I got this cage for my two pet mice when i was younger, it was advised to me that this would be the best cage for my mice, and small animals such as hamsters, the cage for what it is was very expensive at £60 but this did include some extras such as some food and some extra tubes to go around the cage. The cage is strong and looks great, i still have mine which i bought over 5 years ago, which my sister now uses for her hamsters and there is nothing wrong with it, so you do get good quality from the product, also when the cage was completely put together and you put our pet inside its great, they love it! you can attach loads of tubes and the cage can also be connected to another Habitrail cage with the tubes to make your pets home even bigger. For the pets i think this cage is great, its plenty of space for 2 mice or 1 hamster, you can attach more cages meaning you could have more animals, the tubes are great fun for the animals, its colourful and provides a running wheel, food bowl, water dispenser and bed for your pet and its strong good quality plastic which will last for ages! the only downsides to this cage is that they can be very expensive, especially if you want your pet to have lots of fun with the tubes, it can also be a bit of a pain to set up, and my mum nearly broke the cage from the force it takes to put it all together, the instructions can be a bit confusing! also if you want to add the tubes they can be a bit tough to clean, and really could do with a good soak rather than using disinfectant spray, this means having to take the tubes apart, allowing time for them to soak and dry and then putting them all back together and then on the cage again, this doesnt have to be done, but the cage can get very smelly if its not done.
I bought a habitrail last week, and so far so good. The put together, although was very difficult, and I almost broke it in anger. After I put it together though, my hamster was off exploring. The first day, some parts fell off, and I had to re put it together, it hasn't broken since. It's a definite yes for Syrian Hamsters. There are a lot of things to buy for it and it's very colorful and bright. My hamster had a chewing problem before, which was keeping me up at night, and now since I've bought it, She hasn't keepen me up since. The only thing is that you may want to buy an actual wheel with it, because it comes with a noisy weird "Space Dish" thing. All and all this cage is a great buy, and I recommend it to any new or old hamster owners wishing to buy a cage.
Habitrail is another brand on the market who design small compartmentalised cages which are usually produced in bright colours, designed to attract the eye and in particular the younger customer. They are not designed with the hamster in mind, for the following reasons:
1. Far too small for Syrian hamsters, there is not much floor space unless you buy many extensions, and even then the tubes are too small for the larger hamster (they can get stuck) and there is nowhere to put an 8 inch wheel which is what a Syrian hamster needs.
2. Not suitable for Roborovski hamsters or smaller hamsters partly because of the bar spacing but mainly because the hamsters are not experts at climbing and may struggle with the tubes
3. Definitely unsuitable for pairs of dwarf hamsters, as they will get territorial over the tubes and compartments, and will fight. I note that other reviewers here (even those that love the cage) have had to split their dwarfs after being in this cage; that would be the reason why.
4. Ventilation is not ideal, the Habitrail cages currently on the market are mainly plastic.
You might get away with having a single "Russian" dwarf (Winter White or Campbell's) in a Habitrail but I would say that was really the only hamster who could truly live reasonably in one.
They are very expensive, especially if you buy all the units needed to give even half way acceptable space, and difficult to clean. There are much, much better cages on the market for much, much cheaper prices, sadly it seems people buy these cages with their eyes sometimes instead of their head.
I breed and exhibit Syrian hamsters, and sell the baby hamsters that I do not keep to show, and I have to say I would never even consider selling a baby hamster to anyone who was inclined to buy a cage like this.
The Habitral Ovo is the latest design from the Hagen brand Habitrail, which is a style of plastic hamster housing connected by tubes, and all the older styles of Habitrail are becoming discontinued. However, there is one major flaw with the Ovo cages that weren't quite as big an issue with the others...they are FAR too small.
The Ovo cages look very modern, they are orange and white and have a "shell" style top that can be pulled over the cage. Available is the Suite, a small round cage with tubing to provide a small nest area above the main cage, the Pad, which is the small round cage on its own, the Maze, which is a smaller add on unit, and the Loft...which is the only cage anywhere near big enough to permanently house a Syrian hamster (or a pair of dwarves). The Ovo Suite retails at £31.99, the Ovo Pad at £21.99, and the a Loft at £49.99, although you can usually find the cages a lot cheaper than that online if you shop around.
