All Living Things® Deluxe Ferret Kit
Ferret on the loose.
At first, I enjoyed this cage. My ferret loved it, and had plenty of room to climb and play. However, today I came home to find my ferret running loose in my room. First, I reprimanded my sister for not putting my ferret away, then I put her away myself. I left the room for five minutes, came back, and found her out AGAIN. I put her in the cage, and watched her. This time, I watched as she climbed to the top floor then squeezed herself through the wires. They have so much give to them, she slipped right through with no problem. I'm so disappointed with this product since ferrets are natural escape artists, you would think the company would create a stronger cage.
June 3, 2014
Excellent for Large Rat
Though this cage is intended for ferrets, it has worked out very nicely for my adult male rat. The wire spacing is 1 inch, which is suitable for a rat of his large size (female rats and younger rats should be caged with 1/2 inch bar spacing or smaller). It was nice that this cage came with extras like the hammock, carefresh, etc., but the only included accessories that I have actually used are the litter box and crock. The included water bottle dripped a bit, so I decided not to use it and use the included lock-on crock as a water bowl instead. For the food dish I have used the large All Living Things Nibble Bowl. Both of the attachable levels have a square raised section that this bowl fits nicely over. As for the included hammock, it is a decent size but made of a plastic-tarp type material, so I replaced it with another hammock that is soft. The wire bars themselves are not incredibly strong, but do support the weight of my adult rat when he rests on a wooden perch attached to the cage bars (attached at the cross intersection of vertical and horizonal bars for extra stability). The base of the cage is approx 4 1/2 inches deep, which is sufficient for keeping bedding like carefresh contained (unless kicked out). However, I have used fleece as a liner stretched over a piece of coroplast cut to size, that sits nicely in the base (cardboard could substitute coroplast though would not be waterproof). My rat is litter box trained so he does most of his business in the included litter box filled with recycled paper pellet litter. I find this makes his cage a lot more sanitary as well as pleasing to the eye. Another thing to keep in mind is that the levels, litter box, bowl, ramps and base are made of plastic, so if you have a pet that chews plastic you may want to go with an all metal cage. This cage does come with two solid ramps; I have used only one between the attachable levels, seeing as my rat jumps on top of his wooden hideaway to reach the first level. When placed at a steep angle the ramps are difficult for my rat to climb, so I used the longer ramp to connect the two levels at an angle where he can manage to get traction. One aspect that I love about this cage is that it is relatively light-weight. I have used an all-metal cage in the past and though sturdy, have not liked the bulk and weight of metal. This cage sits on four nice caster wheels, two of which can lock to keep the cage in place where you like it. When I open the bottom of the front two doors (approx 9 by 9 inch openings), my rat can use the open door as a ladder down onto the floor, which is great since he has free run of my room several times a day. This also allows him easy entrance back into the cage when he wants a bite to eat or to use the litter box. Cleaning is a breeze; the wire top locks onto the base, and can be unlocked and lifted off easily for cleaning. The levels are easy to remove and replace as well. The doors also stay securely closed, and I am not worried about him escaping. Overall I am very satisfied with this cage. Because of my rats good manners (litter box trained and only chews his wood toys), this cage has worked out very well for him. Assembly was very easy. If you have a pet rat similar to mine this cage may work well for you as well. For my purposes I give this cage 5 out of 5 stars.
August 11, 2012
Awful ferret cage!
This ferret cage has many undesirable features! The only way to access the inside is through the one door located on the top of the cage, making it impossible to reach anything near the bottom of the cage. Especailly if the pet belongs to a child this cage is difficult. My 9 year old daughter has to detach the bottom just to reach inside, effectively spilling anything on the shelves. The shelves constantly fall off the bars. I've had to zip-tie mine to the sides. The water bottle also falls off regularly. I would not reccommend buying this cage!
July 13, 2012
Not worth the money
I purchased this item in store . At first I was happy as I purchased my first two ferrets and this had everything I needed to get started. The cage was somewhat easy to put together, but seemed very wobbly and cheap. The wheels would not stay on so I removed them. The doors are already not wanting to "lock" into place and it's only been 2 weeks. The 2 platforms that come with it do not stay in place. I will be buying a better cage very quickly.
February 21, 2012