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411 of 421 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2011
I wanted to review this product as your average everyday pet owner. My kids got two Guinea pigs about 2 months ago and we had them in a large borrowed pet store type cage. They were small at the time and knew this cage would be temporary until we could find a better one. I do not have half a room to make a huge home made cage that many people have done and just wanted something that they could have more room in to move around, exerise and eat. After searching the internet I came across this Midwest cage and knew this was the cage for our pigs. I ordered through Amazon for about half the price($57) of a pet store cage and got it setup. I was so happy to see the size of the cage and knew how much more the pigs would like this cage. It also looks very nice as its not as tall as most pet store cages. I have read through all the 51 reviews on this cage and the other 81 on the expansion cage and want to make sure I put some things to bed. This cage is a sturdy cage. It went together very easily and had it setup in less than 10 minutes with the divider and cover. I did not have to use any other ties other than the ones that came with the product. The velcro was easy to attached the cage also and I don't understand how some people have such a problem putting this together as its very easy. I use a thick towel in one end with bedding for the feeding area and in the other large play area a thick rug and fleece over it. It makes it very easy to clean up poo daily off the fleece. I have an extra fleece, towel and rug to replace every few days while one is in the washer. This saves money on the bedding as I am not buying as much anymore and it also keeps the cage cleaner and smelling better. My pigs love the cage. They were popcorning like crazy nuts when I put them in there. They have so much more room now to roam while in the cage. I ended up having a couple end tables that I put together and covered with a nice table cloth and the cage fit perfect on it. Check the size dimensions before you buy as it is large. The only issue I had was my water bottle did not sit at the level I wanted it to due to the cage bar height, but I rigged something up for it to work. I highly recommend this product as you will not be disappointed.
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177 of 191 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
Whoa!!! This thing is huge! I purchased this cage for my two baby girls, CoCo and Pebbles. This is not your conventional cage, meaning that you really can't just pick this up and move it about. With a little patience I am able to drag mine a bit, but forget about picking it up. But so what? Even if the cage were more sturdy it's highly unlikely that I would be moving it from room to room. That being said this thing is awesome!! My little girls love to run laps around the play area and it has toys and two large hide aways. They also have learned to poop in the area where the food, water and hay is located. I've found a few poops in the play area but the majority of them are in the "kitchen". I had originally used fleece for the play area and wood chips for the kitchen, but I found it was must easier to just keep the fleece clean in there. My babies are big eaters, and big poopers. They are tiny little girls, less than a month old, but boy can they poop! I simply vaccum the cage twice a day. Once before I leave for work and when I return. Having a way to close off the areas makes this very easy. I close them in on either side while I clean the other. I plan to remove everything for washing every four days. I did make the mistake of using fabric softner the first wash (creature of habit) but know that to treat the fleece it needs to be washed without softer. This allows the moisture to drain right thru to the towels I placed beneath it. In addition to towels I put a layer of puppy pads and newspaper on top of that, as I don't want to stain and decrease the life of the canvas with urine and too frequent washings.

My only cons are actually pros:

This thing is huge. I couldn't put it where I had planned but they don't care. They like being in the center of my living room where all the action is.

Buying the fleece. Went to Walmart and they had so many adorable patterns I didn't know which to choose, so I got a few adorable ones that make the cage look even more attactive.

Not really great for cedar litter. But who cares because fleece is a much better alternative. It looks better. It's not messy. It's easier to clean. It's cost effective. I can vaccum the poop off fleece. Just try doing that with traditional bedding. I think it would be a nightmare to clean this thing if I didn't use fleece.

Lastly, I was gonna buy one of those hay cages to keep the hay off the floor, but they wanted a lot for that cheap plastic. So I took a small rectangular plastic food storage container and poked two holes in the back so I could use a zip tie and connect it to the cage. I took the lid for the container and cut a large enough opening so the piggies would have access to the hay. I filled it with hay, placed on the lid and attached it to the cage. Very attractive and neat!

You simply can't do better for the price. I love this cage and I actually feel sorry the poor little piggies housed in those smaller cages. A few people don't like it. But hey, you can't please everyone. It works for me and the girls. Highy recommend!
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164 of 195 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2009
Okay, so it's not really as big as I was hoping for, it's not really 9sq ft, it's really 8. This is big since I was getting it for a rabbit and I'll probably end up buying another. So far though, it's pretty classy and I would argue that it's one of the best on the market. You can't do all the cool alterations to it though unless you have more than one. Big thing though, don't waste your money getting the top as well since it comes with one! I bought it because amazon offered them together and it was an accessory. But all of the "accessories" come with the plus (maybe that's the real reason it's plus).
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145 of 180 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2009
I love the idea behind this item: lots of space, divider to save on bedding, nice little in-and-out ramps, a clean look, etc. Clearly this is a company that has done the research and attempted to make a product suitable for guinea pigs--something largely lacking in the pre-made cage market. But this product comes up short on execution. The PVC bottom is a main culprit. First, the thing is somewhat low, leading to lots of bedding material winding up all over the floor. Detaching the bottom (which holds to the main frame via velcro) is annoying. The PVC is said to be designed for good traction for guinea pig feet, and I'm sure this is true, but it's also VERY difficult to clean once waste materials get imbedded into it. An outside hose of some kind and a scrubbing brush or some such are musts to get into all the miniscule nooks and crannies. Even with that, it's hard to make it look 100% clean (and bear in mind, at this point, I've only had this item in use for just over a week!).

