This is a good starter cage for a new rat owner. Suitable for up to around four rats (depending on size), this is a good sized cage with good accessories.
Pros: Good size and shape - the base area is big enough for rats to run and play in, and the cage is tall enough to allow them to climb. The two platforms that come with it are a nice size and a good addition to provide multiple levels. This usually comes with tubes - one short straight and three curved which can be joined together in different combinations. Two food bowls and one water bottle are included (although for a group of four you may want to buy a second bottle). The base is nice and deep for bedding (which won't get kicked out!), and the cage section can be completely removed from the base which makes cleaning easy. There's lots of space to hang tubes, toys and hammocks to keep your rats happy.
Cons: The access isn't great - a small door on each side and a slightly larger door on the top. If your rats aren't waiting at the door for you it can be difficult to get hold of them and get them out! Due to the size and shape it can be difficult to store when you aren't using it. It's very difficult to get things attached to the inside due to the access problems. The attachments for the shelves are temperamental and very easy to cross thread leaving you with them stuck on the side of the cage!
Overall: This is a good cage for two to four rats, provided you have the patience to deal with the small access (or can modify the doors to make them bigger). It's reasonable value for money, and a good cage for new owners.
I bought this cage a couple of years ago for two male rats. It cost me about £90 from Pets at Home. Since then I've kept a maximum of 3 male rats in the cage, and I find it plenty big enough. There's room to hang hammocks and climbing things etc, I currently have a "sputnik", and two hammocks in mine, and there's still plenty room.
I also bought the stand with my cage, and that proves very handy as it brings the cage to a good height for handling the rats and feeding/cleaning etc.
The MAJOR downside to this cage is the size of the doors. There is a fairly big door on the roof of the cage, but the doors on either side of the cage are really small. So small that you'd struggle with picking a large rat out of the cage using your hands.
The small doors also make cleaning the cage very difficult. It requires bending your arms in unnatural ways to reach all the corners through the tiny doors!
This cage would be perfect if it had larger doors - clearly the designer was not a keeper of rats!!!
I bought this cage from Pets at Home for about £70 to house 4 rats, which according to the product description in store is the maximum recommended for this space. I soon discovered as the baby rats got bigger that there wasn't enough room for them and I personally wouldn't recommend keeping more than 2 in a cage this size
The first problem I noticed on getting the cage home was one of access. There are three doors, one largish one on the top of the cage and two very small ones near the base on opposite sides. This made it quite difficult to fit the accessories that had come with the cage and once the rats were living in it it made it hard to do the bits of cleaning that needed doing daily.
The accessories that came with the cage were a mixed bag. The water bottle was next to useless and didn't even attach to the bars properly so a new one was bought straightaway. The shelves were ok but got dirt in their little crevices quite quickly. The tubes were fine and much loved by the rats and the food bowls are also fine and are still in use in the new cage, I like that they hook onto the bars rather than sitting on the base or a shelf as it makes it harder for the rats to knock their food over.
The Jenny cage is quite hard to transport. It doesn't fold down at all and due to the narrow bars its tricky to carry around and hurts the fingers! Even moving it around to clean it out was a hassle. Putting it in the car to take home from the shop wasn't easy either, but it was a small car.
The biggest problem with this cage though, was the plastic base. Once my rats discovered they could chew it the cage was doomed! They managed to chew a hole nearly big enough to escape from overnight, and I had to quickly patch it up while I waited for a new cage to be delivered. By the time the rats left it, the cage had huge holes chewed in each of the four corners of the base and was unusable.
I wouldn't recommend this cage at all. Its poor value for money and may not last more than a few days if your rats are chewers!
I have kept rats on and off for quite some time and firstly would like to state that I made the mistake of buying this cage very early on in my rat keeping days before I knew any better!
I went to my local Pets at Home to see what cages they had which were suitable for rats and this was about the best one they had in stock. It was roughly £90 which I just shudder at the thought of paying now, as that really is an extortionate price for what you are getting. I was looking at getting 2 rats at the time for the Jenny cage, which has dimensions of 80x50x79cm. Really you want to be buying the biggest cage you can afford, even if it is only for 2 rats and I now wouldn't put rats in a cage of this size. With the Jenny, came 2 plastic shelves and 2 plastic tube set ups which you can arrange as you wish. There was also a largish plastic bottle for water and a couple of metal food bowls which can be hooked onto the mesh with holders that were also supplied. The plastic shelves and tubes are really rather difficult to keep very clean and so became quite a hate of mine very quickly. Another downside is the access to the cage. There is one door on the top and one smaller one on one side at the bottom. These really are too small and make things rather awkward. About the only positive I can think of is that the cage mesh is nice and narrow and so perfect for very young rats that can squeeze out of alarmingly small spaces.
