Savic Peggy Hamster Cage
This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. The peggy hamster cage by Savic can be found in many pet shops and is currently sold in Pets at Home for an average price of £37.99. It has as a good design and lasted me a good time. This cage comes along with a food bowl, water bottle, wheel and built in hideaway ... home. I will be talking about Design and Look, Durability, hamster enjoyment and Value for Money.
===Design and Look===
This cage has a simple but good design as it includes a second tier and lots of room on the base of the cage which both equal fun for the hamster as there is more room to explore, play and to be able to have a enough room to move around which is important. Another important thing is that hamster's have something they can gnaw on as their teeth never stop growing so a wire cage is an advantage as most hamster's will just gnaw on the bars. Secondly, the wire bars are good because it gives the hamster the room to be able to climb around in his/her cage which the majority of hamsters love doing and that was what my hamster used to always do because he loved it. As there is a part which is covered by the second tier, it is a great place for a hamster to be able to burrow, eat and sleep. Also it would be a good place to be able to put a hamster toilet in one of the toilets which is what I did. The wheel that was in the cage when I bought it was positioned well and does not take to much room in the cage which is good. Another advantage that I found with this cage is that the door is on the top so you can easily put your hand into the cage to get the hamster or food bowl etc. The base of the cage is also very easy to take off as you easily just take the clips off and remove the top half.
Despite these good points, this cage has a couple of disadvantages as well such as the ladder which the hamster uses to get to the second tier is made out of plastic and the hamster can chew on it and as it fits in through tow holes in the floor of the second floor, my hamster kept taking the ladder off when he was chewing it so I has to tape it down with double sided tape. Lastly, the house is built in on the second tier and because of this my hamster would make a burrow and sleep instead of going up there when wanting to sleep or hideaway. Overall, I give the design and look of this cage a 7/10.
As like most cages the base of the cage is very durable because it is made out of a hard plastic and as the cage is made with a wire cage, a hamster cannot chew through the cage or squeeze through the gaps in the wire bars. As i said before, the ladder is not made with the strong plastic as the base is so the hamster can chew on it easily so it is not as durable. The wheel and hide away home are very durable as well and overall, the cage has lasted me a long time with not many problems as it is quite durable and overall, i would give this cage a 8/10 for Durability.
The most important thing about a cage, is that the hamster will enjoy the cage being it's home. My hamster loved this cage mostly I would think because of the amount of the room in the cage so i can fit a lot of toys, chew toys, an exercise wheel, hide away home, feeding home and hamster toilet in the cage and still have enough room to walk around the cage. Along with this, my hamster was able to climb around the cage because of the wire bars which most hamsters love doing and my hamster was able to gnaw on the bars of the cage. Also as the base of the cage is quite deep, my hamster enjoyed to make a burrow in the part of the cage which was covered by the second tier. As the cage includes an exercise wheel, the hamsters can easily get rid of their energy at night before the go to sleep or just for fun so that is also a good thing. Also as the cage has a second tier and loads of room the hamster can easily explore the cage which they also love doing. Overall, I give this cage an 8/10 for hamster enjoyment.
===Value for Money===
£37.99 is not a bad price for this cage as it has a good design, my hamster loved it and it lasted a long time it is a good price but I think you could find cheaper cages than this one. Also it is a good price as it includes a food bowl, water bottle, exercise wheel and built in hide away home but i would say that £37.99 is an average price for a hamster cage although you could find cheaper cages but overall, for value for money, i would give this cage a 7/10.
In summary, i would definitely recommend this hamster cage as it has a great design and my hamster loved it which is the main point. I would say that you could find cages cheaper than this one but it is still a good price.
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Ferplast Mini Duna Hamster Cage
I recently purchased the Mini Duna from Pets At Home for the very reasonable price of just £25 and it was supplied with a starter pack which included wood shavings, hamster food and bedding, which made it even better value for money. As standard the Mini Duna comes with some basic accessories comprising of a house, wheel, food bowl and ... water bottle, so if purchased in-store at Pets At Home, it comes with everything you need to set up a comfy home for your hamster.
