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For Easter we decided to get our girls a hamster we thought it would be a great pet for them as there easy to look after, quite cheap and the girls will be able to watch the hamster while he's in his cage. My husband decided to pick the cage and he got the crittertrail revolution which is basically a big wheel with two small levels the first level is where they can have a drink and the second level has a little house that they can sleep in and there's little steps up to the food which his on the roof of the house. The cage was reduced in the pet shop to 20 pound
I wouldn't really recommend this house as we have a dwarf hamster and he can't even make the wheel go round as it's too heavy so it is not suitable. Hamsters need exercise and I always think a wheel is a must have when having a hamster. So we decided to buy an extension and brought a fairly large crittetrail cage with lots of tubes one leads up to a snug little room where we put treats for him. The other tube leads up to a big ball which he can use as much as he wants it's just the same as a wheel except you can take it off and he can use it as a ball for running around the house in. When he runs around in the ball you can barely hear him I have had hamsters before when I was younger and there was nothing worse then hearing the wheel going round when you're in bed. To join the extension we used one of the small tubes that we had.
My husband chose to buy the critter trail cage as the colours were nice and bright blue, yellow, green, purple and yellow and he said he thought it looked good but next time we buy a cage we will definitely look more into it as I would pick one with more things to do and one with plenty of space. Our hamster is fine now as he has the two cages which have plenty of space but he would have hated just having the crittertrail revolution to play in.
CritterTrail Revolution Cage
pictured here just so you know what I'm talking about (copy and paste to see) :
Firstly do NOT buy this if your planning on using it as a main cage for a hamster or any other small furry creature it would be downright cruel and sadistic, its not big enough, theres just no room for stuff, nowhere for them to dig - where the hell are they meant to go pee for starters ? it's just not clever and unsuitable for actually housing a creature in.....OK - rant over -.
Secondly if you do decide to buy this cage then BE CAREFUL with the damn doors...I read this in a review and still...it broke. I was super careful, but the top door catch broke/snapped second time I opened door putting the thing together. Stupid pants plastic tacky door. So I've had to wedge the top door shut - no superglue didn't work either. It's basically a giant hamster wheel extension - a purple rotastak tube will connect to the provided critter-trail 'funnel-tube-thing' (purple tubes - like the kind that fits the rotastak curvy spag.junction pieces) with the aid of some electrical tape.
The connecting tube is quite good - wavy so a bit easier to climb as gives hamster something to grip onto and does have some tiny vent holes unlike rotastak. It was easy enough to put together with clear instructions.
Thirdly and most importantly I was (and still am) concerned about little feet and the mesh spacing but my little girl has been OK...am still haunted by thoughts of one of my little furry friends missing a footing and injuring a leg or something - so to save me some nightmares my crittertrail revolution is not in use.
Would be a LITTLE better if the mesh was much smaller spaced, or really to be *SAFE* the mesh should be replaced with solid plastic and more ventilation added in the parts which don't move. Doors that don't break would be good too !!
The Crittertrail Revolution is basically an expensive unsafe hamster wheel. I wanted another add-on not a main 'cage' but even as a big 'wheel' this just isn't safe enough. I don't know how they can get away with selling it !!
Granted yes it Looks super cool, definitely aimed at kids ( big and small) but the crappy door catches and safety issues ruin it really, is just shoddy and dangerous - especially shoddy for the RRP of around £35. I got mine off Amazon marketplace for £30 waste of time and money.
( I know... really I should know better at my age)
I wouldn't bother at all if I were you but still...if you really want one as an add on don't expect too much and hope your furry friend doesn't miss its footing and do itself some damage.
If you were thinking of housing a hamster etc in this cage ?
Please NO don't do it.
Thanks for reading, Manda.
After giving up on our old hamster cage as it had pritty much bit the dust me and the girls started looking around for a new cage to house our family of mice, my daughters fell in love with this dazzle critter cage as soon as they spotted it, there was no reasoning with them it was going to have to be this cage.
Firstly let me say that critter make lots of different designs of cages not just the one we have brought and they make them in a wide range of colour, sizes and prices so there should be something for every one.
Our cage is the super pet critter dazzle hamster cage although it has mice in it in our house. It has a very high base which i am especially pleased with as this means when my family of mice start tearing around there cage like looneys the saw dust stays in the cage and not all over my sides. Above this high base you have wire bars which are realy close together and my mice cant fit through the gaps like they used to on the old cage so no more hunting for mr or mrs mouse. The door to the cage is in the wire section and is made of wire, it is very stiff to open so no risk of the girls loosing the mice out without me knowing.
There is a curved tube on the right hand side that goes in and out of the cage which i think is a waste of time as none of my mice have ever gone in there.