After educating myself about keeping rats, which I really should of done before I started keeping them, I realised just how rubbish the Jenny cage is and I soon bought a cage that was 3 times the size and nearly half the price of what I paid for the Jenny! There are certainly far worse cages that I have known people to keep rats in but the Jenny is such an extortionate price that I would urge anyone to have a good look around for a cage before paying out any money. There are so many better and cheaper options that there really is no excuse to spend your good money on this cage.
I have been a Rat owner for 2.5years now! I brought this cage from pets at home for around 100 pounds. At this point I had owned Rats for 14 months and did not really have good experiences with the cages i then had. The cage was quite easy to assemble together but i instantly noticed that the clips which connect the deep base of the cage and the wire body of the cage together were quite flimsy and light feeling. Out of experience Rats can be quite clever and quickly learn to undo and push on clips to escape. So this is some thing I took into consideration. Once the cage was assembled and the accessories were put in I realized that cleaning this cage could be a bit of a pain as the accessories are quite wide and would need to be taken out the cage at a angel (Whilst stopping the rats themselves from escaping) or you would have to take the wire body of the base and then disconnect the accessories (making the cleaning process that little bit longer)
The deep base is in my opinion a bonus because my rats have 2 large rat houses (which i put to the side's to disguise the flimsy clips) and they also like quite a big amount of bedding and litter so the deep base allowed for all this. The base takes a bit of time to put in a bin bag when emptying but it does empty fairly easily. The ladder leading to the first shelf is again quite flimsy and also fiddly to take of the shelf to clean. I find my rats will actually just climb up the wire body to the shelves instead of using the ladder. The metal feeding bowl on black holders are quite useful and the cage came with two of these. Its hold just the right portion per bowl for my 3 rats to share.
The accessibility to the cage is another matter which I found annoying as at the front and back of cage there is a small door (Which you can just put your forearm through whilst holding the dish's) and on top their is a double door which if the cage is stood on a table of stand (as mine is) makes it very hard to use to pick the rats out or put food in. I have manged getting the rats in and out okay but i believe it could of been made easier.
The water bottle is large and can hold round about a pint of water. More then enough for my 3 rats. The water bottle holder (which is plastic) makes a nice change from the bendy wire ones that you so often get. The holder bend's around the water bottle and holds it in place. I have found the bottle holder can be stiff to move if it has been in one place for a long time. After a year the cage has started to slightly rust (despite being kept indoors and well cared ful) The space of the cage is good and does well for people with more then 1 rat but the structure and lay out has let it down a little bit. I would prefer bigger doors and more accessable points , stronger clips not just the two flimsy ones either side and a better ladder. Overall I think the cage just about does for the money i paid although i have noticed the price slowly coming down in the last few months.
The Jenny cage is in my opinion a very inconvenient cage for rats. The cage is large enough for several rats and has a nice deep base. It also comes with a number of good accessories and has bars spaced at about 1cm apart making it suitable for rats of all sizes however these are the only good points I can find with the cage.
The cage structure is flimsy and easily bent out of shape when not attached to the base. Many Jenny cages also have uncoated bars making them difficult to clean and keep clean. There are two doors one on the roof which is difficult to access if the cage is raised off of the floor and another tiny door in the bottom right corner. This door is so small that it gives little access and doesn't allow for good interaction between you and your rats. Both doors also use friction clips which rats often learn how to open.
The two shelves which are supplied with the cage get dirty very quickly and require wiping every day however the positions of the doors make this very difficult to do. If you remove the shelves to replace them with hammocks you risk making the structure even more flimsy.
I have known people to cut open the front of this cage and weld in a larger door, I have also known people to coat the bars themselves however for the effort I would recommend you purchase a Freddy cage instead which for a similar price already has these advantages and is much more robust.
I own 13 rats at present, and have used many different cages. Unfortunately this is the worse cage I have used as I always recommend people considering a new cage look elsewhere as this cage is inconvenient for both the rat and the owner.
The ferplast Jenny cage is, in my opinion, a good cage for the price (price depends on where you purchase it, but I got mine for £80 about 6 months ago).
The bars are well spaced (not suitable for smaller animals such as hamsters and gerbils which would be able to escape) and there are several access 'doors' - one large one of the top and a small one on both the front and back.
The cage sits upon a relatively deep plastic base (easy to lift off) which is easy to clean, although the occupants of the cage will still invariably still manage to chuck food and poo out of it! Increasing the depth of the base slightly would help but I'm just nit picking here.
The cage is provided with a couple of levels which you can fit at any height within the cage you desire - this gives the rat/s extra room to play around in, there is also plenty of space to add other accessories. As well as the levels the cage also comes with a water bottle, 2 metal food bowls, a ladder and 2 tunnels.
