review helpful, if you have any questions, tips or additional information tidbits we’d love to hear about them in the comments.


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