While the majority of hamster cages are constructed from a plastic base with a wire mesh enclosure, the Mini Duna is somewhat different. There is still a plastic base, but this then has a clear plastic lid, with a wire door at the top for easier access. I particularly like this design for several reasons, the most important of which is that it protects the resident hamster from inquisitive fingers and will also provide protection from other pets such as cats and puppies. The lack of wire bars also helps prevent the problem of hamsters chewing on the bars, which means they are less likely to end up with a bald patch on their nose. Finally this design reduces the amount of mess that the hamster will kick out of the cage to virtually nil, along with containing the distinctive odour of a male hamster.
The Mini Duna is available in several colour-schemes including pink, but ours is a lovely, neutral pale blue and looks far less garish than some of the brightly coloured wire cages. Although titled the Mini Duna, there is nothing mini about this cage, at approximately 55cm by 39cm it provides far more floor space than many, more expensive wire cages, especially when you consider that it also has a platform that increases the floor space by a third again. At approximately 12cm, the base is also far deeper than many of the wire cages, meaning that you can add an extra deep layer of wood shavings for your hamster to dig and burrow in. The lid adds an extra 15cm to the depth, leaving plenty of room to hang toys or treats from the wire door. The wire bars on the lid are less than a centimetre apart, making the cage suitable for both Syrian and dwarf varieties of hamsters. Pets At Home state that this cage is indeed suitable for either dwarf hamsters or a single Syrian hamster.
The Mini Duna is extremely easy to set up for use, the complete, transparent top is easily removed by undoing two clips (which are equally easy to do back up and yet hold the top securely), and it is then simply a case of wiping the base with pet-safe disinfectant and allowing it to dry before adding a layer of wood shavings. As the base is so deep you can add a good layer of shavings which will allow your hamster to dig and forage to it's hearts content, while you're safe in the knowledge that the hamster won't be kicking shavings all over the floor. Depending on how a deep a layer you add, it takes anything between a quarter and half of one of the small packs of compressed shavings to cover the base, which gives a layer between three and six centimetres deep. What's really great about the depth of the base is that if you have a hamster who particularly loves to dig, then you can add an even deeper layer.
The supplied house may not be the largest, but it is plenty large enough for even an adult, male Syrian hamster to snuggle up in. Being made of plastic it is easy to clean and what I especially like is the way it fits securely onto the shelf by way of a little peg and hole affair. While this isn't an essential feature, it does stop the house from being pushed around by the hamster. Talking of the shelf, this adds about another third to the available space, is accessed via a ramp, has a textured non-slip surface and features a barrier to help prevent hamsters from falling off the edge. Although the plastic it is made from is a little on the thin side, the ramp has a relatively gentle slope and is ridged to give purchase and make it easier for even quite small hamsters to move between levels.
The wheel is attached to the edge of the platform and rather than have spokes and bars is in one piece which reduces the risk of injury to the hamsters feet. As with the ramp, the interior of the wheel does feature ridges, which help reduce the risk of the hamster slipping. Although a standard size, the wheel is a little too small for adult Syrian hamsters, but unlike many wheels that we've had previously, it does not squeak and is relatively quiet even when the hamster is running furiously. (I always wonder exactly where the hamsters think they are going when they're on the wheel and in they realise that they're never going to get there).
