This article is from the WSSF 2010 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
Ken & Connie Van Doren, Whittier, CA
We haven’t used this cage, but we did take a good look at one, and this is what we thought.
We were told that this cage was built as an improvement on the “Deluxe My First Home” cage. We believe this is actually a step backwards. Other than the food dish being removed from the hole in the shelf and having it attached higher, we really didn’t see any improvements. This cage is smaller, and there isn’t room for a wheel. Two adult females could live comfortably in this cage, but I wouldn’t house two males in it.
It has the same type of pan as the Deluxe My First Home model, where the wire sides don’t go down to the bottom of the pan, and leaves it exposed to chewing. It also has the same plastic clips that hold the cage to the pan, which are exposed to chewing.
We have the same issues with the shelves as the “Deluxe My First Home Large for Exotics” cage. They are safe and solid, but urine still collects in the troughs along the edges. If the shelves aren’t wiped down daily, the rats can get really dirty. The ramps should be wiped down daily as well.
The spring-loaded doors look like a disaster waiting to happen. If you’re not careful, a rat’s foot or tail could easily get caught when you close the doors.
The overall construction seemed a little sturdier than the previous version. The door on the top is a nice feature.
All in all, we think this cage would be better suited for a hamster, than a rat.