For one guinea pig, this would probably be an excellent solution, especially if you can really get your pet to utilize one specific area for waste. But for multiple animals, or 1 that doesn't have great "waste disposal" habits, this may not really be a great solution for you.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
We got this cage for our daughters two little piggies and they love it!! They were not together when we got them so there was some fighting in the first cage and we had to put one in a cat carrier! This allows them to get used to each other without being able to fight. Love it!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2013
I bought this cage for my two male guinea pigs who were at the time maybe 2 months old. It is a big improvement from the pet store cage I had them in. However, once you add their houses (mine were not bonded so I have to have two houses since they wont share) and a tunnel or other decorative feature, it doesn't leave as much space for them to run around. To compensate for this, I have left off the divider and connected their old cage to use as their kitchen area. As some others have previously stated, the coroplast bottom isn't that easy to keep clean so I highly recommend covering it with some type of bedding or towel (i use fleece bedding--fleece blankets on top and puppy training bads underneath). All in all, I think this is a satisfactory cage for the price.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
I had a normal sized cage for my hedgehog, as he got older i couldnt afford a huge cage for him, until i found this. I don't use the divider, so it's a big open space and he loves it!
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
Arrived at the speed of light! A snap to assemble. My pigs LOVE it! they have extra room. I used the "sectioned off" part as a "retirement home" for my elder pig. The other 2 have room to race around on their side, she has room to walk around and stretch her legs between eating and napping.

It is super easy to clean. It has a soft bottom so you do need to have a hard flat surface under it. I have it on several plastic storage bins with a sheet of heavy duty cardboard on top of them.

We can see them better and they can see out better. Their other cage was too high and difficult to clean or to take a pig out.

I've had piggies for 15 yrs and this was the best cage I ever purchased.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2010
I really like this cage setup. It comes with everything (i.e. cage top and ramp cover). I have 3 guinea pigs in one cage and 2 in the other I bought. I would not put more then 3 in one single cage. This is a temp. solution until our home is done being renovated then we'll build a 2 story permenant cage for them. If you dont plan on having more then a couple guinea pigs this is the best. Its easy to clean. I use bleach water to wipe it up with. I have yet to use vineger to break down the urine deposits to see if it will work on this material. When I do I will update on this post. Im also considering having a piece of coraplast cut for the bottom as it is a soft formed canvas. Just to add a little more solidity to it. Other wise this is the best Guinea Pig cage I have come across next to a C&C!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2015
I have two boar guinea pigs, and they don't get along the greatest. So I bought two of these cages for the both of them. It came to me very fast (before the date it was supposed to come), and the cages are bigger then you'd find in any pet store. I'm also very impressed I can add on to it. It's not made to move around a lot, but it does slide on my carpet floor very easy if I want to sweep behind their cages. I made the little room for their food, hay, and water. Hallow only uses the restroom on that side (which is bedding, and the play area is fleece) and it makes it so much easier to clean. Clause not so much so depends on the piggie. I also bought $1 puppy pads at the Dollar Tree just to soak up the urine so it doesn't get on the base. I went to Hobby Lobby and got 2 yards of fleece (which equaled to 5 pieces to put on their floor) so I can switch it out, and wash the other ones when I clean their cages, and not wait for it to get them out of the washer and dry. I used to have a regular small plastic cages for them with bedding, and this cage is so much easier to clean out. I pick up the whole fleece and dump the poo in a trash bag, replace puppy pads with needed, sweep out the bedding in my shop vac, and rotate from my new fleece and bedding (sometimes puppy pads).. And wala, it's already cleaned. I've recommended this cases to all my friends I work with. I recommend this over any cage at a pet store because it's so much larger, and cheaper. I've spend a 100 dollars on a cage only 1/4 the size of this. It's easier to clean. & most importantly my little men are SO happy. They wheek, run around and play, love running up and down the ramp, and so much more. I'd never use another cage again. So if you don't have too much room to build a C&C cage, or just want something quick, easy, and simple to put together this is it!
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