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This arrived on a pallet which was not taken away so that was a bit of a pain to get rid of. It took 2 of us 3 hours to put it together. One of the corners was slightly misaligned so needed some hammering into place. The finished product is huge and absolutely beautiful and well worth the money. I bought it for a hamster and although she still does try to chew her way out, I think she is much happier than in her previous cage (the 'extra large' from pets at home which is just too small for an animal to spend their entire life in). She patrols and explores the cage and no longer spends 6 hours maniacally running on her flying saucer wheel. This cage is well worth the effort and expense.
This cage is fantastic for our chinchillas. It is very expensive due to being an import from the US, but it's well worth it to ensure your animals are safe and happy.
Overall it is sturdy and strong, and comes with the platforms and ramps which you can choose to use or not (we chose not so the chins can jump around). The doors make up the entire front sides, and being able to open them fully is a great advantage when cleaning, and allows you to interact with your pets without them having to come out of their home which is good if they are a bit nervous.
This would also be a great cages for rats, degus and ferrets.
These are amazing cages, totally understandable why they are rated the best! Extremely easy to put together too!! Absolutely fantastic service from the seller too, I would highly recommend them, I ordered Friday and they managed to squeeze me in on the Monday order, several days earlier than I originally expected it to come! ... brilliant!!
I bough this during the boxing day because I thought it was an amazing deal. Actually with the price I paid I consider it's not that bad of a deal, but knowing all the facts, I would not recommend for anyone to pay full price for this. First, it says no tools are required to assemble the cage. My boyfriend who is strong was not able to assemble it easily because some parts came with defects (like torned) so he had to use a hammer to ''replace'' in the correct position some parts. Second, the size of the cage is for me as much positive and negative. I did not expect it to be THAT big,but for my 2 degus it's like a heaven. It is very spacious and the 2 doors / comportments make it easy to clean. The BIGGEST downside for me as a DEGU owner is within a few days my degus have chewed a big part of the pans which are PLASTIC. I though it was going to be all metal cage but its not. I had to order additionnal metal pan on another website (expensive) so I am not happy about that. Overall, If you don't have degus or any animal that chew like crazy I don't recommend it unless you're ready to pay for other pans.
Best cage ever. So glad I splurged and bought this for my 4 rats. They are having a lot of fun climbing up and down and they have a lot of room. The fac that the doors are so big makes cleaning up really easy. It took about 30 minutes to setup and you definitely need a rubber mallet to bang some pieces into place. Here it is, compared to the cage they used to be in./
I learned the hard way that cages are not something you can cheap out on. If I had bought a Critter Nation one in the first place, I would have saved a $1000 in replacements and retro-fitting over the last year.
Hands down, my favourite thing about the cage is how easy it is to clean. The doors open wide and back, so the trays just slide right out. If you have extra large garbage bags, you can slide the trays right in and shake all the garbage into the bag.
Second best feature is the ability to convert it into 2 separate living areas. This is handy if you get a litter of babies, are introducing a new pet, or someone isn't playing well with others.
The casters are strong and it's very easy to move around a room, on and off carpet as well. The storage rack underneath holds a lot of stuff, like hay, bedding, treats and toys.
It's not pictured but the ladders come with cosy covers which are extra gentle on little feet prone to bumblefoot.
There are companies that make replacement trays out of galvanized or stainless steel. It's an additional cost, but worth it if you have heavy chewers or poo kickers. I bought the powder-coated 3" trays and no longer have to deal with midnight escape attempts through a hole chewed into plastic.
Don't cheap out. This one is worth every penny and should last a lifetime.