- 7 hours ago
no, there is not enough ventilation in a tank, and they can not climb. You should not have one rat by its self anyways.
- 6 months ago
No, please do not. They have dangerously sensitive lungs, and its the reason we keep them in wired cages, so they have ventilation as to not disturb their lungs. If you did decide on keeping them in a glass cage, it would need to be super, super, super big. You probably couldn't even get one so big, you'd end up just using a whole room, which is easier.
- daniel gLv 78 months ago
It would have to be rather big, ratties need a lot of room
Mine is just a big wire cage sort like you keep ferrets in, but they also have a big penned playground they spend lot of time in.
- M'aiq The liarLv 78 months ago
Nah. Ammonia builds up over a few hours and can give them respiratory problems, they need airflow. Plus, most fishtanks are too small
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- NamelessLv 78 months ago
No. Any animal larger than a hamster needs a wire cage. Its also tricky to put things for the rats to climb on in a tank. With a wire cage you can attack ropes, ledges etc to the sides of the cage. You cant do that in a tank.
Rats are social animals and need to be in same sex pairs or groups.
- NathanLv 48 months ago
No, you can't.
It does not offer suitable ventilation; climbing room or enough space (unless you spend thousands on a DIY one). ideally they should be housed in cages over the minimum requirement of 2 cubic feet each, the best way cages are the double critter nation; ferplast furret cage and Savic suite royal 95. I suggest zooplus for these.RATS MUST LIVE IN PAIRS OR GROUPS, unless you want them to die quickly from depression and stress related illnesses. Their cage must be filled too to bottom with toys, and have a safe aspen, fleece, paper or hemp based substrate at the bottom. They love to climb so will need mostly climbing toys.NEVER PUT RATS IN A BALL, they are highly stressful; dangerous and have been known to cause serious injuries and death. Rats NEED to free roam, at least an hour a day, everyday.The start-up cost of a rat is around £/€/$300, but they need an additional £/€/$100 saved in vet fees as most require them during their lifetime, and refusing veterinary treatment is illegal as it causes unnecessary suffering.
- *****Lv 78 months ago
It is best not to. Most are much too small for a rat, and they provide inadequate ventilation, which can lead to respiratory problems.
- BlondeLv 78 months ago
Yes, but it must be a large one. Rats are intelligent and can go crazy if not let out and allowed to run around a bit. The best cage for them is a ferret cage, with a big wheel and hut to hide in, sticks to chew, and held/played with everyday. They are easy to train, (put small ‘cat box’ with clay litter for them to go potty in tank or cage), they know their name, and recognize people. Omnivorous. They love pizza, lol. Fancy rats make great pets!
- David B.Lv 78 months ago
Yes, you can but it is extremely important to change the bedding frequently.
- oddLv 78 months ago
Yes. The trouble is, finding a way to secure the lid. Rats also will chew the plastic edges around the top, and the silicone sealing the edges and corners inside of the tank. You can't use the tank for an aquarium after that without resealing it. I use a metal screen top and put a garden paver or brick over it to keep them from getting out. If this rat is going to be your baby darling pet I would get a rodent habitat cage; that might work out better for you.