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Old 01-12-2019, 05:39 PM   #31
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Default Re: Savic Hamster Plaza review

I would fill it to 1cm or 2 below the top of the base Depends what substrate you use as to whether much falls out. I think with any cage you always get a bit kicked out but I wouldn't worry about it. Savic cages tend to be good quality manufacture so I don't think there'd be any issues with paint rubbing off - no more than any other cage over time or any sharpness if it did. And as Alpa says, they are unlikely to bar chew in a 100cm cage. Our Syrian did a teeny bit, for a day or two when he didn't have a wheel - once he had his wheel in he didn't.


I posted on your other thread about the cage too
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:22 AM   #32
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That’s great thanks. Deffo looking into getting this cage.
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:16 AM   #33
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Hiya, just wanted to add some comments on the Savic Plaza, (AprilPearl your review was very thorough and really useful).


We decided to go for the Savic Plaza, we wanted to upgrade bigger from the Savic Ruffy (80cm x 50cm). Feel that Savic cages are well made with a sturdy base. However, I think possibly the Savic Ruffy base is very slightly sturdier material than the Plaza.

Advertised at 100cm x 50cm (I measured our cage at approx. 99cm x 49cm) on the outside. The base I measured at approx. 15cm in height and the front door at approx 21.5cm x 37cm. Bar spacing I measured at approx. 1cm. Like the Savic Ruffy the base slants inwards at the bottom, the base on the Plaza I measured inwards at approx. 3.5cm / 4cm. Overall the base is a good size in my opinion.


Tali (our Syrian hamster) has been living in the cage since May last year and seems happy with the space plus we can fill the space with a few more toys, hideaways and those few extra cm's in cage length do make a difference! Can fit a 12inch wheel in the cage too.


Pro's: Good size floor space, front door is a big plus (plus tightly fit so that it makes it difficult for a hamster to push the door open when closed), great ventilation, bars give the option to hang toys, shelves, water bottles and wheel.

Con's: The accessories were not great (we threw most of them away). We found the water bottle leaked, the hidey house kept coming apart, the wheel is ok but we don't use it, the shelf and ramp we do use as Tali likes running on these however due to the ridges on the shelf it does sometimes make it difficult to get toys to sit flat. Also the front door even after all this time of using the cage (10 months) is very noisy still when you open it so can startle any hamster. Price of the cage is expensive, however we were able to purchase from Pets at Home for cheaper than 75 due to a discount code, we saved around 13.


Just wanted to mention to that the Savic Plaza is advertised as a rat cage too, I've never owned rats but feel it would be very small for them plus I thought rats like to climb and with an overall height of the cage at approx. 50cm isn't tall enough. For as Syrian hamster the cage is a great size, looking back I wish we had been able to purchase the Plaza first but it wasn't available then! Plus its good that Pets at Home are moving towards stocking bigger cages for hamsters, I hope in time Savic might move towards manufacturing a 150cm / 200cm length cage as that would be amazing especially for the hamsters who are highly energetic!
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:49 AM   #34
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Nice review and helpful too.
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Old 04-19-2020, 01:50 AM   #35
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What size is the wheel that comes with the Savic plaza? I have ordered a silent wheel but wanted to know whether the wheel that comes with it is good enough for the time being.
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Old 04-19-2020, 03:25 AM   #36
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Not really - it’s one of those big standard tiny ones! I can’t remember exactly the size but no bigger than 6 or 7”. I would take it out. If you have a baby hamster of about 6 weeks they are ok without a wheel for a couple of weeks, and/or just having one in a playpen during the second week. This is what some breeders do to prevent them over running and having a heart attack. I think it is not that common for it to happen though. If your hamster isn’t a baby they could go quite stir crazy without a wheel - so you’d have to see - it might be ok until the new wheel comes but if they start bar chewing I’d put the small wheel in until the bigger one arrives. Should be ok for a week, say.
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Old 09-09-2020, 01:36 PM   #37
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Do this cage fit dwarfs too?
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Old 09-09-2020, 02:12 PM   #38
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Hi I just answered your PM on that . Yes for Russian dwarfs with adaptions because of the height - there would injury risks from falls without adaptions. No for roborovskis due to bar spacing in my opinion.

To adapt it for dwarf hamsters it would either need a full level making or put cardboard or hemp mat round the inside bars and have much deeper substrate - which would effectively reduce the height. You’d need at least 10cm substrate above the top of the cage base. So you’d be talking approx 10” deep substrate (about 25cm deep).
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