The supplied food bowl is made of plastic, which is not the most suitable for use with an animal that love to chew, but the plastic is quite thick so it will survive a while and it is big enough to hold a days worth of food for an adult Syrian. I will be replacing this bowl in the near future, but it's good enough for now, even though being red it does not match the rest of the cage. The water bottle is a standard Ferplast sippy bottle, that uses a ball valve to dispense the water while preventing leaks, but it has a special attachment to allow it to be attached to the plastic lid. The metal tube section fits through a hole in the side of the base and the actual bottle is held in place with a pair of suction cups. The bottle holds more than enough water for even the most thirsty of hamsters, does not appear to leak and is easy to remove for emptying, cleaning and refilling. Personally I would recommend buying a bottle brush (a cheap one for cleaning baby bottles is fine) for cleaning the bottle as they are best for removing any algae that may grow inside. The wire door on the lid is a really good size to allow access for spot cleaning, feeding and handling the hamster, is easy to open and secure with two latches and provides plenty of ventilation throughout the cage.
Although Spot is only a baby, he seems to love his new home and spend much of his waking hours exploring every last corner. He has no difficulty moving between levels, running on the wheel or drinking from the bottle and looks very sweet sitting in the food bowl stuffing his cheeks. I will admit that the lack of wire bars means that the cage itself provides fewer opportunities for climbing than other cages, but this is off-set by the amount of available for toys. We've added several toys to add interest to the cage, including a wooden log, play sticks, a hay ball and Tube, and there the cage does not seem in the least bit crowded. While a hamster will often chew the bars in a metal cage, Spot does not have the opportunity to do this, which makes the addition of these chewable toys even more important. Hamsters are great escape artists, and I'm sure, given the chance, that Spot is no exception. I have watched him examining the cage at great length and looking for escape routes, but so far he has been unsuccessful, with the bars being too close together and there being no surfaces he can get a purchase on to gnaw his way through.
When it comes to cleaning the cage out, the design could not make it simpler. The large top opening is perfect for taking Spot out during the cleaning process and then the whole cage can be placed in the bath for cleaning. I really like the way the base is far more rigid than that of other (wire) cages that we have used, which makes it far easier to empty the wood shavings into a black bag for disposal. I also like the fact that I can use boiling water occasionally to give the base a deep clean without it warping. The transparent lid is equally easy to clean, although I have to admit it does tend to pick up smeary fingerprints quite easily meaning that needs a daily wipe to keep it looking it's best.
One of the main reasons for buying this particular cage over a wire model, was so that Spot would be protected from both my two year old son and my five month old Westie pup. It has fulfilled these criteria perfectly, allowing my son to be able to watch Spot, while being unable to poke his finger through the bars and either hurt Spot or allow Spot to bite him. It has also protected Spot from the pup, even staying together when being knocked off the side. That's not to say that I would ever leave the pup on his own in the room with the hamster (not yet anyway), but it does give me the peace of mind that the hamster will survive if I don't intervene quite quickly enough.
If you are looking to buy a new hamster cage and have young children and/or pets such as puppies or cats then I can't recommend the Ferplast Duna Mini enough. It has a much larger floor space than similarly or higher priced wire models, is far easier to clean than modular models, comes with all the basic accessories you need, has plenty of space for toys, is enclosed to protect the hamster from little fingers and not so little teeth, provides a more stable temperature for the hamster by reducing draughts and as a bonus allows for a far deeper layer of substrate and prevents the mess that can be kicked out during digging. With all things considered, I would be quite happy to give the Ferplast Mini Duna four and a half stars out of five (rounded up to five), with my main recommendation being to buy it in-store at Pets At Home so that you also get the starter set, which makes the £25 unbelievable value for money.
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Ferplast Furet Plus Ferret and Rat Cage
I recently bought two dumbo rats (although I'm now definitely on a pet ban) and, with these girls came the need for a rat cage. I went to my nearest Pets At Home store as I knew they would sell all of the supplies I needed to get Bob and Dylan settled and came away with this Furet Plus cage by Ferplast. ----- Why Furet Plus? ... -----
There were a few reasons I went for this particular cage. Firstly it's made by Ferplast. My hamster Frank's first cage was a Ferplast one and, although he outgrew it and I had to replace it with a bigger one, it was a decent quality cage (I still have it just in case) so I trusted this brand to supply me with a sturdy rat cage too. It was plenty big enough too so I knew I wouldn't need to replace this one for a bigger one in the future. Secondly, it was part of a pretty good value bundle deal. The cage itself cost me £85 (it is also available on amazon for the same price) but I got a bag of food, treats, bedding and litter thrown too so I got a good deal! Lastly, the cage came with most of the accessories Bob and Dylan would require which, again, saved me some money when buying everything from scratch.
