We’ve had the Thickets cage for almost two years now and it’s only fair I write a review for it.
The Thickets is a cage sold exclusively at Pets At Home, and is marketed as being a degu, chinchilla, and rat cage.
Price: a shocking £90!
Size: 92cm x 47cm x 60cm (LxWxH)
Suitable for: Syrian hamsters, small birds, possibly one or two rats
The Thickets is a truly terrible cage.
Not only is it painfully badly designed, but it is totally unsuitable for the main two types of pets it is designed and marketed for – degus and chinchillas.
We didn’t buy the Thickets cage (we would never buy a cage this size for £90 when there are so many better and cheaper ones on the market) but it came with two male degus we adopted.
The cage comes with two shelves; one runs along the length of the cage at the back, and the other to the left across the width. These are nice added extras, but there is one huge flaw, and this has to do with the positioning of both shelves and door on the cage.
The door is positioned, quite ridiculously, on the far right of the cage, and is the cage’s only access.
It’s a shame because it’s a really nice large door, and access could be great, but because the manufacturer’s have put it so far to the right, it’s impossible to reach to the left hand side of the cage, which just so happens to be where one of the shelves is.
I had such great trouble reaching toys, pets and, of course, the shelf when I was trying to clean this cage!!
You can move the shelves, but you’re not supposed to, and it’s difficult. It can be done though, and does improve the cage slightly if you move the shorter shelf.
The second reason I absolutely detest this cage is because it’s not big enough to keep degus or chinchillas in!!
This cage costs £90, and it is very small. I’ve kept several Syrian hamsters in here and thought it was great for them, other than the stupidly positioned door.
But it IS NOT suitable for chinchillas or degus. We did add an extension on when our degus temporarily lived in there, but even so the cage was still far too small.
Degus are surprisingly large and active pets, we found the easiest way to keep them was to buy an XXL dog crate (£40) and cable tie mesh to it, so the degus can’t escape. This provide an easy access cage which is much bigger than the Thickets, and less than half the price 🙂
The smallest cage I’d want to keep a pair of chinchillas in is this one, which we bought from Zooplus.
It costs £79.99 so is still cheaper than the Thickets, and the measurements are 79cm x 52cm x 140cm – compared to the tiny Thickets which is just 92cm x 47cm x 60cm!
As for rats, I think you could just about keep two rats happily in the Thickets.
Two females I wouldn’t be too concerned about, but males would appreciate a loft area, plenty of time out the cage etc.
Recap – Pro’s:
- I like the way the door locks
- The wooden shelves are a good size
- Pull out metal tray to empty substrate
- Bar spacing is small enough for Syrian hamsters and even younger rats
- The metal tray doesn’t pull out very well, and obviously doesn’t work when there are toys on the base…you have to try reach in and around to get the toys out, which is difficult
- Access is utter crap due to door location making it a nightmare to clean
- Too small for animals it is marketed for
- Ridiculously expensive
- Shelves can’t easily be moved
In conclusion this is not a cage we recommend. If you are getting it for free or very cheap, it does have some uses (temporary cage, eg. hospital or quarantine) but overall it’s just a really badly designed cage.
We rate it one out of five stars: *****