“ Manufacturer: Savic / Animals Equipment Type: Pet Cages / Animals Health/Service Type: Small Pets „
I've owned a number of these cages over the years - initially for their intended purpose as a hamster/mouse cage and currently I have two which I use for my rats. Before anyone gets upset - these are not used as permanent rats homes (they have a huge cage to run around in - soon to be replaced with a brand spanking new Savic Royal Suite), but as useful spare cages for the following purposes a) transport to (rat) shows to enter them in competitions b) transport to the vets for more than one rat when the normal carrier is too much of a squeeze c) recuperation for anyone who needs separating from the group after surgery d) for young babies who are still small enough to squeeze out the bars of my huge main cage and most recently I took my old boy Bernard to Cornwall in one with me when I had to go to my Grandad's funeral - Bernard is on permanent antibiotics for an abscess so I couldn't leave him at home.
Ultimately these cages aren't suitable for anything bigger than a (dwarf) hamster as a permanent home and they're not really suitable for gerbils who do better in a half tank/half cage type set up due to their love of burrowing. That said the bases are nice and deep so you shouldn't find too much substrate gets kicked out the sides.
The cages come with different coloured bases - mine are yellow and red and also come with a coloured shelf that hooks over the horizontal bars and covers approximately half the surface area of the cage. A short plastic ladder also clips into place for ease of access. Both my current cages I acquired second hand, but I believe when new they sometimes come with a small wheel and house included.
The bars are nice and narrow and the base has no defined edges on the inside - this means you shouldn't have any problems with escapees as they should neither be able to chew or squeeze their way out. There is only one door - a small one hinged on the top, but given the overall size of the cage I feel this is perfectly adequate, especially considering that if desired you can just unclip both ends and lift the whole top off.
The cage is very easy to clean out and the depth means that I find I can just about squeeze it into your average sized supermarket bag and tip the contents out all in one go. A quick squirt of or some animal friendly cleaner and a wipe around with kitchen roll should be all that's required.
The bars (certainly on the two I have currently) are coated so they should last a good number of years - rust only tends to creep in when your little darlings chew the bars and reveal the metal underneath.
Price wise you should be able to get a new one for around £25 and they make a taller one for about £5 more. As the cage is fairly small, the tall version may be a better option if you want to house syrians, rather than a dwarf variety of hamster. Personally I paid £5 for one of mine and £2 for the other one, which I consider absolute bargains!
Overall I have to say I'm pretty impressed with these cages - they are a bit small as a permanent home for a larger hamster (or other rodent), but they have a variety of other handy uses savic probably never thought off and I've found them invaluable for those reasons. Build quality is very good and pricing (especially second hand) can be great. I probably wouldn't recommend the cage as your main/only one in most circumstances, but as a spare/transport/emergency cage it's great.
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.
This cage is far to small than anything bigger than a dwarf such as a Russian, and even that is pushing it!
My syrians are quite large having come from a breeder and so this cage would be far far too small for them. I have a smaller hamster in a Savic Cambridge which is 62cm wide whereas this one is only 50 and the others in huge bin cages my friend made for me, I could fit in there.
The wheel in this cage is far too small for a syrian and could even cause long term damage to it, I reccommend the Wodent wheels, which last for a very long time and your hamster will never grow out!
My hamsters are all climbers so they like to climb up bars or in their case mesh, this cage doesnt have enough floor space for them to run, enough bars to climb and jump from, or enough space for toys! It fits that tiny wheel and a small house! My syrians have lots of toys, tubes climbers etc to keep them busy! This cage just isnt bo enough!
I bought this cage for a syrian hamster a few years ago and at the time believed it to be entirely suitable. It is easy to clean and my hamster seemed quite happy living in it. Having become involved in the 'hamster fancy' over the past year however, I have discovered that there is some controversy surrounding the size of this cage.