One of the great things about the Habitrail cages is that they mimic a hamster's natural underground burrow, with small compartments attached by tubes. You need to connect quite a few to make a sizeable habitat, but one of the good things about Habitrail is that it is expandable, you can make it as big as you want.
They are also very attractive looking cages, much more aesthetically pleasing than a bunch of metal bars, and they look attractive in a child's bedroom.
Habitrail is not only suitable for Syrian hamsters, but can also be used for dwarf hamsters, gerbils and mice. With these animals, however, you will need to purchase the Habitrail mini connecting tubes, which are designed for the smaller and slimmer bodies of these animals to prevent them falling whilst climbing in the tubes.
The Ovo Loft is a slick looking and well designed cage, the top is very sturdy and the whole cage is very well designed and well put together, and it is much easier to take apart than the other Habitrail cages.
If you insist on choosing a tube style hamster cage, the Habitrail is probably the best...the Rotastak cages are famous for having loose connecting tubes, I have had two hamsters escape from them in the past, whereas the Habitrail connectors are so tight you will curse them...but at least they'll keep hammy safe!
The biggest problem with the Habitrail cages is the fact that they are so fiddly. Taking them apart and putting them back together is a total pain in the bum, and eventually the tubes wont fit together as tightly and will need to be replaced. The weekly cleaning is a major operation with the Ovo cages, they are much more of a pain to clean than a regular wire barred cage.
Some Houdini's will insist on chewing through the plastic, and an industrious hamster can escape from these cages in a few short hours. Unfortunately the only way to find out if your hamster is a chewer is to buy one of these cages and find out...and that is an expensive way to try out a cage!
The main downfall of the Ovo cages is, however, that they are too small. The main unit of the Ovo Pad and the Ovo Suite are tiny, and offer no scope for the Hamster to climb. Even the Loft, although it seems sizeable at first, becomes much smaller when the bulky exercise wheel and maze are attached to the inside. All in all, you need a lot of Habitrail to make a home for your hamster that ISN'T downright cruel. A lot of people misunderstand hamsters...in the wild they can travel miles in a night, which is why they are so into their exercise wheel, so cooping them up in a tiny cage isn't really very fair, there are much bigger, and better cages on the market for less money.
For the size of cages you get, the Habitrail cages are very expensive, you can buy a cheaper wire hamster cage that is larger for about £25. And if you wanted to build a proper sized hamster habitat, you really need to spend in the region of £80 plus.
If you do choose to go with the Habitrail cages, it is worth trying to look out the older models like the Habitrail playground...they may not go very well with the Ovo, but they allow the hamster to climb a little, which is better than nothing.
All in all, the bright Habitrail cages are pleasing to a child's eye, but they are less good for the parent's pocket, and for the hamster, and there are definitely better cages out there!
As I have a Russian Hamster, I needed a cage that was going to be suitable for her, she's called Daizie. Initially I wouldn't have went for this cage as Russian hamsters are one of the smallest hamsters possible to buy, and this can cause a problem, especially with these types of cages.
----So what are they?----
Habitrail are cages that are for smaller animals like hamsters, although other larges animals may be able to fit into them it's not really recommended, as there wouuldnt be mush room for them to move around in.
The basic design is a large living area, with a few tunnels that run off from this which joins onto another smaller 'room' on the front, which is quite deep, allowing your hamster to burrow.
There are additional extras that can be purchased for these, like extra tunnels, other 'rooms' and also a paper maze that can be added to the inside to amuse your hamster.
----Where can these be purchased from?----
I purchased my one about a year ago, from Pets At Home, although you will find these in most pets shops, as it is quite a large manufacturer.
when I purchased the one that Daizie uses it cost me roughly £29.99, for the basic set-up, and the extra's are about £3.99-£9.99 depending on what you are after and also where you purchase them from.
