Rated 4 out of 5 by MouseMommy Good for mice, but plan on adding to it
I bought two small mice (both does) last week and this cage works well for us. The mice pretty much immediately chose the "loft" as their sleeping area, they seem to like the comfort of a low ceiling in there. We honestly don't use it as a "petting zone" because we don't like to disturb them when they're sleeping, but the front access door is big enough to put an adult-sized hand in and offer food and play with them that way. And it's less scary for the mice than having a giant hand descend from the sky.
Since our mice are still getting to know us, we feed them treats through the cage bars frequently and talk to them so they can learn to recognize our voices. I chose a metal cage partly for this reason (also because I was concerned about the heat and ammonia buildup in a glass tank) and it's working out quite well. Bianca is the more timid of the two, and she still runs to the loft when we approach, but it only took three or four days for Mrs. Brisby to start coming to the bars and poking her nose out expectantly when I came near.
I've seen other reviews saying that their critters have escaped, but my girls can't squeeze through the bars. Mrs. Brisby TRIED when I first brought her home, believe me. And they are not particularly large mice -- pretty svelte, honestly. Now that they're used to it, they seem to really love their home. I have sat beside them with the cage door wide open, and while they've both come to the open door to sniff and explore, neither of them has got the nerve to venture outside the warm embrace of their safe, familiar, toy-filled abode.
They don't chew on the plastic parts, but I understand that gerbil and hamsters tend to gnaw more. Mrs. B sometimes nibbles the metal bars, but only occasionally, and she hasn't chewed any plastic off. I did make sure to give them plenty, plenty of chewables (may have gone overboard with the toys actually, I was excited). I think this helps a lot with satisfying their urge to gnaw on things, so they don't feel the need to chew up unapproved items.
The cage comes with a wheel, a food bowl, and a water bottle, all of which I tossed out and replaced with items that aren't junk. The included water bottle is opaque, so you can't tell when it's running low without removing it, and it is HARD to remove and replace. The food bowl is plastic and I didn't even try it; I knew they'd knock it over so I got a heavy ceramic one. And the wheel is...well, I did put it in the cage initially, but it doesn't turn easily enough for my petite girls. Neither of them ran on it, they just burrowed under it. It takes up a lot of space, so I took it out and gave them a little wooden hidey hole instead, which they love climbing on, in, under, and around.
As other reviewers have noted, this cage is a bit on the small side; I wouldn't recommend keeping more than two very small pets in it except as a short-term or travel cage. I added a fair number of tubes and accessories to give my mice more space to run and climb. I also gave them a lot of toys, some store-bought and some homemade, to keep them busy and happy. So expect to invest more cash beyond the base purchase price of this cage if you want your mice to be entertained.
The cage is fairly easy to clean, the whole thing separates so you can stick the bottom tray in the bathtub for a good rinse. The idea behind the "loft" is that it gives the mice a place to chill while you clean the cage, but I wouldn't leave the girls in there for even five minutes -- they'd go crazy. There's no room for toys or a food dish in the removable portion, it would be like locking your kid in a bathroom every time you want to clean the rest of the house.
Assembly wasn't too difficult (with an 11 year old budding engineer helping me, that is) but when I went to add some additional tubes later, I put one piece in incorrectly (should have let the kid do it) and, in trying to remove it, I snapped one of the clips that holds it in place. It's still usable, but the tube isn't as stable as I would like so I will be buying another cage and using the one I have as a backup.
I do like the design of this cage, so I'm planning on buying the same cage in pink, because the dark colored plastic on the lid makes it hard to see my mice (both selfs, one black and one brown), especially when they're curled up in the loft. It's not perfect, but it's good for a pair of small mice as long as you recognize that for this price, you're getting the enclosure and not much else. Expect to put more money into upgrades, toys, and expansions if you're hoping to make this mouse house into a mouse home.
May 1, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by MissusB Poor Design
I bought a hamster today and bought this for him. Unfortunately, the wheel is unusable because it is too low to the bedding, and gets caught. And I can't move it any higher or it's stuck on the bottom of the petting zone tray. In order to get it to move, I would have to lay down a thin layer of bedding, which would leave my hamster with nothing to burrow into. Also, the blue side attachment (which I'm still not sure what purpose it serves, as it's too small for my hamster to look out of), pops off pretty easily. I'm worried that he will pop in off and escape! And the tubing on the side leading up to the petting zone is pretty small, as well. My hamster almost got stuck, and he's a dwarf hamster! The ONLY reason I gave it 2 stars instead of one is because it is pretty sturdy. I would definitely look into other cages, though.
April 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Petzoo66 Awesome
My hamster loves it so do I it is easy to clean and put together it comes with wonderful things and it is awesome for my dwarf hamster Poptart
September 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sweetpets2 Great habitat
Great habitat for our robo. He actually uses the little top container. It makes it easy to feed him treats and pick him up. Also great to keep him in while I clean his cage.
March 8, 2015