Due to the large size of this cage (20" deep, 30" high and 31" long) you will need a good sized area in which to put it and it can feel quite dominating in a room, however this is the price you pay when you have a pet such as rats - they require a large amount of space in which to live compared with other caged pets such as hamsters.
It can be a little difficult to extract the rats from the cage if they are not at the top as the side doors are a little on the small side although to be fair to ferplast, it was probably designed this way to allow greater flexibility for placing shelves etc.
Due to the size of the cage it is suitable for up to 4 rats.
After viewing a substancial number of rat cages on offer before settling for this one I can say that, in my opinion, this is one of the more attractive and better value options available for housing multiple rats together.
Remember not to house male and female rats together unless you want baby rats!
The Jenny cage is a very satisfactory starter cage at a not too extortionate price. It is fairly large (can comfortably house 5 pet rats at the most) and comes with some good quality accessories. The shelves are very durable and easy to move around as are the tubes which are a must for any rodent cage.
The food dishes are very decent, chrome bowls with holders which fit easily onto the bars. I do feel that the water bottle provided is too large for rats but may be suitable for rabbits or ferrets. I never used my water bottles on either of my Jenny cages, I just bought my own smaller ones and dotted them around the cage.
The problems with this cage become apparent rather quickly. The bars on the cage become rusty very quickly and if you are wishing to buy this cage, I recommend that you coat the bars before use with japlac or similar so that the rusting process is slowed down.
The main problem with this cage is that it is very inaccessible and a nightmare to clean. The doors are all very small which makes it very difficult to perform spot cleaning on the shelves and also means that it could take you quite a while to be able to coax out any nervous ratties as you are very limited in terms of how far you can reach in to the cage. However, I am aware that you can now purchase larger doors separately which from what I have heard, work very well.
Overall, the Jenny is a good starter cage and is reasonably good value but can be quite problematic to the point where it can get very frustrating. I wouldn't personally recommend this cage in its current form.
The Jenny is a spacious cage designed for ratties, however I think its safe to say although your ratties will love it, YOU wont!!!
The Jenny is a large, squareish cage that comes with a greenish or grey base, wire top with narrow bar spacing (1.4mm), two plastic shelves and two large tubes for your ratties to climb through. it is a fantastic size for a pair of rats, 80cmX50cmX80cm, although technically you could have up to four ratties in it. The shelves and tubes provided extra interest however thats just about where the good points of this cage end.
Firstly, its very innaccessible. It has a large door on top but the doors in the sides are tiny, making accessing the inside of the cage very difficult...if you want to wipe the shelves down every day or two its very difficult unless you are located near the top, if you want to pick up your rats and they are on the bottom you need to angle your arm right in and perform double jointed moves to get at them (which is not brilliant if you have nervous ratties), and when cleaning the bars of the cage you need to remove the base, turn the cage upside down and bend right into the cage...a nightmare if you are less mobile or short like myself.
Although the bar spacing is narrow making this cage suitable for even the littlest of rat babies, the bars are not coated which is a big no-no when it comes to ratties...they pee all over the bars sometimes, and cleaning the bars weekly with a cloth will eventually result in dirty, rusted and degraded bars. I have actually heard of the bars snapping on these, which is clearly very dangerous. For having such a high RRP, this is NOT a cage that will stand the test of time.
Also, the long tube that is supposed to reach from the top shelf to the bottom is actually quite dangerous for little ratties. It has a very smooth surface and my rat assumed she would be capable of climbing along the top and fell off...and this cage is tall so she had quite a fall. The shelf size is so small that it allows rats to fall off the top shelf quite easily, and also provides less floor space than larger shelves would.
Ah, the shelves. They are difficult to fix back on to say the least, they have to be screwed in and no matter whether the wire part of the cage is right way up or upside down, its very difficult to do this unless you have two people...one to hold the shelves and one to screw them in. The shelves also have lines etched on them, and for some reason, little square holes which are IMPOSSIBLE to clean out and thus end up full of disgusting looking, uncleanable stuff.
For the price it is, I feel the Jenny rat cage is a bit of a rip off, its very cheaply made and clearly no thought has gone into ease of access and cleaning. The RRP is £154.99, although it can be bought for £99, but personally I'd go for the Freddy 2 max instead, which is the same size but with bigger doors and coated bars...much better.
Another downside to this is that it isnt really suitable for anything other than rats...chinchillas and degus will chew their way out of this in about five minutes, so its not a very versatile cage.
This is the rat cage you are likely to see on sale at Pets at Home but I would save your money and consider a different cage, this one is the biggest pain in the bum!