Daizie loves the fact that she has alot of space to run around in, and that she has the cage all to herself. Because the cage has the large 'room' at the front that is very deep it allows her to burrow, and hide her food so that she can find it again later when she wants it.
There is really 2 disadvantages to this cage:
1. Cleaning the cage is really difficult and takes alot of time, you basically have to take the whole cage apart then wash it and then put it all back together again.
2. Russian Hamsters dont have the same gripping ability as any other hamster, so this cage is intended for the tunnels to go up the way, but with Daizie I have had to rotate the cage so that the tunnels run on the ground, so that she can run through them, and not fall down them and hurt herself.
But apart from that I love this cage and will buy another one sometime soon for my other hamster Lucifer.
Definitly recommended for people who have a lot of patience when cleaning it out.
Whilst I agree that the plastic spinning dish is a waste of time and only there for decorative purposes, I have had no issues with instability (it does take a lot of brutforce to get them in properly though). The extra room is not just for sleeping in. It can be used just for hamster/ gerbil/ mouse to explore into. It can be extended easily with the add ons. If you were correctly advised you would have bought extras such as the bendy sticks which you would arch and make into a hide. My gerbil thourghly enjoys it. He can hide when he wants and explre.
Being animals that naturally tunnel underground the ability to make more tunnels and to extend the enclosure makes it much better than some of the standard ones.
I would recommend this cage, but wouldnt bother with the disc and get extras for the benefit of your pet.
The Habbitrail series of Hamster cages are among the most versitle. They not only come with bright colours they also come with an array of accessories to design a luxury home for your Hammy! We had a Hamster that sadly passed away (RIP Archie :0() who to begin with was in a basic wire cage. But after a month or so she seemed to be a little bored and more intent on escape and chewing on the bars than the toys and chew blox that we had bought. We decided to get her a new cage and came accross the ovo habitrail which seemed to more than fit the bill.
If you shop arround you can get the ovo suite that comes with a main pod complete with built in wheel and food bowl, a slightly odd looking water bottle, a food pod, a bed pod with carry handle, two tubes and all the connector pieces you will need for arround about £20.00 This suite is more than suitable for your hammy but as the cage seemed such good value we decided to get a second big pod called the maze.
The maze pod unlike the main suite which is orange and white gives you a choice of colour and comes in pink or blue and cost around the £15 mark. As the name suggests the maze pod comes with a cardboard maze which although our first hamster didn't really like it the next hamster who inhabbited the ovo did (Dexter). Now as each hamster has their own personality the ovo complex is a very good choice and the mazes don't need to be in the pod meaning it can just be used as another room in your hamster complex which can be changed into many different designs to ensure your hamster never gets bored.
Although the ovo complex is a very good choice and we now have two ovo complexes one for Dexter and one for our new addition Munchie there are a few downsides. Starting with the main ovo suite it comes in lots of pieces and getting some of the connector pieces to link together can be a little tricky. Next the wheel, although it looks great and is very quiet it doesnt seem to want to stay in place and in both our cages needed a dab of glue to hold the wheel on, otherwise as we discovered with munchie your hammie may end up running in circles under the wheel. Next the odd looking water bottle seems to take some getting used to and as most hamsters are used to either bowls or conventional water bottles used in pet shops we found it a good idea for the first few days to have a watter dish in with them until they get the hang of their new one. The maze pod itself is the same in design as the suites main pod and due to this it is fairly basic the hard part is the cardboard maze! It took ages to put together and if your hamster is like our first it seems alot of effort!
Despite these issues we were clearly not put off. The ovo habitrail hamster suites are fun and inventive with lots of add ons and extra pieces/tubes availabe ranging in price from £1.00 to £10.00. They can take up alot of room but that depends on your design and set up. Other hamster cages like the Rotastack designs do seem to have more inventive themes but if you like us would prefer not to have a cage themed this is perfect. Most hamsters enjoy to dig, scratch, climb, chew and generally make a mess with the most noise possible and this cage means mess is minamised as it is all enclosed. Noise is another issue and chew toys are a definite must!
