I think it's common knowledge by now that I own alot of rats! I had a carrier I've been using to take them to the vets which wasn't perfect (lid is a pain to get off) but did the job adequately enough, however a couple of weeks ago I had the need to take 2 of my boys and one of my girls to the vets at the same time and for obvious reasons I didn't want them in the same container! I ended up putting the boys in a cardboard box, but decided that I needed to go and purchased another pet carrier that was a) easier to use and b) meant I could transport two sexes of rat at the same time. In the end I plumped for the Ferplast aladino medium pet carrier. Why? Well I used to work in a Pets at Home (where they are sold) and had always thought they looked quite sturdy, plus it was readily available, not massively expensive and was made by a well known company in the industry, so presumably of decent quality. As you can see from the photo this carrier has a solid plastic lower half, a plastic 'barred' upper half for ventilation and a clear plastic lid with holes in for further ventilation. There are also two handles which can fold down flat or be used to carry it securely with one hand, which is very handy if you have any other pets with you etc. I'm not sure how many colours are available but it does come in at least 2 - the light blue pictured above and a dark grey, the upper half is always a light grey colour. Personally I like the fact that the sides are a solid coloured plastic as this limits what your pet can see around them whilst being transported so they are less likely to get stressed out, whilst the clear lid allows you to look down on them and check they're ok, without having to open it and risk escape. The two main halves can be detached with 4 'clips' on the sides - these are very firm so there is no risk of the carrier falling apart while in use and letting your pets escape. The lid has 2 hinges on one side and pushes into place on the other where the whole lid sits in a slightly recessed edge to create a film seal. The dimensions given by ferplast for this product are: 30x23x21cm and there is a photo of guineapigs on the label on the side. I don't own guineapigs but I think you'd be pushing it to fit one in here, especially if it was a bit on the large side. It also is far too small for rabbits or ferrets. I would personally say this cage is suitable for transporting the following pets over short distances: degu's (up to 4), gerbils (maybe up to 6), hamsters of all breeds, mice (up to 8) and of course rats (2-3 males depending on size and up to 4 females). Reading through the previous reviews on this site I've seen that people have been disappointed that there is no hole for attaching a water bottle. I can't say this is something that bothers me and in all honesty I've never seen a small animal carrier that does have this facility. My vets is only a 10 minute drive from me so I don't have a need to give them water in the carrier, however if a longer journey was necessary there are water bottles available which can attach to plastic via suckers (I have one of these on my old hamster cage). It has also been mentioned that the way the lid closes means you have to be very careful not to trap your pets paws and I can see this point - it might be a good idea if ferplast were to consider putting a rubber seal around these edges so if any trappage were to occur then the chances of damage would be lowered. Most of the animals that this carrier is suitable for wouldn't have this problem as they aren't tall enough when standing on their hind legs to reach the top, infact rats are probably the only species where it could be an issue. I am rather lucky though as all my rats are very well behaved and don't instantly try to escape as soon as I put them in the carrier so there's no worry about me trapping their paws. Cleaning the carrier is very easy due to the fact that you can open it in the middle and the smooth plastic sides just wipe clean. The bottom does have some slight ridging on it which gives your animals grip so they don't go sliding across the bottom, especially if they have a wee! However I tend to line the base with an old tshirt to give them something to snuggle down in - this gives them grip and prevents the carrier from becoming heavily soiled. Price wise this can currently be purchased for £11.99 in Pets at Home, it will also be available at various places online, however I haven't checked the prices. Overall I've been very happy with this carrier and would recommend it to owners of rodents who need a secure way of transporting their animals over short distances.
I bought one of these for our pet hamster Rocky to take him the vets. Before buying the carrier earlier in the year we needed to take him to the vets and couldn't find anything except a toy box which was a disaster as we had to wait for ages in the vets and he just wanted to get out + play and as he was very agile he kept managing to get to the top causing mayhem at the vets with the cats and dogs. I decided to buy the pet carrier the next time Rocky was a bit poorly. It had been snowing and we also needed to use public transport. We put some sawdust in along with his cosy soft bedding and a small amount of food. I brought a small water bottle so I could offer him a drink. This time Rocky seemed quite content. He mooched about and seemed to know he had cosy warm bedding and something to eat. He looked up and because he could see a familiar face he seemed to settle really quick and had a little snooze. Easy to use at the vets as just put on the table + vet got him out to take a look at Rocky. The pet carrier is very easy to assemble and looked nice. There is two ways of opening it up. At the top it has a lid that securly close and this is where you put your pet in. You can also open it to offer your pet a treat or drink or offer a reassuring stroke of his fur. The other way is around the middle where you can take the top half off to put in bedding or to give it a clean after use. The carrier is easy to transport and small enough to put on your lap in a car or on the bus. There is plenty of ventilation so you know that your pet is safe.
