“ Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Dog Toys „
Pets at Home Rope Scramble Net
There are certain toys that are perfectly designed for rats and rat cages. These rope scramble nets from Pet's At Home are a great idea and make for a hard wearing durable toy.
When I had rats, I had a rather tall cage and when you see the rats scaling it and the speed in which they can do that it made my heart jump into my throat more than once, at least until I got used to them. I wanted to make sure that my spidey-rats at least had some nets or hammocks to catch them if they made a miscalculation and tumbled. Rats are usually really agile and graceful which was true of one of my pair, the other was an uncoordinated fluffy lump that would often slip somewhere because she was trying to drag all the treats back to her hideout.
The scramble net isn't anything overly complicated it is just a net made from thick rope. The same type of rope that often makes up dogs rope tug toys. It is a decent size (H 16 x W 15 x D 2cm) and will be small enough to fit most cages.
The scramble nets are really easy to put in place and to re-arrange, if you want to move the cage around from time to time. I had a couple of these that I would place at different heights and places, trying to minimise any danger spots, if they were going to fall after climbing high I wanted them to be caught by some sort of shelf or net not too far from them.
You can buy these from Pet's At Home for £10.99 each and although you may think that is expensive, I had these rope scramble nets for about three years and they were still going strong.
You can clean these, I used to wash them in some hot soapy water and leave them over a radiator to dry. Overall, these nets were quite durable. However, bear in mind that although my rats never really chewed these it might be quite expensive to replace them on a regular basis if your rats do chew.
Overall, these scramble nets are really good and if you have rats then they make a perfect toy or extra surface for their cage. I really liked these and I think that they deserve a well earned five out of five stars.
I have two of these scramble nets for my four female rats. I bought them as my rats love to climb and love having obstacles in their cage at various heights. I strategically place these in the cage to function as a 'safety net' so that if they get too adventurous and fall, they won't fall too far and hurt themselves!
The nets are 15cm by 16cm when you first get them, but after a few weeks or months of use and a few washes they do stretch a bit. The net is attached to the bars of the cage by four very solid and reliable metal clips. I've never had a clip let me down and come undone and they seem very safe and unlikely to injure the rats. This net would fasten securely to almost any cage.
The rats absolutely love these nets, I expected they'd use them mainly for climbing or playing on but they actually sleep on there quite frequently, and when they get treats they take them over to the net to eat them! It doesn't look very comfy to me but they seem happy enough on there. The ropes are pretty tough and thick and even though my rats are expert chewers who happily destroy most things put in their cage within about 2 hours, these nets have been going strong for months now with just a bit of fraying here and there.
The nets do get quite grubby, especially if your rats lie or sleep on them, and they're not the most convenient to clean due to how long they take to dry afterwards. I usually soak mine in soapy water, rinse and leave to dry for a couple of hours while trying not to notice the disapproving little looks from the cage.
I highly recommend this product to any rat owners out there, they are the main feature of my rats' cage and they absolutely love them. At £10.49 from Pets at Home, they aren't cheap but they aren't shockingly expensive either and considering the amount of use they've had I'd say they are excellent value for money.
The pets at home rope scramble net is a bit like a hammock for small pets. It's made out of thick knotted rope which is entwined to form a rectangular shape. Each corner has a large metal hook to enable you to attach the net to the cage bars.
I bought this net for my pet rats about a month ago. Previously they'd had a soft material hammock made by Savic which they loved, but chewed through very quickly and in the end it had to be thrown away. I decided I wanted something similar for them but more durable and then I came across the rope scramble net - it satisfied the criteria of being something they can rest on and it seemed very heavy duty so I decided to give it a go.
I don't think my rats appreciate it as much as their previous hammock as they aren't on it as much, but they do use it a fair bit and it provides them with something else to do in their cage so I'm glad I bought it.
So far the net is standing up well to the ravages of rat teeth - they are gnawing on it, but because the rope is so thick they've hardly done any damage which is good for both my purse and their teeth!
The metal clips are very sturdy and have shown no signs of strain even under the weight of 3 large male rats all piled onto it in one go, this is always a big plus for me as you don't want to be replacing the attachments on a regular basis.
It does get quite dirty and needs to be washed every once in a while as the rats tend to shed their fur all over it and leaves crumbs of food all over the place. I wash the net in a large bucket using warm water and handwash powder (make sure you wash it through thoroughly with clean water afterwards).
Packaging is minimal - it is simply hung on the shelf off of a single piece of cardboard depicting a rat and stating the product name.
I would say that the rope scramble net is suitable for: rats, small ferrets, chinchillas and degus.
Currently available for £10.49 which is a little expensive (the savic hammock is around £7) but as it's very durable I would say it is worth it as it saves money in the long run.