Overall the ovo habitrail suite makes for a great home for your hammie but don't for one minute be fooled the designated areas will not apply to them... Munchie sleeps with her food in the food pod and Dexter uses the bed as a toilet and the hidey hole behind the wheel as a bed!
I love habitrail! I brought the ovo suite for my two winter whites. I also got them a maze and additional tubes dens etc. they loved it, though one day they decided they didnt love each other as much and i had two separate them. The cage was ideal for this as i put one in the maze and one in the main unit until morning when i could buy another cage.
I now have two habitrail pads, two mazes, two water bottles, four dens, four transporter units, four curves, eight 10"trails, eight elbows, six tees and four cubes. And believe me this makes two very happy hamsters. I havent put and tubes to steep coz my lil girls are well little! but the curves and elbows help take it up a level or two. they have even managed to get into the food dish now. Lots of reviews i read were very negitive about the ovo suite. but my hamsters love it, even with half the room there would be enough! The water bottle is awesome and the wheel not only huge but very silent! Ventilation wise i think this is the best modular system ive seen! We have cats and although not in the same room it was important to us to buy a secure product. The locks for the tubes are really good quality and very strong. The units are easy to put together and so quick to clean. It is easy to get in to and very accesible. Some people have said its very expensive but it pays to shop around, all of my pieces have been bargins!! We all love it!
My daughters have one of these cages in there bedroom for there hamster.
In the wild hamsters tunnel under ground to make there homes as it is cooler under ground and hamsters come from hot arid countrys.
A typical hamsters home in the wild will have a couple of tunnels from the surface going underground (he must be frightened of a fire seen as he has gone to the trouble of making a fire escape.)
these will lead to a chamber he will have dug to live in and off this chamber will be several tunnels to store his food in or go to the toilet in.
Habitrail have designed there cages with different compartments and tunnels to recreate this as much as possible.
There are quite a few different companys making these sort of cages but habitrail are unique in the fact that they are the only company who make lockable connectors for there cages to stop your hamster escaping.
With a habitrail cage you start with a system and then add all the extras you want.
There are 3 main systems,
the mini system which is designed for dwarf hamsters,
the safari system which is bland greens and browns
the playground system which is very brightly coloured,
We brought the playground systen for £14.99 but they are all roughly the same price.
We have also brought a circular out post which is a circular dome of green see through plastic which you put up in the air on a couple of tubes for the hamster to look out from. This cost £7.99
You can buy all sorts of weird and wanderful things for this cage all at relitavely cheap prices, lock connectors are £1.49 each, T shaped pieces of tubing costs £1.99 each, long curved tubes cost £1.75,
A wheel costs £4.95 but i got one free with my cage and a loft box for him to store his food in cost £5.95
The cages all come apart to be cleaned and are ideal for children to keep a hamster in as they can always see the hamster and enjoy designing there own cage.
Sadly my hamster Nobbie broke his leg in the Habitrail hamster-weel that comes with the Habitrail Playground, and had to be put to sleep!
The accident happened when he got his tiny foot stuck in one of the several gaps between the two plastic sides that comes together to make out the wheel.
Prior to the accident I also observed how he found it a bit scary to use the wheel, as his poor hamster eyesight prevented him from always seeing where to step, as one side of the Habitrail-wheel is transparent .(All hamsters have poor eyesight.)
But it never occured to me that he could get his foot caught and breake his leg!
Other hamster-owners should be aware. Take the prowided Habitrail-wheel out,and give the hamster a different hamster-wheel!
I purchased the Habitrail mini main unit for my two dwarf hamsters, it seemed a good option and was said to be specially designed for dwarves. I was very pleased with my new multicoloured hamster habitat but I soon realised there were many problems: my hamster managed to escape very easily (by turning the lid of the lookout tower and jumping out) and the tube connections were very loose, the lookout tower fell off several times but luckily the hamsters were uninjured. I covered the tubes and connections in masking tape so that they couldnt escape, this worked well but looked awful, I was not pleased because I had spend over £45 on a mini main unit, a ball, a lookout tower and an outlook.
