As with all animals rodents need an appropriate living space and plenty of room to run about. When choosing its cage it's important to acquire one that is spacious enough and easy to clean. Most rodent cages are made out of wire and a metal or plastic bottom floor. Most rodents don't have fur on the bottom of their feet so a metal or plastic floor is recommended to keep their feet from getting caught in the wire. Get washable plastic habitats with see through tunnels and rooms. Some people prefer glass or acrylic aquarium tanks with covers. It's also more convenient to get cages that have access from the side instead of the top. The size of the cage will depend mostly on if you have one rodent or several but it is always important that your rodents have enough space to be able to freely move around inside of their enclosure.
Before you purchase your rodents, you should make a trip down to your local pet store and talk with them about what kind of housing would be appropriate for the type and number of rodents you are planning on acquiring. You will also need appropriate tunnels, mazes, ramps, , exercise wheels, floor mats, bedding as well as and water containers.
The sleeping area that your rodents have is very important as it is where they will be able to retreat to and hide away when it is time to sleep. The best kind of flooring that you can put down on the bottom of your rodents enclosure is going to be a biodegradable, dust free, non toxic, absorbent kind. Things like straw are not good choices for anyone suffering from allergies as they contain pollen, dust, mold spores among other things that will only worse any allergy problems you may already have.
Although it is not possible totrain rodents, they will normally choose one corner or spot inside their enclosure where they will urinate and defecate and that will make your job, of keeping their enclosure clean, easier. One thing that you can do is lay a glass jar on its side, with some of the flooring material inside, as the rodents will often choose to make this their litter area. If you do use the jar, make sure to clean it out daily, washing it with hot soapy water and drying it thoroughly before putting it back inside the enclosure.
Where you choose to put your rodent's enclosure is very important as rodents have a propensity to become sick if exposed to chilly or hot drafts of air. Also if you have other pets make sure that they can't get at your rodents. While some rodent owners allow their pets to leave their enclosure to roam around certain areas of thethis is not something that any allergy sufferers will be able to do.
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