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Large, looks great and Trev seems delighted with it
Lack of ventilation, non runged area
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When it comes to hamster cages, over the past year I have spent an absolute fortune on them! I had 7 hamsters I have owned (4 I do now) and bred a litter of 11 of them, yep I'm a hamster mad lady that's for sure and I simply am fascinated by them and spoil them terribly! lol.
The problems I have experienced have been numerous though with cages though and they have been the bain of my life! Mostly my hamsters have managed to break their cages and escape regular from them and the problem is once they work out how this crime is committed they remember it and do it all the time. I've had faulty lids, one my step father put up for me and broke both hatches as he was doing so and so on. Add to that sometimes I look at a cage and simply think that its too small and I can't add on to it to make it any bigger and then that bothers me and I have to look yet again another cage.
My latest pink Rotastak cage I had was called the Dreamland cage and I kept Trevor my large long haired Syrian boy in it but it wasn't just far too small for him. No! He also worked out how to get the integrated bottle on it off meaning there was a route out and then he went walkabout causing me panic almost daily and often I'd be sat watching the tv when he's run past it alerting me the situation. My best mate almost lives at mine and has a poodle and I was so concerned that one day she and her teeth would find him before I would. He never used the wheel in it and there was a separate square compartment he used to get wedged in and use as a toilet (which absoloutely stank) so I decided I and him had enough of it and that he needed something safer and larger.
I had ruled out getting another Rotastak cage as soon as I went hunting for one for him. Having had a few of them in the past I'm just not impressed with them and their durability. I also wanted a very large cage but with less tubes and things to clean out cos with three other hammies with complicated cages, cleaning them is a right royal pain in the tush and besides Trev isn't fussed with all that palaver and is happy with a nice large wheel to play in and rungs to climb and dangle off.
However as I was looking for a cage I found an advert for a brand new one in the box that someone was selling at the price of £15.00 instead of the usual £30.00 price tag and when they bought it, it had £20.00 off it too. There was no photograph but I did know it was Rotastak however I thought I'd at least take a look as it was called large in the advert.
When I got there I was bit concerned though. Called the 'Pink Palace' this wasn't unlike the Dreamland cage I was replacing (which I have written a review about on here) in its appearance. Its just bigger really. However I had paid £29.99 for the Dreamland and did like the fact this one is much larger and I knew as well that I could remove some compartments from my old cage to this one making it even bigger for Trevor and it did feel sturdier and appear it!
The Cage Itself:
Well it comes in a very large box with photographs of the cage all over it and contact details for Rotastak on it of course. Inside the box all the pieces are wrapped in clear plastic which is easy to pull off and there is an instruction leaflet too which is actually easy enough to follow even for me (apart from the tubing instructions).
Well it comes in pieces and not already assembled of course. In total this took me and my mate 45 minutes to fathom out which isn't too bad considering the tubing is hard work to put together because you get different coloured bits and the leaflet is black and white and the tubing comes all in sections you have to clip together.
Well the technical bit is this. It measures in total W 0.48m x D 0.58m x H 0.53m and weighs 3.8g so it really isn't heavy and because the base of it is the largest part it is easy to move etc (The Dreamland had lots two different sized sections that were near on impossible to move unless pulled apart before hand).
The base cage of this is tank like meaning it (like the rest of this cage isn't runged) and it is long and wide and made of see through plastic with a purple coloured lid to which one end pulls open so you can get inside the unit and on the lid of that opening there is a light pink plug you can pull out and put add on's such as housing or a tube through or whatever. Then to the top left hand side of that bottom cage there in another large round housing section that you simply pop over a hole and you pop a piece of tubing through that securing each end with large silver hoops which keeps the tubing in place. Then you have a bright pink plastic wheel that hooks onto the side and there are breathing rungs to the top of that section because otherwise air would be sealed off completely. On the top of this section of the cage you get a light pink plugged area again and a light pink lid you can twist on and off to get inside of it and again you pop two pieces of tubing through a hole provided and you get a light pink and bright pink round look out tower that you push on and the lid comes off this too. To te round housed area and to the side of it you get tubing and you get plenty of it too. It all clicks together to give two round shapes of tunnel and it goes to the bottom section of the cage/tank.
It also comes with a purple plastic and none slip bowl which is isn't huge but isn't too small and then you get to the bottom housed area you get a small bottle provided that clicks and slides in.
Like I mentioned earlier you can add bits and pieces to this providing they are made by Rotastak and I had an identical pink look out tower on my old Dreamland cage to what's on here already and I simply attached that by taking out the plug on the top of the bottom cage, I forgot to pop some tubing on that but Trevor is struggling into it as I type so he is happy enough and he gets extra space so I turned his 3 roomed palace into four in a jiffy!
This was really easy to put together and feels really secure and robust. He isn't a little hamster is Trev with his big hair do going on and liking for foods he shouldn't however this really has been a fabulous buy for him. This is a great looking cage, sturdy with the benefit of adding other features onto it from the Rotastak range (Look on Amazon and Petplanet.com etc) and I'm no genius and rubbish at putting things together but it was all simple enough for me.
The base room really is wide and tall with plenty of room and he doesn't look squashed at all in it. The second room (the round one) is again a nice enough large room and the Dreamland cage before this I was complaining about, well on that this was his largest room now its just secondary! I do not like the way there isn't a runged area to him to play on and I also worry that not enough air can circulate as the bottom room as that doesn't appear ventilated at all and the round room on the top of that only has a very small ventilation area to it but the look out tower does with slits in the roof of that and he doesn't seem to be struggling with a lack of air or anything like that!
Its easy to clean as well in the main though I wont lie I hate having to pull apart the eight bits of tube to wash them and I do find that for a large cage the diddy bottle given really is too small but there is no option with this but to use it as I can't find a standard sized tube that would fit the click and slide feature this has to it but can say that at least on this model of cage that this one stays in place which again the other didn't.
The wheel is large and not one bit noisy, and all in all he's got room to make a big bed, make himself a loo far away from where he's sleeping and he is active so that makes me one very happy bunny indeed.
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