I found the cage quite hard to clean out because the tube connections can be quite fiddly, it did only take me 1 hour to clean out though, you must make sure that all tube connections are connected properley or you little friend will escape very quickly and easily! My hamster didnt gnaw on the cage very much and no sawdust was spilled so that is an advantage. I found that there was barely any space for my hamsters to move around and the water bottle and food bowl took up almost half of the floor space. One of the dwarf hamsters was quite plump and struggled to fit through some of the small tubes! So I bought a new cage for my hamsters: a Gabber plastic container home which worked very well and they havent escaped and I have found no faults with it! Unfortunately I have had to separate them because they fight so the smaller hamster of the two has the Habitrail again, which is covered in masking tape and I have squeezed a water bottle through the tiny bars to make more floor space! I am currently looking for a new Rotastak cage for her because the Habitrail just isnt suitable!
The habitrails, both the space station and the safari range are great fun, I kept mice in mine, with both cages connected together, which the mice loved. The wheels are fantastic, being asthetically pleasing as well as highly entertaining for the mice, who never seemed to stop spinning the whirly things. The negatives I found where that the wheel, compartments and tunnels tended to get rather sodden quickly due to their design and so needed cleaning out sooner than other cages and the plastic door sometimes stuck, but that aside I highly reccomend this type of cage for mice especially.
When i first saw the habitrail playground hamster home i was attracted to its originality of design. However I discovered it was difficult to construct and flimsy. My hamster did not use the space dish type wheel provided with the cage, probably as it is designed as a peice of plastic for kids to look at. The external rooms which can be connected are totally transparent which is unfair for the hamster as they like to sleep in the dark, obviously they are transparent for the benefit of the person, not for the hamster!. There is also little ventilation which makes these rooms hot and sweaty for the hamster. The tubes which i attemted to add on did not securely attach to eachother as shown on displays on the cage containers. My hamster actually walked up a tube and it was such a weak connection that it fell off with the hamster in it ( luckily into my laundry and unhurt, soft landing!)however this could have been worse as you can imagine. These cages are designed for the observers benefit not the hamsters. The ridiculas designs are an example of the selfish nature of people. If you are a responsible parent do not buy this type of cage for your child, they are a dangerous waste of money for a animal NOT a toy.
Having an 8 year old animal lover, desperate for a hamster doesn't really present too many problems....you go to the pet shop, choose the cutest hamster, pop him/her in a box and off you go.
However, choosing a home for the hamster is a totally different matter. Go into any large pet shop and you might mistake it for "Hammy Hamster's Estate Agency". The array of cages is quite phenominal. You can have anything from a basic red plastic and wire cage to a total space station, as well as a playground, a castle and whole number of other little scenaric homes. These developments in "hamster abodes" are mostly under the name of "Habitrail"
Habitrail Homes are the mansions of hamster cages. They start of with the basic kit...eg the playground kit. this is the basic hamster cage. Brightly coloured plastic cages with wire railings to stop your little friendly rodent from escaping.
The basic "house" comes with a wheel, water bottle, food dish, an elbow shaped piece of piping and and another "room". the base is rounded which should stop your hamster from gnawing its way out of the cage. The "front" door allows you easy access to your hamster, food and water. the base is fairly high so that sawdust doesn't go everywhere when your pet is burrowing or hiding in the cage.
Ok, seems very straighforward so far and if you can get your child out of the petshop before they notice all the additions to the range then you will have a very good hamster cage, ok, might have cost twice as much as conventional cages, but it does look very stylish. However, Habitrail comes with a large number of extentions........all neatly boxed and usually stored next to the cages. Before you know it your little "pied a terre" had become a town. With the playground kit you can add lots of different tunnels with a very good click and fit system. You can add a restaurant to your cage, with a tunnel leading off the main room. Then you can add a loft with another range of tunnels, then an additional wheel, Just when you think that the hamster might have enough rooms in its ever-increasing house, you can add another deck, a playroom, an outpost, a tower and even a toilet.....all of these additions have to be added with a system of tubes and connectors. The hamster cage suddenly starts to take over your house and you wonder who will survive. I remember the days when the hamster cage sat on a shelf and the hamster played on its wheel.....ahhh well, we must have a new breed of hamsters nowadays....think "footballers wives" you can even have a conservatory!!!!!!!
