Pet Rat Stars - Sewing For Pet Rats

How to make a ramp cover for  Critter Nation ladder Model 162 or 161

Sewing Materials Needed

- Rat Ramp Cover pattern can be downloaded below (scroll down for image).

- or Rat Ramp Cover pattern can be saved from my link below:

- fabric of choice: cut fabric to new size of 6 1/2" wide x 19" long (2 sides)

I chose an animal print in leopard pink & black made out of 100% cotton in addition to pink checkered fabric.

Once you have your 2 types of fabrics picked out for a mirrored effect, then cut in half and mix match both original sides to be opposite fabrics.

- 2" long Velcro
- thread of choice
- sewing machine

Sewing tutorial PART 2 can be found at my other web link


This is my sewing tutorial part 1. Enjoy!

I specifically crafted a new fashionable ramp cover (or ladder cover) with funky prints designed especially for the Midwest Critter Nation rat cages model 162 -- which is the Small Animal Cage Double Unit.

This is my sewing tutorial part 1. Enjoy!

Revamp into a new trendy size = 6 1/2" wide x 19"  long

- Sew quarter inch seams or smaller (tighter) seams if desired.

- I additionally chose the zigzag stitch.

Additionally, if you own the single level (161) Critter Nation rat cage, my ladder pattern should fit the ladders (or ramps) for this model as well.

Sewing machines vary. Top stitch length (I used a 6).

Bottom thread: I used a 4 for smaller stitch length that leaves tighter stitches.

Sewn with Rat Love by MiLa Kitten

The old cover size was 18 1/8" long x 5 3/8" wide (This is too tight. I received some from the factory that were too tight.

Out of 3 ramp covers, 2 were tight and 1 worked out just fine. Therefore, I created my own stylish ramp covers for the ladder itself).

Additionally, the ramp is galvanized welded wire (this has a sharp edge feel on it as you tug to pull the original fabric cover on). Because of this, the factory ones that came with model 162 created a big hassle. This is why I made my own rat ramp covers with more fabric space within the seam areas!

But take a closer rat look!

You can see the difference. And after the rat ladders have been installed with the updated fabric pattern I created to custom fit the new size listed, the difference becomes more remarkable with the passage of time -- especially for your future pet rat sewing decor specifically for Critter Nation Double Unit model 162.

Pretty Edgy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Again, the ramp edges are sharp, sticky and just plain messy! No fun. Try the new look and feel for your own self! Any beginner sewer can master this easy rat project!

After all, delightful details can make your pet rat's life even lovelier. Plus, you'll make a rat statement!

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Care Info:
Machine wash cold / gentle cycle.
Or machine wash warm / gentle cycle.
Don't add bleach.

You can hand wash as well and hang dry on a line (air dry).
Dry on low.
Wash all rat covers separate from other laundry.

Let your pet rat enjoy!

The ramp covers can be removed and laundered when they are soiled.

NOTE: With the rat cage itself, the original ramp material is made out of powder coated wire with fleece covers that come in the colors of turquoise and blue.

36" Length x 24" Width x 63" Height
1/2" bar spacing for pet rats
Model 162 is available at

Model 162 is also affordable to buy online at

My rat cage needed to sparkle!

Overall, I was not a happy kitten with the original colors. Therefore, I added my own fashion sense that features leopard spots in girly colors of pink and black in addition to pink checkered fabric.

HINT = Do research on fabric types that your pet rat may enjoy. It's best to test out specific materials that you know your pet rat won't mind crawling on.

And there will be magical moments where the laundry will need to be done!

Get the NERD look! Geek it up!

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Sewing tutorial PART 1 can be found at this web link