National Geographic™ Exploration Loft Small Animal Home
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
No good for gerbils
I purchased this for my two new gerbils due to how sleek it was and the walls being transparent. That with the included wheel and 'hide-a-way' it seemed like a good deal.
I was unsure about the size but the very friendly sales associate opened a box for me and convinced me it would be just fine for two gerbils. Even though skeptical, I bought it anyway and now regret it.
The hide-a-way hut lasted a total of 3 days. I knew gerbils liked to chew but wow.. it had totally disappeared. The wheel was totally useless. The little critters wouldn't even touch it. To save valuable space, I ended up removing it and sawing off the nub that it rotated on. It was replaced with a nice wooden hut them seem to love.
A month later, regardless of how many things I give them to chew on, the gerbils now prefer to chew on the ramps and plastic platforms of the home. At this rate it wont last another month. Really the only thing they haven't tried to destroy is the food dish and water bottle.
The really annoying thing is, my gerbils constantly scratch at all the corners of the home. I'm not sure if its because the walls are clear and they don't understand that they can't go any further down (or up) when burrowing, or that the home is just too small and they have a need to make more space. I try and give them as much bedding material as I can to burrow in, but they still insist on scratching at the corners, 90% of the time they're awake.
This item might be good for more passive chewers or smaller animals, but I can not recommend it for gerbils.
August 18, 2014