I had just about accepted that our hamster cage was taking up half the room when my son arrived home with it's latest addition.....a hamster car....ohhh great, so what was coming next, the garage??? (the hamster now has its own dragster). I am sure we are nowhere near the end of the range either. So now we have this oversized monstrosity with a car and a ball parked outside.
So, how does the hamster react. Well, it seems to love the whole set up....so much so that it moves its bedding around daily....it doesn't seem to know which room it likes best...on top of that, it moves its food store on a regular basis, so we never know where it wants to eat...then it leaves bits of old food and bedding lying all over the cage. it also uses the whole cage as a toilet. It loves it so much that it treats the cage very much the same as my eight year old treats his room (apart from the toilet bit that is)
Cleaning the cage takes about as long as it takes to clean my house.....you have to take it all apart...yes all the connectors and tunnels have to be cleaned as well as all the "additions".....the easy part is the base with the sawdust......just empty, wash and refill. However the extentions and additions all have to be unscrewed, washed, dried and then the real fun begins. You are faced with around 60 pieces of tunnel, connector, rooms, wheels etc and you have to try to put it back together. Hah!!!! you need an engineering degree to even attempt it.......it is just a big heap of brightly coloured plastic. Several hours later, you have something that resembled the object that you started off with. I even ended up checking out their website to see if there were any pictures of the "final result" (I had thrown out all the boxes because they were taking up the other half of the room). What do you do with the hamster while you are cleaning its mansion....you put it in its car and let it drive around the room......only to find it a few hours later, fast asleep and exhausted from its journey....somehow you forget about the pet while you are cleaning and rebuilding its little paradise.
I would say that if you can get away with buying the basic set then you will have a nice, easy to clean cage..............just stay away from the add-ons......no matter how tempting they may seem.....hamsters don't have joneses to keep up with!!!!
Why did I end up cleaning it......erm, because the kids didn't have the time!!!!
The ironic thing about our Habitrail cage was the the nice rounded, unchewable corners, failed to stop Irontooth the hamster, he managed to gnaw his way through it and escape. We found him again and reinstalled him in his house. He was probably the fittest hamster I have ever seen though......with all his running around his house.
The cost....well I reckon that we spent around £170 (over a few months) on additions and extentions (not including the car of course) and the hamster cost us £5 to buy...who saw us coming!!!!!!!!!!!
By all means, buy a Habitrail cage but just watch out that you don't have to remortgage to do so:)
thanks for reading and rating, caroline:)
Hi, i have just persuaded my boyfriend to give a home to one of his uncles baby hamsters as i cant have one in my house at uni. he was fairly easily persuaded, even more so when he saw the fun we could have with a habitrail!! we got the playground as it was the only one they sold although i think it was a good choice as it is more colourful than the space and safari cages. the cages themselves are compact but they are probably made on the smaller side because they know that if owners decide to buy a habitrail then they are likely to add on parts to make the living space bigger anyway. i have read comments about people saying habitrails are too small, what i will say is - add on parts if ur a caring owner!! you can even add on another cage if u wanted to that much.
our little friend Minnie, is still very young and it is amusing to see her favourite toy is the bars on the cage which she climbs and uses as monkey bars. we bought her a hanging climbing toy which we can easily attach to the roof of her home as we could see she loved climbing so much.
we also added extra tubes leading to the outpost yesterday and although i havent seen her go in it yet my boyfriend says that i will laugh at how she climbs down the vertical tube!!
the only problem is we are trying to buy the excercise wheel that attaches to the outside of the cage rather than the one that goes inside but this is proving hard to get as we have only found one shop that stocks habitrail.
but she loves it at the moment and we are trying to train her to use a hamster ball to excercise but she doesnt want to go in it as of yet.... bless her.
Fantasy themed homes for hamsters.