Ferplast Aladino Pet Carrier I used to own two lovely female rats and they were fantastic pets. In fact rats make great pets, especially, when I used to live in a flat and didn't have that much room. My two rats were spoilt and in return they gave me a fantastic time while owning them, they are just like dogs, they made up part of the family. When we choose our little rats, we picked two that looked different from one another, then we went home and waited a week before we could collect them. During that week we went and bought some supplies among them was included this Ferplast Aladino Pet Carrier. I didn't want to bring my new little baby girls home in some sort of cardboard box, but in a safer and more comfortable carrier. I wanted everything about their first experience with us to be good. The carrier is made from a hard plastic material with a clear plastic lid that clicks into place to secure them safely while travelling or transporting from one location to another. It is also nice to be able to look down and see how they are doing. One word of warning thou, it was sometimes a bit of a negotiation to make sure all little heads and paws were out of the way before closing this into place. One problem with this carry case is that you can't attach a water bottle. This means that whenever we were going anywhere of any distance I would just take their water bottle with us and open up the carrier and let them drink before tucking them back in and continuing on. They had no problem eating the treats I hid in there even when being shuggled about the place. We used this carry case to help us handle the rats when they were tiny and very fast. We would lie this on our bed (on its side) making a cave like hideout that they could go in and hide. It meant that they had somewhere to go while we were trying to get them used to us and used to being handled. My rats were completely petted rats. I loved nothing more than spending time playing with them as they run about our sofa coming to get behind their ears scratched when they wanted, or attempting to bite my hair when I was particularly engrossed in a book and not paying enough attention to them. The carrier was more than roomy enough to comfortably accommodate two full grown adult rats and sufficient amounts of bedding to keep them cosy and tucked up safe. However, it is only suitable for small animals and there are different sizes available for different pets. We bought this carrier from Pet's At Home for a reasonable £10.99. This carry case lasted us for all of my rats' life and it would have suited other pets. However, I left it with the vet to pass on to the next person who brought a pet in to see the vet in an inappropriate carrier, which apparently happened with alarming regularity. I left the carrier there because my little rat had to be put down, she had a tumour growing in her mouth and I had kept her until she was deteriorating too much. I wanted her last experience to be something familiar and the vet was going to leave her in there while they did what was upsettingly necessary. I cried my eyes out the entire way home from the vets to our flat, I'm sure I must have gotten a few unusual looks that day. This carrier gets a five out of five stars from me. It suited us well and hopefully someone else out there is still getting the benefit of its use to this day. It is a sturdy and reliable carrier for small pets and it served me and my little ones well.
I bought this carrier in a bit of a rush as I needed to take one of my rats to the vet and I hadn't had them very long so didn't have a carrier yet. If I'd had more time, I would have put more research and thought into the purchase and I'd probably have ended up with a better carrier! This carrier cost about £12 from Pets At Home, which is actually cheaper than Amazon surprisingly. However, despite the relatively low price I wouldn't recommend this carrier. According to the description, this carrier should be suitable for Chinchillas, Chipmunks, Degus, Dwarf Hamsters, Gerbils, Hamsters, Mice and Rats. I've only used it for rats so can't really comment on the others, but I would imagine it would be a little on the small side for chinchillas or degus. I have put four rats in at once but would only do this for short periods of up to an hour or so as there isn't a great deal of room in there. My main gripe with this carrier is that it is impossible to attach a water bottle, at least I haven't found a way. This is particularly a problem for car journeys as it means that to give the rats a drink I have to lift the lid off and lower a bottle in, risking an escape. As I'm sure you can imagine, rats loose in a car would not be a great situation! Another issue is the way the lid closes. It closes quite sharply by popping a bit of raised plastic into a slot, I think the risk of trapping an animals nose or paw is too high, you have to be very very careful when closing the lid. The carrier is easy to clean, being all plastic you can wipe it down with an antibacterial spray or cloth and rinse it off easily under the tap. It seperates into two parts, an upper and a lower, which makes cleaning easy. One final issue with the carrier is that the lid is clear plastic and seems to get scratched, marked and goes 'cloudy' easily, gradually obscuring your view of your animals! I'm also concerned that if the carrier were ever in direct sunlight, it would get very hot in there, almost like a greenhouse effect. The carrier is lightweight, an attractive colour, and the two handles have a soft covering meaning it is comfortable and easy to carry around.