I’m trying my hardest to focus on doing this review, but it’s proving quite tricky as my mood climbs higher and higher…I may go off topic, ramble, and generally bug people. Apologies in advance 😉
So yes. Today my partner snuck out the house when I finally got to sleep and went and picked up a rather large parcel. For some reason the parcel delivery people had dropped it off at the post office in the village over instead of the nearby one, so bless him my partner made an hour-round trip to pick it up 🙂
It was the new mouse cage we ordered over the weekend. It’s made by the Habitrail company and is part of the Ovo series. It’s the Loft cage. I’m not a huge fan of Habitrail cages, but I do like the Ovo’s and have wanted a Loft for years. We finally found one cheap enough 😀
Here it is:
It cost £35 including delivery, but it is awesome. Like all cages it has some startlingly obvious pro’s and cons.
- The cage is visually very impressive
- It has great access to the pet/s; both orange side parts slide upwards, and obviously the metal roof lifts off too
- It comes with a wheel that is actually a decent size and, so far, has been pretty quiet
- The wheel is attached to a sleeping compartment, which also doubles (triples?) up to being a food bowl too!
- It comes with the Ovo water bottle. Now, a lot of people complain that the bottle leaks, what they don’t realise is that it’s supposed to! The bottle was designed so that all animals would understand where to access water, so it drips very slowly
- It can be attached to other cages in the Ovo series, including the Suite and Twist
- The cage is stated as being great for hamsters and gerbils. It’s not. (I’ll go into this more below)
- There are no bars to attach hanging toys such as hammocks or ropes from
- There are no side bars which makes it impossible to use a different wheel other than a flying saucer
- The bottom has ridges that, if it were inclined, a rodent could latch onto and chew, especially a Syrian!
- The measurements online stated this cage was 30cm wide, but due to the peanut design about half the cage is only 20cm wide
All in all I’m VERY happy with the cage (or is that the mania talking?! XD ) We’re using the cage for two female mice, and it’s a decent size for the girls. A lone male mouse would also fit in there.
A Syrian hamster? Nope. The cage is waaay too small for a Syrian, in my humble opinion…the length is okay, but the width makes me feel uncomfortable. I also wouldn’t want to keep gerbils in there, they do far better in a Perfecto style cage where they can have a good 10+ inches of substrate to burrow in.
A dwarf hamster would be fine in this cage size wise, but I’d still be a little concerned about the ridges along the bottom being chewed. I suppose if, like our mice, you know they’re not chewers, a hammie would be okay in there!
Here are some photos of the cage filled with substrate (we use shredded paper for mice) and toys and, eventually, mice! 😀
Lorri is black and white with a tan belly, and Hattie (the tiny girl!) is brown and white 🙂
I suppose what it all comes down to is: would I recommend this cage to a friend?
For the price, yes. It is a decent size, the mice are enjoying it and it does have some pretty nifty features. I also like that it can be added on to. Good cage, Habitrail, good cage! 🙂