----- What does Furet Plus look like? -----
The picture supplied by dooyoo provides a pretty accurate answer to that question. The cage is 70x80x50cm making is rather large and apparently suitable for two ferrets or four rats. Personally I think housing two ferrets in this cage would be a bit ambitious and probably quite cramped for them! Four rats would probably cope perfectly fine but I think this is the perfect size for just the two. It gives them ample amounts of room to sleep, eat, drink and play without them looking completely lost.
The plastic grey base tray is very deep ensuring bedding isn't thrown about everywhere and allowing you to cover the bottom in a good couple of inches of bedding making it more comfortable my lovely little rats. The bars are black and coated metal which prevent rust making the cage last longer.
The cage has two floors although I think it could benefit from another one. As the ladder leading up the second platform isn't very tall this has to be positioned quite low which means any suspension toys or beds can be quite difficult for my rats to reach as they're still quite high up! The cage is easily tall enough to add another floor (I'm 5ft7 and the top of the cage comes just below my hip when I'm stood next to it) but, unfortunately, Ferplast don't sell this floors separately. The good news, however, is that Salvic do. In fact their individually sold platforms are exactly the same as the one which comes in this cage only it's blue instead of grey. Granted it looks a little odd but it gives Bob and Dylan much more space to play with which is far more important in my opinion. These platforms can be picked up from Amazon for £10 and I think it's well worth getting one otherwise you have a lot of empty space in this cage!
There's a rather large opening at the bottom front of the cage which has possibly them most awkward positioned clasps known to man. Whoever came up with that design is a complete idiot. Rather than these clasps shutting firming over the top of one of the bars like most cages the clasps need to be tucked underneath the bars instead. It's pretty hard to weave metal bars in and out of one another and opening and closing this door is a ten minute frustrating task which will leave your fingers feeling pretty sore. I avoid using this door at all costs! Thankfully, the entire top of the cage opens up to create one very big opening. This is secured shut by plastic metal clips which you simply turn to open and close, much easier! Although reaching the bottom of the cage from the top is difficult due to its height. Alternatively you can just unclip the cage walls from the base by either side and separate the two completely which is obviously the most ideal way to clean the cage.
On the whole the cage is pleasant enough looking and will go in just about any room without upsetting your decor too much if you're bothered about that sort of thing.
----- What will I get with this cage? -----
As mentioned, the cage comes with a few accessories. Firstly there is a deep, silver metal food dish which comes with a holder to mount it to the bars of the cage. I love this feature. It can be positioned low enough for Bob and Dylan to easily gain access to their food but high enough for them not to kick their bedding (and droppings) into it too. This is a problem I have with my hamster and I'm desperately looking for a similar food bowl for him too!
You also get the mentioned grey plastic platform and matching ladder which are both sturdy enough and Bob and Dylan like to make use of these features. There's a large water bottle and wire clip to attach it to the cage. I replaced this water bottle straight away as it leaked loads and is pretty rubbish actually. Fortunately a water bottle is easy and cheap enough to replace.
Then there's a large blue plastic corner litter tray which, if you persist enough to get your pets to use it, makes cleaning the cage a whole lot easier. I can just clean the litter tray daily and change the bedding and clean the cage properly once a week.
Lastly, there's a blue and white hanging hammock type bed. This looks very nice and very comfortable in my opinion but Bob and Dylan seem to prefer cuddling up in a ball in the bottom corner of their cage and I've never actually seen them go onto this hammock. Having said this these style of beds seem to be popular among rats so I think it's just my two that are not keen rather than it being a pointless feature.