There is a long tube going from the bottom of the cage right to the top which has a look out on top which is a circular ball made of tinted plastic, my mice prefer to sleep up here.
There is a large circular tube on top of the cage with a wheel for exercise, it is well loved by our mice and you will quite often find a couple asleep up there in a morning.
This cage is made up of different tones of purple which i think is probably what attracted my daughters to it and would be loved by any little girl, it cost us £35.99 and is 18 inches long by 12 cm wide.
The best part about these cages is that you can buy lots of things to add on to your cage which start from £3.99 so your child could buy them with there pocket money.
The water bottle which comes with this cage is quite small and will need filling at least once a day for just one rodent so if like me you have more than one rodent you may need to buy a bigger bottle.
One of the accessories they sell for these cages is a plastic purple bed for your hamster, my daughters drove me mad for one, it looks just like a proper bed with the duvet suspended in the air so that they can hide under neith it, my mice dont sleep in there but love to hide there food in there.
This type of cage makes cleaning easier aswell as you can clean the area that the rodent wees in and leave the rest of the cage if you want to which makes for easy cleaning inbetween main cleans.
The plastic is very tough and has with stood the gnawing of our mouse family which other cages havent so is great in my opinion.
I bought the Crittertrail X for my male syrian hamster Rory. I thought the cage looked fun but small so I also bought a range of add-ons including the snap on wheel, outhouse, lazy lookout and assorted extra funnels. I spent approximately £60 in all.
It became obvious quite quickly that the tubes were far too small for Rory as he struggled to push himself through to access his wheel. It was really alarming to see him stretched right out, struggling and squeezing his way through like a caterpillar.
It was even more alarming to get home one evening to find his bedding had become lodged in the tube linking the petting area to the main cage. Who knows how long he had been trapped inside his bed without access to food or water!
Anyway, within 2 months of buying my cage I've ditched it and bought a traditional large wire cage. This cage is far easier to clean and Rory appears much happier. I don't think the Crittertrail is suitable for large syrian hamsters and in my case it proved a very costly mistake.
I have just personally bought my own crittertrail one cage too. It does seem very small but so far i'm very impressed with the range of add-ons crittertrail supply. Not supposedly very ideal as a breeding cage but adjustments can be made, such as blocking off the tunnels so the babies cannot get stuck etc etc. The colourful and 'funky' look makes it very suitable for kids need of a cage for 'Their first Pet' but i think most kids would after a while decide that an upgrade to a bigger cage such as crittertrail 2 or 3. One big problem these days are plastic commercial cages. They do not really suit hamsters need to chew and tube ends, food bowls etc will soon be found chewn. Traditional wire cages suit this purpose well but problems accure when it does not look interesting enough. Overall though, my opinion of this cage/company is positive. Its well made, great for kids and not very expensive at all!
I purchased a Crittertrail one cage for my hamster and i have to say i was really impressed. Having been put of that style of caging due to an experience with 'rotastak' in the past, i swore i would never buy tubed caging again. However while out shopping i saw the Crittertrail cages and thought they looked very cool, being made of multi coloured translucent plastic, with room to add on lots of accesories. I decided to buy the Crittertrail One as it was only £20 which i consider to be very good value for money as it comes with a petting zone, which is great for the hamster to sleep in, a wheel, food dish and water bottle. The cage required assembly which was a little tricky as i was fightened of damaging any parts, although it did come with good clear instructions. Once the cage was assembled it looked great, all parts were well made and the wheel is particulary good for a syrian hamster as it is large and solid. My hamster really likes his cage. The one downside to the Crittertrail One is that it is a little small for a syrian hamster, however Crittertrail do sell the same style of cage in larger models such as the Crittertrail Two and Three. I think the Crittertrail One is perfectly sufficient for dwarf hamsters and mice though. Also some larger syrian hamsters might find it hard to get up the tubes, although my hamster is syrian and he is fine in them. I solved the problem of the cage being too small by adding on some of the great accessories that you can buy. I added on tubing, an outhouse, skytower, maze, lazy lookout and i replaced the original wheel with a snap on comfort wheel. This made the cage much more roomy and fun for my hamster.The petting zone is particulary good as it can be used as a bedroom area so you don't have to put in a seperate sleeping house. All in all i ended up spending about £50 for the cage with accessories. One other great thing about the crittertrail is that it is compatible with s.a.m
and habitrail caging so if you wanted to you could add-on accesories by one of those makes (my maze is by habitrail) Another thing is the tubing (unlike rotastack) is very secure when locked in place and has treads inside so the the hamster can grip onto when climbing vertical tubes. All in all i would highly recommend this cage, it is easy to use, not as expensive as some brands and looks very cool. Also it is suitable for hamsters, dwarf hamsters, gerbils and mice.
Suitable for hamsters / mice / gerbils