Many syrian hamster owners believe that a cage should have a floor space of 60 x 30cm minimum. The dimensions of the Savic Peggy are 50(L) x 36(W) x 28(H)cm, which does not meet this specification. The RSPCA has recently suggested that hamsters should be kept in a cage 75 x 40 x 40cm minimum! They are however currently updating their rodent care advice on their website.
In hindsight, I believe that the cage was too small for my hamster and I now keep my syrians in 'Duna Multys' and 'Zoozones' (72 x 46 x 32cm). These cages have much more space to add plenty of toys and a large wheel - the wheel supplied is without doubt too small for syrian hamsters since they must arch their backs to run in it. I also find that the tank style cages minimise mess - woodshavings are regularly kicked out through the bars of the Savic Peggy.
I do believe though that only you can determine what size cage to have. If you own a large pedigree animal and you have the space, perhaps treat them to something bigger. But I have spoken to people who say some of their hamsters are actually happier in a smaller cage! Go figure!
Not a bad cage and fairly decently made being by Savic, but you are better off with a Cambridge or Hamster Heaven as this one is a little on the small side for a Syrian hamster. It is probably the absolute minimum that I would recommend and the wheel it comes with is too small as Syrians need 8 inch wheels to run comfortably. Probably better for a Campbell's or Winter White (or hybrid "Russian") hamster, the bar spacing would be too wide for a Roborovski.
For the price I would prefer a Ferplast Duna Multy, Duna Fun or similar as there is more space for the hamster and their toys. We personally use 84l and 64l Really Useful boxes, mesh and nuts and bolts to make our own cages. A large hamster may well outgrow this cage so it would make more sense to buy something a bit bigger to start off with!
When we bought our first pet Syrian hamster around 2 years ago, the Peggy Hamster Cage from Pets At Home was the largest suitable cage we could find, & also seemed reasonably priced.
The cage has a red plastic base & the rest of it is made from metal bars that are spaced so that a Syrian hamster is unable to escape. The cage is not suitable for dwarf hamsters or mice as they may be able to squeeze through the bars. (By the way, a Syrian hamster is what most people think of as a typical hamster; i.e. the larger sized ones rather than the dwarf ones!)
I prefer a cage with bars as it allows the air to circulate & also provides hours of fun for your hamster as they can climb up & along the walls, & even along underneath the ceiling! This has been a favourite activity of both our original hamster & also our new one who has inherited this cage. (NB Syrian hamsters should be housed alone as if kept in pairs they will fight.)
This is also different to most cages as it does not contain the plastic tubing that's common in other hamster cages. Although this tubing looks fun for the hamster, I've read that the tubes aren't really big enough for a fully grown Syrian hamster, plus they must be very awkward to clean!
The cage comes with two plastic shelves that can be placed at any height in the cage in order to provide two extra levels for the hamster. There are also plastic ramps provided so that the hamster can climb between the levels. It is slightly awkward to fit the shelves into place, but you get there eventually!
You also get a small blue plastic house, a small plastic food bowl & a water bottle as part of the set. We bought our hamster a new water bottle & food bowl as the ones provided looked a bit tacky; however she loved the plastic house & now our new hamster loves it too.
A running wheel is also provided, however we replaced this with a larger version as it seemed a bit small once our hamster was fully grown.
Due to the large size of the cage, there's plenty of room for putting in toys, treats, extra hiding places & so on. There's also lots of room for the hamster to run around. There are two doors (one on top & one at the side), making it easy to put things into the cage or to take your hamster out for a play. The doors clip closed very securely & despite our original hamster trying her best, she never managed to open them!
The cage is easy to clean as the base is a simple rectangle & the metal part unclips easily to allow access to the base. It's slightly more awkward to clean the shelves as you have to either reach through the doors or remove the shelves completely.
Overall I think this is an excellent cage & one I would strongly recommend to anyone purchasing a new hamster.
The Peggy Hamster Cage currently costs £35.99 from Pets At Home. It measures around 28 x 50 x 36cm.