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Lauren asked in PetsRodents · 1 decade ago

Can my rat live in a hamster cage?

I used 2 have a hamster. He died. Now I might get a rat. I'm not rich & dont wanna play 4 a new cage but i dont want my rat 2 b squwished in a hamster cage. Is my hamster cage 2 small 4 a small rat?


It is just a regular sized hamster cage. I'm kind of afraid he might get stuck in the tube...

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Most hamsters cages are far too small for a rat. Rats need two cubic feet per rat in the cage. Rats should be kept in pairs, as they are very social(unlike hamsters).

    There are rat cage calculators that will tell you if the cage you have is large enough for rats.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is no such thing as a small rat. A small rat will grow into a big rat.

    First of all, rats NEED to be kept in pairs. A cage of 4 cubic feet is the minimum space requirement for a couple rats. Here is a very affordable cage from Petsmart: However a larger cage is much better. Rats need lots of space and room to climb. Whatever cage you choose to buy, use this calculator to make sure it is large enough:

    Either get another hamster or get a couple mice.

  • 1 decade ago

    this is too small for a rat, rats are a lot more Intelligent then hamsters and need mental stimulation, they need big cages and should have 2 cubic feet PER rat. they need multiple levels and lots of toys.

    You shouldn't use pine or ceder shavings either as they are toxic to ALL small rodents such as Rats, hamsters, mice, gerbils and so on.

    you need to buy a cage that is made for a rat or a ferret. Also rats are much more social then hamsters and need friends, you should get a same sex friend for your rat.

    Source(s): rat owner, and information i have gathered from verious websites and people.
  • 4 years ago

    No, hamster cages are way too small, rats need much larger cages to run around in. Also, please get TWO rats, rats can become depressed, lonely and bored when they are kept on their own, and keeping two rats is no more difficult than looking after one. Hope this helped =D

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  • 6 years ago

    If you cant afford the correct cage you can't afford a rat. Hamster cages are far too small. i'd say get a hamster instead but judging you didnt even know this i wouldnt recommend it. sorry

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    As you said your rat will most likely try to explore the tubes and get stuck and you will probably have trouble getting him out.Also, a rat needs more room to roam around. So I honestly wouldn't risk it if it were me, but as far as saving money there are plenty of cheaper cages for a rat especially online. I would try ebay first, but if you don't like to order over the internet just shop around your area and hopefully you'll find your little guy a cage!

    Best of luck for him in the future!

    Source(s): Rodent expert :)
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes it is highly likely it is much to small, rats aren't hamsters they need MUCH more space! if you cant afford a big cage for them don't get them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    how big is the hamster cage?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If its not to small you can use it. In fact i recommend, save your money to buy rat food.

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