Adding your own bits and bobs to the cage help bring it to life. I've added another water bottle and another platform, a large hanging tube tunnel for them to get to and from the second and third platform, a wooden house, wheel and a suspension toy. All of these features fit comfortably in the cage whilst still allowing my girls to run around, space really isn't an issue with this cage. The room there is in this cage with just having the two rats leaves plenty of opportunities to really make this an enjoyable place for your pets to live. I spent roughly an extra £40 and the cage is perfect in my eyes (hopefully Bob and Dylan agree)!
----- How do I assemble the cage? -----
The first thing I will say on this subject is do not try and put this cage up alone. You won't be able to do it. You might be able to struggle through most of it by yourself but securing that platform is a definitely a two person job. This comes flat packed. A huge cardboard box with the base of the cage along with the four cage walls, ceiling bars, platform and other accessories and all the bits needed to put this all together. You might as well throw the instructions away as they are about as useful as a chocolate fire guard. It took me and a friend about forty minutes to fully assemble this cage and there's plenty of tricky fiddly bits and opportunity for frustrated swearing!
The walls of the cage slide into these long tubes which attach all four walls together. You then slot this in place on the base and secure with some clips at the top and bottom of each corner. The top of the cage is in two bits, first there is the thick plastic lining which goes on the outside which is secured by about ten different clips and then the actual bars which fits between this covering again, secured by plenty of clips. The platform is secured onto the cage by plastic almost screws. You have to line the holes in the platform up with the holes in the bars and you'll need one person to position this platform and hold it there whilst the other person screws in the fixtures. Once you've done all of this you just need to add bedding and accessories and you're done.
The most frustrating part about putting this cage together is simply working out what goes where. There are loads of different fixtures which all look pretty similar so without useful instructions it's difficult to work out. There were a couple of times we ended up completely redoing parts because as we realised we'd used the wrong fixtures!
The good news is that this cage is very sturdy and secure. Once it's up you're going to have difficulty getting it back down again and even the most persistent of escape artists are going to have trouble escaping from this cage!
----- How easy is it to clean? -----
The cage is simple to clean although obviously takes a little longer than what I'm used to cleaning out my hamsters cage because it's a lot bigger. The base is easy to clean with either warm water or a pet safe disinfect spray and be wiped clean also. The platform, being the same plastic smooth surface, can be cleaned in the same way and this should be done at least once a week.
You'll need plenty of bedding to completely cover the bottom and it's important to remember rats need shredded paper or safe bedding which is a lot more expensive than sawdust! The big bag of bedding I got free with my cage was used up in one go! Personally, I shred my own paper as it's just so much cheaper and is basically the same as what you buy in the shops anyway.
The litter tray, again, is simple to wipe clean and it all dries pretty quickly ready for that new bedding/litter to be placed down. I find the platform is easier to clean via the top of the cage whilst I clean out the litter tray and base of the cage by unclipping the cage walls and completely separating these from the base.
----- What do Bob and Dylan think about the cage? -----
Well it's difficult to ask them! They've settled in beautifully though and don't seem to have any complaints. They love the extra platform and enjoy climbing up the walls (literally). They've already got their favourite spots in the cage and their favourite toys and make full use of the amount of room this cage offers them. They were basically no effort whatsoever getting them to use their litter tray so that makes cleaning a lot easier too!
I'm a big fan of the cage and believe it is well worth the money I paid for it. I love to see Bob and Dylan curled up together in their house but just as much love to see them running about separately. They have plenty of room to play! They're very inquisitive animals and this cage supplies enough room and opportunity for me to hide treats and sticks for them to find out eat, chew and play with.
This cage, to me, looks like a home for my girls rather than a prison cell. Whilst I of course let them out at every opportunity I don't feel guilty about keeping them in this cage for long periods of time and they really don't seem to mind either! I'm completely happy with my purchase and would recommend this cage to anyone looking for a good home for their rodents.
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