Best air purifier to get for rats respiratory systems

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Richard Thornett
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Best air purifier to get for rats respiratory systems

Post by Richard Thornett » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:39 am

Hi everyone! I’m brand new to this forum and have never actually properly used a forum before but I’ve just got three beautiful bucks and thought I’d join a Rattie community!
Please let me know of I’m posting in the wrong area etc...

I’m curious about air purifiers and which one to get. I’m getting more paranoid regarding my rats respiratory systems and just want to make sure I’m doing the best I can for them. Does anyone here use air purifiers for their rats’ respiratory systems and if so could you possibly share any info at al on what you use? Types, sizes? It’s a minefield looking them up and I’m so lost in it all.

Thanks so much - really appreciate it!

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Re: Best air purifier to get for rats respiratory systems

Post by [cub] » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:15 am

I've never used an air purifier myself so I can't advise, unfortunately. I think most people get them for the smell, for their own sake, rather than any health benefit though.

To be honest the most important things for respiratory health is making sure you have a suitable substrate (absorbent and not too dusty), a suitable cage (not a tank), and keeping things relatively clean (but not over-cleaning as that can actually make things worse). The rest is largely genetics and luck; some rats are prone to respiratory issues and will get them no matter what you do. Respiratory issues in rats are predominantly caused by bacteria and their own immune systems; poor air quality (e.g. dusty substrates) can exacerbate problems that are already there, but aren't generally the root cause.
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Re: Best air purifier to get for rats respiratory systems

Post by Pirate » Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:42 pm

I have an ElectrIQ CD20L 20 Litre Antibacterial Dehumidifier which has an air purifying setting. I think it's great, but I have only had it whilst I haven't had rats.

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