As many of us know, rodents need plenty of enrichment to stop them going insane- i do mean literally insane not 'just a wee bit bored' I've seen it happen... but what if you find yourself owning a rodent that you didn't fully understand when you got it? now you have an animal that you love so dearly that you cannot provide for- many toys and huge cages are expensive and what not. and not everyone is creative- or need a little push in the right direction; i'm like that with technical stuff, but luckily am quite crafty as i know many of you are! so, here is a thread for sharing those great wee ideas. it is not a place to yell at people (and i'm writing that to remind myself also. i know i sort of lost my cool a few times recently) and nobody is to take the posting of this thread in a negative way. okie dokie? so i'll start with my latest bright idea! i was in town the other day and spotted a cage in one of the charity shops... annoyingly i've became a bit of a cage collector again (and wonder whos fault that could be!) so Had to ask how much... ten quid for an as new big fereplast rodent cage with stand and labels still attached! ker-ching! no idea what i was gonna use it for... but... playpen for the ratties! its on wheels, so i'm going to keep it in the kitchen in the corner (and pop a shelf up above it) then when i'm sitting on the pc the ratties can come over to! here is how it is looking atm- i still need to check those plants are rat friendly before i let the boys investigate them, but i think its looking pretty good already if i do say so myself! the plants were >£1 each in home-base, but i'm going to plant a little herb garden for them with a seed variety pack from pound-land- which is where the rope is from (its an unraveled dog rope) the tube and the fun looking bedding in the corner is from the resource center as my mum is a member, so they were freebies, and i'm going back to get more things to play with for them... and the hay ball was £2 on ecf. so what you see there (not including their carrier) cost £16, and that's including the plants seen, not my £1-for-all herbs! i'll let y'all know when the boys have tried it out as its nearly everyone's dinner time!!! so it can be done cheaply and take up minimal space and time... so c'mon; what playpens do y'all have!?!