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Old 04-16-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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I use this cage for my dwarf hamster instead of the Mini duna and am happy with it.



Size 67cms x 36 cms x 47 cms high. Cost zooplus quote 49 but got mine for 2 + p+p from zoopetcare ebay due to slight damage to base

Whats in the box

Wire cage top in black
White deep base tray
2 plywood platforms
2 plywood ramps
1 build it yourself plywood house with red roof
1 largish 8 inch wheel
2 logs with hole bored through the middle of them.

Wire Cage
Distance between bars is about 7mm so ideal for dwarf hamsters and possibly Robo's. No escapes. Two small doors on the front that will fit FOP cage connectors for expansion and one super large easy access door in the dome roof - a great plus point. Painted black so easy to see through even though the bars are close together. Lots of space for climbing and would be fine for Syrians too as well as dwarfs.

Base tray
Nice and deep for bedding. Cleaning out is a joy. Just lift off the wire part, empty, wash or wipe add new bedding, replace toys and that's it.

Plywood platforms
Go the whole width of the cage and fit easily between the bars but don't overlap lengthwise. Made of plywood so should be painted with Plasticote or similar to protect them. Increase the surface area for running to almost double.

Plywood ramps
Have two hooks which fit into the platforms. Need to be painted for safety.

Plywood house
Similar comments apply but as its wood there is no danger of moisture collection and resulting mould problems for your hamsters bedroom.

Wheel
8 inches is a good size and is solid but is a bit narrower than other wheels. My dwarf had no problem with it and it is very sturdy and doesn't wobble at all but needs vege oiling at the outset so it runs quietly.

Logs
Nice idea instead of plastic tubing. However the holes going through them are of a small diameter so only a robo could fit through which makes their inclusion a waste of time. Have given them to my other animals as gnaw exercise.

Conclusion
A good roomy cage which is ideal for most small animals of Syrian hamster size or less. Best feature is the large roof opening door for easy access. Plenty of room for adding climbing frames etc into the cage.


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Old 04-16-2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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Excellent review Pouchy. The cage is an interesting shape. Reminds me of my dads cockateil cage! It does look roomy and the solid ledges are a bonus. You got a good deal for 2!
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Great review Pouchy, it tells us all we need to know.

Its a nice looking cage too, and the wood gives it the edge, rather than bright plastic shelves, it looks like it could be a 'sophisticated' cage that wouldnt look out of place in a living room
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Hi ya brilliant cage review well done you. I used to have a cage like that slightly different but it had wire levels and a bridge that went between the 2 levels. Looks a nice cage.

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does remind me of a bird cage
impressed with solid floors rather than barred floors however would worry about the plywood being damaged over time by pee etc so like you say essential to coat with a good layer of nontoxic waterproof paint
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