Rated 4 out of 5 by animallover2229 Great!
I know the cage does not reach the minimum size requirements, but that is really the only other complaint I have, besides the squeaky wheel. Otherwise the levels are steady, the water bottle does leak but my hamster licks it right up, over all super easy to clean, especially the bottom. The top comes off easily which gives easy access, to whatever pet you have. My hamster has not yet tried to bite the bars on the top, and can completely sit in his food dish, which is what he loves to do. There is plenty of room for activities and toys in the clear bottom. I love seeing my healthy, happy hamster, run around, and not getting bored, unlike with some other generic cage.
July 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by PookiePookie Does not reach Recommended Minimum!
Both hamsters, rats, and mice have things they NEED to thrive in their habitat. For example, a Syrian Hamster: Food Bowl, (at minimum) 8 oz. water bottle, 1-2 hideaways, 7"-8" (minimum) solid-surface Running Wheel, chews. To fit these things the USA recommended cage minimum for ANY hamster species is set at 360 in. (squared).
This cage could not fit a Syrian or large Rat sized wheel, let alone enrichments. Shop savvy and save your pet some boredom!
July 7, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by HollyK Not stimulating and easy to escape
I purchased this cage at the suggestion of an employee for my Syrian hamster, who was getting too big for the tubes that had worked in a cage I had for my prior (dwarf) hamster. The reason she recommended this cage was the ramps- Syrians can't get stuck in them, as they can in several of the other mainstream cages on the market. In that recommendation, she was correct; my hamsters have been able to use the ramp easily and they are plenty wide and comfortable enough for a Syrian.
However, the good elements of this cage pretty much end there. I have now had four different hamsters try this cage. Not one of them has been interested in the wheel that comes attached; the current occupant just shoved bedding in there and sleeps in the wheel. The ramps and levels are low enough to the floor of the cage that it would be difficult to fit a different wheel in here- possible, I'm sure, but difficult. It looks big compared to other cages, but there's just not a lot of room to move around, and the low levels and ramps limit the types of toys you can put in there. I've tried to put toys in the cage that they can use, and give them plenty of floor time and time in the ball to roll around, but they still seem bored and often resort to chewing on the wire top.
Ventilation is another big problem with this cage. Only the lid is wire, with the rest of the cage being plastic. The cage starts to smell bad within a couple of days of cleaning, and I am concerned about the heat this summer, as my hamster seems pretty warm in this cage (she won't burrow under her bedding anymore- she's just laying on top).
Finally, and perhaps the biggest problem, is that when the hamster gets bored, she tries to escape. A couple of the other hamsters I've had in this cage figured out the latch- it's super easy to open from both outside and inside. The current hamster, though, is a modern-day rodent Houdini. She very quickly figured out the latch. I taped the cage closed; she ate the tape. I stacked stuff on top of it hoping she wouldn't be able to lift the lid; she moves it. I feel like there's nothing I haven't tried to keep this hamster in her cage. My ideas for keeping the cage secure don't work due to the nature of the cage. My only other guess would be to try to drill a hole in the plastic cage so the wire lid can be secured to the cage with tie wraps. Which would then make opening the cage difficult when I want to get in there. In spite of everything I've tried, I wake up every morning to an empty hamster cage- I've learned to get up earlier than usual for work so I have time to find and catch the hamster before the cats find her. (Thankfully, my cats have shown zero interest in her so far.) But after a couple of weeks of this fiasco, I finally have ordered something that looks more exciting and a little more like a hamster Alcatraz. I realize that part of my problem is the nature of my very active little escape artist, but as a great many hamsters are wont to escape, do keep in mind that the latch for this cage is not at all smart-hamster-proof.
June 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Katekat Our dwarf hamster loves this cage
Our dwarf hamster absolutely loves this cage. It has a few shortcomings, but I've tried a lot of cages and this is the one she likes the best.
The levels are awesome, they add a dimension that most cages don't have. Our hamster runs up them so fast in the morning to see us and seems to use all three levels though she spends most of her time in the bottom.
The only drawbacks are the top (in the beginning she chewed on the bars but doesn't anymore, though sometimes she grabs on when we open so you have to be careful when taking the top off) and the wheel - just not really usable, we took it out & replaced with our own. The water bottle worked fine, but we have found that our hamsters prefer small dishes for water, they are easier for the hamsters to get water from, they just dip their hands in and drink.
One extra tip - To any hamster lovers reading, please don't feed your hamsters the typical food sold, we have switched to creating our own organic mixes and our hamsters are so much healthier showing no issues that we saw with hamsters when fed the typical food.
March 20, 2015