Published on October 29th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Billy rat cage

Materials: Billy bookcase, some shelves, hinges, …

Description: The cage of our rats became too small and we had problems with the old cage because of litter falling all the time. So I reused a Billy bookcase (because I bought a new bookcase) and I separate it into three parts: one part storage, one part for our young rats and a part for our adult rats.

I bought some shelves and put an edge of 5 cm attached with dowels to prevent the litter from falling. Finally I painted everything.

For the doors, I assembled boards with dowels and wood glue and I put the grate recovered from the old cage.

~ Laura V, Liège (Belgium)

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7 Responses to Billy rat cage

  1. laura says:

    Saw your comment just now, but if you’re still interested it wasn’t hard to clean at all, i took the shelves out and threw the litter in the trash. Since i haven’t any pet anymore, i transformed the bookcase into storage with faktum doors, i can say that my billy bookcases served a lot ;-)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is this hard to clean?

  3. Anonymous says:

    peta are idiots

  4. Anonymous says:

    Uhhh, PETA would love this concoction.

  5. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    This looks like a great way to house rats!

    As for chewing out, I would think as long as they are being fed, they have no reason to leave.

  6. wwax says:

    I kept 5 pet rats in a converted bookcase for almost 3 years. They never tried to chew their way out.

    Your doors look way better than mine did, and I love the idea of turning the ramps into little houses.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Um, how long before the rats chew their way out?

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