Picture of Old Dresser transformed into a Rat Condo
I wanted my rats to have lots of room to roam. I hit Craigslist and found this old dresser! This dresser had 9 drawers and now its down to 4. 

I chose to build this kind of cage because wire cages that you can buy from a pet store are expensive and are bad for the rats feet. 

In total, I believe i spent under $35!

It's not only a cage, but an accent to our living area!
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Step 1: Drawers

Picture of Drawers
For the two large drawers I cut the sides in the middle off for better access. The middle drawer has one side cut also. This drawer acts as the "potty". 
For all of the drawers, I went to my local hardware store and purchased sticky tile. This makes the cage extremely easy to clean!
The picture shown is the top drawer of the cage. This were they usually sleep. 
All the drawers can be pulled out!

Step 2: The basics

Picture of The basics
The first step: Buy wood sealer and a paint brush at your local hardware store. The sealer is very important here as it keeps urine from seeping into the wood. I painted the entire inside. I then found some contact paper laying around and decided to give the cage a homey look. 

I then added wire screen to the middle of the dresser. I used wire because if i used plastic wire they would chew through it. 

Oh, and I found rope for bird cages and fastened them into the back of the dresser. Just a little something for the rats to climb on. 

Step 3: The Doors

Picture of The Doors
The doors are recycled. I pulled them out of a dumpster. They are particle board. I popped out the middle, which left me with slats to put the wire into. 

To keep the wire in place I used zip ties. I then fastened "L" brackets to all four corners. Once the "L" brackets are in place you can cut the zip ties. 

Step 4: Attaching doors

Picture of Attaching doors
I bought hinges at my local hardware store and fastened on the doors. I also added a latch hook for each door. 
Uptonb3 years ago
Good luck on the Pets Challenge.
This is a great ible.