National Geographic™ Exploration Loft Small Animal Home
Worst cage ever!
This cage looked good at first, mostly because of the deep base to prevent bedding from being kicked out, so we bought 3 (2 regular and 1 jumbo). We own 3 mice, 3 gerbils, and 18 hamsters (3 long hair, 5 dwarf, 10 short hair) - the three pets this cage is advertised for - and I wouldn't recommend this cage for any of these! We own several other brands of cages so have lots to compare the National Geographic brand to.
Gerbils chew the plastic parts (huts, ramps, and ledges) - the one jumbo cage was pretty much destroyed within a few days of purchasing. Knowing gerbils and their chewing habits, we should have known better - but nonetheless this cage is advertised for them.
Any hamster we put in the other regular 2 escaped easily. They could unlatch the top by pinching the wires together with their teeth or push the water bottle out and escape out of the resulting hole (even taking the water bottle out to fill was challenging because you had to cover the hole!). We needed to use duct tape to prevent escapes until we could replace these cages with other brands. Every pet we put in these cages was very unhappy and escaped so this review isn't just based on any one pet who happened to be an unusual escape artist.
These cages are not cheap, we lost well over $100 collectively on them and have learned not to just believe the advertising when looking at something new and will now just stick to our favourite 2 brands of cages for our pets.
December 26, 2014
It's designed well (other than the wheel which squeaks like crazy, but the problem can be solved 100% with a bit of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the shaft), however the cage top broke. It had a poor welding job on the metal wire cage top and our hamster pulled one of the bars/wires apart. I hold it together with a set of vise-grips otherwise the hamster "'twangs" it all night long and keeps us from sleeping (epoxy didn't work). Without that manufacturing problem I would have given it a 4-star rating.
December 3, 2014
Good only with....
This cage is okay, I dont really like the price, but If u have a extention like another one of these or a critter trail, this is enough room I guess. But really I would recommend getting a 20 gal. tank or making a DIY bin cage.
November 14, 2014
bought this for my little hammy. Its definitely visually appealing for humans. One thing I am finding is that the waterbottle leaks, and its very challenging to get my hammy out of the habitat without disassembling the entire thing.
The wheel she really hated and it is NOISY, so if you buy this product be prepared to replace it right away.
I am fine with this for now, mostly because she is still a baby (she is a Teddy Bear Hamster) but I do think I will exchange it for a larger model that is easier to access.
September 24, 2014