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Is this pet rat supply list complete?

Sometime in the future, I hope to get a pair of male rats. I probably won't be able to get them until I move out though. Anyways here's a list I made of things I'll need to get:

-Cage (Petco Rat Manor. 16.5 x 22.5 x 32 inches)
-Bedding (Carefresh. 23 liters)
-Litter Box
-Hammock
-Food Dish (Ceramic. Large Sized)
-Food (Reggie Rat Food)
-Treat (Wooden Chew Sticks)
-Water Bottle (Medium Sized)
-Cleaner (Super Pet Cage Clean Spray)
-Hideouts (Empty cardboard boxes)
-Rats (2 male babies from either a breeder or a nice owner on ebayclassifieds)

Am I missing anything? If so, what?

Also, feel free to leave any tips on having rats.

Thanks!

Pretty sure I answered one of your questions before, so hello again. :D

I've heard good things about the Petco Rat Manor, so good choice of cage. It's not completely necessary to cover the wire shelves, but many people do. I don't and my rats seem to think it's fine. Their bottom isn't wire, though, and they have lots of other things to climb on like cardboard boxes.

For bedding, Carefresh is a popular choice but can get expensive. I recommend using a fleece liner on the bottom and changing it out every few days/washing them once a week when you do laundry. This will make litter training easier. You also need a different kind of litter for inside the litter boxes so the rats can more easily distinguish where the "potty areas" are. I use exquisicat newspaper cat litter and it works great, is cheaper than Yesterday's News, and barely smells at all.
For hammocks, I'd have a few of them, and if you do fleece liners you can use extra to make hammocks! It's super easy. You can find lots of designs online. You can even just use some old washcloths or t-shirts.
I use a food dish because it's easier to keep track of how much they eat and how much food is left, but you could scatter it around the cage for them. My rats do that on their own, though, so I think it's probably fine to use the dish. :P When you get a water bottle, make sure it's one that actually works well... Lots of people like glass ones. I've had success with the Lixit brand water bottles, too, though. And while the ones with floating duckies are cute, I just bought one and took the ducky out after like a day because it got annoying.
Reggie Rat Food is pretty bad I've heard. I would do a high quality lab block like Harlan Teklad (available at some pet stores, there's a Pet Supplies Plus in Burnsville, MN that sells it if you live anywhere near there), which you'll mostly have to order offline from people who buy bulk and then re-sell, or Oxbow Regal Rat. Some rats hate the Oxbow though, and all four of mine love Harlan and it's cheaper, but it just depends on preferences and how much you want to spend.
I'd get a loooot of toys. Mine love jingley balls, pieces of ribbon, cardboard boxes, and teenie greenies (chew things for dogs). Just look around and see what there is. I'd definitely look into ferret toys! There's a lot of good ones!
I don't use pet cage cleaner. I just rinse my cage in the shower with hot water and then scrub it down with antibacterial dish soap and it's clean! :) I think that cleaner stuff is a waste of money. But if it makes you feel better then go for it! A lot of people do use it. :)

Just my two cents, looks like a pretty acceptable list other than the things I pointed out. :) Oh, and feed fresh fruits and veggies every night! Here's good food links:

http://www.ratchatter.com/rat-food/fruits-and-vegetables/

http://www.ratchatter.com/rat-food/forbidden-foods/

My rats also love yogurt, babyfood, bread, corn muffins, hard boiled or scrambled eggs, etc. as occassional treats. :) One time, my rat Opal stole my whole fish filet off my plate and I had to play tug of war to get it back... XD Also, I feed blueberries every day (one per rat) because they're very healthy and help prevent tumors. Females are more susceptible than males, but it can't hurt to feed them anyway just in case. :)

And I'd rat-proof a room before you get them so you have a good place to play with them. Bathrooms are good so you can clean up messes before they're litter-trained properly, or you cna lay a large fleece square down on a bed, couch, floor, etc. to catch any accidents. :) That's what I do!

Good luck and have fun with your rats! Also, just to let you know, I have a rat named Olivia. :P She's Opal's twin sister. lol.

Edit: Oh and you'll want another bowl for fresh food! And probably some tupperware containers to store frozen veggies in. I buy green/red/yellow/orange peppers, chop them up when I get them, and then just toss them in a tupperware container and freeze them. Then when I want some for them I just pull out a handful and run it under water to thaw them and toss 'em in a bowl. :) Also, my rats LOVE LOVE LOVE baby spinach and broccoli, so that's worth a try. :D And I saw another eprsonn suggested a brush to clean the water bottle, which is a good idea, but if you do end up with a Lixit water bottle the mouth is wide enough to just use a sponge. ;)

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